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I wanted an upgrade from the typical collegiate Ikea wooden futon in the living room to a bit more stylish adult living room sofa. Researching couches & sofas I found; I could get a used one off craigslist (not a very stylish selection), a new one from Ikea, or the couches that I wanted--that I couldn't afford.  With plenty of student loans and not much cash on hand, I ventured into making a sofa, upcycling the well travelled futon into a new Sofa.

Besides having an old Ikea Futon, I purchased the following: 
5 yards heavy duty canvas  $25.00
4 screw mount blocks (for Legs) $20.00
4 Couch legs $16.00
6 Steel 4 inch L-Brackets $6.00
1 package of 1.5 inch nails  $2.00
Fabric Paint $5.00

And for a grand total of $74.00 I have a new sofa! 

Staple Gun
(serrated) Bread knife
Sewing Machine
Marker / Pencil
Tape Measure
Hand Sewing Needles / Thread

To begin--disassemble and say your final goodbyes to your Ikea Futon! 
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Step 1: IKEA Futon Hack

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Take apart the futon and lay it out, (I saved the hardware as it is also reusable). 

I decided on using the 4 panel piece for my sofa seat, the 3 panel piece for the sofa back. This left the 5 panel piece to be cut up into the sofa arm and the framing for the sofa seat. 
I also carefully sawed off the rounded attachement edges, to make sure the pieces were squared off and fit together properly. 

Step 2: IKEA Futon Hack

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The 3 paneled piece used for the sofa back, I measured the depth of the sofa seat panel and left the measured amount attached for extra support when the back attaches to the seat. 

Cutting the pieces to size, I nailed together the framing for the seat attaching it to the 4 paneled section as well, creating the sofa seat. 

Ireek RN7 days ago

You should sell this to Ikea as a new project! Stunning!

Mielameri5 months ago
Soooo awesome! And very cost effective :)
efraguada (author)  Mielameri3 months ago

Thank you!

Fantastic and very stylish!
efraguada (author)  summerinhawaii3 months ago

Thank you!

shyrell5 months ago

Amazing! I love it. I'm always loved the chaise lounge style. This would be perfect in my tiny living room!

efraguada (author)  shyrell3 months ago


MarcusAvery5 months ago

I would call this a fainting couch rather than a sofa. Great Job!

efraguada (author)  MarcusAvery3 months ago

Thank you!

scooter765 months ago

Wow, that turned out great. Well done.

efraguada (author)  scooter763 months ago


Build_it_Bob5 months ago

Very nice ! Great looking sofa ; thanks for sharing !


efraguada (author)  Build_it_Bob3 months ago

Thanks Build it Bob!

lebowski4 months ago

Such a great transformation!

efraguada (author)  lebowski3 months ago

Thank you! I hope so! :)

denise.tran.34 months ago

Wow, just wow. This is the best IKEA hack job that I have seen. You did a great job!

efraguada (author)  denise.tran.33 months ago

Thank You!!!

This is amazing! Great job!!!

efraguada (author)  elaine.mcintyre3 months ago

Thank you!!!!

kurt.hewett4 months ago

great job, but I like that futon, seems ikea no longer carries that, Can someone tell me its name?

efraguada (author)  kurt.hewett3 months ago

I think it's called GRANKULLA....thank you!

InsideSeen3 months ago

The painted fabric looks so great, and is a wonderful alternative to expensive designer fabric. Another low-cost option, and one less DIY step, is this discount designer fabric :

efraguada (author)  InsideSeen3 months ago
I checked out your discount designer fabric site--but the similar base fabric on your site is $30 per meter. I was able to get the same for $5 per meter. This is a pretty large difference when needing 5 meters of fabric--$150 compared to $25. I'll keep rockin the DIY, but thanks for sharing.
crank_girl5 months ago
Top marks for a great hack. You got stylez in abundance. ?
efraguada (author)  crank_girl5 months ago
Thank you!
Madeaj5 months ago

This is just wonderful! Just looking at your step by step gives me an idea for making one with 2x4s. No one looking at that beautiful chaise would think it was anything but an expensive custom piece of furniture. Wow!

efraguada (author)  Madeaj5 months ago
Thank you so much! Please let me know if you make one with 2x4s--I would love to see it!!
thebigjoy9 months ago


Awesome hack.

Query: What was the name of the colour of fabric paint and the paint on the wall?

efraguada (author)  thebigjoy5 months ago
Thank you!

The wall paint was Titan brand, Ochre and the Fabric Paint was Textile Color brand #61 Yellow Ochre! (it was a close match...but not perfect!)
HeyMimi1 year ago
Oh man, I had one of those IKEA futons and I threw it away! This is really neat. Thanks for sharing!
efraguada (author)  HeyMimi5 months ago
Thank you!
maryceecee1 year ago
Being home made is the last thing I would have thought for this sofa! Great job!!
efraguada (author)  maryceecee5 months ago
Thank You!
Love this!! Great job!
efraguada (author)  Picturerazzi5 months ago
Thank you!
dana-dxb1 year ago
thats a nice a work uv don there and it look cute
efraguada (author)  dana-dxb5 months ago
Thank you!