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Offline bholmsten

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Sofa and Sectionals
« on: January 10, 2023, 04:11 PM »
I can't find any books or information on how to build a sofa or sectional. to me they seem like they would be easy to build but industry must keep a tight lid on directions and plans etc
Thanks

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Offline tsmi243

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Re: Sofa and Sectionals
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2023, 04:34 PM »
Ever looked inside one?  You might be expecting too much, they're just strips of plywood stapled together. 

Offline Packard

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Re: Sofa and Sectionals
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2023, 04:47 PM »
Sofas and sectionals are more about upholstery than construction.  In fact, many furniture manufacturers only do upholstery and buy the frames.

I don’t know if they will sell directly to consumers, but they may have some illustrations.

Here is my search:  https://www.google.com/search?q=furniture%20frame%20manufacturers&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b-1-m

And this company has a catalog:  https://www.chervan.com/catalog/

And this company lists prices for their frames (page 5 & 6).

https://www.dimensionfurnitureframe.com/shop?page=1

Offline simnick

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Re: Sofa and Sectionals
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2023, 04:48 PM »
The wood is easy. The cushion is not. Have you ever reupholstered anything? Looks for books on Upholstery.

Offline guybo

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Re: Sofa and Sectionals
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2023, 05:10 PM »

Offline Packard

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Re: Sofa and Sectionals
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2023, 07:31 PM »
Similarly, there are probably scores of mattress manufacturers out there, most are regional.  They are mostly “cut and sew” operations, and they buy the spring innards from one of the handful of spring frame manufacturers.

The biggest of them was a customer of mine when I still was in the business.  They were so big that they owned the wire mill that produced the spring wire.

I think a similar situation happens in the furniture business.  They have a twice a year trade show for that industry. I believe it is held in North Carolina.  If you can talk your way into the show, you can learn a lot.

Google: upholstered furniture manufacturers trade association. They can tell you which are the trade publications and when and where the next trade show is.

Just tell them that your uncle was in that business and now wants you to join him.  And that you are trying to learn more about it. At the very least you will learn of some wholesale suppliers.

Offline bholmsten

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Re: Sofa and Sectionals
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2023, 09:52 PM »
Thanks everyone for input. I have a upholsterer just want to build the frame.  I will watch the videos and follow the advice etc.