How to Build a Modern Couch


Couches provide comfortable seating for many people. However, they also can be very expensive to purchase and may sit just outside your budget, even if you find it at a thrift store or outlet store. One way to ensure that you get the couch you want without overspending involves building your own couch. This may sound like a harrowing task, but it's really pretty simple.

Things You'll Need

  • Old twin bed frame
  • Screwdriver
  • Spray paint (any color)
  • Couch cushions
  • 3-inch-thick foam
  • Duct tape
  • Pillow shams
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Hook and loop fastening strips
  • Remove the headboard and footboard from an old twin bed frame. Most headboards and footboards attach to the frames with screws. Recycle an old child's bed or find a frame at a thrift store. A child's bed frame, without a mattress, is much cheaper to buy than purchasing a full piece of furniture.

  • Paint the frame with spray paint to match your decor. You may choose a metallic color like brushed chrome or copper or pick a bolder, brighter color like yellow or bright orange. Allow the paint to dry overnight.

  • Position the bed frame where you want your couch to be and top it with two or three couch cushions. Furniture supply stores often sell cushions separately from the frames, allowing you to mix and match colors and styles of fabric. Check the discount bin for extra deals.

  • Cut two or three pieces of foam measuring the same width as and twice the length of your couch cushions. For instance, if your cushions are 2 feet wide by 3 feet long (on a two-cushion couch) cut two pieces of foam 2 feet wide and 6 feet long.

  • Fold your pieces of foam in half width-wise and secure them in that position with duct tape. These provide the backrest for your couch.

  • Cut pillow shams to about 3 inches longer than your backrest cushions are wide. Hem 1 inch of the excess fabric and attach strips of hook and loop closure strips to the remaining excess fabric.

  • Slip one backrest cushion into each pillow sham. Fold the ends of the shams closed like you're wrapping a Christmas present and press the closure strips against each other to secure them.

  • Place the backrest cushions against the wall at the back of your new couch. The design is modern and armless. This streamlined look works well in any decor; just match the fabrics to your tastes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Nearly any kind of cushion will work for the couch cushions. You may use camping mats, wide porch swing pillows or even futon mattresses folded in half and covered with new fabric.
  • If you don't have an old bed frame, build a shallow box as wide and long as you want your couch to be. Give it a 2 inch deep lip so that your cushions stay in place. Add sturdy block legs and attach wheel casters to the bottom, if you like.

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