How to make an upholstered sofa or couch


Have been wanting to make my own sofa for ages, and it’s just one of those (hundreds) of projects that I just can’t seem to get around to.


Making your own sofa or couch is quite an easy project and will cost you a fraction of what is costs to buy a new one. Plus, you get to choose your own fabric colour, pattern and texture for the upholstery.




How inspired I was to stumble across this post that shows almost step-by-step how to make your own sofa or couch from scratch, and since I haven’t yet got round to making one, I hope this inspires you to do-it-yourself. Oh, and don’t forget to share with me if you do make one!

The frame for this sofa is made from 16mm PG Bison SupaWood. It’s nothing fancy, just rectangular boxes screwed together to make up the shape for the sofa. In fact, this sofa is probably far better manufactured than most of the lounge suites you find in the stores these days!

You can buy 16mm PG Bison SupaWood at your local Builders Warehouse and it costs around R600 per sheet – each sheet is 2700 x 1800mm, so you get quite a bit cut from a single sheet.

The approximate cost of a sofa like this… around R3500 including board, foam and fabric.





The seat for the sofa is constructed using elastic webbing that you will find at most larger fabric stores.


Elastic webbing is used in the majority of upholstered furniture and this is what gives the sofa its bounce. The elastic straps are stretched taut horizontally and then stapled to the frame. Vertical straps are then added by weaving them through the horizontal straps, stretching taut and securing on the opposite side.




Before the basic framework is joined together, each section is wrapped and covered with thin layers of medium-density foam. You can have foam cut to size at Foam Factory. The seat and back of the sofa comprises large blocks of high-density foam.

For a softer look you would add a layer of medium-weight batting over the foam before covering with fabric.






For more inspiring design ideas visit Home-Dzine.co.za.



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