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  • Barn office seating

    I am redoing my barn office. It is rather big and has a fireplace, and tongue and groove heavy paneling, so is rather cozy looking. The floor is flagstone.
    I want seating that is practical, easy to clean and must be able to handle the cat who wanders in and out on a regular basis. I also don't want to spend an arm and a leg for furniture that will see a lot of "horsey owner" dirt.

    Any suggestions?

  • #2
    Not sure if this will work for you, but this is something my boyfriend in I did at our house, and I have to say I LOVE it. I think it would work in a barn office.

    The farm we moved into (we rent an apartment on it) has lots of barns with TONS of junk in them. We found old solid cabinets that used to be in a bar in one of the barns. Freaking weighed a TON. We took a long one, maybe 12 ft, cleaned it off, took the doors off of it and flipped it upside down. Put it in the front walkway of our apartment. I got "apple baskets" and put them in what was the inside of the cabinets and they now hold shoes, boots, flip flops etc. Put a few cushions on top and its super comfy!

    Great thing about it is they are STURDY and can take a lot of abuse. I can throw my carharts on them, my paddock boots in the baskets, the dog clothes, etc and if it gets dirty I can vacuum it right up! Goes well with our beachy wood decor (we painted ours to look like aged beach wood) but would also go well if you sanded it and painted it to match the other wood you have. It will hold up to high volume of people and clients coming in and out etc., and you don't need to worry about it getting stained.

    Given, we got lucky that we found ours, but LOTS of stores like ReStore will have rejects from contractors.


    • Original Poster

      I like that idea. That is what I am talking along the lines of. Something that is wood, or wood frame but can be made to be comfy, too.


      • #4
        When I clean up the house tomorrow (sorry, already had a margarita LOL) I will snap a picture of it for you. It was VERY easy to do. Since we are by the beach I took an old boat oar, painted it white and inked on a navy crab, drilled a bunch of hooks in and hung it above the bench for coats, scarves, and to boyfriends dismay, bridles.


        • #5
          leather covered chairs, a trunk for a coffee table... easy to clean, wipe down with the tack cleaning stuff... cat hair will not stick to the leather

          something like this:


          • Original Poster

            Cool....can't wait to see. Thanks.


            • #7
              I do not recommend leather around cats with claws, unless you don't mind the damage claws will do to it.

              Personally, something with slip covered cushions that are easy to wash are move practical.
              Where Fjeral Norwegian Fjords Rule


              • #8
                We've never had the cats bother leather. Cloth cushions on the other hand were destroyed by them.


                • #9
                  Sounds lovely! I second the leather, although my cats have picked at it, but not like the clothe. And go second hand. Try your local Craigslist or second hand stores.


                  • Original Poster

                    Leather was mentioned as an option by my barn manager, but I was concerned about cat claws.If I could get second hand, I may try it.


                    • #11
                      the seating comfort sh be in inverse proportion to how much you want the BM out there actually working in the barn. just kidding, all you BMs out there.

                      You take a risk with barn cats, it's quite possible they'll dig in and scratch it to hell. I've had a leather chair pretty beat up by cats, despite a full assortment of cat scratcher stuff all around. You can freak out or just do like I do, which is to not care-- the chair is still super comfortable, etc. But if the BM office needs to be impressive to clients or something, then I'd go with a cheaper chair and just replace it when it gets crapped out. You can get medium-quality office chairs for $50 that are perfectly adequate for someone who's not sitting there all day long.


                      • #12
                        Interesting discussion on leather. I have had very negative cat experience with leather over the last 25 years. This applies particularly to my front declawed cats (came that way when adopted) have done to a leather sofa and chairs I have. I cannot imagine it improving with fully clawed cats. OTH, I have had no problem with cushions. I just replace the slip covers when needed.
                        Where Fjeral Norwegian Fjords Rule


                        • #13
                          Never had a declawed cat, but ours have been furniture climbers and even the backs of wooden chairs show where they go up, all of them, over the years.

                          Your cat may not use furniture for a scratching post, but climbing up stuff is what cats do.
                          Either make that room off limits to cats, or just think you may have to replace some furniture when it is too ratty, pun intended, for company.

                          Scratches on wood can be fixed with special wax wood repair pens, that come in all wood colors.


                          • #14
                            So easy to find good deals on nice used leather couches on Craigslist these days - that is where I would look...
                            "When life gives you scurvy, make lemonade."


                            • #15
                              OP...I don't have a suggestion to add --but want to know: Can you post pix of this amazing barn office?? Sounds so gorgeous!
                              "Indecision may or may not be my problem"
                              --Jimmy Buffett


                              • #16
                                whatever you end up with there are ways to keep kitty away from the furniture... we just cleaned the stuff with lemon scent cleaners, also the leather was smooth, not rough

                                Smells that cats hate:
                                •Citrus—lemons, limes, oranges, and the like famously are cat repellents
                                •Bananas—rubbing a banana (or citrus) peel on a couch might keep your cat off (though it will start to smell like old rotten bananas).
                                •Cayenne Pepper—as well as mustard and a variety of spicy foods (capsaicin is a toxin after all)
                                •Some Soaps & Deodorants—be careful what you clean your cat’s bowl or litter box with, because some cleaners will scare your cat away.
                                •Certain Plants—lavender, rue, geranium, absinthe or lemon thyme are examples of smells that cats hate in the plant world.
                                Last edited by clanter; Jan. 6, 2013, 12:23 PM.


                                • #17
                                  How about comfy patio furniture?


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by LauraKY View Post
                                    How about comfy patio furniture?
                                    A friend with a nice barn office did this. Actually found a really fancy set on Craigslist. It looked nice and was easy to clean.
                                    Kanoe Godby
                                    See, I was raised by wolves and am really behind the 8-ball on diplomatic issue resolution.


                                    • Original Poster

                                      Originally posted by LauraKY View Post
                                      How about comfy patio furniture?
                                      Hey! That may do the trick!

                                      I will try to post a photo on my farm FB page. It may help with ideas. It will be awhile, just got back in house after 3 hours with the vet and a colic.



                                      • #20
                                        What we have bought is from an office furniture wholesaler that is local... a leather covered chair is usually in the $80 to $120 range...

                                        such as this


                                        But the OP's office might look better with winged back chairs to give it a more traditional flair

                                        out here in the wilds, the leather does allow for easy removal and celan up of mud