I'm happy to report that I found the perfect sofa for me with freecycle!
It's perfect for a few reasons:
- It was free
- Removable cushions that can be easily recovered
- Small enough to move on my own
- Funky cool!
This piece of furniture had been in the owners family since the 50's and it was obvious she was having a hard time letting go of it. The wood frame is solid maple and the cushions have the original fabric. Speaking of the cushions, these things weigh a ton and are full of all kinds of amazing horse hair and steel spring stuffing. You notice that they haven't broken down at all for the last 50 years, and likely never will. It's not a soft squishy sort of comfort, firm, but with give.
First let me say that I'm extremely grateful to be able to sit on it exactly like it is without getting any ick feelings whatsoever. However I need to transform this sofa into something a bit more comfortable for lounging around on. First order of business is those arms, wood is not comfy to rest against in this case. I took a trip out to Building 19 which specializes in deeply discounted everything and anything. They had some standard square throw pillows that were a little small for $6.99 that I was going to try and get away with using. Browsing through the bed pillow section I found a twin pack of big squishy king size pillows for $15.99. Out went the throw pillows and I came home with some new ideas.
During the sofa search I had picked up some fabric at IKEA that had been discounted to $1 a yard, now you know that's my golden price point as far as fabric goes. One of the pieces was this strange print that reminded me of lizards but only the tails, legs and feet. It's heavy weight and pretty much made for my pillow project. You'll have to excuse the photo, it's two pieces of fabric which is why the print seems a bit off. I didn't think to take photos until it was all cut into smaller pieces.
Snakes and lizards right?
I wanted to make a very firm pillow that would fit the end of the sofa and not squish through that space below the arm. I also wanted to avoid zippers and use buttons to hold the overlap closed. This was my first attempt at making pillows and I learned a few things along the way. You can see the finished size is much smaller than the king size bed pillow meaning when it's all squished in there it's quite dense.
I will eventually make covers for the cushions, but for now covering the whole thing with these cool thrift shop afghans is really easy and extremely cozy. Also they can be thrown in the laundry so easily.
Here's a little before and after slide show: