Introduction: Instant Lounge Seats

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I needed tons of extra seating for a last minute Halloween party I decided to have and came up with a cheap and fast solution. Here's what you'll need: 

- 8+ buckets (4-5 gallon)
- Table cloth, sheet or blanket
- Couch cushions or large pillows

I happened to score a bunch of 4 gallon pales from an ad on Craigslist for $1 each, but you can find 5 gallon buckets at home depot. They're called "Homer" buckets and come in a 5-pack for $11.70. 

The tablecloth cost me $1 from the 99 cent store (thanks Q Bargain!). And the cushions are the back cushions from my couch. I just replaced the back cushions on my couch with decorative pillows. 

Step 1: Arrange Buckets

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Arrange the buckets, open side down, in the area you need seating. I spaced mine apart about 5-8 inches since my cushions are pretty big. 

Step 2: Drape Cloth

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Drape the tablecloth over the buckets and tuck any excess material underneath the buckets. I made sure to smooth out the wrinkles to make it lay nice and even. 

Step 3: Add Cushions

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Lay the cushions on top and adjust the buckets and cover to desired attractiveness. Stand back and admire your lounge-seating-to-go! 

Total cost: $9.00! 


gthomas18 (author)2014-03-08

Really cool idea

iti (author)2013-02-25

Use the buckets for storage too, and you can use an outdoor furniture cushion for the top.

adamdhall (author)2012-04-17

Maybe try putting the sheet/cloth over the pillows as well for ultra modern design. Try white sheet with different colored lights in the room as well!!! Just ideas! Amazing work!

melody2012w (author)2012-02-18

this is an swift idea..thanx s
sooooo much it's a joy learning these tips of


ElvenChild (author)2011-05-14

Marvelous. Simply marvelous.

porcupinemamma (author)2010-11-10

Thanks for the info. I need a little bed for my art studio, and the wheels in my head are turning as to how I can make one using your princepels. You really came up with a brilliant idea! :0) (I subscribed)

Wonderful! Post pics if you get a chance, I'd love to see what you come up with :)

Now if I could only spell..."principles" ... I knew it looked wrong when I wrote it ;0)

porcupinemamma (author)2010-11-08

About the cushions, I'm thinking about a one piece foam pillow, could you possibly tell me what size I should buy? again. Well done!

My cushions are approx. 2 x 2 ft. You can position the buckets to fit slightly smaller or larger than that. Or even add more buckets if the cushions are significantly larger. A single piece of foam is a great idea! I was even thinking of putting a board or something rigid underneath the cushioning for more stability. However the buckets alone were surprisingly stable. They tend to move around a little and the covering gets a little messy, so you may want to find a way to secure the covering if you're looking for a longer term solution. Happy making!

porcupinemamma (author)2010-11-08


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