sofa's overstuffed back cushions with something a little less... overstuffed I'd been using the old cushions as a mini sofa for Frances in our living room. So when I found the pallets I knew immediately I had to make them into a sofa frame for my Little Lady.
What was great about this project was that I did not have to spend a dime to make it, even the labor was free, thanks Dan!
The project required 2 pallets (luckily I had 4!). (1&2) We started by placing the cushions on one of the pallets to determine where we would cut it to create the sofa seat and sofa back for the frame.
(6) Then he used the newly attached 2x4's to drill the sofa back into the sofa seat. We made sure the sofa back had a slight angle to ensure maximum comfort. (7) The end result.
(8) After some extensive sanding to make sure most of the rough edges and splinters had been removed (9) I used some leftover stain from my floating cubby buffet counter top and stained the frame to camouflage any flaws and liven up the unfinished wood. I topped it off with a semi-gloss finish.
Once the frame was complete I had to make a slipcover for my sofa cushions. I used some black and white zig zag indoor/outdoor fabric leftover from a project that never came to fruition. (10) My enormous cushions had a cut-out in each corner (11) so I had to fill in the cut-outs using some upholstery foam.
(12&13) I wrapped the foam in some batten material and then wrapped the whole thing, including the cushion with more batten just to make sure it stayed in place. I wanted to be able to remove the cushions if needed (14) so I sewed on some velcro to one side of the slipcover.
Of course I repeated the whole process for the second cushion.
I love our new pallet sofa, it's a great place to snuggle up for story time (Clifford is the "It" book in our house these days). Dan and I have even found ourselves choosing it over the big kid sofa on occasion. I considered adding some casters to the base to make it mobile and a little higher off the ground. But cozied to the floor fit's all 2'-7" of Francie much better.
In the context of our life at the moment our new sofa fits us just right. And to think the pallets started their life holding sod.