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How to Build a Sofa/Couch #6: Seat cushions and the home stretch

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Blog entry by dakremer posted 01-10-2011 08:34 AM 14738 reads 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Sorry it’s been a while for people following this blog. The sofa is ALMOST done. I just sewed the seat cushions. First time doing this ever. The first one turned out pretty poorly, but my second one turned out great I think. I will probably redo the first one. The only thing left to do is sew the back cushions (right now there are just bed pillows there – which is surprisingly comfortable). I also have to fabric the bottom and finish it off to keep the dust out of the inside framework of the sofa. I also believe I’ll make bigger legs as you can barely see the ones I made. Overall I am very pleased with this sofa – it’s the first one I’ve ever done – with no formal training or anything. Just read some books and tried to learn as I go. Enjoy and if you haven’t seen this blog series feel free to go back to the previous blogs in this series to see now I built it!! Any comments or criticism welcome! Thanks

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



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dakremer

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#1 posted 01-10-2011 08:35 AM

Shoot, Photobucket made the pic too big. I can’t get it smaller, something is getting screwed up – so if you want to see the full image just click on it and it’ll take you to Photobucket.

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

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#2 posted 01-10-2011 11:33 AM

This looks great. Well done. Great blog too. Thanks for sharing it

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Garry-Macdonald-Woodwork/425518554215355?ref=hl

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Russ

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#3 posted 01-10-2011 04:03 PM

Nice work. I followed the series and it’s nice to see the finished product. That couch looks as good or better as any you can find in a store.

-- Russ

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#4 posted 01-10-2011 04:25 PM

You did a great job on this and have given me a number of ideas and questions.

The frame looks like you used 1×4s, are these strong enough in the front for heavier use?
For added support, would webbing be useful on the top of the springs or would this be a waste of time?

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#5 posted 01-10-2011 05:49 PM

1×4s are plenty strong. You dont want a bulky frame otherwise the sofa will be extremely heavy. However – most sofas frames are a mixture of hardwood (in places you need more strength) and softwood. I used ALL pine because this was my first sofa, so didn’t want to invest tons of money, also I’m a poor college kid!

Webbing on the top would be a waste of time and counterproductive. If you go the route I did with the coil sprngs, you need to tie them together like that to get the springy effect. However I did add more webbing to the bottom then shown in the pics for the added support. You don’t want the sofa base TOO firm. If you go to a store and check out a sofa – lift up the cushion and test the springs and you’ll see how firm you’re going for. Hope that helps

Thanks for the kind words

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

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#6 posted 01-10-2011 06:37 PM

Many thanks, keep up the good work.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#7 posted 11-01-2011 04:32 PM

I was looking for “sofa springs” online when I saw this. Wow, you just encouraged me to build my own. Could you please help me find the cushion foam? Also the Rubberized foam for the arm tops? Thanks, and what a great job you did!

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#8 posted 11-28-2012 09:35 PM

I’m currently converting two sofas into one L shaped sofa and I’d really like to replace the S springs that are currently in there with the 8 way hand tied variety, but I can’t seem to find the coil springs anywhere to purchase. Does any one have any suggestions on where to start looking? Or know where I could get a bunch of new springs? The main reason I want to replace the ones that are in there is that they’ve gotten loose over time and are not as supportive as they used to be. So if anyone has any suggestions as to how to fix the loose springs instead of replacing them with the higher quality ones, that would be very helpful as well.
Thank you in advance!!

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#9 posted 11-29-2012 02:05 PM

The only way to know how to fix the Sinuous Springs is to open it up and see what’s wrong. Two things could be happening. 1) the springs have stretched over time and lost their springiness – which means you’ll have to replace them. 2) The clips that attach the springs to the sofa frame are coming loose – which means you’ll have to replace those, and if that’s the case you might as well replace the springs while you’re at it (if their bad)

Most likely if you have sinuous (S) springs in your sofa you’ll have to keep it that way unless you want to mod the frame to except 8-way-hand-tied. 8-way is much more expensive material-wise, and is much more labor intensive.

To find both kinds of springs, just do a google search for “upholstery springs” or “upholstery coil springs” or “8 way hand tied springs” – that should pull up tons of sources to buy them.

Let me know if you have any other questions…

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

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