Submitted by DIY4Love on Mon, 04/28/2014 - 06:08

After looking at sofas in magazines and fliers, I decided I wanted to build one. For the quality (or lack of) at the price we could even dream of, it just didn't make sense to purchase one if I could build it. There are still a few little adjustments I may make as time goes on, but overall, I'm happy with the way it turned out! The pillows I made definitely added the finishing touch it needed!

It's a full 8 foot sofa designed with plenty of space underneath for storage! My plan was to build two wooden boxes on casters for the kids to use as toy boxes, but I think plastic totes will work just as well and much lighter and easier to clean! I drew up the dimensions and plans to fit what we wanted and went from there. The frame was the easiest part; took about a day. The cover and cushions on the other hand were quite a challenge. The sewing involved in this project was HUGE; took a little more than a week just for that. The pillows took an evening.

Thanks for checking out the project! Whatever you have in your heart, you can do!

Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
Plywood, 2x2s, 2x4s
Finish Used
I started using Canvas Drop-cloth for my upholstery projects after seeing a project that Ana did. That's what I used for this project; costing about $.54/yard instead of $7/yard (on sale) from a fabric store. I used about 90 yards of fabric total.
Recommended Skill Level


mom of 4

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 09:07

I've sewn canvas drop cloth covers for an already made sofa, and you are absolutely right. It takes forever and it takes a TON of fabric! I am very impressed you built the sofa frame. How comfortable is it? What was your total cost including the foam, fabric, wood, everything?


Tue, 04/29/2014 - 12:44

My total cost was about $400. I think it's pretty comfortable, though I do need to adjust the seat cushion a bit. It's stuffed harder on one end than the other. As for the foam, I used a memory foam mattress topper (4 inch) from Walmart (about $150) and then used poly-fil to give it some shape and extra cushion. If you've ever shopped for foam, you'll know the high-density stuff is RIDICULOUS! Hope that helps!

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