Sofa Bed From Scrap

Introduction: Sofa Bed From Scrap

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We have guests over all the time and were giving them a king (single) bed mattress that we had. It was not uncomfortable but we had it schelpping all over the place. Then when we needed a sofa I decided to work out a way to use this mattress to make it. I got a bed base from a relative and got started.

My list of materials

  • Mattress
  • Mattress Base
  • Batting
  • Upholstery fabric
  • MDF
  • Plywood
  • 3 pieces of 2 x 4
  • Garden box ends

My tools

  • Brad nails
  • Stapler gun
  • Adhesive spray
  • Wood screws
  • Hammer
  • Chisel
  • Pliers

Step 1: Stripping the Base

This was probably the least fun part of the build. Getting out all the staples took a lot of effort. I attacked those staples with all the tools and it took me a few hours to get a few hundred staples out. I threw away all the batting and fabric that I removed.

Step 2: The Bed Part

I lay the newly liberated bed base in a sandwich pattern with the upholstery fabric, the batting, then the bed base and lastly the mattress. I started by stapling one side of the upholstery fabric. Once this was done I pulled hard on the other side and started stapling. To ensure that the fabric was even without creases I initially put staples at the ends and then one in the middle.

Step 3: Assembling the Base and Legs

Step 4: Attaching the Back Board

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    4 years ago

    Cool design. Why did you use a box spring instead of creating a base? Looking to make something similar soon.


    Reply 4 years ago

    There was no major design thinking there other than the fact that I wanted to reuse all the bits I had lying spare. Please post a picture once you are done. Would love to see it.