The Parsons Table, One More Way

The Parsons Table, One More Way

Susie Nadler
Sep 29, 2009

Last week we took a look at the classic Parsons table in ten different contexts, styles, and colors, and Sarah Coffey wrote about using a rug as a tablecloth. Well here's an idea that brings those two posts together: reader Evan sent us a photo of his Parsons table, wrapped head to toe in a Kilim rug...

Amazingly, Evan's rug-wrapped table came with his rental (and was one of the main reasons he fell in love with the house!). It was the owner's Goodwill find, but a close inspection reveals that it was originally an orange Parsons table; there are a few small holes in the rug that reveal the color underneath. The rug has been cut to fit the table and affixed with tacks and glue. A piece of glass over the top provides a smooth eating surface.

We've seen tables wrapped in linen, leather, and other fabrics, but never a rug. It's an interesting DIY idea! The Parsons table seems well-suited to the project, given its simple design. So many affordable versions are available, too—like this one from Ikea, or this one from West Elm—that the experiment wouldn't necessarily break the bank, especially if you use a rug that's a flea market or Craigslist find.

What do you think? Has anyone tried a project like this?

(Image: Apartment Therapy reader Evan)

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