How To: Building a Sofa With Storage Space
Carter Oosterhouse shows how build a sofa/storage unit.
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Every child's room needs more storage space, but where to create that extra room is the question. A simple and fun solution is to make a combination sofa/storage shelf. It can be both comfortable and convenient. Paint the sofa any color to inspire creativity, and add vibrant cushion fabrics to compliment a room.
Materials and Tools:
two 3/4-inch sofa top and bottom (71-1/2 by 29-1/2 inches)
two 3/4-inch sofa sides (29-1/2 by 9-3/4 inches)
two 3/4-inch sofa cleats (29-1/2 by 9 inches)
1-inch shelf a back (36 by 37-7/16 inches)
two 1/2-inch shelf sides (36 by 12-inches)
two shelf a 3/4-inch top/bottom (36-7/16 by 1 inches)
three shelf a 3/4-inch shelves (36-1/4 by 11 inches)
1-inch shelf b back (36 by 34-1/16 inches)
two shelf b 1/2-inch sides (36 by 12 inches)
two shelf a 3/4-inch top/bottom (34-1/16 by 1 inches)
three shelf a 3/4-inch shelves (33 by 11 inches)
three 3/4-inch drawer bottoms (27-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches)
six 3/4-inch drawer sides (7 by 27-1/2 inches)
six 3/4-inch drawer font and backs (20-1/2 by 7 inches)
six 24-inch long 1/4-inch guides
six 24-inch long 1/4-inch sliders
two end drawer facing (24 by 8-3/4 inches)
middle drawer facing (23-1/2 by 8-3/4 inches)
six 3-inch caster wheels
cushions and pillows
1-inch wood screws
1/4-inch Kerf blade
Steps for sofa bottom:
1. Glue the edge of the sofa bottom. Place the back section of the sofa over the edge and nail 2-inch brads down the glued side.
2. Glue the side edges of the sofa bottom and add the sidepieces. Use 2-inch brads to attach.
3. Next add the cleats for the sofa drawers. Measure 23 inches from each of the sides. Glue cleats and attach from underneath the sofa bottom. You should have three sections each measuring 23-inches.
4. Add the glides for the drawers. Cut a 1/4-inch strip of wood to the same width as the guides and attach underneath. Nail the strips flush against the sides where the guides will be placed. Set the glides on top; this will assure even setting for each drawer.
5. Glue the tops of the sides and cleats. Add the sofa top over and attach by nailing with 2-inch brads along the top of the sides and the back.
6. Turn the sofa over so the bottom is showing. Attach front and back caster wheels onto the bottom of the sofa, 4-inches from the front and back and 2-1/2 inches from the sides. Place two more wheels directly in the center, 4-inches from the front and back edge.
Steps for bookshelves and sofa back:
1. Use a miter saw and miter the sides, top and bottom of the shelf to 45-degrees.
2. The back of the sofa will actually be comprised of two bookshelves. The first bookshelf section will be 37-7/16 inches long and 36-inches high. Glue and attach the four shelf sides by using brad nails. The mitered edges should form a nice 90-degree angle. Glue the side edges of the shelf back and attach to the shelf frame.
3. Measure 11 inches from the top and add the second shelf. Glue the back and sides and put in place, attaching from the outer sides with 2-inch brads. Repeat this step two more times so that you end up with three shelf sections measuring 11-inches high.
Steps for sofa drawers:
1. Attach the sliders to the guides. Measure the space between the sliders to determine how wide to make the drawer: this should come to 22 inches. Cut a dado with 1/4-inch Kerf blade 1/2-inch from the bottom of each side of the drawer pieces. Glue and slide each piece over the bottom piece and attach with brads. The drawer should measure 29 by 22 by 8-1/2 inches. Attach the sliders to the side of the drawers and place the drawers into the sofa. Make sure the drawers are flush with the sofa front.
2. Build the drawer facing. There are two sizes for the facing. The two ends should measure 9 by 24-inches and the middle should measure 9 by 23-1/2 inches. This is because the middle facing has to share the two middle cleat edges with the end drawers. There should be a 14-inch space between end and middle drawers.
3. To attach, position the facing in place and hold using grips. Screw in from behind the front of the drawer into the facing.
4. Add hardware to the drawers.
5. Finally attach the sofa base to the backside of the shelf unit. Note: Make sure the shelf units are on a smooth and level surface before attaching.
6. Add cushions to the new sofa along with pillows and blankets to make it a comfortable place to lounge.
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