I want to make a new sofa/loveseat

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Blog entry by JoshIndy posted 08-07-2010 07:33 AM 8706 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, so this may or may not be the correct place to post this…..but heregoes:

We have a smaller 1930’s house in central Indiana. I am simply just not satisfied with the furniture i see in stores. the size is too big, the price is wrong for the materials it’s made of, the colors are weird or they are just poor poor quality.

My wife and I want to try building our own pair of love seats or a really wide chair that has become more popular in the past few years. I will probably end up making an ottoman or two to go with them as well.

Anyway, what i need help with is design inspiration. Every book i pick up is about upholstery, not construction. Personally i like the idea of converting a morris chair plan into a sort of ‘double-wide’ and make a couch of it. I also like the idea big comfortable seating that you just sink into.

Has anyone else made indoor love seats?
any thing i need to look out for?
Wood ideas? (planning on something local like walnut)
Any ideas where to get a good plan?

I look forward to your assistance!

We will probably making everything, frame, cushions,..

I will be posting as many pictures of the project as i can here as we get through it. Hopefully we’ll have some progress made by Christmas.


-- People are like tea bags. You find out how strong they are when you put them in hot water. -Eleanor Roosevelt

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#1 posted 08-07-2010 12:08 PM

For plans, you might want to try Wood Magazine's website. Plans are not that expensive and really do break things down very well. There is a mission sofa that I purchased the plans for here. It might not be exactly what you are looking for, but you could resize the project to fit your needs or there may be other plans that might suit your purpose better.

One wood you might want to consider when making your furniture is Ash. Due to the ash borer beetle, many trees have been cut down and there is an abundance of it in lumber (temporarily that is, eventually the stock will go down and unfortunately not be replenished any time soon). Ash is a good furniture hardwood, is cheaper than Oak, sturdy and easy to work with, and has attractive grain properties.

Good luck on your project,


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#2 posted 08-15-2010 07:35 AM

I recently stumbled across someone else who had the same idea with the wider version of a morris chair:

another idea i will use for inspiration.

-- People are like tea bags. You find out how strong they are when you put them in hot water. -Eleanor Roosevelt

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