(Closed) Lounge Seating

posted 10 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
388 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

Our rental company worked with a great seamstress who could sew custom covers for their large ottomans (which were also vinyl).  So we went and found the fabric we liked, and paid for them to make the custom covers.

See if they’d be willing to do that, it’ll probably be the least expensive alternative over taking the time to manufacture your own or purchase your own. 

Post # 5
35 posts

My dad made me a base for an ottoman that amounted to a wooden box with legs screwed into the bottom–I believe the legs were purchased from Home Depot, they were already made, they just needed to be stained.  I then bought from the fabric store four inch thick foam, I cut two pieces to the appropriate size and put a thin piece of wood in between them to make it not too squishy.  I found a remnant in a sturdy fabric that I liked and I just pinned it in place to see where I needed to sew the corners and did four straight seams.  I slipped the cover on and used a staple gun to attach it to the box.  

I recommend you use a solid fabric so you don’t have to worry about matching patterns at your corners.  Also, go find out the size of the foam and base your ottoman base on that rather then trying to cut your foam to fit–it will make it a lot easier when you only have on cut to make rather then several.  

Let me know if you have any questions!  It really wasn’t too tricky since everything was in squares.  

One other option if you want something fairly large is to make a base large enough to accomodate a twin mattress and get the mattress from a place like Big Lots or Ollies.  I would probably still sew a cover just for the  mattress and stain the base.  This would be fairly expensive though because you would need a nicer wood for the base.

Good Luck! 

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