Friday, March 25, 2016

DIY Modular Sofa & Ottoman free plans


DIY modular sofa and ottoman free plans

The playroom, bonus room, kid’s space – whatever you want to call it – like many folks we have one and it’s an ever changing space that needs a comfortable seating solution.  Enter the modular sofa, the answer to my prayers and then some!  

I designed this sofa to be easily reconfigured for many reasons but mainly because we use this space for many purposes and having a modular sofa is the best solution.  Down below I'm sharing the plans to make this sofa and ottoman.

DIY modular sofa and ottoman free plans

For the most part this space is a kids lounge area (lots of gaming and kid tv programs) but sometimes it’s a workout space and also when the weather gets warmer we can easily move this sofa outdoors for pool parties.

But let’s talk about the construction because you won’t believe how easy and fast this sofa comes together.   I built this modular sofa and ottoman using Simpson Strong-Tie RigidTie® RTC2Z connectors, they are my very favorite.  You may have seen me use them before on my workbench inspired desk and cleaning storage tower.  Once you have your lumber cut and the connector in place you simply attach all the screws and life is good.  There’s no guessing about where the screws go because the connectors are predrilled, it’s magic.

DIY modular sofa and ottoman free plans


I rather like the industrial look of hardware and using the Simpson Strong-Tie connectors not only makes building furniture fool proof but moreover extremely strong and durable.

Those legs aren’t going to wobble one bit. 

DIY modular sofa and ottoman free plans


This sofa is two corner units, one armless middle unit and one ottoman.  You could make any combination work for your space and even make one long sofa using the same connectors.

I really like having the separate pieces because I can keep the sofa in a square shape for the most part which allows my kids lounge space and my husband his little workout space, everyone is happy.

DIY modular sofa and ottoman free plans

One note about cushions:  I used this set here which measures 23 1/2"w x 26 1/2"d.  The plans below are made to fit this size cushion, be sure to measure your cushions prior to building to ensure proper fit.

DIY modular sofa and ottoman free plans

DIY modular sofa and ottoman free plans

Below are step by step instructions to build this modular sofa and ottoman.  Please read through all steps and be sure to follow all safety precautions when operating power tools.


DIY modular sofa and ottoman free plans

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Supplies: (2 corners, 1 middle & 1 ottoman)

Cut List:
CORNER:
  • 1 – 2x2 @ 12 1/2” (leg)
  • 3 – 2x2 @ 30” (legs)
  • 2 – 2x4 @ 22 1/2” (front & back apron)
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 25 1/2” (side aprons)
  • 3 – 2x3 @ 25 ½” (side slats)
  • 3 – 2x3 @ 22 ½” (back slats)
  • 7 – 1x4 @ 25 ½” (seat slats)

DIY modular sofa and ottoman free plans

Step 1: Attach short front corner leg to (1) apron front and (1) apron side using Rigid Tie® RTC2Zconnectors and 1 ¼” wafer head screws.

DIY modular sofa and ottoman free plans

Step 2: Attach remaining legs and (2) apron pieces using using Rigid Tie® RTC2Z connectors and 1 ¼” wafer head screws.

DIY modular sofa and ottoman free plans

Step 3: Attach side slats using 3” countersunk screws.  Keep 1 ½” spacing between slats.

DIY modular sofa and ottoman free plans

Step 4: Attach back slats using 3” countersunk screws.

DIY modular sofa and ottoman free plans

Step 5: Attach seat cushion slats using 1 ¼” countersunk screws.  Notch out corner of first slat using a jigsaw.

DIY modular sofa and ottoman free plans

DIY modular sofa and ottoman free plans

Cut List:
OTTOMAN:
  • 4 – 2x2 @ 12 ½” (legs)
  • 2 – 2x4 @ 22 1/2” (front & back apron)
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 25 1/2” (side aprons)
  • 2 – 1x2 @ 28 1/2” (apron)
  • 2 – 1x2 @ 24” (apron)
  • 7 – 1x4 @ 24” (slats)
DIY modular sofa and ottoman free plans


Step 1: Attach legs to aprons using using Rigid Tie® RTC2Zconnectors and 1 ¼” wafer head screws.

DIY modular sofa and ottoman free plans

Step 2: Attach trim to base frame using wood glue and 2” finish nails.

DIY modular sofa and ottoman free plans

Step 3: Attach cushion slats to frame using 1 ¼” countersunk screws.

Sand well and finish as desired.


DIY modular sofa and ottoman free plans


Disclaimer:  I have partnered with Simpson Strong-Tie® to bring you this post.  I have received compensation and/or product in exchange for this project post however all thoughts and opinions are my own.


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3 comments:

Sandy C. said...

This is fabulous!!!!!! I can't wait to build it. So if I want rouse it outside I would just have to make sure it is sealed really well, correct? Can you recommend a good sealer? Thanks again. I really appreciate all your hard work to supply us with the plans. Sandy C.

Cristina Garay said...

What an awesome project! Like Sandy, I would love to place a set or two outdoors. Saving it for when I get those places ready!

Lori -thestonybrookhouse said...

This is an amazing project! I would love to make some of these out of treated wood for outdoors! Would you be willing to share this at our link party? You have some great projects on your blog! It's beautiful!

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