I decided to make them myself! I knew they would be slipcovered with a beautiful linen the same color as the sofa, so it wasn't important that the shell be beautiful. More so that it be sturdy and the right size and height. I wanted them to be a little wider than your average dining room side chair, as they'd make for great pull-up seating to the living area that is immediately adjacent. So I went to work ... in the only space that I have room to work, the living room.
I snapped pictures for a friend as I was working on all of it - and I thought, you know what, my friends on the blog should see what I'm up to, too!
First things first, I don't recommend it, but if the only place you have to work in a tiny apartment is your living room, you MIGHT want to pull up your antique Anatolian sun bleached rug. AND, if you are really in a jam, design books WILL make great vices for drilling pilot holes. You can buy these two here:
I'm not a furniture building expert. I just know what I've done in the past that has worked for me. I will say however, that I am 100% a fan of my DeWalt 14.4v cordless drill, that thing has never let me down!
Alright, so the finished size on these ottomans, there will be two, are 20x24x18. I used 2x2 lumber from Lowes to create the base, which was screwed together with 3" screws and then braced with small L-brackets.
I'd love to say that I am incredibly detail oriented when it comes to this sorta stuff. That would be a lie. Always remember to measure twice, and cut once.
And the braces. Now, again, you shouldn't really come to me for building advice. I'm not an expert, and don't want to be. But I will say that these little L-brackets are AMAZING, and do so much to help keep the finished product sturdy. They're about $2 for a package of 4, but are well worth it!
I have NO power tools other than my drill, so I have to cut all of this stuff by hand the old fashioned way. And yes, I know you're shaking your head about me cutting wood on that rug. I'm impulsive. I rarely take the time to prep a space. I know ... I know ... my mother taught me better.
And finish line is in sight. Just have to build one more, upholster the tops with foam and batting, and then get them over to the slipcover lady (yes, that's the ACTUAL name of her business) and we'll be ready to dine!
After the last post, some of you wanted to know where I found my rug. The one I just Bob Villa'd on. I bought it from www.ecarpetgallery.com. They've got thousands of rugs, and if you're looking for one like mine, you can either search "Sunwash" in the search box, or go here: http://www.ecarpetgallery.com/search/sunwash.
More to come! But for now, enjoy your weekend!