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Sink Skirt Revival: 16 Fresh Examples of a New Old Trend

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Sink Skirt Revival: 16 Fresh Examples of a New Old Trend

January 23, 2019

Earlier this month, Julie wrote our annual trend-spotting story, New Directions: 11 Interiors Trends for 2019. On the list: sink skirts. Here, we’ve culled from our archives our favorite examples of the trend, an old design trick that suddenly feels fresh again.

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Above: A minimalist white sink skirt conceals storage space in this airy Fire Island beach house owned by Ann Stephenson and Lori Scacco. Photograph by Kate Sears, from Bookmark for Next Summer: 7 Storage Ideas to Steal from a High/Low Beach Shack.
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Above: This skirt, under a vintage laundry sink, was sewn from “a piece of muslin that was lying around.” Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista, from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn: Fabr Studio in East Williamsburg.
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Above: The skirting here softens the look of the integrated concrete sink and counter. Photograph by Sebastian Posingis, from The Birth of Tropical Modernism: A Pilgrimage to Architect Geoffrey Bawa’s Country Estate in Sri Lanka.
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Above: Unfussy, simple skirting in a farmhouse. Styling by Hilary Robertson and photography by Dana Gallagher, from Farmhouse Refresh: An Antiques Dealer’s Clean and Simple Family Retreat on Shelter Island.
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Above: Under-the-cabinet skirts flank the sink in this walk-in pantry. Photograph by David Gibbons, courtesy of Max Rollitt, from Kitchen of the Week: A Whimsical Edwardian in the South of England.
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Above: A graphic and colorful skirt under the kitchen counters in this London townhouse kitchen adds a touch of modern playfulness. Photograph by Jan Baldwin from Perfect English Townhouse, courtesy of Ryland Peters & Small Inc., from The Perfect English Townhouse, Courtesy of a UK Design Authority.
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Above: A DIY under-counter curtain softens the otherwise hard-edged space. See Steal This Look: A Rustic Modern Kitchen in the Netherlands. Photograph by Anna de Leeuw, courtesy of Jan de Jong Interieur.
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Above: Designer C. S. Valentin pinned a piece of graphic fabric to a cork countertop (repurposed from an Ikea Sinnerlig table) in his rental apartment. See At Home with C. S. Valentin: French Eclecticism in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Photograph by Jonathan Hokklo for Remodelista.
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Above: An under-counter curtain made from vintage linen looks perfectly at home in this rustic Mark Lewis–designed kitchen in Hampstead, London. Photograph by Rory Gardiner.
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Above: Turkish towels repurposed as curtains hide kitchen essentials in this vintage camper. See The Ultimate Backyard Guest Retreat, Sixties Camper Edition. Photograph by Laura Dart for J. Wes Yoder.
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Above: A white curtain panel blends seamlessly into this dining-room bar. See Vintage Summer: A Seventies-Style Shopable Airbnb in Montauk. Photograph by Nicole Franzen.
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Above: A blue-striped sink skirt balances out the hard lines of the stone counter. See Home on the Hacienda: A Rustic-Luxe Mountain Rental in the Sierra de Gredos of Spain. Photograph courtesy of Casas del Naval.
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Above: In a tiny kitchen, a sink skirt creates another storage area to conceal cooking tools. See A Modern Fairy Tale Told in 800 Square Feet: Sandeep Salter’s Family Apartment. Photograph by Jonathan Pilkington for Remodelista.
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Above: A checkerboard curtain and oversized round wood knobs reference Shaker design without being literal. See A Vintage-Inspired Apartment in Hackney from Abel Sloane and Ruby Woodhouse of 1934. Photograph by Ruby Woodhouse, courtesy of 1934.
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Above: Standard Ikea cabinet doors were taken off and replaced with simple tea towels for more character. See Done/Undone with Clarisse Demory in Paris. Photograph by Natalie Weiss for Remodelista.
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Above: A Remodelista favorite, Elizabeth Roberts had a sink skirt sewn from a vintage Guatemalan textile for her beach house. See Elizabeth Roberts at Home: The Architect’s Own Beach House in Bellport, NY. Photography by Dustin Aksland and Eric Striffler, courtesy of Elizabeth Roberts.

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Frequently asked questions

What is a sink skirt?

A sink skirt is a type of curtain or fabric that is hung underneath a sink to conceal any pipes or storage. It is a stylish and convenient way of hiding unsightly objects.

What types of sinks are suitable for sink skirts?

Any sink with exposed pipes underneath can be suitable for sink skirts. However, pedestal sinks and wall-mounted sinks are the most popular options for sink skirts.

Are sink skirts easy to install?

Yes, sink skirts are usually easy to install. Most manufacturers provide instructions on how to install them. However, it is recommended to have basic knowledge of sewing, measuring, and cutting fabrics.

Are sink skirts washable?

Yes, sink skirts are washable. Most of them can be machine washed in cold water and hung to dry. However, it is recommended to check the manufacturer's instructions to ensure proper care.

What are the materials used for sink skirts?

The materials used for sink skirts can vary. Some popular options include cotton, linen, burlap, and muslin. However, any lightweight fabric can be used for sink skirts.

Can sink skirts be customized?

Yes, sink skirts can be customized to fit any sink. However, it is recommended to measure the sink and the space underneath accurately before ordering or making a customized sink skirt.

Are sink skirts expensive?

The price of sink skirts can vary. It depends on the material used, customization, and the manufacturer. However, most sink skirts are affordable and cost-effective solutions for hiding unsightly pipes.

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