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Sneak Peek: DIY Sofa with Storage

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.

8 Comments on Sneak Peek: DIY Sofa with Storage

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    December 5, 2012 at 2:27 pm (4 years ago)

    ambitious indeed! In fairness, it turns out unexpectedly similar to the original. Can’t wait to see the final piece!

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    June 13, 2013 at 4:56 pm (3 years ago)

    I jumped here from the original image and I am impressed that you have worked hard for it. Nice Share…

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    July 20, 2013 at 5:38 pm (3 years ago)

    where is miller street? i need to replace the my sofa cushion , where can i buy one? thanks

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    May 13, 2014 at 5:20 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi. What kind of wood was used for this project?

  5. avatar
    October 2, 2014 at 7:16 am (2 years ago)

    what are the measurements to build this?


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