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« on: March 20, 2011 07:04:45 PM »

Look what my awesome husband built me!

I hate the idea of traditional couches and kids. I can't have something that costs hundreds of dollars, is filled with complex mechanisms and can't be easily cleaned left to the mercies of my five kids and two dogs.
I told the man what I wanted and he built it from scrap wood we found in the $.50 bin and some leftovers we had in the backyard. Mostly pine, probably. It took about 5 hours altogether.

I wanted something like the bench/sofas I'd seen in some of the older hotels in Thailand; Big enough to sit on, long enough to lay on, and deep enough for several people to curl up. Sans all the intricate carving, delicate upholstery and satiny finishes.

It's always a little scary asking him for stuff like this because there is no plan, no carefully drawn blueprint, no anal-retentive measuring and re-measuring. He just wings it, but it comes out so well! The whole thing cost about $40. $40 and the power of love.

Now it's up to me to make a bunch of big ass cushions so that we can stack them up and play fort.
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2011 07:25:19 PM »

As a child of a large family, I completely understand your misgivings on a traditional couch. honestly, I think one of the best features of the one your husband made is the hole in the front - you can easily find lost belongings, dogs, etc that ended up underneath it - like we know will  Wink it looks like he did a really great job with construction too. I hope you and yours enjoy your new couch!

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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2011 01:59:26 PM »

Wohooo! Cudos to your man! It looks awesome!

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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2011 04:30:13 PM »

That's wonderful!  I want one!

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« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2011 02:02:26 PM »

This is super cool.  I have thought about attempting such a thing for years now.  It would be so sturdy and roomy vs traditional sofas.  Your came out great.  Where did you get the cushion?  I can't wait to see it covered in big pillows, hope you post and update!

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« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2011 02:07:59 PM »

Thanks craftydebs! In those pictures it's just covered by some blankets, but I have made a long cushion and I'm sewing one of three 30" pillows today.

Again, sorry for the cell phone pics; my camera's *still* in the shop. The cushion's made of some upholstery fabric I got for free and two 5lb boxes of fiberfill; I'm debating adding another. It's sewn very simply, I just measured it to fit the platform and sewed 'knife edge' corners to make it box-shaped.

The kids use it as a stage when they play their dancing Wii games, and the little ones crawl under there and play with their toys so they're not underfoot. Hubby & I have even been sleeping on it.  Grin  If I had really been thinking, I would have made it tall enough to slide my NordicTrack underneath, but it's a few inches to short.
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« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2011 07:49:40 PM »

I abosolutely adore this! Could you post the dimensions? It is so perfect!
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« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2011 08:29:11 PM »

Sure! It's 8' long, 40" wide (a little over three feet), and 15" tall.  If you look you can see two by fours screwed to the bottom of the legs, Hubs says this is something that makes it more stable. The construction is very basic, and held together with building screws. My plan is to make different shams so I can change the colors when I feel like it, but I have to get the pillows done first.
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« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2011 10:09:21 PM »

this is a fab idea, just what I was thinking of for our decking outside . . . oh the summer sun lying in the garden . . . oh I forgot I live in the UK ! Tongue I might just give it a try anyway, thanks for sharing
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« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2011 01:08:28 AM »

This week Miss Jois I'm with you wanting one for my deck! (I'm in s. England)
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