Hardwood Aprons or Skirting on Tables & Chairs
An apron, also called the "skirt" or "skirting", is simply the portion of the table or chair that is vertically positioned beneath the table top or seat. This hides any corner blocks, bracing, self-storing, or other mechanical pieces (on tables) from plain view.Aprons are typically 1 1/2"-3" and add character to the piece of furniture. Pictured above is a straight apron featuring a dovetailed joint.
In the image above, a beaded apron is shown. The lower detail of the apron has been carefully routed for a formal look.
When a table or chair is round, the apron is steam bent to curve accordingly, but is one solid piece of wood.
Aprons can be scalloped, carved, or curved in a variety of ways. The purpose is to create a barrier between the mechanics of the table or chair and the aesthetic beauty.