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Sheepskin rug in a wire frame chair

Using Sheepskin Rugs with Wire Framed Chairs

How you can use sheepskin rugs with wire-framed chairs in your home.

You have seen this look in decor magazines, but wouldn't it be great to replicate this at home?

Well, it's not as hard as you might think. We give you some easy pointers.

We have noticed a big surge in the popularity of wire-framed chairs available from the interior décor shops. And there are some great wire chairs in op shops ready for renovation.

Some of these designs are classics like the Harry Bertoia diamond lounge chair or Eames DKR wire chairs but many are a more recent re-design based on a similar theme.

Wire chairs have suddenly become more affordable and trendy. Retro-restored metal chairs are also making a comeback. These metal or wireframe chairs look great but they can be very cold and uncomfortable to sit on.

Traditional wicker or cane chairs can also benefit from a sheepskin rug.

So how do you make them more comfortable?

Sheepskin rugs draped inside a wire frame chair make them look fantastic and also feel warm and comfortable but the back was never meant to be seen. Sheepskins always come with a care label attached to the back of the skin that can be hard to remove cleanly.

But what about the back of the sheepskin rug?

A natural ivory white sheepskin usually has a whiteish colour leather on the back, sometimes with greyish marks.

The dyed sheepskins are a light pale blue/grey with greyish marks. It depends on the tanning technique and each skin is unique front and back.

Sheepskins often have brand and care labels on the back as well that need to be hidden.

If the back of the sheepskin will be seen through the wires at the back of the chair we can line the sheepskin with fabric to make the back look as wonderful as the front.

Why does this work?

An unexpected splash of bright colour can look truly amazing peeking through the wires, or a safe neutral colour adds the finishing polish to your décor and is also better than naked leather.

Sheepskin lined with fabric for wire framed chairs
At Gorgeous Creatures we can line one of our single sheepskins or our one and a half sized (extra-long single) sheepskins with fabric in a range of colours.

We bind the edges with fabric tape for a neat and tidy finish. The fabric tape colours can best be described as black, white, grey, Navy blue, chocolate brown, coffee, beige, bottle green and maroon.

Black sheepskin with bright blue fabric lining
We can only do this for our own new sheepskins, and it takes about 3 weeks to complete including time to order in the fabric.

The results speak for themselves and are worth the extra cost of around NZ$150 to line one single skin or NZ$250 for two (excluding the cost of the sheepskin rugs). Contact us to find out more.

Visit Gorgeous Creatures while in the Hawkes Bay
8 Otatara Rd, Taradale, Napier 4112 (by appointment please call or text first)
Kirsty Mason Ph 027 222 6230 
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