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DIY sectional couch / guest bed

January 28, 2010

We’ve almost finished our couch! Last fall we fell in love with the idea of building a move-able sectional couch that could double as a comfy spacious guest bed. We bought 2 twin sized cotton “futon” mattresses from a local mattress store in Portland that will custom make your mattresses with no flame-retardants upon request. Chemical free was important to us, and we knew we couldn’t get that from normal twin mattresses. These are firm and incredibly comfortable as beds.

Vince put together the frame using wood we’ve been collecting from various projects he’s worked on, including old heartwood taken out of our friends’ attic during a remodel. It still needs a bit of sanding, then I’ll probably do an oil and wax finish to seal it up.

My next project is sewing covers and pillows. I picked up some fabric at the Mills End Store  – some soft brown canvas. I didn’t even need to venture into the spendier home-dec fabrics, as the width of these bolts was more than enough for what will basically twin sized fitted sheets.

It takes up more space than our old couch, but we like that it serves multiple purposes. It provides ample seating for our weekly dinner parties (we use the coffee table as our main dining table) and our toddler loves all the lounging and tumbling possibilities it provides. When guests come we have two separate beds, or we can push them together to create a King sized bed.  If we ever decide to go back to a traditional couch, these frames can stay on board for kid’s beds.

The inspiration came from:

Here: from Kim at Desire to Inspire


Here: from Mette’s Potteri

2 Comments leave one →
  1. brenda permalink
    November 13, 2013 1:32 pm

    I’m interested in where to obtain the mattresses in Portland

    • Pajama Morning permalink*
      November 15, 2013 6:42 pm

      We bought ours at Cotton Cloud Futons on NE Broadway. They have lots of different options, from futon to bed futon, which is spender but firmer and comfier. our favorite is the cotton covered with a layer of wool. They make them to order, and you can get them flame retardant free with a simple Dr’s note. They will deliver but are also simple to just pick up as they roll up fairly well (no innerspring on the ones we purchased.) Hope this helps!

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