We were sitting on the couch watching television and my husband turned to me and said, “We should build a sectional. It’ll be cheaper than buying one.” And we did. And it was.
Here’s a little backstory for you. My husband and I just bought a house and we wanted some new furniture. We were still using the couch my in-laws gave us and even they didn’t remember how old it was (to put it in perspective, they’ve had two sets of furniture since buying the couch they gave us). It had sharp wire sticking out from the side, green, red, and cream plaid upholstery, and when we moved it, a little He-Man action figure fell out of the bottom. My husband is 27. I’m hoping it was in there for a long time.
We didn’t really come up with any plans other than the dimensions we wanted the sectional to be. We went to the hardware store and bought the supplies, most of the tools we borrowed from my in-laws. Then we got home and started building! *When I say “we,” I really mean my husband. I give credit where credit is due. I took care of the cushions and upholstery, he did all the building.
I’m not sure what this piece was for, but it needed cutting.
I apologize that I skipped a few steps when it came to taking pictures. I’m not used to taking pictures, but I promise I’ll get better.
See what I mean? I went from sawing a little piece of wood to having the entire frame built.
Again, I missed capturing a few steps.
I did help out with the staining which is why it looks splotchy at the bottom. In my defense, I’ve never stained wood before and I don’t recommend doing it in a dark garage. Just an FYI.
I want you all to know that my sister is a professional photographer and clearly there was not enough of that gene to split between the two of us. Also, plywood is hard to cut with a regular hand saw.
Once we had all the plywood nailed down, it was time to add the cushions. We bought 22″ x 22″ x 2″ foam cushions for the back rest and about 2.5 yards of 3″ foam sheets for the seat cushioning, aka the most expensive part of the sectional.
I had to cut the big foam sheet to fit the seat. I didn’t have one of those cool heated foam cutting knives – like this one – so I used a box cutter and scissors. I wouldn’t recommend this method. Your foam will be uneven, you’re hand will cramp, and you’ll come out looking like the Green Monster because little foam pieces will be everywhere!
All nice and neat and cut to size
I attempted to staple the foam to the wood, but my staples were too small and wouldn’t go through the foam. Instead, I used spray adhesive. Please open a window while using or you will get a headache. Trust me on this one.
After the foam was in place, I topped it with a layer of batting to make it a bit softer before upholstering.
Don’t judge my upholstery job. We chose an unforgiving fabric. Also the angle was weird.
This view is better. We were going for a chaise-type thing one the side, but still wanted arm and back rests, so it’s an in-between sort of thing. Is there a name for that?
It took us about a week from start to finish. And it definitely cost less than buying a sectional from the store. Yes, it looks homemade, but we made it and we’re proud. Plus, it’s so comfortable! My husband and I actually argue over who will get to sleep on the couch if we ever have a fight.
Here’s a breakdown of what we spent and where:
Lowe’s: $52.56 – $46.66 after discounts
Menards: $195.20 – $78.68 after discounts
Wal-Mart: $57.17 – no discounts
Hancock Fabrics: $245.54 – $113.04 after discounts
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores: $482.90 – $304.18
We would have paid a bit over $1,000 without the discounts and coupons. With our discounts, we spent right around $600, including purchases not for the sectional.
Oh, I almost forgot my husband’s favorite part.
It does make a pretty awesome nightlight