I had to part ways with my old leather sectional. It had sentimental value, as a hand-me-down from my mom…but was too big for my new place. Moreover, it seemed like I was the only person who enjoyed its largeness and nostalgic comfort. So, it was time to look for a replacement.
I don’t need a new sofa per se…just some additional seating in the cave. As a result, it seemed silly to drop a few thousand dollars on a sofa that fits my long-term home design goals (minimalist, mid-century modern, + wood accent).
I’ve made some woodstuffs before…why not make one? I doodled what I wanted on paper, then in SketchUp. Something with straight lines with some subtle angles on the arms, a tight seat and tight back for simplicity and tufting for added visual interest.
After a few weeks-months of research and doodling, it was clear to me that starting a project like this from scratch was optimistic (requiring techniques and technology that I don’t possess) and comparably expensive to some new retail purchases (requiring hardwood boards, springs, and other materials just for the frame). Moreover, it’s not quite green to create a new sofa out of new materials to emulate a decades-old design when so many examples exist in good enough shape. Let’s reupholster!