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Title: My Husband: Genius
Post by: mrsflibble on February 28, 2011 09:36:41 AM
We had a tear in our 6 year old, very well used, quite loved leather sofa. TRADGEDY! We also have no money to replace it unless my husband goes out and works himself to death doing overtime for at least three months.
I was all for getting credit etc, but he didnt want the added burden of more financial hassle. I do see his point, and agreed that we should hold off buying a new one for a while; but only if he could come up with a way to fix the sofa.

mmmm taster picture.....



On the three seater, the tear was between two of the fixed seat cushions, and was very noticable when one sat one's massive butt on the sofa. also, things kept falling into the gap only to be lost forever in the base of the sofa. here's the three seater, circa 2009



the two seater, at this time, was in our kitchen.

here it is, yesterday, in my livingroom



Back to 2011... So, my husband; an engineer by career but a designer by training, set to work trying o work out what to do.

We had a matching two seater and three seater set bought in 2005 when we moved into our first flat. they were cheap. they were badly constructed and within the first year he'd had to fix them.

bodge repair circe 2006 lol



ok. here's some pictures of the process....

jim unbolting an arm form the three seater, after having taken off the base part



the scariest bit was this, then he had to cut the broken piece off the end of the three seater. basically, it was torn so we'd not lost anything if it went horribly wrong at this stage.



Sophie was used as extra ballast. and for cute appeal.

once he'd done this, I could mend the tear as best I could. it'd later be hidden by the arm of the sofa being bolted back on, but i needed to be mended so that the leather which was folded under and stapled had enough strength. one big needle, one pair of pliers, ten hurty lady fingers lol



ummmm... this bolt? or this one?



ooooh! coming together...


under the back, right hand, corner bit is a box made from scrap wood which supports the cushion of that particular bit of the three-seat side. It's not there for security, just cosmetics. it will eventually be used for storing the laptop when not in use I think.

nearly finished!



the corner part was made from the non-torn portion of the torn cushion, and is supported with scrap wood and green elastic strapping from the deconstruction of the three seat. The padding is made from our daughter's old cot-bed mattress lol. woot! recycling!

enter a large lady in a onesie to upload pictures of the new sofa, and to test out the corner. mwaaaaaaa!








Title: Re: My Husband: Genius
Post by: NH822 on February 28, 2011 09:53:27 AM
well done!!  please send Jim over to work on my couch too!


Title: Re: My Husband: Genius
Post by: emosauce on February 28, 2011 09:56:17 AM
That's some good work. It looks like that couch was made to be like that. :D


Title: Re: My Husband: Genius
Post by: Cookiepockets on February 28, 2011 10:21:12 AM
I would never have guessed that this used to be two couches!  It looks great, and now you can either keep what you have, or save up for something when you are ready to move on to a new couch.


Title: Re: My Husband: Genius
Post by: kitschbitch on February 28, 2011 10:23:22 AM
It looks so professional!


Title: Re: My Husband: Genius
Post by: mrsflibble on February 28, 2011 11:27:33 AM
I would never have guessed that this used to be two couches!  It looks great, and now you can either keep what you have, or save up for something when you are ready to move on to a new couch.

exactly! and we kept the arms and the leg pieces from the 3 seat, so if we need to separate the two and do a little more sofasurgery, we could have two two seaters lol.

I don't think either of us will be ready to move on for a long timem not only are they comfortable they also have massive sentimental value. they were the first piece of furniture we bought together with shared, saved money, the first furniture we had in our first apartment, we chose them before even moving out of his dad's house. That time was hard because we'd spent 6 months unemployed, living on welfare and living in one room of his dad's house just so we had a roo over our heads; we only lasted a week in the tent we tried lol.

we chose the dark leather because we knew we were going to be trying for a baby as soon as we moved in together and we wanted wipe-clean sofas fr when the baby started being... well, a baby lol, and because the polish to keep them nice is cheap and easily available. It was a weekly pilgrimmage to the local sofa store for us while we were dreaming of the new apartment, the joy of finally being employed etc...
the baby we were planning is now 5 years old lol.

so. the sofas stay lol.


Title: Re: My Husband: Genius
Post by: cre8ivegenes on February 28, 2011 11:51:48 AM
Great Job! What a perfect way to also save 2 great items from being tossed so fast. To see the potential and make it work.
Love this. I had bought a vintage sofa I love and the frame cracked from being to dry here in Texas. My friends all told me to
toss it out. It's perfect, the fabric is like new. Toss it??? So I found a furniture repair man and he is fixing the frame for $75.
Wish I had your husbands talent or a guy like him but $75 is still much cheaper that any new sofa and I get to keep the awesome
lime green 1960's look with clean boxy lines.


Title: Re: My Husband: Genius
Post by: Polly Peanut on February 28, 2011 12:40:16 PM
Awesome! What a talented man you`ve got there, congrats :D It really looks as if it was made for beeing like this.


Title: Re: My Husband: Genius
Post by: fishgurll on February 28, 2011 01:46:51 PM
This is absolutely glorious - your wonderful husband should be awarded a medal for this kind of excellence! Hope it's comfy and you're enjoying!


Title: Re: My Husband: Genius
Post by: Alexus1325 on February 28, 2011 01:52:03 PM
EPIC!

Your husband is indeed a genius! As if... I so need to show my boyfriend!


Title: Re: My Husband: Genius
Post by: Sarah_ on March 01, 2011 03:26:39 PM
WOW


Title: Re: My Husband: Genius
Post by: hilarei on March 01, 2011 03:51:11 PM
wow!!! that is so incredibly awesome!!!  and cozy!!!!  teach me the ways of furniture repair/construction!!!! PLEASE! :D

   congrats on your new couch!


Title: Re: My Husband: Genius
Post by: SusanSummerland on March 01, 2011 04:11:04 PM
I never would have known that couch was made up of two couches! It looks really fab :)


Title: Re: My Husband: Genius
Post by: TimetravelingArchaeologist on March 02, 2011 02:35:11 AM
I agree, genius!
Of course now you know that every woman here would like to borrow him for large furniture re-dos.


Title: Re: My Husband: Genius
Post by: mrsflibble on March 02, 2011 05:06:07 AM
I agree, genius!
Of course now you know that every woman here would like to borrow him for large furniture re-dos.

thats gonna cost a lot in plane fares lol!!!


Title: Re: My Husband: Genius
Post by: CraftyDiem on March 02, 2011 07:24:37 PM
Nice team work!  I like to think that when we do those things it gives our children a basic value around not just throwing things out and going for the newer thing we can't really afford.  Anyways I like to think that - don't know if that will really rub off on my daughter though! :) 


Title: Re: My Husband: Genius
Post by: mrsflibble on March 03, 2011 12:43:33 AM
Nice team work!  I like to think that when we do those things it gives our children a basic value around not just throwing things out and going for the newer thing we can't really afford.  Anyways I like to think that - don't know if that will really rub off on my daughter though! :) 

seems to be rubbing off on mine. I caught her selotaping a book together a few days ago.


Title: Re: My Husband: Genius
Post by: lunke13 on March 04, 2011 12:43:00 PM
Wow, great job! I love corner sofas, but I would have never dreamed of splicing 2 together like this! Great recon!


Title: Re: My Husband: Genius
Post by: edelC on March 04, 2011 05:02:04 PM
lol I love this and did pretty much the exact same thing. I have two large 4 seater sofas that I have in an L-shaped configuration, but the arm of one was in the way, so I stripped back the fabric, foam etc, chopped off the arm and then sewed and stapled it all back, works great!...

I love mad 11pm impulses


Title: Re: My Husband: Genius
Post by: mocurley on March 05, 2011 09:30:50 PM
wow


Title: Re: My Husband: Genius
Post by: ChipNClancysMom on March 15, 2011 12:33:55 PM
What an amazing job. It looks so nice and it looks so comfy...and those two things don't always go hand in hand!


Title: Re: My Husband: Genius
Post by: thewhiteshadows on March 21, 2011 03:57:18 PM
AMAZING ! that must've took a lot of elbow grease !