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Archive Dive: 7 Wrap-Around Sink Skirts in the Bath

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Archive Dive: 7 Wrap-Around Sink Skirts in the Bath

January 10, 2024

It’s 2024, and we’re here to report that the Sink Skirt Revival, as Fan dubbed it five years ago, is still going strong.

Lately we’ve noticed sink skirts migrating from the kitchen to the bath, where they add a little flair to even the most humdrum of washbasins—and conceal pipework, scrub brushes, toiletries, and any number of other things that need hiding away.

Here are seven examples:

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Above: At Glebe House, A Guest House and Restaurant in Rural Devon, UK, an ochre linen curtain wraps around a vintage marble sink (a lucky Facebook Marketplace find).
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Above: In her Maplewood, New Jersey design studio, Hollie Velten-Lattrell wanted “something offbeat and cartoonish as an antidote to the traditional sink skirt.” The chartreuse one she chose matches the lemony zellige tiles. For more, see Studio Visit: California Style in an East Coast Enclave.
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Above: A neutral—and upcycled—example, courtesy of designer Charles de Lisle. (See Off the Grid: A Stylish, Low-Impact Retreat in Sonoma by Charles de Lisle.)
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Above: A sink skirt—particularly when pleated and in a bold shade—can transform even the most basic of sinks, as evidenced at Hotel des Academies et des Arts in Paris. For more, see Modigliani Slept Here: 10 Ideas to Steal from a Hotel and Artists’ Atelier in Paris.
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Above: In this petite bath in A Soulful, Timeless Apartment by Studio Dorion in Brooklyn Heights, Peter Dolkas, one half of Studio Dorion, retiled the room (“with inexpensive subway tiles from Nemo”) and then simply added a striped duster skirt to the original sink.
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Above: Fabric scraps are put to clever reuse all over The Waldoboro Inn in Maine, including here, on a more-is-more sink skirt and stitched-together curtains. See “140 Years of Interior Trends”: The Waldoboro Inn Opens in Maine.
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Above: And a more traditional iteration, spotted the Cotswolds barn of Lisa Mehydene, founder of UK design emporium Edit58; see Currently Coveting: Festive Smocked Lampshades from London.

For more sink skirts elsewhere in the house, see Sink Skirt Revival. And for more design details we have our eye on, might we suggest:

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Frequently asked questions

What is a wrap-around sink skirt?

A wrap-around sink skirt is a fabric panel that is installed around the base of a sink to create a decorative and functional cover for the sink's plumbing and storage space.

What are the benefits of using a wrap-around sink skirt?

Using a wrap-around sink skirt can help hide unsightly plumbing pipes and storage items underneath the sink, creating a more clean and organized look in your bathroom. It also adds a touch of elegance and softness to the overall decor.

How do I install a wrap-around sink skirt?

To install a wrap-around sink skirt, you will need to measure the dimensions of your sink and cut a fabric panel accordingly. The panel is typically attached to the sink using adhesive Velcro strips or fabric ties. Detailed installation instructions can be found in the accompanying article.

Can a wrap-around sink skirt be customized?

Yes, a wrap-around sink skirt can be customized to match your bathroom's decor. You can choose a fabric that complements the color scheme and style of your bathroom, and even add decorative elements like trim, pleats, or ruffles to enhance the overall look.

Is it easy to clean a wrap-around sink skirt?

Yes, it is relatively easy to clean a wrap-around sink skirt. Most fabric skirts can be easily removed for washing or spot cleaning. However, it is recommended to select a fabric that is machine washable or can be easily wiped clean to ensure convenient maintenance.

Are wrap-around sink skirts suitable for all types of sinks?

Wrap-around sink skirts are generally suitable for most common types of sinks, including pedestal sinks, wall-mounted sinks, and vanity sinks. However, it is important to measure your specific sink's dimensions accurately and ensure compatibility before purchasing or making a sink skirt.

Can I use a wrap-around sink skirt in my kitchen?

While wrap-around sink skirts are more commonly used in bathrooms, they can also be used in kitchens with similar results. They can help conceal plumbing pipes and provide a decorative touch to the kitchen sink area. However, considering the potential exposure to water and higher traffic in a kitchen, it is essential to choose a fabric that can withstand frequent cleaning and moisture.

Where can I find wrap-around sink skirts?

Wrap-around sink skirts can be found at home improvement stores, department stores, and online retailers that specialize in bathroom or kitchen accessories. You can also explore craft and fabric stores for DIY options to create a customized sink skirt.

Can I make my own wrap-around sink skirt?

Yes, making your own wrap-around sink skirt is a popular DIY project. It allows you to choose the exact fabric, size, and design that suits your preferences. Many online tutorials and sewing patterns are available to assist you in creating a homemade sink skirt.

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