How-To-Make Comfy Couch Surfing Cushions: Foam to Springs

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               So you want to be the host of the party, but your furniture budget lends more to cheap foam cushions from Ikea than comfy springs? This instructable will show you how to take your foam couch and retrofit it on a budget. You will need:

Cheap, but good looking foam couch
Barrel Springs- You can purchase these from an upholstery supply place or recycle an old mattress
Extra Cotton Fabric- 10-15 yards. You can buy old curtains from Goodwill for this or check on Craigslist. Any fabric will do as long as it is heavy, cotton, and lots of it
Heavy Twine

Staple Gun

              This is a great weekend project right before a surprise out of town visit.
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Step 1: Set-up Supplies

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   Lay-out your tools. If you are buying your barrel springs new, just throw them in a tub, if you are recycling you may need to strip the springs out of the previous item to put in your new awesome couch. Please remember, the prior item needs to be clean. You can not use used springs from mattresses on commercial applications.

Step 2: Measure, Cut, and Sew your Fabric Pockets

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Most modern furniture is made using lighter woods so if you simply tie barrel springs to it as recommended, the entire thing will overload in a few months and break. You have to make fabric pockets to hold the springs in place. To make the pockets cut strips of fabric 15 inches wide with a ruler.

Measure your spring, it should either be 3 or 3 1/2 inches in diameter. If it is 3 inches mark lines every 6 inches on the strip. If it is 3 1/2 inches mark every 7 inches on the strip of fabric.

Fold the fabric in half and sew over the straight lines. Drop in your springs and sew shut. You should be left with a giant fabric slinky.
scoochmaroo3 years ago
Wow, that's incredible!
Haus Page (author)  scoochmaroo3 years ago
I'm so glad you like. We had a lot of fun making it!