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Forum topic by JoshIndy posted 08-07-2010 07:35 AM 1888 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-07-2010 07:35 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sofa love seat couch furniture

Ok, so this may or may not be the correct place to post this…..but heregoes:

We have a smaller 1930’s house in central Indiana. I am simply just not satisfied with the furniture i see in stores. the size is too big, the price is wrong for the materials it’s made of, the colors are weird or they are just poor poor quality.

My wife and I want to try building our own pair of love seats or a really wide chair that has become more popular in the past few years. I will probably end up making an ottoman or two to go with them as well.

Anyway, what i need help with is design inspiration. Every book i pick up is about upholstery, not construction. Personally i like the idea of converting a morris chair plan into a sort of ‘double-wide’ and make a couch of it. I also like the idea big comfortable seating that you just sink into.

Has anyone else made indoor love seats?
any thing i need to look out for?
Wood ideas? (planning on something local like walnut)
Any ideas where to get a good plan?

I look forward to your assistance!

-- People are like tea bags. You find out how strong they are when you put them in hot water. -Eleanor Roosevelt

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#1 posted 08-07-2010 02:39 PM

FWIW – - My wife took an upholstery class from the local junior college. In the class she reupholstered an old chair and in the process she learned quite a bit about upholstery. We have built 3 ottomans with me doing the wooden construction and she doing the upholstery (with a little muscle help from me).

If we wanted to do something more challenging like a sofa or love seat, I think I could design something on sketch-up that would be to my liking. Of course, with sketch-up you can experiment and try different ideas until you have what you like. I often make miniature scale models of what I want to build before tackling the big job. Sometimes you see things differently in a model and you change the design a little because of it. That was true when I made a bed.

Good luck.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 08-07-2010 03:12 PM

Have you looked at Mission Style furniture. You could alter the size to fit your needs.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#3 posted 08-08-2010 04:11 PM

Dakremer built this really cool sofa. Maybe you could Private Message him about his process.

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