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!

Pepper =0)


















93 comments:

  1. Amazing! I love the way it turned out!

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  2. Absolutely fabulous!!!!! I love it!

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  3. Why should you need new plans for a sofabed... this one turned out awesome! It's amazing how plain the fabric is when the sofa is in the bed modus - a sign for your excellent work. A beautiful job - and in my opinion the fabric is a wonderful choice and the pattern not too big, it's a very modern style with wonderful warm colours.

    Hugs
    Birgit

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    1. Thanks Birgit. Well I would like to make one that works like a real one, just to say I've done it =0)

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  4. Wow, amazing job! I adore this sofa and that it works like real!
    Magda

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  5. This is another fantastic design. I have never seen anything like it in a sofa bed, wonderful! I really love the leaf design for your setting. I look forward to seeing it in the room.

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    1. Thank you Catherine. It was lucky to find such a pretty fabric. My local shop normally sells only very heavy upholstery material so I'm very happy =0)

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  6. Я каждый раз теряю дар речи! Ваша работа удивительна! Ваш диван является очередным шедевром! Я люблю эту ткань. Она чудесно соответствует стилю! Браво!
    Татьяна

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    1. Спасибо Татьяна.Your комментарий очень добрый , и я это очень ценю =0)

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  7. Hi Pepper, you have done an amazing job on your sofa bed, and I love the fabric you have used for the quilt cover. Well done.

    Jayne c

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  8. Wow!!! Amazing job - it turned out great. And I love the fabric you used for the comforter. The pattern looks really modern, not at all out of scale.

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    1. Thanks Nora, I'm glad you like it. I loved the fabric but wasn't sure if it looked in scale so I'm very happy that it gets a thumbs up =0)

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  9. Very pretty! Looks so real! Hugs, Melli

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  10. We've had some real sofa beds, and this one is so realistic, it's a fully functioning one at that! Fantastic!!!

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    1. Hi Michelle, the only sofa bed I've ever owned was a really uncomfortable futon that dug in you back when you slept (or tried to sleep) ;0P

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  11. Ooos and ahhhhhhs. Fantastic design!! The design is perfect and you're being too hard on yourself. You envisioned and executed a miniature sofa bed, lady! Some days I'm lucky if I can get it together enough to cook dinner ;)

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    1. Haha, I have days like that too. Thank you Kat =0)

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  12. Está precioso. Todo ajusta a la perfección.

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  13. Wow! Ingenious!! (Does this mean you are ready for overnight guests?):)!
    I think you came up with a fantastic solution for the frame! I also think the pattern on the duvet is beautiful and very modern looking. As usual, you have done an awesome job making a gorgeous piece of Functional mini furniture!

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    1. Yep, open for guests now. We have heating, cooking facilities and a bed =0D

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  14. Again I say, brilliant! I love watching your mind work :) And seeing the resulting pieces, beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Linda, I really appreciate the comment =0)

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  15. Wow! It's so sleek and gorgeous! I LOVE the fabric! It looks perfectly to scale with a large print--which are really popular! xo Jennifer

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    1. Thanks Jennifer, I love the fabric too. It may appear in my real-life decor =0)

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  16. Wow, that is lovely and perfect and amazing and... :D

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  17. Phenomenal! This is so amazing...I am truly blown away at your talent.

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    1. Aw thank you, that is very sweet of you =0)

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  18. I love the sofa bed, I had one similar to that one and used it for years. The fabric for the bedcover is great, I wish I had it, it is so lovely!! many greetings

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    1. Thank you. I do have a little left if you want it =0)

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  19. Wow, Pepper, this sofa bed is a very ingenious invention of you and those fabrics you've used are both awesome, just right for this sofa bed :D!! The colors are well chosen: warm and cosy!
    Hugs, Ilona

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    1. Thank you IIona, I'm very happy you like it =0)

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  20. Very clever - it looks real! (No one would ever have known you guessed the measurements!) And I think the fabric works very well. Large upholstery prints are very modern (think Marimekko et al.)

    My real-life sofa folds out into a bed, but it has a metal frame that folds up under the seat when not in use. No way am I ever trying to copy that! ;)

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    1. Hi Anna, I looked into the metal frame sofabeds first but it was way above my capabilities. It would be fantastic if someone could make one of those in miniature though. I would buy it =0D

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  21. I've never seen a sofa-bed that functions like that, it's neat. You did a FABULOUS job recreating it. I love the fabric choices too, and don't think the leaves are out of scale at all.

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    1. Thank you Keli. I've seen something like it and just tried to make it work in small scale =0)

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  22. Delightful! And a really clever construction. Fabric is perfect. Looking forward to an imaginary weekend break in Fenton Lodge when it's complete :D

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  23. I love the sofa bed! I think it is a brilliant and beautiful construction! And I like the fabric choices too. I want to make one eventually - I have seen instructions for making a sofa bed recently in a dollhouse magazine so I will email it to you tomorrow (once I find them). But I have a feeling that what you did is better.

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    1. Thank you Penelope, I would appreciate it if you could find the plans. I would love to see how the Magazine makes it =0)

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  24. Love the choice of fabrics & the sofa bed worked out brilliantly. I don't think the print is too large, there are so many lovely duvet covers with large prints on the market & so this doesn't feel oversized for the scale at all.

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad the fabric gets the vote of approval =0)

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  25. Que pasada !! esta fantástico .
    Besos

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  26. Awesome!!! :D *claps and mods* Well done indeed! I love the large leaf print. It works well for modern miniature.

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  27. My IKEA sofa bed is a slide out, very similar to this. It's a bit like a trundle rather than having interwoven slats though. It's such a better idea than those silly folding metal frames which are NEVER comfortable. I love the larger pattern on the bedspread, I didn't think it was out of scale at all. Great job, and I love the color combo!

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    1. Thank you April. Ah, you know I should have taken a trip to IKEA for ideas. It's usually my first stop when I don't know how to make something. I will pay them a visit this weekend =0)

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  28. Fab Fab FABULOUSSSSSsssscioussssss sofa bed! defo looks to scale, and something I would use at home!

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  29. THIS HAS GOT TO BE YET ANOTHER FIRST IN THE LAND OF MINIATURES!!!!
    The things that you can do, Pepper leave me Gob-Smacked!
    BRAVA!

    elizabeth

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    1. Ha-ha Elizabeth, a truely English compliment. I'm Gob-Smacked at your fantastic miniatures too =0)X

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  30. Really stunning!!! I love it.
    Geneviève

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  31. Wow Pepper!! You still need to learn? That sofa bed is simply gorgeous and i love the fabric. I don't see the print too big for minis....I think it's perfect!!

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    1. Yeah, I still have A LOT to learn. Practice makes perfect apparently =0)

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  32. Tha sofa is amazing...stunning...gorgeous..Love it!
    Hugs
    Kikka

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  33. oooeeh, I think it's wonderful! I love the way it slides and how the cushion folds open. Haha, made that mistake a few times, guessing measurements. At the time you just want to do it and don't know how else to find out and think you'll guess right, but later you ask yourself why you guessed in the first place ;D. I like the bedding a lot, I don't think the print is out of scale actually. Maybe it is, but in that case it works very well!

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    1. Thank you Monique, I'm glad you like it =0)

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  34. That is amazing. You always make such wonderful miniatures. And that leaf print cover is great!

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  35. This is insanely amazing Pepper! Wow!

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  36. Love the topstitched edging, as well as every other single thing. It's a brilliant piece, Pepper.

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  37. Pepper, You are so clever! You talk of mistakes, but if you hadn't mentioned them I certainly would not have known! I am kind of jazzed by the fold it up and hide it nature of this miniature...it appeals to my sense of wonder. Great job!

    Doug

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    1. Thanks Doug. I really like the idea of working miniature and try to get the realism in there =0)

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  38. I usually come to your blog to flip out. You are so talented!! your miniatures are perfect. What I like the most is to know that they are not fake, they work as real live objects.
    Thanks for share your wonderful works.
    Hugs

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  39. I really like the sofa! Amazing work, as always!

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