For several months now, I have been admiring a couch I found in a local furniture store. I absolutely LOVE the design and the way the pieces fit together. I like that it is deep enough to be good for cuddling, which also means it has enough depth to handle long legs comfortably, which a lot of couches simply don’t do. I like that it has ottomans that fit in with the curvature of the front of the couch and make it long enough to act as a bed if the guest room is filled… or the boyfriend is snoring too loudly for me to get any sleep. What I do NOT like is the colors of this couch. I’m NOT a fan of this recent trend toward tan and brown as good colors for living room furniture!
I looked everywhere to find another couch like this one, and finally discovered that the manufacturer, makes their furniture EXCLUSIVELY for this store. So I contacted the store to see if they would be willing to work with me on the colors a bit, since I can’t get the couch from anyone else… they responded to my email so fast, there is no way they had time to contact the manufacturer and ask. The answer a decided NO, we do not offer this sectional in any other colors. I grumbled for about 30 minutes about how fast they responded that they basically didn’t care if they lost a sale for me not liking the colors because if I wanted that style of couch, I was basically going to have to purchase it from them and then immediately have it recovered…
OR… I realized I could make it myself. It won’t be exactly the same, and I will probably make some adjustments to it, like attaching fasteners to make sure the sections don’t dance apart on a wood or tile floor, and adding storage to the ottomans. I’m currently working in Sketch-up to create a general form that I am happy with, and then I’ll start creating the mini models so I can start estimating the project. Since I currently have two couches that are college freebies, I am seeing where couches begin to wear first, and I’m considering making some adjustments to the design to alleviate these problems, since it is almost impossible to eliminate them.
Once I have the general form created and some implementation ideas, I’ll post images and start a project page. If anyone has any experience and can offer guidance, I’m open to ideas for implementation. I know it’s going to be complicated because of the flowing lines of the front and the rounded versus square corners. I have never attempted a project this big and for the better part of a decade, the biggest thing I’ve worked with in wood was the models I made for my studio classes from balsa and bass woods. I can say, what I lack in practical knowledge, I make up for in blind determination and perfectionist precision.
-- Determine the thing that can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.