Hay bale seating inspiration
Charlie / 10 June 2010
I recently got an enquiry from a bride-to-be asking for help. She is planning a low key, DIY wedding on a budget, and I suggested hay bales as a possible option for seating.
Hay bales are great because they’re a good height for seating, they are natural, you can usually find somewhere local to source them, and you can dress them up in all kinds of ways.
Finding hay bales
I would recommend finding a local stables or farm and finding out whether you could borrow they hay bales rather than buy them. That way you don’t end up with a barn full of hay bales at the end of your wedding, and you should be able to negotiate a reasonable price or even just to leave a deposit until the bales are returned.
Accessorize your hay bales
Quilts, blankets, picnic rugs, and cushions are all great for accessorizing your hay bale seating. If you are looking for vintage quilts or old blankets, make sure you check out carboot sales, charity shops and ask friends and family. Depending on your budget, you could always opt for recycled wool picnic blankets available from Hen and Hammock.
Inspiration – below are some great examples of hay bale seating. Be inspired!
Hay bales placed next to each other to create a long bench, with cushions in alternating colours…
Image: Beth Helmstetter
Rustic and ‘au naturale’ hay bales – pile up vintage blankets and quilts for people to sit on…
Image: Country Living
As simple as it gets – but maybe a bit uncomfortable for some bums!
Image: Country Living
Here the hay bales have been simply draped with material or throws to provide a more cushioned seat…
Here blankets (or you could use towels) have been laid over the hay bales and fastened with twine to keep them in place…
Image: Once Wed
Hay bales have been used to create rustic seating for an outdoor ceremony, covered with an eclectic mix of blankets…
Cut out pieces of material to cover the tops of your hay bales, then simply tie the corners up with twine to hold them in place…
Image: Style Me Pretty
You can just see that padded cushions have been added to these hay bales for added comfort…
Image: The Knot
Another great example of using material to cover the tops of hay bales – not only does it make them nicer to sit on, but they look lovely…
Image: W Scott Chester Photography
And possibly my favourite left to last – how ingenious is this?! A hay bale sofa! Complete with vintage style quilts and throws…
Image: Joy Marie Photography
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