IKEA Shares Instructions For Turning Its Rugs Into ‘Game Of Thrones’ Cloaks
As things stand, there are very few things from Game of Thrones that you can safely own in real life. Science hasn't yet advanced to the point you can recruit a seven-foot-tall zombie to vanquish your enemies (or do your laundry), wolves are wild animals that are notoriously difficult to train, and I don't have the garden space at home to accommodate one dragon, let alone three.
One thing that's a little bit plausible, however, is the idea of being able to dress up like one of your favourite families from Westeros; whether that be the Lannisters, the Tyrells or even the Martells (okay, maybe not the Martells). One item of clothing that's decidedly more achievable is that of house Stark, after it was revealed that their trademark cloaks were actually just rugs from IKEA.
That's right: Game of Thrones has won Creative Arts Emmy Awards for Costuming in 2012, 2014 and 2016, but sometimes, it's less about building something amazing from scratch than it is about finding something relatively mundane, and making it magical. Now, IKEA have shared with us some handy instructions for turning that rug into something much more awesome, so you can live out your wildest fantasies at home.
If you've ever had the pleasure of buying something from IKEA, you'll know two things: one, that they'll always look modern and trendy, and two, you're probably going to have to put them together yourself. As we all know, IKEA is big on DIY, and this rug-to-cloak hack is no different.
To make yourself a cloak befitting of a trip to Winterfell or any meeting with the Night's Watch, you're going to need to pick up a Skold sheepskin rug, which usually retails at around $79. From there, simply follow this very simple (and typical of IKEA) list of instructions.
Using a pair of scissors, cut a slit into the material, and then a hole where your head will go. Then, slip it on, and then begin your life at least 70 percent awesomer, warning your neighbours about the threat beyond the wall, or declaring yourself King (or Queen) of the North. It's so simple!
Of course, the costume team for the HBO series go the extra mile to make those cloaks look even cooler. They often shave the fur, wax it, add leather straps, or even add "frosting" to give it that authentic "winter is coming" look. Speaking at the Getty Museum event in Los Angeles last year, head costume designer Michele Clapton talks about.
"We take anything we can; we cut and we shave them and then we added strong leather straps. We want the audience to almost smell the costumes."
With Game of Thrones well beyond the halfway mark for its seventh and penultimate season, we might not be privy to the adventures of the warring Westeros families for much longer. With these authentic cloaks, however, you can ensure that the characters from Game of Thrones live on in your wardrobe, and are occasionally trotted out on Halloween or fancy dress parties.