Post # 1
I want to create hay bale recliners/sofas for my cocktail hour, but I’m having the problem of not really knowing how to structure them.
Has anyone made these before? If I create a chair that has a bottom and a back, are the bales heavy enough that the back won’t move if you lean back against it?
If they aren’t heavy enough, how did you tie them together to keep them from moving?
Pic for reference:
To clarify, I only plan to make 3-4 sofas to add atmosphere to my cocktail hour and to have slightly more comfortable seating than the metal chairs I’ll be using at the ceremony. Guests won’t be required to sit on these. I have allergies, so I understand the effect this can have.
The bales will be covered top, front and sides with thick quilts to avoid pokiness.
Post # 3
@brandi_105: I think your idea sounds adorable, and you have probably already thought about this, but I just wanted to ask if you’ve thought about hay and allergies yet. Many people are really allergic to hay, especially if they have to sit in it. Though it sounds like it will look adorable, I know that I would not be able to attend a wedding with hay bale furniture because I would stop breathing. 🙁 It’s just something to think about. I’m sorry to be such a Debbie Downer.
Post # 4
@GreenEyedMoon: I’ve thought about it. I have terrible hayfever allergies myself.
I’m not planning on using these all over the wedding. Just a few sofas to add some atmosphere to our front yard cocktail hour and seats that are slightly more comfortable than the metal chairs we’ll be using for the ceremony.
They’ll only be used for an hour or so, so I don’t think it will affect too many people especially since they aren’t required to sit on them.
Post # 5
@brandi_105: Then it sounds great! Just wanted to make sure you had thought of the potential problem.
Looking at that photo you linked to, it almost looks like there’s a real sofa under there to give it the proper shape (see how you can see the outline of the cushions under the blanket?). If you had an old, beat-up couch and/or chair, you could probably attach enough hay to it to make it look like they were solid bales. Maybe. I think.
Post # 6
Maybe for the back backrest, you can put some type of stakes in the bottom part (like where the “cushion” would be), then slide the backrest onto the stake. It would give it some structure at least. This is super cute!
Post # 7
If you set the hay bales length wise they should not move. They weigh about 40lbs each so they’re not light to begin with. I would say your best bet would be to stack them the way they are meant to be which is length wise with the widest part laying on the ground rather then the thinnest part on the ground. If your trying to create that specific look then you would need to stake the bales in the make them stay.