As you know, we are huge fans of DIY projects because upcycling unused items in the home to reduce waste and maximize resources is always a great idea. But one Redditor just took recycling to a whole new level by making his own sleek couch that’ll look right at home in a minimalist apartment!
Phil Vandelay of Hamburg Germany shared the whole experience in a post, saying he only spent about 100 bucks (excluding the tools) on the finished product because it’s mostly made of reclaimed materials.
The three-seater sofa is comprised of a metal and wooden base and thick cushions made from old mattresses. Phil reveals that everything about the couch was made by hand, including the cushions. The mid-century-inspired industrial couch is compact enough to fit in a small home or perhaps a minimalist apartment.
Phil says, “I really wanted a couch for my apartment so I decided to make my own. I happened to have a bunch of stuff (trash) left over that I recycled into this thing, mainly two old mattresses. I used the springs from one of them for additional padding and the foam from another for the cushions. The base is made from reclaimed wood beams I got for free. The only things I bought for this was the steel tubing (45x45x2mm, about 50€) and the fabric for the covers, again about 50€. My friend Leo helped with the layout and sewing for those (thanks!). The end result is super comfy!”
The project is definitely complex and it may not be ideal for beginners but a dreamy couch stylish enough for a minimalist apartment for 100 bucks? Color me impressed! Check out Phil’s DIY video below:
Just a heads up, although the sofa was assembled using $100 worth of materials, the project will require several tools, as many Reddit commenters pointed out.
For those who’d like to recreate the sofa, Reddit DIY channel moderators shared a guide to finding the right tools for the project. The moderators stressed that “Most, if not all, projects can be completed with the most basic of tools. [But] there is no denying that a nicer workshop makes projects easier to complete.”
There is just something so satisfying about making awesome new things out of old stuff using nothing but your hands and your imagination, no?