He Couldn’t Afford A Sofa… So He Made This Cheap DIY Alternative.

He Couldn’t Afford A Sofa… So He Made This Cheap DIY Alternative. April 2, 2017

I recently moved to a new city with no furniture, naively assuming that I’d be able to afford a couch right away. I’d always thought couches ran somewhere in the market of $200-$300, but much to the dismay of my heart, butt, and wallet, they’re more like $600-$700 – and that’s merely for something half-decent. I wish I had seen this awesome tutorial before committing myself to an expensive couch – the end result is actually nicer than most of the sofas on the market! So, how did he do it?The builder took weeks to meticulously plan the construction and design of this sofa, because he claimed he had never worked on a project so big. His only two goals were that the sofa be large enough to sleep on, and be modular so he could move it around.

The base and the back of the couch were made from studs that were eight feet long. He also used a circular saw to get his measurements precise.

Using this wood, he created a back frame.

He also created a base for his couch, which he reinforced for sturdiness.

To create a bouncy seat and back on top of the wood, he used webbing. Additionally, he utilized this webbing stretcher, which ensures that the webbing is laid flat and evenly.

Here’s a closeup shot of the builder attaching the webbing with a staple gun.

Here is what the finished webbing looks like. It’s starting to look like an actual piece of furniture.

Then, he secured arm rests to each side using nuts, bolts and washers.

Finally, it was time to address the cushion situation. Instead of buying fancy upholstered curtains, which can cost an arm and a leg, the builder bought foam cushions online and waited for them to decompress.

Then, he measured fabric and sewed covers for each piece of foam.

In the end, the look was clean and professional, and something that would have probably cost hundreds in a store.

There was only one small mistake – Can you spot it? The builder didn’t measure his cushions correctly, and had to remove one arm of the couch. If you’re going to attempt this project at home, make sure to pay extra close attention to the numbers. Otherwise, this couch looks great!