Decorating my sis-in-law’s condo means lots of possible DIY for me and the first one I thought of is the sofa. How ambitious am I! I’ve only upholstered three chairs and now I’m tackling an entire sofa. I don’t know where I get my guts but I always think that most stuff are doable with proper planning.
I love Ikea products and since most of the Scandinavian designs have clean lines, I thought it would be quite easy to replicate. So, I went to Ikea’s site and copied the sofa specifications. Oops, I only made it as my reference for the seat height and depth. The rest, I adjusted according to the condo’s space. I also added a couple of drawers for extra storage.
Here’s the plan I did in Google Sketch Up as a guide for the carpenter. I’m still trying to learn the software so please pardon the rough sketch.
The sofa is made up of six pieces: the seat, the backrest, two arm rests and two drawers. They will be upholstered individually and will be screwed together in the condo unit.
I bought the foam at Uratex Warehouse in Miller St. since they can cut it according to your required size. I attached them to the frame using rugby/contact cement.
And since I haven’t learned how to sew yet, Ate Jean helped me with the covers.
I covered everything with gina silk first to secure and protect the foam.
I was getting giddy with excitement at this point. I had to add a couple of layers of quilt batting on the seat to make it cushier. The foam I bought from Uratex was 4″ Permahard which should be good for long term use (it has 7 years warranty). But since it is still new, it really is hard.
This is how the back rest looks like.
And the back of the back rest. 🙂
Almost done although I hadn’t stapled the final fabric cover yet. I still had to do the drawers and the storage ottoman.
Right now, the sofa is already in the unit. Can’t wait to show the final piece! I love it even though I did have a lot of mistakes on the measurement. What makes me specially happy about this project is that the set (3-seater sofa with ottoman storage) costs less than P10,000. I’ll post the details on the reveal. 🙂
Update: You can check the finished sofa here.