Building a sofa: pros, cons, vague instructions, and valuable lessons #Do It Yourself#couches#furniture#living room March 8 | Guest post by Rachel Buse We needed a new couch. Wanting to build my own, I found this how-to instructional scanned from a vintage home maintenance encyclopedia. It took (a lot of) time, but the results are good! Here is a pro/con list detailing the fruits of my labor — it'll help prepare you, should you decide to build your own couch. Pros: Bragging rights. Building your own couch is badass. Fully customizable. You choose your materials, where they come from, and what they look like. It's all up to you. Following this vintage pattern sorta means you are making vintage. You definitely get vintage style. I don't care if my cat scratches and snags this couch. But I would if it were real vintage. As far as custom furniture goes, CHEAP! Approximately $300 — my biggest expense being fabric. Replaceable parts. No need to throw out the frame out when the springs in the mattress go bad. Click here for big instructions! Couch is made from a bed, which will be awesome for overnight guests who may sleep there. Fewer crevices, less dust. Challenging! Will build construction and sewing skills you never knew you had. Cons: Time consuming. This is a multiple-weekend, many-late-nights, multi-phase project. Compared to "could have just gotten a cheap gaudy couch from craigslist", this was EXPENSIVE. I did not know I'd spend close to $300 in materials. It may just always look like a bed. Because it is a bed, it's possible you will fall asleep during movies, missing all the good parts. I don't know how to tell you how to make this couch. The original instructions included are FAR from detailed. You will have to wing the upholstery completely. Adventures in couchless living I was sitting at work today thinking about how I need to get rid of my not-so-old and very busted futon because it's so damn... [more] Other features: My dad has offered comments complimenting its structure and firmness. Child-jumping safe (so far). The back is fashioned after Thai triangle floor pillows.They provide a comfortable angle and height without being too bulky. Panels were constructed for the front of the panels to mimic a mid-century modern Danish daybed. We like our new couch. If you've got an itch to build, just make sure you've got enough patience and extra cash. It's worth it. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Rachel Buse Rachel is a sculptor living in Des Moines Iowa. She also has a house collection. http://www.juniorartteam.com PREVIOUS Hearty, healthy, filling, and fresh: Vegetarian gyros stuffed with smashed potatoes and feta NEXT Making coffee with butter and eggs: an old-world way to spice up caffeine consumption Toggle comments [ 14 ] Tell me more about this mattress. The thing that is more interest-piquing to me is that you could (if you chose) make multiple bolsters. I'm continually uncomfortable on couches. Having some made for laptopping and others for being lazy would be awesomesauce. 2 agree Reply Mattress is a twin bed leftover from an old roommate and the bolsters are removable in two sections. The padded fronts are tied on and removable. You can flip to plaid with no buttons on the other side. GOOD IDEA thinking about slouchin' versatility regarding bolsters. These thai-inspired triangle pillows have proved good for spending life on the couch. Maybe a little low for sleeping sitting up tho. 2 agree Reply Excellent sofa! If you like arms on couches, it is possible to build a simple open square or rectangle that goes on each end. I think the version that knocked around my family when I was a tot had a big open square that acted as the end legs, and then there were additional legs (from stair railing parts or from hardware-store furniture legs) in the middle for support. This looked a lot sleeker than it's sounding in my description… 1 agrees Reply Is that a dog on the couch? 1 agrees Reply Hahahahaha I thought he was a pillow! So freaking cute. 4 agree Reply My thoughts exactly! I'm sold on the couch project now… if only to achieve that level of chillin'. 1 agrees Reply Dude. Totally not the subject of this post, but I LOVE the Keith Haring print on the fireplace. 3 agree Reply We have a tour of Rachel's house, too: http://offbeathome.com/2011/05/art-collection-apartment 1 agrees Reply I love being able to wear sweaters and boots. I think it might come from grwniog up in Florida where that never happened. I also think that there are a lot of fun events that take place this time of year (football games, fairs, family get-togethers, etc.). 1 agrees Reply You did a fantastic job, it looks like a real vintage couch — but without being creaky and faded. And that looks like my dog sleeping on it! BTW I love what you did with the fireplace, I would love to do that. 1 agrees Reply Wow, Way to go! That book was so inspiring and I'm so glad it inspired you… Now you will inspire others! Hard core crafty!! 2 agree Reply We had something very similar to this growing up, only it actually WAS vintage, and was covered in a lime green plaid. It looked exactly like this, so great job truly capturing the vintage look and feel. 1 agrees Reply Hi! This is awesome! I have some wood just laying around big enough to be a base, so I think i'm going to try this. But one thing I notice is no one talks about how they get the pillows on the back to stand up. Do you have a rod or long piece of wood as the back of the seat and the cushions are resting on that? 2 agree Reply http://ana-white.com/2010/11/build-your-own-storage-sofa.html 1 agrees Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.