Post # 1
This might be a long post, but I really need the help of the wonderful wedding bee readers!
I want to provide some lounge type seating at our outdoor wedding this June. Our rental company provides these oversized ottoman type benches…
but they are $200 a piece and not so comfortable. They are cushions on top staging, covered in tacky, sticky white vinyl, which I think will be even more sticky and uncomfortable if its warm. The staging is available to rent for about $25 for a 4’x4′ section, and its what they use as the base for these ottomans. It looks like this…
I’m trying to think of a cute, inexpensive way to make something similar. The biggest problem I am having is coming up with a cushion solution, and but also figuring out how to cover securely in fabric, what fabric to use, etc.
Has anyone done anything similar? I considered hay bails but our venue won’t let us use them and I was looking for something a little more formal anyway.
I would love any suggestions for other types of lounge seating too!
Post # 3
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 # 4
these ottomans from ikea are $50 each: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S59829724
they’re not as big as an ottoman, but i have no idea how you would make an ottoman…sorry!
Post # 5
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.
Post # 6
SoCalBeachGirl, that sounds like a good solution. I will ask our rental company if the could do something like that.
Rebecca, Thanks for the Ikea tip. I have actually looked there, but they are only big enough for 1 person, I was hoping for something bigger.
Thanks for the tips, nmn838, Do you have pictures? I’ll PM you with my email if you don’t mind sending them!