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Old 03-07-2011, 09:57 PM
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Anyone have any good patterns for homemade couches? The Mrs. and I are thinking of trying that maybe to save cash and for something different. Also we would like to be able to disassemble it when we move for transport. Thanks!
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Old 03-07-2011, 11:23 PM
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Go buy a decent used one and buy a slip cover for it. Your time, mone and headache aren't worth it.
Old 03-08-2011, 12:32 AM
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Go buy a decent used one and buy a slip cover for it. Your time, mone and headache aren't worth it.
I disagree, this kind of experience can be invaluable. Better to learn now then after TSHTF.
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Anyone have any good patterns for homemade couches? The Mrs. and I are thinking of trying that maybe to save cash and for something different. Also we would like to be able to disassemble it when we move for transport. Thanks!
I don't have any patterns/plans, but I do know you'll be dealing with the problem of rump support. for the back you do a couple of rectangles. A large one for the actual back (height of the couch X length of the couch). That's gonna be perpendicular to the ground. from the top of that rectangle would fashion another rectangle roughly 20 degrees or so out, and roughly half the height. That's your support for your back rest/cushions. about six inches down from the bottom of your back rest rectangle you build straight out from the back another rectangle parallel to the ground going the length of the couch and then out the width you want it. build leg supports for that rectangle, then tie in armrests as supports for the backrest, and place in bracers to help distribute the weight. Then it's a matter of upholstery, and that I know nothing of.

Hope that makes sense.
Old 03-08-2011, 02:44 AM
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Not for making one from scratch, but I`m actually repurposing an old sixties wooden couch frame, and upholstering it in cowhide for strength and durability. (plus, I tanned the hide myself, so it`ll be something to smile at when I sit because it was gruesomely hard work!)
Invest in the best upholstery nails and studs you can afford, they make the difference.
Stuffing, if you are using it, can be cheap...think sheep`s wool, hard packed, or costly...coir, horsehair...but should be well distributed and packed tightly or over time it`ll all go lumpy.
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We converted our hideabed couch into a regular one by simply removing the interior metal frame and mattress and making plywood base for the seats. There is now a nice open space under the couch to store stuff if we feel like it. You could obtain almost any hide a bed couch with a wood frame and set it up the same. You wouldn't have to build one from scratch. Find a nice used one somewhere and check out the possibilities.
we cover our couch with old blankets and such. shabby chic was at my house way before it was fashionable. Nobody who looks at my furniture thinks it is anything else but old hard used furniture that I have to cover with sheets and blankets to make it look better.
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Hmmmm seems like there is a lot of potential storage space going to waste. Good opportunity to use it, when you design your own. Think about the dining table in an RV, with flip up storage under the seat cushion.
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Here you go bud, toss a few pillows on this bad boy and you have a post SHTF couch...

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There's all sorts plywood ideas
knock down picnic table
http://vbwhiz.isa-geek.net/plans/PDF...cnic_Table.pdf
There was a whole thread on this and I can't find it. In the thread there were links posted to all sorts of simple but neat plywood projects

Plastic bottle furniture
http://www.survivalistboards.com/sho...ight=furniture

Using logs to build furniture
http://www.survivalistboards.com/sho...ight=furniture

DIY Sofa
http://ana-white.com/2010/11/build-y...rage-sofa.html

Bean Bag Sofa/Bed
http://www.instructables.com/id/bean-bag-sofa--bed/

Sofa Bed
http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-stylish-sofa-bed/

Sofa Bed
http://www.instructables.com/id/The-...ible-sofa-bed/

Corner couche
http://blog.makezine.com/archive/201...-on-the-c.html

Good luck! Make sure to post pics when you're done.
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My ex's Grandmother had built a corner sofa along two walls. It was basicly a ply wood box, with hinges on the lid. She made cushions for the bottom, and cushions and pillows to lay against the wall for the back. It was comfortable and had LOTS of storage. Woman was amazing. I miss her.
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I'm thinking a raised futon type would be most versatile

Maybe a simpler version of this

http://www.futonlife.com/futon-image...rame_plans.pdf
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Default homemade couch

build ya a couple (2-3) plank chairs.
Throw some planks across them.
Sew up a tic (sp?) throw it, on align it.
Can also be used as guest bed on floor....
Time to move on, pull everyting apart, stack flat, load up, and move...

my $0.02

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My grandparents had an old wooden couch and chair that looked like they had been built in someone's garage...old 70's style cushions lol. Under the bottom cushions there was just a lattice work of canvas straps with grommets in either end secured to large nails in the frame.

They bought it in the 70's mind you. It was essentially like an oversized bench with back and bottom cushions...They were heavy and BIG and they never broke. When they finally decided to join the 1990's they just gave them away.
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I applaud your efforts to make a couch. What makes it difficult is that it all depends on what type of couch you intend to make.
Couch Plan and example:
http://ana-white.com/2010/11/build-y...rage-sofa.html
From PFA on a chair but covers the basic idea.
http://www.pfa.org/intouch/new_pdf/lr_IntouchV2.3.pdf

My recommendation is to find an existing couch and tear it apart and modify it to fit your needs. The urethane foam, which will be used for cushions and to cover the wood part, is fairly easy to get. You might be able to get it directly from people like American Excelsior http://www.americanexcelsior.com/ Also, most packing fabricators will work with urethanes and can also be places to find the necessary urethane foam. Keep in mind that you will have choose your foams density and IFD. It can be a daunting task to build furniture. Good luck.
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this is a project i have thought about off and on for a long time (well my better half keeps saying NO ) my thinking is to get two cheap sprung matterises some of the cheap ones can be 2 1/2 feet wide rather than the 3 feet thats standard, and make the frame to fit with the base pitched down to the rear by 5 to 10 degrees, you could even use fitted sheets as covers.
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I made my own couches once. They were the best ones I ever had and I miss them. It was an L-shape...one side went against wall, and the other had a back that was deep bookcases on the non-couch side.

They were plywood boxes, with hinges.....Storage underneath. Bookcases in back. Twin mattresses for seating (though I scrapped that for covered foam) big foam pillow backrests.

I may even have plans. I can scan photos and see if I can post them.
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Here is a picture. I have the directions with drawings if you want them....
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Last 2 posts are the ticket. I was going to add that a pontoon boat site, pontoonstuff forums has a boat rebuild section that showed rebuilding bench seats using 3/4 plywood, witch would be perfect for couchs. Gotta have the storage.
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I knew a guy on another forum that built a couch out of crates of ammo.
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A removable seat from a van or 4x4 some good seat covers and a few pillows.
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