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How to build modular seating units that can be chairs, footstools or a sofa. Units are wood boxes wrapped with foam and covered with fabric.
APARTMENT LIFE Jan 1978 (v.10#1) pg. 47

How to transform an old metal baby crip into a sofa.
APARTMENT LIFE Oct 1978 (v.10#10) pg. 39

Tip shows how to build a carpeted platform sofa and end table with storage in the platform.
APARTMENT LIFE Jun 1980 (v.12#6) pg. 70

Photos shows built-in sofa that fills an entire wall. Plywood top rests on 2x12 supports. Est. cost: $45.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1971 (v.49#7) pg. 52

Ten pages of projects you can build using simple box construction. Includes photo of an arrangement of sofas with platform bases and vertical uprights with open shelves.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Apr 1973 (v.51#4) pg. 85

Ten pages of projects you can build using simple box construction. Includes photo of a desk and compact seating area arrangement made up of several types of boxes.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Apr 1973 (v.51#4) pg. 86

Photo shows how to make a swinging sofa using a solid-core wood door, plywood, cushions, and chain. The sofa is hung from the ceiling with chains. Est. cost: $75.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1973 (v.51#7) pg. 68

Photo shows sofa made from two 4x8 sheets of Philippine mahogany. Cushions are covered with fake fur. Est. cost: $99.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1973 (v.51#7) pg. 70

Photo shows how to make a sofa, chair and cube table from three sheets of plywood, foam padding and fabric to cover the cushions. Estimated cost for all three pieces: $91.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1973 (v.51#7) pg. 74

Eight pages of photos and text show two "idea" rooms designed to accommodate many activities without looking cluttered. Plans can be ordered for building a crafts center, beverage storage compartment, sewing center, audio entertainment center, seating platform and wall lights.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Oct 1973 (v.51#10) pg. 84

Photo shows a two-seat sofa with solid ends and back. Fir frame is covered with 2x10 fir for ends and base. Seat and back are from 3/4" plywood. Upholstered foam rubber cushions provide soft seating. Overall dimensions are 30"x30"x62". Est. cost: $85.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1974 (v.52#7) pg. 49

How to decorate a living room in an Oriental style. Plans can be ordered for building the seating platform. Instructions for making tie-dyed cushions included.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Sep 1974 (v.52#9) pg. 74

How to build seating modules that can be used as chairs or grouped as a sofa. Frames are constructed from pine 2x4s with plywood for seat decks. Seat and back cushions are fabric-covered foam. Plans must be ordered.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Apr 1975 (v.53#4) pg. 56

Decorating tip suggests building a seating platform from cubes, topped with plump cushions.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS May 1976 (v.54#5) pg. 82

How to build a seating unit with storage in the base. Top is padded with 5" thick foam. Sides are cushioned to give the illusion of a thick mattress. Est cost: $97.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1977 (v.55#7) pg. 121

Photo and sketch show how to build a plywood sofa with drawers in the base. Unit is built from one sheet of 3/4" plywood. Plans may be ordered. Est. cost: $96.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1977 (v.55#7) pg. 125

Photo shows an easy couch that is a box with four pillows, two for seating and two designed to slip over the wooden slat back. Plans can be ordered. Est. cost: $81.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1978 (v.56#7) pg. 73, 84

Modular, two-place seating unit is made from birch plywood. Seat is 29"x32" with a 29"x19" back. The L-shaped seat rests on the floor and is raised in front by a bundle of dowels. Cushions for seat and back are made from foam and fiberfill. Est. cost: $70.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1978 (v.56#7) pg. 74, 84

Tip: How to create a fireside conversation area with sunken floor and built-in seating.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Feb 1979 (v.57#2) pg. G2 (166+)

Modular couch is made from plywood boxes with canvas covered foam cushions and bolsters. Est. cost: $46.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1979 (v.57#7) pg. 60, 74

Contemporary style sofa features a pine wood frame and upholstered cushions. Dimensions: 72" long, 28" deep, 30" tall. Est. cost: $100 (less cushions).
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jan 1982 (v.5#4) pg. 22

How to convert an old baby crib (either wood or metal) into a love seat.
CREATIVE CRAFTS & MINIATURES #91 Feb 1983 (v.8#7) pg. 52

How to slipcover a foam mattress for use as a replacement cushion in a living room sofa.
FAMILY CIRCLE Aug 7 1979 (v.92#11) pg. 93, 111

Modular contemporary furniture to build. Frame is built from plywood and particle board. Giant cushions filled with shredded foam are covered with zippered slipcovers.
FAMILY CIRCLE Feb 19 1980 (v.93#3) pg. 105, 150

Tip: Make a sofa from three old dining room chairs covered by a mover's pad.
FAMILY CIRCLE Sep 16 1980 (v.93#13) pg. 81

Modular living room furniture made from slabs of foam glued together and covered with fabric. Diagrams shown for armless chair, corner module, and ottoman.
FAMILY CIRCLE Jan 4 1983 (v.96#1) pg. 78, 92

Room divider designed by Frank Lloyd Wright features a built-in couch (sofa), two file drawers, book shelves, and a cabinet with four doors. Constructed of plywood over wooden frame.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #101 Dec 1967 (v.17#6) pg. 29

How to build a 3x6 ft. storage couch. Hinged top allows access to storage in the base.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #142 Feb 1973 (v.23#2) pg. 46

Built-in alcove contains a storage area with shelving and a recessed seating platform that can also have storage compartments beneath it. Soffit above the seating area has built-in lighting.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #160 Jan 1975 (v.25#1) pg. 30

Built-in couch has storage underneath and tables at each end. Tall false "windows" are built into the wall above each table with fluorescent lights behind each "window".
FAMILY HANDYMAN #163 Apr 1975 (v.25#4) pg. 36

Built-in corner bench, coffee table and cabinet are covered with a rustic wall paneling. Unit contains lots of concealed storage space.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #176 Oct 1976 (v.26#8) pg. 34

Chair, loveseat and couch to build from construction grade lumber using simple tools.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #202 Oct 1979 (v.29#8) pg. 56

Sofa lounge for two is built from "Redi-Cuts" plywood with cushioned seat and back.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #211 Sep 1980 (v.30#7) pg. 18

Two do-it-yourself sofas. (1) Plywood frame with padded cushions and storage in the bottom. (2) Lattice-work frame sofa converts to a double bed in seconds.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #218 Apr 1981 (v.31#4) pg. 14

How to make a little room do big things. Includes construction details for (1) built-in sofa with a large storage drawer underneath and (2) built-in stereo cabinet with pull out drawers for cassette storage.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #246 Feb 1984 (v.34#2) pg. 35

Contemporary style chair and sofa utilize a wooden frame spanned by tensioned canvas that supports loose cushions. Good project for teaching mortise and tenon as well as bridle joints.
FINE WOODWORKING #22 May-Jun 1980 pg. 51

Taos-style couch is a melding of Stickley precepts with the Spanish Colonial tradition. A convertible-bed variation has two mattresses and unfolds into a queen-size bed.
FINE WOODWORKING #40 May-Jun 1983 pg. 79
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #42 Sep-Oct 1983 pg. 4

Chippendale sofa. Includes templates for the basic frame, and some design options.
FINE WOODWORKING #49 Nov-Dec 1984 pg. 60

Curved couch features a laminated wooden frame, wooden slats, and removable cushions for seat and back.
FINE WOODWORKING #61 Nov-Dec 1986 pg. 66

Build a cherry loveseat frame which features gently curving lines, pleasing proportions, and supports upholstered cushions. The slender legs conceal interlocking haunched mortises and tenons joining the sides and rails.
FINE WOODWORKING #90 Sep-Oct 1991 pg. 44

An 80-year collaboration on a Prairie-style couch. A large, unique, U-shaped seating arrangement is designed to reflect and complement a 1911 bungalow featuring the architecture of Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright.
FINE WOODWORKING #97 Nov-Dec 1992 pg. 84

Simple couch is a wooden frame made from one sheet of plywood and covered with a fabric slipcover. Big, oversize cushions for back, arms and seat make it comfortable.
HANDMADE Winter 1982-83 (v.2#4) pg. 136

Buyer's guide to sofas. How to make sure your next sofa features quality construction, regardless of the style.
HOMEOWNER Mar 1990 (v.15#2) pg. 58

Door makes sofa with built-in end table and built-in radio.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #418 Mar 1963 (v.59) pg. 136

Easy-to-make modern sofa is built from 2x10s with a solid back and sides. Foam cushions are added to seat and back. Dimensions given for a 2-seater (54" long) and information included to modify it for a 3 or 4-seater. Est. cost: $60.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #591 Aug 1977 (v.73) pg. 64

Upholstered couch has a framework made entirely of cardboard. It weighs only 35 pounds, yet holds 4 adults. Est. cost: $100.
NEW SHELTER Nov-Dec 1983 (v.4#9) pg. 38

Fold-A-Majig. Build a versatile sofa-bookcase, desk-bookcase, divider wall or a number of other variations depending on how the framework of boxes is assembled and hinged.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1971 (v.135#1) pg. 140

Contemporary sofa is built from three sheets of plywood, some trim boards and upholstered with fabric-covered foam cushions and back. Couch can be 78" or 90" long. Est. cost: $100.
POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1972 (v.138#3) pg. 148

How to make a modern-style sofa from a flush door, some lengths of clear pine and six cushions. Est. cost: $55.
POPULAR MECHANICS Apr 1973 (v.139#4) pg. 126

Chair, sofa and coffee table features sides and tops from laminated butcher block stock 2" thick. Chair and sofa have rubber webbing and fabric covered cushions. The coffee table has a 36" circular top. The styling is contemporary.
POPULAR MECHANICS Dec 1976 (v.146#6) pg. 110

Diagram of a simple built-in sofa or wrap-around seating. Plywood over simple frame. Uses foam cushions covered with fabric.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1978 (v.150#1) pg. 100

Four projects to build for a family room that are attractive and easy to maintain. (1) Plywood planter boxes. (2) Painted wall shelf. (3) Cushioned corner lounge. (4) A checkerboard floor graphic.
POPULAR MECHANICS Feb 1979 (v.151#2) pg. 132

Materials list and plans for building a sofa module and matching ottoman. The sofa has 4 large storage drawers in the base. Built from plywood and pine and covered with paneling to match walls.
POPULAR MECHANICS Apr 1982 (v.157#4) pg. 129

Back to rattan. A guide to fabricating furniture with this versatile building material. Instructions for a rattan loveseat and chair.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1986 (v.163#7) pg. 93

Craftsman (Arts & Crafts movement) sofa is based on the designs of Leopold and J.George Stickley. A solid oak frame-and-panel framework is fitted with leather- or vinyl-covered cushions.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1995 (v.172#1) pg. 89

Single plywood furniture piece, designed by Lester Walker, can be rearranged to be a double bed, couch, two single beds or a table with built-in seating. Useful for a summer cottage or a room where space for furniture is limited.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jul 1969 (v.195#1) pg. 152

Elegant alcove built-ins. (1) Reading alcove features a built-in couch, bookshelf, and 4 large storage drawers. (2) Serving alcove features a peninsula bar.
POPULAR SCIENCE Sep 1987 (v.231#3) pg. 88

Build a knock down couch. The wooden framework is reminiscent of the Arts & Crafts (or English garden bench) styling with many slats mortised into the railings. The frame breaks down into four main components and a bundle of slats. Accommodates 22" cushions.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #68 Sep 1992 (v.12#2) pg. 30

Prairie spindle chair, a Gustav Stickley-inspired Arts & Crafts design. Slatted back and arms are the same height. Chair requires 82 mortise and tenon joints. Plans included for a tenon jig for a table saw. Also includes instructions for expanding chair construction into a sofa (settle).
POPULAR WOODWORKING #90 May 1996 (v.16#2) pg. 44, 34

Couch and chair are built with plywood boxes for each arm, two oak boards for back supports and a seat frame with zigzag springs. Back cushions are filled with shredded foam, seat cushions are slab foam.
SUNSET Apr 1978 (v.160#4) pg. 176

Six pages of effective and low-cost solutions to common decorating problems. Includes instructions for making a ladder bookcase, cloth covered chests, a cloth-covered mirror frame, a mock canopy and slab sofas with foam cushions.
WOMAN'S DAY May 22 1979 (v.42#10) pg. 96, 134

Secret-storage sofa. Corner seating arrangement features storage in the corner table, armrests, seat back, and seat bottom. Built from fiberboard. Padded with fabric-covered foam cushions. Est. cost: $500.
WOMAN'S DAY Jan 11 1983 (v.46#5) pg. 72, 108

Prairie sofa. Build a mission-style sofa from quartersawn red oak. By shortening the front and back horizontal components, you can make a matching armchair. A companion article shows how to make the upholstered cushions without sewing.
WOOD MAGAZINE #129 Dec 2000 (v.17#9) pg. 42, 49, Insert

2x4 furniture. Part 1. Contemporary styled love seat has a frame built of hemlock 2x4's, slats in the back and rubber webbing for the seat. Fabric-covered cushions complete the unit. Estimated cost: $100.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1980 (v.4#1) pg. 6

Contemporary love seat features a simple frame, decorative "knuckle joints", and removable upholstered foam cushions.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1987 (v.11#5) pg. 35, 38

Ornate sofa becomes a striking headboard for a bed.
WORKBENCH Jul-Aug 1963 (v.19#4) pg. 50

Modern sofa sheath suite divan.
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1963 (v.19#6) pg. 26

Restoring a Victorian sofa with walnut frame.
WORKBENCH Jul-Aug 1965 (v.21#4) pg. 46

Upholstered sofa and matching chair in a modern style have hardwood frames and thick foam cushions supported on canvas slings that can be adjusted to change the seating angle.
WORKBENCH Jan-Feb 1978 (v.34#1) pg. 52

Classic love seat fits any decor. Features exposed wooden arms, legs, and stretchers. A removable cushion covers the wooden slats in the back. Upholstered seat is installed permanently. Unit is 41" long and 27" deep.
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1982 (v.38#6) pg. 80