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Title: Lovesac knockoff project... Am I dumb? (Upholstery)
Post by: Hiersekorn on January 22, 2021, 08:00 PM
I'm looking for feedback before I begin this project. I've been able to build a fairly accurate Sketchup drawing of the Lovesac sactional system. The wood construction is pretty basic. The base and sides are all simple boxes. That part is all well within my comfort zone.

But, then, there's the upholstery part. The boxes are covered in vinyl and they have velcro strips to hold the covers. The cushions and pillows are stuffed and require sewing. That's a bit outside my comfort zone.

So, I'm wondering whether this is a wise project to undertake. On the one hand, I can probably build these things for about half the retail price. And, I can do some custom stuff, too. But, on the other hand, if I screw up the pillows and cushions, I just have an expensive mess.

If you've done something like this -- i.e. an upholstered couch -- do you have any words of wisdom to share?

Backstory: I'm basically selling this to the wife as a way to fund my new SawStop. I can save enough on the Lovesac to pay for the saw. Or so I think.
Title: Re: Lovesac knockoff project... Am I dumb? (Upholstery)
Post by: cpw on January 22, 2021, 08:08 PM
I built an outdoor sofa over the COVID lockdown in NY.  I sourced cushions from cushionsource.com; and then sewed my own covers using outdoor canvas from Sailrite.  It also was a good excuse to spend time with my daughter and the sewing machine that my mother got her for her birthday.  The basic 6 sided cushion cover was reasonably easy to execute without much experience.  We did do a practice one with some cheaper fabric from Jo-Ann before doing it on a real one; and ordered a single cushion to test out before doing the remaining 5.  Even just the insides are not cheap, but are quite a bit nicer than what we would have gotten at the Home Depot and much cheaper than some of the higher end stuff my wife was looking at.
Title: Re: Lovesac knockoff project... Am I dumb? (Upholstery)
Post by: Hiersekorn on January 22, 2021, 08:35 PM
I built an outdoor sofa over the COVID lockdown in NY. 

suh-weet! Now I have TWO projects I want to build! lol  Thanks for the input.

--Dave
Title: Re: Lovesac knockoff project... Am I dumb? (Upholstery)
Post by: Dane on January 23, 2021, 12:16 AM
There are a bunch of folks on Etsy that do custom cushion cover sewing.  Ikea also sells replacement covers for all of their sofas on their website- so if you bought those and then sized your frame off of those dimensions, you'd be pretty safe and inexpensive.