Saturday, April 4, 2015

Bamboo and Sheepskin Ottoman

Rather than purchase the matching ottoman when we purchased our swivel glider, I opted to wait and find something else in my ongoing attempt to trade the "matchy matchy" look for a "collected over time" feel.

When I was collecting items for my antique booth, I purchased a bamboo footstool sans cushion.    I wasn't sure exactly how I wanted to go about making a cushion until I came across this picture on Pinterest.

I love the texture and contrast of the bamboo paired with the sheepskin rug.  So I got to work replicating the look.

  • bamboo footstool
  • sheepskin rug (mine was from Marshall's a few seasons ago but Ikea is known for their affordable options)
  • 1/4" thick piece of plywood
  • foam
  • batting
  • spray adhesive
  • staple gun
  • double sided tape (not pictured)

Since the cushion would sit down inside the top edge of bamboo, I measured the inner diameter and then subtracted 1.5" so that there was room for the foam, batting, and sheepskin rug.  Seth cut a circle of 1/4" plywood for me.  I cut a piece of foam about 1" in diameter larger than the plywood, sprayed the back with adhesive, and attached it to the plywood.  I then wrapped it in batting (cut large enough so that you have room to stretch it around and staple in the back) and used my staple gun to secure it to the bottom of the plywood, stretching it tight as I went.  

I decided that I didn't want to put staples through my sheepskin rug and so I secured it using double sided tape.  The rug was longer than I needed but I just tucked it all underneath and used more tape to hold it in place.  

Then, I just popped it on top of the ottoman and it was done.

It ended up being a nice, tight fit so I'm not worried about the fact that it isn't secured to the ottoman.  There are pieces of bamboo underneath supporting it so the 1/4" plywood is plenty thick.

It's so soft and fuzzy.  Perfect for the nursery.  

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