Kids Couch - 2x4 DIY Sectional with Crib Mattress Cushions

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 10/28/2016 - 09:54
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Easy DIY Kids Couch made with 2x4s and crib mattresses.  Very inexpensive and easy to make, full free tutorial by Ana-White.com

Every Friday in the weeks leading up to Christmas, Jaime from That's My Letter and I team up to get you a new, free gift plan. We call it the Handbuilt Holiday series.

 

 

Kids Couch

This week is such a fun project!  Jaime had a couple of crib mattresses that she wanted to turn into a preteen lounge area for her kiddos.  So we came up with this - a simple 2x4 kids couch that you can add together and put legs in between to make a sectional in any shape that you want!

And here's how the kids couch turned out -

I love the sturdy wood construction, the crib mattresses are genius because they are washable and waterproof - so bring on movie night!

 

I adore the simple wood frame too!  It is modern, rich in texture, and beautiful, but sturdy at the same time.

 

 

And here's Jaime's preteens on this kids couch  .... perfect!  

 

I'm sharing the free plans below for this project (of course!) but make sure you take a second to visit Jaime and read through her build post with lots more photos before you grab the plans.

 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS AND BUILDING PROCESS PHOTOS

 

Enjoy the plans following! XO Ana

 

Dimensions
Dimensions shown above

Preparation

Shopping List

FOR 1 KIDS COUCH
6 – 2x4 @ 104 -5/8” (9’ studs)

 

FOR 1 ARM FOR KIDS COUCH
1 – 2x4 @ 12 feet long

2-1/2” self tapping screws

Common Materials
Cut List

FOR 1 SOFA

2 – 2x4 @ 26” – back legs

2 – 2x4 @ 23-1/2” – side apron

2 – 2x4 @ 12” – front legs

3 – 2x4 @ 48-1/2” – front/back

1 – 2x4 @ 51-1/2” – top

10 – 2x4 @ 25-1/2” - slats

 

FOR 1 ARM

2 – 2x4 @ 26” – legs

2 – 2x4 @ 27-1/2” – sides

1 – 2x4 @ 30-1/2” - top

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Drill
Miter Saw
Power Sander

Instructions

Step 1

Drill two 1-1/2" pocket holes on each end of the side boards.  Attach to front and back legs with 2-1/2" pocket hole screws and wood glue.  Build two legs per sofa.  Remember that the pocket hole placement should be on the inside, so you will build the legs in mirror.

Step 2

With pocket holes on inside, attach the horizontal supports to the leg sets with pocket holes (1-1/2" setting, 2-1/2" pocket hole screws and glue).

Step 3

Attach back top support to legs with 2-1/2" screws, predrilling holes if necessary to prevent splitting.

Step 4

Drill two 1-1/2" pocket holes on each end of the slat boards.  Attach inside the frame.  Also screw the sides of the kids couch to the last slats for added structure.

Step 5

Step 6

Build the arms using 1-1/2" pocket holes and 2-1/2" pocket hole screws and glue. Attach arms to sofas to tie the two sofas together and support the back rests.