As mentioned in previous articles we soon discovered the need for a comfortable seating area. What we had before was basically two seat tops fixed to a board and they were neither cosy nor comfortable. It was a ‘live and learn’ experience and as soon as I got my head around the remap the couch was the first thing on the agenda.
After removing the kitchen to make way for the new luxury couch I set about measuring and designing it. I was very clear in my thoughts about how it should be so the design part came very easily.
It was to be an L-shaped number that would sit behind the driver’s seat and give us a place to relax, eat, play Scrabble, work, write and generally feel good about ourselves. To do all those things we’d need a table but more on that later.
The couch design is a modular thing consisting of three sections; two I built from 45mm sq timber and the other made from an adapted set of drawers (we still had to consider storage).
The first ‘box’ took me a while to make (around three hours in all) as I was finding my way with it. I like to take things steady anyway, these things have to last so in my most anal capacity I really want to make them as well as I can.
The second box was a lot easier having done the first and took around 70 minutes to knock together. A combination of the durable 45mm sq timber, PVA glue, 75mm screws, corner brackets and a day of graft resulted in all three modules being ready to fit.
The building was only the first stage but with them ready to go I was able to shift them around for the best fit. The final install comes later after some more wall panelling.
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