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Old 02-16-2013, 17:54   #1
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Make-shift repairs to a couch

I'm not at ALL mechanically inclined. My step-dad tried to help, but it's just not in my blood. That said, he would either be mortified at the shoddy work, or impressed at my redneck repairs. (His motto was "hacksaw and a hammer can fix anything").

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Two broken springs, I bought a couple 1"x1" boards because I THOUGHT they were broken right along the edge, but I was wrong. So, a little cutting, some stacking, a pair of tie-plates, a few of the scrap-pieces for cross-support make the "patch", and then two 1-3/4" screws and three 3" screws securing the whole mess to the couch. We'll see how well it holds up.


And yes, I DO realize using a 2x4 or 2x6 would have worked a lot better, but again, I didn't realize how far back the springs were broken.
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Old 02-16-2013, 19:40   #2
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Putting a piece of plywood under the cushions would have worked and lasted unlike your repair
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Putting a piece of plywood under the cushions would have worked and lasted unlike your repair

Yep they even sell a little kit made of adjustable plastic boards for this specific repair and it would have firmed up your entire couch.


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Old 02-16-2013, 20:11   #5
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Good job. Everytime you do something like this it gets better. You thought it through and made it work.
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Old 02-16-2013, 20:13   #6
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at first glance I thought you used a collapsed baby gate.
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Old 02-16-2013, 20:51   #7
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Have you ever looked at the reviews on those things? They are, by all accounts, crap that crack and break, and for a couch you typically need at least 2 sets at $20 each.

I paid $3 for the boards, about $1.00 for the tie-plates, and about $5 worth of screws.

As for the plywood under the cushions, yes, that would work. And it would feel like you were sitting on plywood.

Ideally, I would replace the springs, but I've not found a decent place to get any locally, and I wanted it fixed today.

I'm working on sitting on this - up and down, etc - for around 3 hours now, and not a twitch. It won't hold up long-term, but I think it'll work for a quick-fix.
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Old 02-16-2013, 21:20   #8
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Try weaving webbing to support the cushions if you give up on the springs. Many new sofas use webbing instead of sinuous springs. Think of a lawn chair but with real cushions, and with a real wood frame.
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I did furniture repair professionally for 3 years. You can find everything you need at an upholstery supply store. I never did like working with those wire supports. I prefer strong jute straps.
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Old 02-16-2013, 23:28   #10
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I had to drive a co-workers pick up truck to a job site to pick up his work truck (mine broke down & had to go to the shop).
After getting there, being crippled by the seat in his PU, I told him "It feels like your sitting on a 2x12! His reply.... "You were! The seat collapsed so I put a 2x12 under the seat cover!"
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