Woohoo! We made it! Day 31! Exclamation points! You can see links to the complete series here. In this series, we're seeing what we can make out of 2x4s. I want to keep it cheap, keep it easy, and keep it totally doable for anyone. I thought we'd go out with a bang today, and tackle a big, unique project - we're building a sofa!
This is a sofa with a twin sized mattress as the base. So it's super comfy for lounging during a movie, and it's ready to go for overnight guests! It would also make a great daybed in a guest room. Ready to build it? Let's go!
9 - 2x4s @ 10' long
1 - 2x4 @ 8' long
Twin Mattress (I've seen them under $100 on sale - check Big Lots!)
Throw Pillows or Back Cushions (optional)
2 1/2” screws (or Kreg Jig & 2 1/2" self tapping screws)
4" screws (or Kreg Jig & 2 1/2" self tapping screws)
2x4 Cut List:
(A) - 2 @ 33" (back legs)
(B) - 4 @ 71" (back rails)
(C) - 6 @ 39" (arms/sides)
(D) - 2 @ 27" (front legs)
(E) - 1 @ 71" (front)
(F) - 10 @ 39" (slats)
Dimensions: 78" wide x 33" tall x 42" deep
Please read all the directions before beginning, and cut your pieces as you go, measuring before each cut. Use 2 1/2” screws or pocket holes with 2 1/2" screws unless otherwise indicated. Always use glue. Pre-drill and countersink your screws. I have not built from these exact plans, so measure lots to make sure things work out!
Step 1: Build the Back
Use the four back rails (B) to connect the back legs (A) as shown below. The first should be flush with the top of the legs. Below that there should be 3" of space before the second rail, then 3 1/2" before the third rail, then 4" below the final rail (with 8 1/2" left at the bottom). Attach the rails using a Kreg Jig and pocket hole screws, or by drilling through the legs into the rails with 4" screws. Use glue
Step 2: The Arms
Start by using one arm/side board (C) to connect each front leg (D) to the back section as shown below. The front of the arm should be flush with the top of the front legs. Attach it by drilling through the front legs into the arms. The back of the arm should be at the same height on the back section with 25 1/2" of space below the arm, and 6" of space above. Attach it by drilling through the back legs into the arms. Do all this with 2 1/2" screws, or with a Kreg Jig and pocket hole screws. Use glue.
Now attach two more side boards (C) on either end of the sofa as shown below. The outside edges should be flush with the outside edges of the legs. The top side board should be spaced 4 3/4" down from the arm, and the bottom side board should be 5 1/2" down from there (with 8 1/2" of space underneath). Attach the side boards by drilling through the legs into the side boards with 2 1/2" screws, or by using a Kreg Jig and pocket hole screws. Use glue.
Step 3: The Bottom
Now attach the front board (C). This runs between the front legs, and should be set 8 1/2" above the floor. Attach it using a Kreg Jig or by drilling through the legs into the front board with 4" screws. Use glue.
No you need to install all the slats. These run between the front board and the bottom back board. Space them evenly, about 4 1/2" apart, and set them down 1" from the top edge of the front and back boards (setting them down a little will create a little lip around the slats that will help keep your mattress in place). Attach these boards using a Kreg Jig and pocket hole screws, or by drilling through the front/back boards into the slats with 2 1/2" screws. I recommend using two screws on each end of each slat for this step. And be sure to use glue!
Step 4: Finishing
Start by filling any holes and sanding everything smooth. Then finish with any paint or stain and polyurethane. Try a crisp white (with bold fabric accents) or use this opportunity to try a fun paint color on your couch... remember, you can always paint over it later if your tastes change!
Now add a twin mattress. You can cover it with fabric, or just use a fitted sheet. Also add some fluffy throw pillows or cushions across the back to make it more comfy and give it a more couchy feel. Then chillax with a big bowl of ice cream. :)
Project 2x4 Cost:
$28.80 - 9 2x4s @ 10' long ($3.20 each)
$31.30 - 1 2x4 @ 8' long ($2.50 each)
A big thanks to David for sending in a picture of his finished 2x4 daybed! He built it for his camo mancave and altered the plan by adding a leg to the back of the arms so it can work as a stand-alone twin bed. The back is attached with decorative bolts that makes it removable and easier to move. The finish is 2x4's burnt with torch, Shellac to add color and seal wood, then 3 coats of Poly. Thanks again!
And thanks to Hope for sending photos of her finished project! She built hers to double as a couch/bed for her apartment. It's painted gray and decked out with a white quilt and lots of pillows (love the Be Merry pillow!). For anyone without a Kreg Jig, she made her daybed without one and used 4 1/2" screws instead of 4".
And here is proof that you can handle furniture even if you live in an apartment. Thanks again, Hope!
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