Build Your Own Sofa

I am looking for plans on how to build a sofa set for our living room. If anyone could help me out it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

Tammy from TX

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Build Your Own Sofa

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By Barb

Build Your Own Sofa

This appears to be what your looking for:

furnituredesigns.com (11/20/2005)

By Tom from Australia

Thoughts on..."Build Your Own Sofa"

Things to consider:

  • The jab in the back of the thighs, the front edge needs to be comfortable but firm. A good roll of padding over the front should do that. Or a low base and thick cushion.

  • Cushion material, are you going to use cheap foam blocks that last only 6 months before they are flat? What about mutting up an old Duvet and making big comfy pillow style seating?

  • How about making a frame that holds many bean bags?

  • Slouch factor - do you want to be able to lean against the arms of the sofa? then your going to have to pad them too.

  • Seat height, measure your legs - make it for you.

  • Seat base -1. springs? spend good money on them or you'll be sat on the floor soon. 2. fabric hammock style - again spend good money. 3. solid base - lots of padding (think about your bed base and mattress)

  • Could you drill holes to take those "self assemble" half turn clip joints in your design? They are really easy to do.

  • The angle of the seat to the base - it's more than 90 degrees.
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  • Lumbar support - very very important, else you'll be using your bed pillows to get comfortable.

  • Length - will you want to lie down on it?

  • Coffee/tea cup holder? (I'm British - tea for me!)

  • Will it be movable? are wheels needed? or can you screw it to the wall?

  • Upholstery - are you going to use old cushions? Can you sew, and overlock?

I'm about done for now - but I'm certainly thinking about my design a bit more! thanks for helping me think about this. (12/31/2005)

By Rick B.

Build Your Own Sofa

Try funkysofa.com (11/22/2006)

By Faith

Build Your Own Sofa

I made a sofa in the 70's, great, comfortable, looked good and I could change the covers to wash them. Base was 3/4" plywood, 3 sets of cushions bottom and back, cushioned arms, all wrapped in batting, firm foam, then muslin covers. Over the muslin covers I put eggshell corduroy velvet covers that could be taken off and washed. Got the pattern and instructions from either Family Circle or Better Homes and Gardens - there was a picture of a penthouse on front with a sofa, love seat (or chair) great couch, so comfortable, wish I still had it. Cheap to build, solid. You might check that source, the magazine that is. (03/28/2008)

By Pat

Build Your Own Sofa

One of the Sara Richardson's shows on either HGTV or Fine Living is a show entitled "Summer Shack". She made a wonderful sofa/daybed from scrap plywood and what looks to be 2X4 lumber. Then she used HD Foam and covered it with cotton canvas fabric. I believe she made it only 30 inches deep which is great for small spaces and doesn't give it that bed made into a sofa look and feel. For the back she made pillows with tie dye fabric. I love it and plan to build one this summer. If you have cable TV and watch for the show this may be what you are looking for. I believe the show was in her "Room Service" series not "Design Inc". But, I could be wrong. (10/03/2008)

By Helen

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