Hooray it's Friday and we have another gift build plan to share with you! Today it's a crib mattress sectional sofa perfect for the playroom:
This gift build is for the whole family, the kids will enjoy their new comfy digs and the parents will enjoy not having to listen to those endless laugh tracks on the kids shows!
Save that crib mattress once your kids have outgrown the actual crib and repurpose it into a sofa. Ana White made some easy modifications to her ever popular outdoor sofa and she now has plans for the crib mattress size.
Ana and I have been busy bringing you new gift plans every Friday, this is week 4 of the 12 week series and by far the biggest bang for your buck. Two crib mattresses and about 16 studs is all you need to make this beauty, that's less than $50 in lumber and I know a lot of you have a crib mattress on hand.
My kids came home from school and proceeded to jump on the new sofa and lounge about making good models so you can see the proportions and sizing, it's generous.
You should know Ana and I work week-to-week on the Handbuilt Holiday series. We have a general idea of the gift plans we aim to complete but we usually don't have a firm decision on the weeks build until Monday afternoon. This week inparticular we had a tough time nailing down the final idea, we started with a crib mattress daybed idea and had two different sketches working on that (one very streamline version, one with book storage) and then we completely nixed those and decided to modify the outdoor sofa plans because it's an easy, fast build using only 2x4 studs.
Needless to say I haven't quite finished the finish on this sofa because of time constraints and these photos were taken on a really dark and rainy day but that doesn't mean this build isn't great because it's FANTASTIC!!!
I really don't mind seeing studs in my home ;)
And bonus! A place for kids sleepovers:
The kids schoolhouse desks in the back are DIY, Ana did the plans awhile back as well as the storage hutch above.
This crib mattress sectional sofa is super simple to assemble, I did it in one morning so you have plenty of time to get it finished before Christmas.
Ana has the plans here. Below are some build process photos and a few notes:
For the slat construction and assembly I opted to use 2x2 cleats attached to the 2x4 support set down 3/4" because I had the lumber on hand. Then I attached the 1x4 slats directly to the 2x2 cleat. This also eliminates the extra step making all those pocket holes in the 2x4 slats.
Using the crib mattress also makes this sofa easy to clean, simply pull off the sheets and wash! No zippers or impossible slipcovers to fuss with and you have a huge variety of colors and patterns in the crib sheet department.
Be sure to check out all our Handbuilt Holiday gift builds and check back every Friday for a new plan.