Why You Need to DIY a Skirted Bathroom Vanity Stat

From ruffled couches to flower beds, there’s no doubt that apron furniture has an old-fashioned charm. Some may love it; others may think it feels a little too much like Grandma’s house. However, in the past few days, many of these infidels have been influenced as the style continues to show its true versatility. The frizzy arrangements have popped up on the projects of some of AD’s favorite names. Designers Beata Heuman, Mark D. Sikes and Frances Merrill have successfully highlighted the modest chic potential of make-up skirts.

“We’re always looking for a place to add another interesting textile or an unexpected color,” says Merrill, explaining why she’s a fan of the Rocked Moment. The good news? You don’t need a top tier designer to get the look. Not only is it super transformative, but it’s a simple and non-intimidating DIY project that won’t break the bank. Especially when it comes to bathroom washbasins, because who doesn’t want to hide their unsightly storage space (or even exposed sanitary pipes) under a pretty fabric? When thinking about how it looks, there are a few things to keep in mind beforehand.

A marble yellow bathroom from the house of Margherita Missoni featured in AD’s September 2018 issue.

Photo: Matthieu Salvaing

Choosing the right fabric

While it’s important to choose a fabric that you love, it’s just as important to choose one that will last for the long term. That means you need to consider something that is easy to clean and can take some water, advises Merrill. One designer even suggests going for a shower curtain (check out Clever’s latest shower curtain roundup for something out-of-the-box). Needless to say, this is definitely not for everyone. Fortunately, there are many other solutions, including oilcloths, waxed cotton, or just a water-repellent fabric.

When it comes to the actual design of the fabric, a skirt is the perfect opportunity to bring bold colors or patterns into your room. The good news is if you are bored there is a quick fix to switch.

Choosing a style

“An apron vanity is the perfect way to add softness and pattern to an area usually made of hard materials,” says Merrill. You can choose one of the many fun details to emphasize the structural aspect and give your vanity an edge. This can mean a ruffled look that requires fabric twice the length of the vanity to create a bunched effect. Pleating is another option for a more personalized feel. And if a flat fit is more your style, add some texture with a trim around the edges for a simple, eye-catching detail.

Put everything together

If your vanity already has legs, the easiest way to add a skirt is to use an adjustable curtain rod. That way, all you have to do is fold your fabric in half, add a seam, and slide it through the bar. Dividing the cloth into two parts creates an easy-to-divide curtain. Alternatively, hooks or Velcro also work and are perhaps even more budget-friendly.

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