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tuatara
« on: January 21, 2009 05:37:47 AM »

My in-laws gave us a Swedish wooden "kitchen sofa" when we moved into our new house - and I love it, but a wooden sofa is not the most comfortable thing to sit on!

While shopping in IKEA one day I saw a pile of this fabric: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/60141083 on sale and had a vision.

So I convinced my husband that I needed a few bolts of this fabric and 5 cheap cushions.  He let me buy it all (and didn't even argue that I could use the stash!) and went into town to get a big piece of foam from a store that makes boat cushions.  I covered the five cheap cushions first (easy) and then tackled making a seat cushion by covering the big piece of foam (trickier).

Now the vision is complete!




Now my butt doesn't go to sleep if I sit here to eat my breakfast, and it's in a nice spot that catches the morning sun so it's nice to stretch out on.  I'm really pleased!

I have loads of fabric left, and I'm considering using it as a cheap option for trying my first quilt ... if I dare.
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« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2009 06:02:42 AM »

That's cute. I really like the detail in the sofa.

I think you should dare ,  & good luck ! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2009 06:38:47 AM »

That's a gorgeous piece of furniture, and your covers are lovely! Well done Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2009 08:31:54 AM »

looks great!  I'm afraid I've never come across the idea of a kitchen sofa before, though.  huh.  Wink

 Also, quilting is fun, and you should try it.  Cheesy
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tuatara
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2009 09:00:36 AM »

I'm afraid I've never come across the idea of a kitchen sofa before, though.  huh.  Wink

Neither had I, before coming to Sweden - I think it's a uniquely Scandinavian thing.  The seat lifts up so you can store things inside - very handy for keeping blankets and random stuff.  Apparently, they even used it as a cot when my husband was a baby!

I'm really keen to try a quilt, but I have a couple of other house projects that are a bit more pressing at the moment.
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« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2009 10:14:02 PM »

I've heard of kitchen benches which is just sort of like a wooden bench in place of kitchen chairs (usually there would be chairs on the other side of the table) but I like your version way better!  Does the boat foam make it waterproof?
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tuatara
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2009 12:34:17 AM »

I've heard of kitchen benches which is just sort of like a wooden bench in place of kitchen chairs (usually there would be chairs on the other side of the table) but I like your version way better! 

Actually, we have one of those too!  But it is still in the process of being shipped here (we moved just before Christmas) and I have no idea where we'll put it when it arrives ...

Does the boat foam make it waterproof?

Nope, the foam is ordinary foam - for boat cushions they would normally cover it with waterproof fabric.  That could have been handy though, since we have a baby on the way  ;-)
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« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2009 01:09:04 AM »


Nope, the foam is ordinary foam - for boat cushions they would normally cover it with waterproof fabric.  That could have been handy though, since we have a baby on the way  ;-)


Ahh, I see.  So I assume it's not too different than the thick foam they sell at craft stores. No baby here, I just spill my cereal lots!   Grin
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tuatara
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2009 02:15:15 AM »

Ahh, I see.  So I assume it's not too different than the thick foam they sell at craft stores. No baby here, I just spill my cereal lots!   Grin

Yep, it's just standard foam ... I don't know where to find craft stores around here yet, and someone recommended the boat-cushion company as a good place where I could get a big piece cut to the right size.  I also bought another big chunk to make a hanging headboard for our bed - that's the next project!
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« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2009 06:27:42 PM »

This turned out lovely, and I like the idea of a kitchen sofa! Sounds relaxing! Smiley
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