A 'Bedder' Sofa

Introduction: A 'Bedder' Sofa

You've got friends and family coming to visit, and some are going to stay with you. That's OK, you have a standard queen sized air mattress for them! It's a little cramped, but it's something, right? Imagine if you could offer them something 'bedder.' You can! With very little time and cost, you can build your own 'Bedder Sofa' and give your guests a king-sized sleeping experience!

Step 1: What You'll Need

Everything can be found at Home Depot, Lowes, etc. Here's what you'll need:

Please note that your measurements may vary slightly based on the height of your air mattress and sofa!

32' PVC 1" Piping (3 10' pipes + 1 2' pipe will do)

4 x 1 in. Furniture Grade PVC 3-Way Elbow in White

4 x 1 in. Furniture Grade PVC 4-Way Tee in White

1 x 1 in. Furniture Grade PVC 5-Way Cross in White

9 x 1 in. Furniture Grade PVC Pipe Caps

PVC cutting tool

tape measure queen sized mattress (for best results)

Step 2: Measuring Your Sofa and Mattress

First step is to measure how high your air mattress is.

Next, measure from the floor to the top of your sofa cushion.

Subtract the two to figure out how high you'll need to elevate your air mattress.

In this case:

Sofa Height: 18"

Air Mattress Height: 15"

3" difference! That's how high off the ground we have to be.

Step 3: Cutting Your Support Pipes and Leg Support Pipes

Using your PVC Pipe Cutter and your measuring tape, cut your pipes into the following:

  • 6 x 2' lengths
  • 6 x 3' lengths

Using the remaining leftover pipe, cut 9 x 1 1/2" pipes for the leg support for your Bedder Sofa.

The 1 1/2" length + the 1" width of the main support pipes counts towards that amount. There will be some height added by the Pipe Caps, too.

Step 4: Connect Your Leg Support Pipes to the Fixtures

Put all 9 Pipe Caps into 9 1 1/2" pieces (as shown).

Put four of these into the 3 Way Elbow (as shown).

Put four of these into the 4 Way Fixtures.

Put one of these into the center piece of the 5 Way Fixture.

Step 5: Build Your Bedder Sofa!

Connect your 2' and 3' length pipes with the fixtures as shown.

Set this in front of your sofa.

Step 6: Add Your Mattress...

Right on top.

(To prevent your mattress from sliding away from the sofa, you can use rubber bands to loop the sofa legs to the closest leg support pipes)

Step 7: Add Some Linens, Get Your Pillowcases On...

Make it look nice!

Step 8: Your Guests Will Never Leave!

Now go build yourself your own Bedder Sofa!

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    5 years ago

    I've used something like this but my mom went around the frame and played 1/2 a snap then made a canvas sheet for the frame with the female snaps and it's taunt so no sag


    7 years ago on Introduction

    how about metal pipes, can we buy same in hardware store?


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Hi Ancyans,

    I would guess that there may be metal pipes available in the plumbing section of a large hardware store. They most likely would be more expensive than the plastic PVC. The plastic pipes cost me about $20, if I recall.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    This looks like a pretty good idea!

    I'm wondering if the mattress tends to drop down though the pvc frame though, when people lay on this. Does that happen at all?


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the comment!

    It doesn't drop down too much given the 'cross' in the middle for support. I have thought about adding two more 'support lines' across to prevent any dipping, but really, as long as the mattress is inflated, it holds up well.