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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.