We collected 1 free sofa and 2 free love seats on craigslist just for the foam cushions. This same foam is $140 at the fabric store and not any cheaper at Walmart or JoAnn Fabric. We have free foam. This is the first time I used sofa pillow foam it worked good. I usually us carpet pad foam.
We removed the old pillow covers and trashed them. Foam has a soft fiber cover we decided to leave it on. We used 2 foam cushion to make the seat bottom of the love seat sofa. We pieced together 3 foam cushions for the sofa back. 1 foam cushion was cut in 1/2 to extend the height of the other 2 foam cushions. We wanted a high back sofa like a recliner. It turned out very good. It looks good and it is very comfortable.
We bought the fabric at Old Time Pottery store it was 50% off sale. Total cost for fabric was $28.
We could not get a sofa chair or sofa love seat through the 20" camper trailer door so I took measurements from a love seat then built the sofa frame work inside the camper trailer. The new cushions worked out perfect. Three 2x4 boards and a sheet of 1/2" plywood was $19.
The fabric is wrapped around the foam cushions and stapled to the back side of the plywood. The plywood is attached to the sofa frame with 3 screws on each side top and bottom.
This whole love seat sofa cost us about $50 and took about 3 hours to build the cushions. It took about 2 hours to build the wood sofa frame and it had to be painted once with primer and once with white paint about 1 hours work.
There are no arms on our sofa we don't have room for arms. The kitchen table unfolds and sets in front of the sofa for, breakfast, lunch and dinner. When kitchen table is not needed it folds up and goes away.
The original 4 camper pillows were replaced with a real queen mattress, see the bottom photo left side. It is nice to have a real queen pillow top bed. Wow we are almost in heaven.
Last Edit: Feb 28, 2016 19:56:13 GMT -8 by gary350
Love it. I did the carpet pad route for the dinette seat cushions and the glueing tip worked great. Still have enough pad for the mattress but I'll keep my eyes out for some decent couch cushions too. Impressed with your MacGuyver approach Gary.
I stopped in at our local Honest Fred's Flooring Center and they cut me about a half roll of (can't remember what Gary called it) crunchy 1/2'X60" pad. I cut out a 1X4" piece of plywood the size of Scotty's dinette seats X 2 so I had a cutting template 21"X60". I put the roll of pad on a table and with a utility knife and NEW blade, cut enough pieces for 4" thick X 32" cushions and seat backs. I used about a half bottle of the original tightbond glue for each cushion doing a perimeter and X shape on each piece, topped with the ply, and weighted it all down with my tool boxes and some paint cans, left it over night. All stuck together and still soft but firm. I'm going to get some cotton batting to wrap the edges before I do what Gary did with the fabric and staple gun. I've spent $58 for the whole dinette set plus probably enough for the back bed, including the glue. I was looking at over $700 to do it all in foam and being Scottish, I couldn't spend over 3 times the cost of the original trailer on cushions I will probably never get to sleep on If Christine finds the keys to out truck and hauls poor Scotty to the scrapper.
There is a thread somewhere that shows the pillows I made for the other camper and boat but I can not find it? The other day I replied to a few threads now I can not find them either. I wonder if there is a way to find all my posts?
Here are some pictures of the other camper and the boat cushions were made with 1/2" carpet puke pad. I worked for a foam company one summer during college they chopped all the scraps into tiny pieces mixed it with new foam in a 4'x5'x100' long mold. They ran the large block through the slicer to remove all 4 sides to expose the nice new looking foam. It looked like a 100 foot long giant block of vomit after the block was sliced and rolled it was called Puke Pad. LOL.
Cushions are 8 layers of 1/2" thick carpet pad in a stack. Drizzle some Elmer's wood glue between the layers and let it dry this makes it very easy to wrap fabric over the foam and the layers do not slide or mover around. Pull the fabric over the back side of the plywood and staple it to the wood. You don't need a sewing machine to make cushions.
I bought this old 1960s boat for $200. I wish I had photos before I started working it was a mess. I had to replace the plywood floor then build bench seats along the side. I sanded and painted to entire boat and build cushions. I bought this good running Mercury engine for $200. I painted the trailer and it looked like a brand new boat. I took it out 1 time, I am not a water or boat person 1 time was enough. Someone spotted the boat and wanted to buy it. I was not sure I was ready to sell but the guy refused to let me leave without buying it. He made me an offer I could not refuse so he took it home. Vintage boat, vintage motor, vintage trailer, the guy had to have it. I use to rebuild mercury engines they are the easiest motor on earth to repair good as brand new. The 65hp engine would push this boat about 60 mph.
I put a 65 HP Mercury outboard motor power head on this go-kart. It will do 87 mph in 3 seconds top speed, geared 3.7 to 1 to the axle. Cooling radiator in front. Toyota pickup truck water pump geared to the axle. Toyota disk brakes on the wheels. It is so fast it is amazing. With this exhaust system engine was about 75 hp. Total weight of the go-kart is 218 lbs.