Hey hey! Welcome to part 2 of how to get deconstructed sofa look! Make sure you read part 1 of deconstructing a sofa before starting here. This part is all about putting your vintage sofa back together with a “deconstructed” look; after basically tearing it down to it’s bones in part 1.
I shared in my previous post that this is not a quick and easy DIY. But it is totally worth it! I absolutely love the look of deconstructed furniture. It has definitely been a labor of love. Actually, my intention was to sell the deconstructed sofa, but after putting my blood, sweat and tears into this, I decided it was definitely a keeper! Besides, I’m pretty much in love with the way it turned out.
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If you missed my how to deconstruct a sofa, this is what it looked like when I started.
How to Get a Deconstructed Sofa
Step 1: Apply Polyester Filling to your Deconstructed Sofa
Step 2: Apply Batting
Step 3: Apply Fabric
Drop cloth was the fabric that I chose to use for this deconstructed couch. The color and texture was perfect for the look I was going for. I washed, dried and ironed it before I started the project.
Once all of the batting was in place, I cut my drop cloth to cover the area. I left it a little larger to allow for the edges to be folded under.
Step 4: Attach with Upholstery Nails
I used upholstery nails to attach the drop cloth. Starting from the middle of the sofa, I worked down each side, spacing the nails about an inch apart. As I made my way down each side, my MIL would fold the edges under and pull the fabric tight as I hammered the nails. As you can see, they are not perfect and I’m okay with that. After all, we are going for a vintage sofa with a deconstructed look.
Once we finished the nails around the top edge of the sofa, my husband used a staple gun to attach the bottom edge of the fabric to the corners of the sofa.
Then we pulled the fabric through the bottom of the sofa back and and stapled it underneath.
Step 5: Make a Seat Cushion for the Deconstructed Sofa
After the back of the sofa was complete, we started working on the seat cushion. The first thing I did was measure and cut a piece of foam to fit the seat of the sofa. Then I measured and cut a piece of batting long enough to wrap around both sides of the foam. I sprayed the foam with the adhesion spray and attached some of the polyester filling. Then I sprayed the top of the filling and laid the batting over it. I did this on both sides of the foam so that the filling and batting was on both sides.
I folded the two ends of batting together and then cut my drop cloth to wrap around it, so that only the back and both ends would need to be sewn. If you know me, then you know my aversion to sewing. My MIL was so sweet to sew this cushion together for me. Then she used the left over drop cloth to make these adorable pillows for me.
I decided to put the filling and batting on both sides of the cushion so that it can be flipped and used on either side. With 3 messy boys, it’s always good to have the option to flip the cushion over (even though I used an entire can of Scotchguard fabric protector on the fabric).
The Deconstructed Sofa
I left the old, frayed burlap just because I loved the look of it. But you could certainly replace this with new burlap if you’d like.
I styled the deconstructed sofa in the sitting area of my kitchen. It fits perfect in this space and allows extra sitting in our main gathering area.
I also wanted to share a picture of before we put up our window treatments so you can see what a transformation a simple window treatment can make in a space. We went with bamboo roman shades and drop cloth curtains. This makes it easy to allow sunshine in during the day, but close everything up for privacy at night.
I know the deconstructed sofa style isn’t for everyone and I’m okay with that. We each have our own individualized styles and that’s what makes us so unique. Do what you love and what works for you!
For anyone wanting to give this a try, please let me know if you have any questions. I pretty much had to learn from trial and error as I went along because I couldn’t find any deconstructed furniture DIYs out there. I’m by far not an expert, but certainly willing to help any way I can.
Have a blessed day, friends! xoxo
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