DIY Sheepskin Stool

Have y’all noticed that fluffy sheepskin stools and ottomans keep popping up all over the place?  Society Social, Target, Anthropologie, and all sorts of other awesome stores carry them right now, and they all cost a pretty penny (especially the dreamy Society Social ottoman).

Image via Society Social

Image via Coco and Kelly

Image via Target

Image via Society Social
Image via Cote de Texas


I recently found a little stool for $17 while bargain hunting with my grandmother at Finders Keepers in Decatur, GA.  I knew exactly what I would do with it once I saw it…I’d create my own (much cheaper) version of the oh-so-fabulous sheepskin stool!  I already had an old sheepskin from Ikea (such a great bargain at $29.99, although the faux version is even cheaper at $9.99), so all I had to do was grab my scissors and staple gun and go to town!  

The stool before the makeover.

Ikea sheepskin rug.  (I like to drape these over the backs of chairs, which is why I had a few laying around.)


Honestly, this project could not have been any simpler.  (Although all the trimming down to size I had to do made my living room floor look like I sheared a sheep.)  Luckily sheepskin is very forgiving when used as upholstery due to all the fluffy wool.

All you need: sheepskin, stool, scissors and a staple gun. 


First I laid the sheepskin over the stool to make sure it would fit (don’t worry about removing old upholstery, there really is no need to do so).  Then I just “eyeballed it” and trimmed the sheepskin so that it lined up with the edge of the current upholstery.  Then I simply stapled all the way around, ensuring that I spread the wool apart so that the it would stay nice and fluffy, and so that I could hide the staples.


The whole project took about 15 minutes (including wool clean up at the end), and doesn’t it look great?  I just love how it turned out!  Tom said it looks like we have an animal standing very still in our apartment.  I guess I’ll take that as a compliment!?

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6 Comments

  1. October 22, 2014 / 10:01 pm

    Great idea and very well done! It's perfect for your nook and I love Tom's comment about the animal standing very still. I once had a male coworker tell me my cap toe flats remind him of a dog's nose. Such creative minds… I'm looking forward to seeing more of your apartment!

  2. October 23, 2014 / 1:54 pm

    Great idea. Can't wait to see whole apartment.
    Congrats on your merriage btw, saw some photos on instagram. Youlooked stunning. Mel
    http://www.livingoncloude9.com

  3. October 24, 2014 / 8:04 pm

    Thanks so much Natalie! Haha yeah guys say the strangest things sometimes. All well intentioned though. I'll be sharing more of my apartment soon, so stay tuned!

  4. October 24, 2014 / 8:05 pm

    Well thanks so much Mel! A full home tour will come eventually, I promise!

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