Sheepskins are endlessly versatile, with uses ranging from fashion to insulation. In recent years, the trend for Hygge, Scandi style, Boho and Scottish Coorie, has helped boost the popularity of sheepskins and transformed them into must-have interior staples.
So what are the best ways to use a sheepskin in your home?
1. IN THE BATHROOM Using a sheepskin in a shower room can be quite useful. The leather prevents slips, the wool absorbs moisture effectively and they spring back up with a little brush and care. Don’t wash them too often! Airing works well and make sure to lift the leather off the wet floor every day so it can dry. This is a natural white sheepskin, but other singles will work too.
2. IN THE BEDROOM Sheepskin in the bedroom – a classic: on the bed for warmth, on the floor for cosy feet, and ever so stylish. From singles to multiple skins, you won’t be to be without it! The sheepskins shown here are Icelandic fleeces.
3. ON THE FLOOR Sheepskin is resistant, warm but naturally cooling, and durable with a natural bounce-back so perfect as a rug. Put it in front of our favourite chair or sofa, or at the base of your desk, and enjoy cosy warm feet. This sheepskin is a one-off special but is very similar to either a brown or donnetti ruffer sheepskin.
4. FOR SEAT PADS Sheepskin can be used to upholster cushions pads on chairs. It’s very comfortable and easy to work with. It can be cut to size (we can do this for you) or you can do this yourself using a sharp Stanley knife. We also make bespoke cushion pads for chairs and stools. The sheepskin used is a Herdwick fleece. 4. FOR SEAT PADS Sheepskin can be used to upholster cushions pads on chairs. It’s very comfortable and easy to work with. It can be cut to size (we can do this for you) or you can do this yourself using a sharp Stanley knife. We also make bespoke cushion pads for chairs and stools.
5. IN A KITCHEN/DINER Why not use sheepskin the kitchen? It adds a bit of warmth and texture to what is often a mostly practical room. Using multiple sheepskin rugs makes a statement and sheepskin cushions soften hard surfaces for more comfortable seating. The cushions used here are Yeti cushions in white/ivory and the sheepskin is a triple natural white.
6. IN A CHILD’S BEDROOM/NURSERY In children’s bedrooms, sheepskins are the perfect accessory to create the kind of softness you want for your little ones when they are playing on the floor. A single sheepskin can be used on a desk chair to make lovely and comfy. Here we used natural white and brown sheepskins as well as a cube beanbag for our little sheepskin teddy to sit on.
7. AS A THROW You can use a larger sheepskin or a mosaic sheepskin rug on a sofa or a large armchair as a stylish throw, adding warmth and luxury to your living room. Although our rugs and throws are not meant as blankets, they are lovely to wrap yourself in. This mosaic sheepskin rug is available in a range of colours.
8. AS A HEADREST Use a double or end-to-end sheepskin as comfy headrest for the back of your sofa. You’ll never go back! Must nicer than a cushion to rest your head on. The end-to-end sheepskin pictured here is a Donnetti Ruffer.
9. BY THE HEARTH In front of the fire, a sheepskin is a must. Perfect to lie back on and relax, or just to keep your feet warm. Wool is naturally fire-retardant too! Try a double side-by-side or triple sheepskin rug, which will fit nicely in front of the hearth. You can find double, triple and larger rugs in most categories and colours of sheepskin. The triple pictured is a cappuccino-coloured fleece.
10. AS A PET MAT Last but not least, your favourite pet is bound to love your sheepskin rug so you can get them their own to lounge on. Very comfortable, absorbent and capable of adapting to the animal’s temperature, this is an ideal pet bed or mat for your best four-legged friend to enjoy for years to come. The mat pictured is a large natural brown.