I should probably answer the question of why I decided to turn an old bed into a sofa before I start the process of upcycling an old bed into a sofa. Before I do that, I will begin the process of upcycling an old bed.

To put it simply, I adore upcycling. In addition to being good for the environment, saving money and cutting down on waste at home are all excellent reasons to look into this option. You’ll certainly value the fact that the mattress doesn’t require any breaking in time if you have young children or furry companions.

It just so happened that I had a gorgeous old bed lying around, and I knew it would be ideal for a project involving upcycling. It belonged to my mother and father, and they presented it to me a short time before they relocated many years ago. Where did you begin, and approximately how long did it take you?

The first thing I did was get a full-size bed and put an old mattress on it. After putting in the new fabric with yellow, white, and grey stripes, I first put together the wooden components that came from the PS 2014 line at IKEA.

What was the total amount that was spent on the project?

Priced at less than $150 The breakdown is as follows:

Three PS 2014 Lack Shelves, each priced at $30: I had these left over from a previous upcycling project.

One (1) Linus Cut-Out Sofa, retailing at $99

– Cases for pillows ($20 each)

Additional materials needed to finish it include IKEA TALL FABRIC, which costs $4.99.

The material for the cushions (which cost $45)

Foam padding (cost: $25)

Supplies for sewing machines that cost more than $5

TOTAL: $196

What are your plans for the parts of the bed that you did not repurpose into something new?

Our living room is equipped with a bed for overnight guests. I’m going to remove the frame from the bed, but I’m going to keep the headboard and the slats.

How did you do it?

You’ll need:

A bed frame that does not have slats for the base of the bed A mattress A fitted sheet or a cover for a duvet For the back cushions, you will need four old pillows in addition to something firm, such as a rolled-up duvet or a foam camping mat (optional). Cushions upholstered in the fabric of your choice, with piping upholstered in a fabric that matches (optional) 1-meter zips

In order to do this, first remove any straps or fixings that may be attached to your bed frame, and then give it a thorough cleaning. If your mattress is able to fit securely into the foundation of your bed, then it should already be fairly stable. In that case, get yourself some sturdy cardboard, like an old cereal box, and line the inside of the bed frame with that. In addition to providing a little bit of additional support, this will prevent the mattress from sliding around.

Get some foam insulating material, such as a camping mat or wadding, and line the inside of your bed frame with that before placing your mattress back into it if you are concerned about your mattress shifting and want to add extra stability and comfort. Be sure to leave enough space, however, so that everything can still fit together nicely after you’re done!

Adding some fabric “cushions” to the base of your bed frame is one of the next steps, which is also one of the most important steps. These will provide it with additional height and shape, making it more comfortable to sit on while also ensuring that there is no danger of anyone rolling off in their sleep (which can be extremely dangerous if they are sharing the bed with a newborn!).

You will need to cut out four cushions to fit your frame. When doing so, make sure that the base of each cushion is slightly larger than the base of your frame. Make sure that the piping is prepared and ready before you start working on the cookies if you want to decorate the edges with piping. Because the cord of my piping was too thick, as you can see in the picture, I have not yet completed this step. If you are using piping, complete it right away!

Now position each cushion so that it fits snugly into one of the corners of your bed frame, and use zip ties to secure each cushion in place. It is a good idea to thread some cord or ribbon through all of your stitching on top of your zipper. When you get back around to the front again, tie it into a bow so that you have something nice and pretty showing on top of your zipper! Iterate on each of the four corners.

In the event that you are concerned about the piping coming undone, you should first secure it in place at each corner with masking tape or sticking tape before attaching the zip ties. The next thing you need to do is acquire some rigid backing for your cushions in order to make them nice and firm. It doesn’t matter what you use, whether it be old pillows, rolled-up duvets, or even camping mats. Simply take four pieces of whatever it is you’ve decided to use and stuff them into each cushion. The pieces should be roughly the same size. I used a camping mat because that’s what I had on hand, but if you have any other materials, it might be worth a shot to experiment with those instead!

Now give all of the padding a good shake to fluff it up and make sure that it is spread out evenly across each cushion. After that, cover everything with the fabric of your choice, starting from the top. Next, cut out four pieces that will each go over a cushion, as well as two long strips that will be sewn into loops to go around the front and back of your bed frame, leaving about an inch or so on either side of the bed frame exposed (see the picture above for how this looks).

You can do this however you like, but if this is your first time, I would recommend using double-sided tape, masking tape, or sticking tape to fix your fabric in place as you pin the pieces together because zippers can be tricky! You can also do this however you like! In addition, if you want piping around the edges, make sure that this step is completed now before you start sewing anything together.

As soon as all of your pieces are pinned together, you can begin stitching them together by beginning in any corner, working along each edge toward the middle, then back up the other edge until you reach your starting point. I would advise you to sew each piece twice because it is quite possible that the weight of the mattress will eventually cause them to tear if you don’t. This is the reason why I would recommend that you sew each piece twice.

Next, fasten these pieces to your bed frame using the appropriate screws. You are free to approach this in any manner you see fit; however, the following photographs illustrate how I completed mine:

Because the fabric I was using was fairly rigid, the front section of the garment held its shape very well after I attached it by running two loops of piping cord down either side. Unfortunately, the back could not be done in piping because there was not enough room for another cord. As a result, I sewed large hidden loops onto my fabric and pulled them over clips in the same manner as a patio door blind would! After everything has been put back where it belongs, you can replace your mattress, and you’ll be done!

Please keep in mind that if your bed frame isn’t elevated enough off the ground or if someone rolls off while they are asleep, it could be really dangerous. Because of this, please keep this in mind when you are making your bed. It may be worth adding extra support under each corner of the frame so that it can’t roll or slide out of position until your child is old enough to not roll out of bed without being supervised. As an alternative to using zip ties, you could try stopping them from rolling too far by using drawstrings instead.

I really hope that some of you find this information useful! Please do not hesitate to ask any questions if anything is unclear, and I will do everything in my power to explain it more clearly. Many thanks for taking a look:)

The only thing left to do now is figure out how to attach the zippers to the fabric of your cushion, which is now acting as a cover for your mattress.


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