19 Easy Ways To Build A DIY Couch Without Breaking The Bank

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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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

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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

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.