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Deano2002

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Building a sofa
« on: March 02, 2018, 04:47:08 PM »
when we bought this older motorhome, we purchased a inexpensive (300.00) jack knife sofa at 77" long. It was always to tight up to the drivers seat which made turning the drivers seat very hard to turn around for seating let alone side ways to make it easier to get in, it was very uncomfortable sitting or laying on it due to the cheap quality. We looked around for something near 60" long but, didn't find anything we liked, don't like the synthetic leather looking material that is so popular now days. I tossed the jackknife one out the door and had a nice lady that does high end upholstery work, who made our dinette cushions and reupholstered the chair that's by the entry door . Now it time to make the base of this thing that will incorporate two drawers underneath for blankets and linens. The issue I am having is deciding on using the curved wood spring slats or the zig zag furniture springs. I am wondering if any of you have built a similar project using either of these that I have mentioned. The cushions are 7 1/2" thick so there's plenty of cushion but still needs some spring action to feel like a real sofa. Let me know your experiences. Check out the two links for the 2 types:

https://www.google.com/search?q=zig+zag+furniture+springs&safe=active&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiJlY6w287ZAhUIyoMKHeoJDbYQ_AUIDCgD&biw=1366&bih=637#imgrc=xoPdfg4zP9grFM:
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60160217/
« Last Edit: March 02, 2018, 04:50:00 PM by Deano2002 »
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retusn

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Re: Building a sofa
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2018, 08:59:34 PM »
Dean,   I am suffering from the same bad couch/bed.  The material is not that good.  The sofa is not comfortable.  Mine in 69 inches.  We are going this sunday to look for something that will fit in regular furniture stores.  Otherwise, I will be atempting to build/rebuilt or do something with this bad sofa/bed.  I will be following this.  Also, pls keep us updated.

Thanks, Bob

Deano2002

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Re: Building a sofa
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2018, 08:25:11 PM »
will do
1989 Champion LaSalle 34' project

Deano2002

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Re: Building a sofa
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2018, 07:39:28 AM »
here's the cushions that were made for  us, I don't know how to shrink to the allowable file size or do this without a link, sorry.  (http://i494.photobucket.com/albums/rr302/saltyguy52/20180301_191057_resized_zpswmceraom.jpg)
1989 Champion LaSalle 34' project

Deano2002

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Re: Building a sofa
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2018, 10:07:02 PM »
Haven't got too far on the sofa other than cutting up the face frame material but, I did make a new Corian top for the bath and put in a vessel sink only, because I was very limited in the sink size with a 16" deep top. The kitchen I made last year. Getting anxious to getting the new floor, dinette booth and sofa in. If anyone can post these pics the real way, be my guest, not too good at that
(http://i494.photobucket.com/albums/rr302/saltyguy52/20180402_210941_zpsyaug7ntd.jpg)(http://i494.photobucket.com/albums/rr302/saltyguy52/20180329_174455_zpszcs9qglz.jpg)
« Last Edit: April 06, 2018, 10:10:18 PM by Deano2002 »
1989 Champion LaSalle 34' project

wiredgeorge

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Re: Building a sofa
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2018, 11:42:07 AM »
Dean,   I am suffering from the same bad couch/bed.  The material is not that good.  The sofa is not comfortable.  Mine in 69 inches.  We are going this sunday to look for something that will fit in regular furniture stores.  Otherwise, I will be atempting to build/rebuilt or do something with this bad sofa/bed.  I will be following this.  Also, pls keep us updated.

Thanks, Bob

Bob, I have a separate post in this forum on exactly the same issue.  My door is a bit under 24" so need something 68" long but will come apart enough to get through the door.  Really hoping to find a reclining love seat.  Our sofa bed is miserable to lounge on to watch tv.   Please reply to my post in the other thread of this one regarding what you find.  One other fella put a Lazyboy recliner love seat in his unit but he has been on in ages to ask him about it. 

Deano2002

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Re: Building a sofa
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2018, 11:09:55 PM »
I have started to make a little headway on the sofa, decided not to make it a sleeper. Two good size drawers on the bottom, I guess my grandson will have to sleep in the dinette booth conversion. The bed slats from Ikea work just fine giving a decent amount of spring. (http://i494.photobucket.com/albums/rr302/saltyguy52/20180418_211623_zps0rvnxp7z.jpg)(http://i494.photobucket.com/albums/rr302/saltyguy52/20180418_211506_zpsnhfbwdja.jpg)
1989 Champion LaSalle 34' project

 

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