Destructible- How to Disassemble a Couch




This was made possible by TechShop Menlo Park.

 had a huge heavy duty couch and was not able to get it out of my house since a new fence was installed. Luckily my fellow TechShop friends not only know that anything that is assembled can be disassembled but have fierce determination, strength and a sledge hammer. 

Step 1: Removal of Cushions

We removed everything off the couch to get to the bare structure and flipped it on its back support.

Step 2: Cutting Fabric Off

We ripped the fabric covering the bottom and revealing the springs and wooden structure.

Step 3: Sledge Hammering

With a sledge hammer and brute force we broke the wooden frame.

Step 4: Humping, Jumping and Smashing

Once the supports were disassembled we used gravity and our body weight to rip the pieces of the couch apart. 

Step 5: Parts

The couch, now in parts was easily carried out into the truck bed and traveled to the dump for proper removal.

Step 6: Clean Up

I knew I was messy but never grasped the severity of my slobishness. Yaiks!

Step 7: Retrieval of Treasures

I wondered what a couch used and unmoved for 8 years would spit out. All I got was several lighters and a handful of change. :(



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    7 Discussions


    10 months ago

    Some photos would have been good. :-(


    6 years ago on Introduction

    ^ wow ^ that must've been interesting when the chainsaw hit the springs. I feel like that's a bit of an "urban legend" - no?


    6 years ago on Introduction

    when I was 19 or so I was faced with a similar situation. Mine was a leopard print sofa I some how got into a rear bedroom. When it was time to move, the sofa had to be removed from that room. I spent hours trying to squeeze it out! But I could not get it back out... All I had was a camping hatchet and a crappy hammer, but it worked!

    Great job on your distructable!


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Does not Techshop have a pair of bolt cutters and a sawzall to lend? Hammer and sledge is a pretty tough way to cut up the couch. Of course, wait for all the complaints that the couch should have been given away and repurposed.

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    It's actually still in the truck. Would you like it Caitlin's dad? It has plenty of dander collectability and soakability for much more cat piss. All yours! Free! :D


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome! I've seen people using a chainsaw also, which is lots of fun.

    But I bet it's not as satisfying as ripping/smashing it apart. :D