Sunday, 20 September 2015
Sofa - bed - sofa
I have maybe three large items to make for Fenton Lodge before I can start to pretty the place up with accessories. I still needed to make a dining room table and chairs, a sofa and a bed. Space is limited so I had an idea to incorporate two of them into one - a sofabed.
I bet you are pretty tired of seeing sofas on this blog. I'm actually tired of making them but this past week proved I need to practice more as I still have a lot to learn. The idea for a sofabed is pretty simple and yet I managed to cock it up twice. The frame is like any other sofa except that the base under the cushions extends outwards to support a mattress.
If you know anything about how a sofabed frame should work you will spot my mistake straight away. I didn't take into consideration how the thing extended so the slats were too short first time around. To rectify this I routed a slot at the back so part of the new, longer slats would slide in and fit inside the frame. I really needed a plan to work from, (which I couldn't find despite extensive Googling), and did the worst thing possible - I guessed the measurements.
The final version isn't correct either but it will have to do because I'm running out of time. The frame is upholstered as I've described in previous tutorials, the only difference being that I didn't cover the slats with fabric. The seat of the sofa is made so that it opens like a book. Instead of having one cushion, you cut two cushions half the thickness and upholster it on one side with one piece of fabric so that it is joined together (like the spine of a book holding the front and back cover together)
I found a fat quarter of this pretty fabric at a local shop. The print is large for miniatures but I'm going with it because it coordinates with the kitchen.
Next - a dinging room table.
Have a fab weekend and.. if anyone has any plans for a sofabed that they would consider sharing with me I would be eternally grateful!