Yes, Really: Game of Thrones Just Created the Best IKEA Hack Ever

Sophie Miura


When each episode costs almost $13 million to make, it's little wonder that the Game of Thrones costume team has started looking for ways to create the show's elaborate outfits on a budget. In fact, costume designer Michele Clapton reveals that they have even created their own IKEA hack to keep costs down.

In a talk at the Getty museum in Los Angeles, Clapton let slip that the leather-and-fur capes worn by the Night's Watch aren't as authentic as they appear. They might look like rugged, years-old fur capes fashioned from wild animals beyond the wall, but they're actually budget IKEA rugs. Yes, Jon Snow has been wearing a fur rug around his shoulders all along.

"I want the audience to almost smell the costumes. Here they were waxed and frosted so they belonged to the landscape," she said. The rugs were cut, shaved, and dyed, and then they were subjected to a rigorous breakdown process to make them look worn-in, Quartz reports.

"Sometimes if you're restricted, it makes you more clever about what you're doing," Clapton said of the budget and costume process. "You can look at things, you can reuse things." While it's unclear which IKEA rug the Game of Thrones team uses, our bets are on the Ludde sheepskin. Consider your Halloween costume sorted.


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