How to Build a Sofa/Couch #5: Sofa upholstery complete, legs next....

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Blog entry by dakremer posted 05-27-2010 10:57 PM 33688 reads 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey LJ’s. So I have the upholstery of the sofa frame complete. The only thing left as far as upholstery, is the seat cushion and pillows!! My next step is making the legs. This is where I need some advice from you guys. I was planning on making some legs that are really big and bulky, probably either black or dark shade of brown (like walnut), but I was wondering what you guys think? I was also thinking about only doing 1 long seat cushion. I kind of like the fact of not having any cracks to lose keys in :) But again, was wondering what you guys think? The pictures are below, and again if you have any questions just let me know and I’d be happy to answer them. Thanks a lot!! My next post will be of the finished sofa under Projects. Thanks for all the support!!

Sorry, I can’t figure out a way to make the picture smaller so you can see the whole thing!! Photobucket sucks. Anyways you can click on the picture and it’ll take you to the full size pic. Thanks!!




-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#1 posted 05-27-2010 11:02 PM

how wide is it again? (re: the cushion)

I think some bulky walnut legs would look amazing on this!

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#2 posted 05-27-2010 11:07 PM

Tyskkvinna – it is 6’ between the arm rests. The arm rests are about 8” each, so the total width is about 88”

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#3 posted 05-27-2010 11:15 PM

Why not build a recessed toekick set back equal all the way around. You know mitered corners and all. Then nothing will get lost under the couch. It is also a high end look as opposed to four feet. Just a thought.

-- Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.

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#4 posted 05-27-2010 11:34 PM

rhett, that sounds like a good idea! I will definitely consider it!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#5 posted 05-28-2010 12:37 AM

I’ve really enjoyed this build well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 05-28-2010 01:09 AM

I think large dark/black gloss wood bun feet would look good on this sofa a little like the shape of a curling stone. They would also act as a glide to move the sofa. Regarding the upholstery a single cushion would look ok but you would have to put deep buttons in about every 8” square to stop such a large sheet of material from shifting around on the foam cushion & to retain it’s neat appearance, material quickly stretches & would look loose & saggy without some tension. So far you’ve done a great job I like it
Best to you

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#7 posted 05-28-2010 01:14 AM

personally I see this as having some walnut “tubafores” stacked in a reverse pyrimid.. super job my friend.. I agree it need’s bulk in the feet but it also need’s dimension and texture , stacked 2×4’s graduating down would look good to me, and add the added dimension it needs, and at 6 ‘span a center leg would look good and serve as a extra support .. so a double sided one

mitered corners of course .. or not it would look great either way l

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#8 posted 05-28-2010 03:49 PM

Looks very good so far. I also vote for bulky dark colour feet. If you are going to make the seat cushion out of foam then just be careful what might happen is when a single person sit on it on the one side the other side might pop up and kinda hang in the air which might not be what you were looking for.

-- Hannes, Cape Town, South Africa

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#9 posted 05-28-2010 05:46 PM

I have also really enjoyed this blog, im super impressed with your fortitude to tackle the upholstering and sewing. I dont think id have the “cajones” to get my Betsy Ross on like that. Kudos to you!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#10 posted 05-28-2010 06:50 PM

Nicely done!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#11 posted 05-28-2010 07:13 PM

Although it would be extremely practical to have one large cushion for the reason you mentioned, I was thinking it might be a good idea to have separate ones, in case something gets spilled or anything. That way, you could update a cushion without having to redo the whole thing. Maybe that’s not a concern, though!

I do like the cleanness that a single cushion would bring to the look of the sofa.

Super work on this; I’ve enjoyed following your blog.

-- Robb

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#12 posted 05-29-2010 03:17 PM

I worked for a re-upholster for a while in collage, so I know how much work you are putting in to this.

As for feet I also like the toe kick, it could make the sofa appear to float. but if you do feet go big and dark.

As for the cushion,it would depend on how clean you want the look and how many people you think will be sitting on it regularly. i.e if it is 3 people then some one will always need to sit on the crack of two cushions.

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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#13 posted 08-18-2010 04:55 PM

how much did the total cost of the project run? because i was thinking it was cheaper to just make my own

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#14 posted 08-18-2010 11:23 PM

chris i think the total cost for me was a little under $300 and its a huge couch!! Most of the cost comes from the fabric and cushions. I had all the wood already, and i actually salvaged the springs from old/thrown away couches – so that was all “free.” I would say a sofa this size, etc would go for ATLEAST $500 in a store. But it is a custom sofa, so maybe its worth more – one of a kind.

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#15 posted 08-20-2010 06:42 AM

i guess thats not too bad ill have to keep my eye out for some being thrown out. ya i would love to be able to say i made it from scratch. where did u find the jute ties and the straps?

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