While I’m not one for sitting on the couch too often, I’m inclined to watch a couple shows during the week with my lady (if I don’t watch TV with her at least one or two night a week she gets grumpy). And then there’s Sundays during football season, but that’s a different story.
Anyway, we have traditional couches, no recliners, and a very hard/pointy coffee table. And to be honest I like having a coffee table MOST of the time. But there are times where I really would rather just have something soft to rest my feet on.
I could throw some pillows on the coffee table because lord knows we have enough of them on the couch. What’s up with twenty pillows on the couch anyway? Unfortunately the coffee table is really too tall to put your feet on to begin with, and it’s sometimes hard to see over my toes.
So… I want an ottoman and a coffee table without needing two pieces of furniture.
Everything in dark brown would be made of hard wood, while the light brown would be 1/2” ply. The dowels are colored just to stand out.
That red thing on top is my lame SketchUp attempt at a cushion.
It would have flanged slots on each end to support the top as it flipped over. Some sort of roller would be attached to the top at one edge so that the top would act like a lid, or could be lifted to vertical, rolled to the other edge, and laid flat on the other side revealing the opposite face.
At 6’ long and 30” wide I believe it should be large enough to accommodate anything either piece of furniture should. There are supports on either edge to support the lid, though I’m not sure how much support will be needed if the kids start jumping on it. The storage compartment will be lined with rib supports across the bottom, but even with those this thing would not fare well to be overloaded with magazines and book, but blankets and pillows would be supported wonderfully.
-- Big John's Woodshed - Farmington, IL