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Scully153
« on: October 18, 2004 01:00:59 PM »

Hi,

I'm just moving to a new apprtment, and since I don't own a sofa, it is time to find some sort of seating arrangement..

What I have in mind is 3-4 very low couches.. low but comfortable, think armchairs that are floor-height.
Beanbag chairs would be the perfect solutions, but with 3 cats in the house, I discovered the hard way that they are often mistaken for litter boxes..  Tongue

So - any ideas of how I can build these kind of seats? or other suggestions for low, comfortable seats?

thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2004 07:00:10 AM »

It sounds like you want the seat equivalent of a platform bed.  You can either build a small platform (two useful links for plans you could adapt are:
http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/dc_design_bedroom/article/0,,HGTV_3366_1373741,00.html
http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/dc_furniture_beds/article/0,,HGTV_3439_2767319,00.html 
you can use old doors for the platform instead of new particle board or plywood)

or you could convert an old futon frame into the same type of thing (you could get two or three seats out of one twin frame), or even shipping pallets.  Just pile on the cushions. 

If you have Freecycle in your area (www.freecycle.org), you can often find a lot of useful stuff people are giving away.  For instance, you could cut an old futon mattress into several big seat-cushion-sized pieces (I've done the same for dog beds, and it worked out really well).  Hope that helped!
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NessaGurl
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2004 07:22:50 AM »

you could make a wooden frame...from an old door or buy wood at your local Home Depot, Rona or any other home box store.  Then you can purchase foam from most fabric stores (cut to size) and apolster them.  I was thinkin about doing this when we didn't have couch...but then I got a free one from my mum.  This can look pretty cool, if it is done right. Another good place to find foam is at a local Army Surplus store, that has lots of discarded stuff...

good luck and I hope that helps a bit

sorry i have no good links
nessy
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Scully153
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2004 03:49:36 PM »

Thanks everyone!
Turns out we'll be building boxes with squares of mattress on, and we'll complement them with bear-shaped seats we found in Ikea..
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