Since the couch is one of the most important pieces of furniture in any living room or lounge spaces, often even the focal point of the room, we don’t really dare to think of it as a potential DIY project. Sometimes that’s a fair strategy but there are also plenty of cases when a self-made couch would fit perfectly into the decor. If you think that’s something you might be interested in trying, check these 19 projects we prepared for you.
First off, check out this awesome Zig Zag couch. It’s a very cool piece and it’s actually more than just a simple living room couch or sofa. It’s also a desk. It has a built-in counter along the back which lets you use it as a small desk or to display things on it, like planters, vases and terrariums. The frame is made of plywood and the cushions are covered in leather. You can do everything yourself from scratch. Check out homemade-modern to see how.
Since you’re basically building your own couch from scratch you get to decide the dimensions, shape and everything else. You can start by picking your mattress or couch cushions. Once you find a design and size you like, you can build the frame of the couch around it. Check out this simple design featured on HomeMadeModern on YouTube. Isn’t it just perfect?
How would like a DIY couch with a more open and airy frame, one which lets you store stuff in between the slits? That could potentially be super cool. You could customize the design in so many interesting ways. You can start by checking out this video tutorial published by HomeMadeModern on YouTube. You can adapt the design to the size you want and even adapt it so you can build a sectional instead.
Building a couch as opposed to buying one makes sense if it’s an outdoor couch we’re talking about. These things can be pretty expensive and a DIY version is a lot more affordable. In addition to that, a couch frame is actually not that complicated and once you have that in place it’s just a matter of adding some comfy cushions on top. Be sure to get the outdoor version with waterproof covers. You can count on HomeMadeModern to have a YouTube tutorial for this too so be sure to check it out.
You’re going to love how easy it is to build this modern plywood sofa features on HomeMadeModern. The frame is as simple as it can be. It’s made out of 3/4” plywood sheets and even the cushions are handmade using foam and leather. This seems like a cool piece for a breakfast nook or entryway.
In case you’re still having doubts about the advantages of a DIY couch compared to a store-bought one, stop for a second to consider the price difference. This comfy-looking couch featured in a tutorial from YouTube can be built for under $100. It’s a pretty cool deal, especially considering how many customization options you can choose from.
Right now you’re probably thinking DIY couches are pretty cool and affordable and all but what if you want one that expands, one which you can also use as a bed whenever needed? Well there’s no reason to take this design feature out of the equation just because it’s a DIY couch and not a professionally-built, store-bought one. You could make an expandable DIY couch or sofa yourself if you actually wanted to. Check out this YouTube tutorial to see how easy it is.
If you don’t want to built the entire frame out of wood, you also have the option of using steel tubing. This way you’ll be able to create an industrial-style couch with a simple and pretty look. You can still use wood for the base and that will add a lovely warm touch to the design. Reclaimed wood would give the couch even more character. This particular project featured on YouTube also features cushions made of recycled parts and materials.
Speaking of DIY couch projects that involve reclaimed and recycled materials, check out this pallet couch tutorial from YouTube. It shows how a small budget can go a long way if you know how to make the most of cheap and available parts and materials. Pallets, as you know, are incredibly versatile and often used in DIY furniture project so it doesn’t really come as a surprise that you can actually make a pallet couch. Anyway, check out the details and see how you too could add a new piece of furniture to your home without breaking the bank.
Do you know what else could be repurposed and turned into a couch? A bathtub. That sounds pretty crazy but, when you think about it, a tub actually has a lot of potential and already features a good shape and size that you can work with. Check out this awesome clawfoot bathtub couch featured on instructables. It’s one of the coolest things we’ve seen and we’ve seen a lot of crazy designs.
Here’s a couch that would be perfect for small and right spaces. It has a simple design with an exposed wooden frame and that gives it a Scandinavian vibe. The seat and the backrest are soft and padded and the fabric is secured to the wooden frame so it doesn’t move around. A good tip here is to get some extra fabric if you want to also make matching pillows later on. Check out treasuresandtravelsblog for more details.
Not everyone likes couches that don’t have armrests. This one has a solid and sturdy frame that goes all the way around the back and the armrests are actually at the same height as the back. They’re not padded or upholstered and instead they match the frame. That gives this loveseat a really sturdy look. A really nice detail about this particular design from rogueengineer is the fact that each board on the back and the sides is painted in a different color while the frame has a dark stain on it.
This quirky couch was made using three headboards. Two of them became the backrest and the third was cut in half and turned into armrests. A slatted base completes the frame and two mattresses make this a super comfy couch. After painting the whole wooden frame black the whole look of the couch changed. All the details about this project along with the instructions can be found on remodelaholic.
This particular design uses a very interesting base. It’s the Ikea Tolga single bed base and the couch was designed around it, with a low backrest and a single armrests for a modern and asymmetrical look. It definitely a DIY sort of vibe to it which is what gives it character in the first place. The base allows it to look lightweight and exposes the floor underneath rather than concealing like a lot of store-bought couches and sofas. Check out the full tutorial for this on designsponge.
A good strategy can be to recreate a couch design that you like and to add your own twist to the design. A nice example is the project featured on fishsmith3blog. The inspiration source for it was a stylish couch with a pallet base and casters and the result ended up looking similar but at the same time quite different. A support structure for the back and armrests was added using metal pipes and fittings. That gives the couch a rustic-industrial look.
Speaking of pallets and how they can be used in DIY furniture projects, here’s another really cool couch design that makes use of this resource. This is actually a sort of sectional. It’s an L-shaped very casual-looking couch with a seat structure made out of wooden pallets placed on top of old tires. It’s a cool way to repurpose old car tires and a nice piece of furniture for an outdoor deck or a patio. Check out yellowgirl to find out more about it.
Here it’s not the actual frame or overall shape and structure of the couch that stand out but the upholstery fabric with its vibrant and colorful floral pattern. The fact that the frame is made of metal and super sleek and slender really helps to put the emphasis on the upholstery instead. There’s also a really cool little shelf underneath which can be used for storage. If you want to find out more about how you can use fabric to make your own couch look refreshingly stylish checkout lanaredstudio.
In case you prefer a more classic couch design with a solid wood base, a back and side panels with armrests, the design featured on themerrythought might be to your liking. It’s fairly easy to put together once all the planks and pieces are cut to size. To make the seat you take a big piece of fabric and lay it on the floor, then center the foam or cushions on top of it and a piece of plywood on top. Wrap the fabric tightly around the foam and the board and staple them together.
Building your own couch or sofa from scratch makes sense when you want something small that can fit in a specific space like a room corner for example. If you like the simplicity of Scandinavian furniture you can easily come up with a design that suits this style. A nice example is offered on themerrythought. Here you can find out how to make a beautiful daybed out of plywood, one that’s both stylish and space-efficient.
Building an outdoor sofa is fairly easy and if we’re to simplify the whole process it turns out all you need for such a project is some 2×4 boards and a bunch of screws. A simple design like the one featured on ana-white makes good use of these materials and also leaves room for creativity and customization. For instance, adding cushions and pillows really helps the couch look whole and comfortable.
Here’s another simple-looking outdoor couch quite similar in design to some of the previously mentioned ones. This one is made from 4×4 boards and is a 3-seater piece. You could of course adjust the design and make it larger if you want to or, for more flexibility, build a couple of these couches for your outdoor seating area. Check out the tutorial for this on loveandrenovations.
When working on a DIY project like a piece of furniture it helps to have the right tools for the job. If you’re making an outdoor sofa for example, you’ll probably need a few things like a miter saw, a tablesaw, a sander, a drill and some clamps. That’s pretty much what was used to built this stylish 3-seater couch featured on fixthisbuildthat.
It’s not just the actual structural part of a couch that matter but also details like the seat cushions, the color palette, the choice of textures and finishes and so on. These elements give you lots of opportunities to really make your design special. Now that you’re aware of this, perhaps you could apply some of these ideas in a makeover project. Check out this beautiful transformation of a simple cinderblock and lumber bench featured on lenasekine if you want some inspiration.
Another wonderful idea is to look for things that you can repurpose to make your DIY couch project easier and more affordable. For example, you might be able to use the headboard and/or footboard from an old bed and to add a few extra pieces of wood to make a stylish bench or couch for your patio or even for one of the indoor spaces. That’s exactly the strategy used in this project from ruggydiy.
This farmhouse bench that you can find on lifestorage is yet another wonderful DIY project that you can try for yourself. It’s similar to an outdoor couch but a bit simplified in some ways. What sets it apart from other similar projects is the beautiful farmhouse-inspired design and the fact that it has space underneath the seat for storage.
Corners are notoriously difficult to furnish but that’s also when custom and DIY furniture are most appreciated. With that in mind, if you have a cozy corner space on your patio, deck or somewhere else around your house, consider building one of these symmetrical benches. You can find the tutorial for this design on pinspiredtodiy. As you can see, it includes a built-in table that fills the corner perfectly.
As mentioned a few times before, wooden pallets are super useful when building furniture so let’s check out yet another wonderful pallet project. This time you can’t really see the pallets because they’re been framed and hidden and that actually gives this outdoor daybed/ couch a nice and simple look that’s perfect for a modern décor. If you place two pallets side by side you have enough space to also attach a table to your outdoor couch. Head over to lovelygreens for more details.
When building your own furniture you have the opportunity to include all sorts of little details and features into your design that you might not be able to find in store-bought pieces. For instance, check out this modern outdoor couch from homemadebycarmona. If you look closely you’ll notice there’s little built-in shelves on the inside of the side panels that you can keep your phone, a drink or other small items on.
Using reclaimed materials when building your own custom furniture gives your designs more character and uniqueness. They don’t need to be intricate or complicated in order to stand out and this super simple pallet sofa from funkyjunkinteriors is a perfect example. It makes a statement in its own original way.
If you want to build an outdoor couch or some custom seating around your fire pit, consider a curved design. Creating smooth curves is quite difficult but you could simplify the process a bit by going with this sort of angled geometric shape that’s similar to a curved sofa but also a lot friendlier in terms of building techniques. You can find a helpful tutorial for such a piece on abeautifulmess if you’re interested.
We mentioned earlier that you can repurpose an old headboard if you want to easily put together an outdoor bench or a simple couch. That’s not the only thing you can use from an old bed. Looking at this DIY entryway bench featured on mycreativedays.porch you might be able to tell that it’s been made from a repurposed twin bed frame. Check out the full project to find out how.
Outdoor benches and couches are quite easy to make as you’ve seen by now. If you want to take your design to the next level however, things can get a bit more complicated. Still, it shouldn’t be anything you can’t handle. Check out this beautiful bench from ana-white with its lovely pergola roof and the lattices on the sides. It’s well worth the effort trying to build something like this for your own garden.
Surprisingly, this is not the first bathtub turned into a couch that we’ve seen today. It’s one of the most ingenious and creative transformations when it comes to furniture and repurposing old items goes and we hope this design from onekriegerchick can inspire you to try something similar yourself. This bathtub couch has a padded seat and also comfy cushions that make it super cozy and comfortable. What a wonderful way to put an old bathtub to good use and to get a new and unique piece of furniture for one of the other rooms in the process.