How To Flatten a Curling Cowhide

Craigslist finds are what I live for. And this cowhide was one heck of a bargain. Except that the smaller ends keep curling up and I trip over them. I tried taping them down to the floor, I tried rearranging the cowhide so that the curling bits were under the sofa. Until I found out the easiest way to tame a curling cowhide.

What You Need

2 rags (for absorbing water)
pile of heavy books
spray bottle


1. Lightly spray the top and underneath of the cowhide with water. You don't need to saturate, but just dampen. I used about 5 good sprays on each side of mine.

2. Place a dishrag or old towel underneath the hide so that your floor doesn't get wet. And place one one top of the curling piece.

3. Set a pile of heavy books on top of the curling piece and leave it there for a couple of hours, or overnight.

4. Voila. The cowhide is now laying flat and will no longer cause you tiny moments of torment.

Additional Notes:
This method is basically a way to re-stretch the hide so you can do it over and over, as needed. Big thanks to Morgan at the brick house for introducing me to this technique.

Images: Laure Joliet