How to Build a Couch


The couch left behind by the previous tenants in my new apartment was in less than peak condition. It’s pleather cushions were peeling and shedding. Instead of buying a couch from Ikea for $600 to $800, my roommates and I decided to build one from pine 2x4s for a fraction of the cost.


  • electric drill
  • electric saw
  • orbital sander
  • bucket vacuum
  • staple gun


  • 12 pine 2x4s
  • box of 3″ self-sinking screws
  • $100 faux suede from Mood
  • staple gun staples
preparing the cut with rafter triangle and clamp
cutting the 2x4
I apologize for the armpit shot.
My roommate Ben constructing the seat
after much hard work, Ben rests on the finished frame
mother and son teamwork to upholster the faux suede
s mom graciously stitched together.
My roommates Ben and Gary and the fruits of our labors.