Adding Work Space~Assembling A Burlap-Skirted Desk

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As part of my new “Office” I revealed last week {see that entire post HERE}, I showed off the burlap-skirted desk I built to provide us some additional work space.


This space has already become homework and art project central in our home. My kids have adopted it as their space while I work next to them at my desk.  How nice is that?

burlap skirted table marked

This is one of those easy and truly inexpensive projects, and since we’ll likely be moving again in a few months it can easily be unassembled and reused, or repurposed for another use.

The main component of this table is the IKEA desktop. I think they run less than $40? Mine is in black,  and you can see how it was part of my home office in our last home {shown below}

boyle office corner copy

For this house I wanted all the work space I had in my previous office, and needed extra storage for all our art/school/printing/project supplies that seem to multiply overnight. Or maybe we just keep accumulating more as my daughter gets older and more creative? Anyway, more importantly, this room is just inside our front door, so it has to look fairly nice.  I figured a burlap skirt {because burlap is always a good thing! 🙂 } was the perfect way to cover all my {and her} stuff stashed underneath.

hidden storage under desk

In the image above, in addition to seeing how some of our craft stash is stored behind the curtain, you can see my table ‘trick’. I simply used a table we already had, which happened to be an antique drop-leaf dining table, and just rested the black counter top right on top. That saved me from having to build anything to hold the table up, but you could certainly use pre-cut stair balusters from Home Depot if you didn’t happen to have an antique table just the right size laying around somewhere 🙂

After making sure the counter top was centered on the other, older table, I was thrilled to find I could easily staple the burlap right to the bottom of counter with an ordinary staple gun. This project became SUPER easy at that point! I first assembled the pleats with a very high tech method…yes, a regular stapler. Just the one right on my desk. Pretty fancy methodology, huh?

burlap pleats

Then I worked underneath the desk, stapling the backside of the burlap underneath the countertop.

burlap underneath table

I made three sections, a long one for the front and shorter ones for the sides. This project did take more burlap then you would expect {and that is why burlap is perfect for this–it’s cheap!}, I didn’t keep track but I bought at least 7 yards. I did have to go back and get more to finish the sides.

pleats of burlap

As you can see, I just tucked the rough edges under with some extra staples to keep the corners clean. The corner openings provide access to all that is stashed underneath, so there wasn’t any need to attach them to each other.

burlap skirted table 1

Here is how it looks once finished. Pretty cheap and easy!

If you have questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by~



  1. I have just recently started following your projects. I wish I had the money to do a lot of thie things I’ve seen. I especially like this skirt. I know the burlap is cheap since I bought it for the tree skirt I attempted to make. I was wondering if you finished the edges that are floor level? I was disappointed with how the edge raveled. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    • Hi Chris, you know the burlap I used had a fused edge, so I used that edge along the bottom. Getting burlap NOT to fray is tricky. See if you can find some burlap where that is already done to the sides. I purchased mine at JoAnn’s Fabrics. Thanks so much for following along! Amy

  2. I absolutley LOVE this idea! We are planning on moving soon and I will have an entire new office to decorate and organize! I am totally doing this. I was going to ask the same question as Chris! I do home decor projects with burlap and I have never found burlap in the size/amount you use for this desk with a fused edge before. I will have to look at JoAnn’s! Do you like that it hits the floor? I’m worried that it would make it fray more, but don’t want to have it too high off the floor either..because that would look dumb haha. Thanks!

    • Yes, good question. I do like it hitting the floor but I did recently add a black and white striped ribbon around the bottom. Not because it frayed (it didn’t) but because it gave it a cleaner look. I just hot glued some on. Good luck with your project!

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