How to Re-Use an Old Fold-Out Couch

What to do with that tacky fold-out couch in your basement? For a utilitarian looking option you can follow this guide!

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How to Re-Use an Old Fold-Out Couch
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So we had these old couches.  I didn't use this one in the end, but it's basically the same.

So we had these old couches. I didn't use this one in the end, but it's basically the same.

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I started by cutting away the offending covering with a box cutter to let me see what was going on inside.

I started by cutting away the offending covering with a box cutter to let me see what was going on inside.

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The radical pattern on the mattress would almost be back in style if it weren't so well used.

The radical pattern on the mattress would almost be back in style if it weren't so well used.

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Love the real wood inside this old furniture! I thought about staining it but the fabric was stapled and glued down, and I guess I'm just lazy.

Love the real wood inside this old furniture! I thought about staining it but the fabric was stapled and glued down, and I guess I'm just lazy.

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Then I removed the mattress to let me see how the folding frame was mounted to the wooden one.

Then I removed the mattress to let me see how the folding frame was mounted to the wooden one.

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It's a good idea to measure the height of the folding frame from the floor.  This will come in handy when you remount it so the legs touch the floor when it's in bed mode.

It's a good idea to measure the height of the folding frame from the floor. This will come in handy when you remount it so the legs touch the floor when it's in bed mode.

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It's kind of fun to learn things about your old furniture!

It's kind of fun to learn things about your old furniture!

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Then I unscrewed the folding frame from the wood, as I had no ambitions of recovering.

Then I unscrewed the folding frame from the wood, as I had no ambitions of recovering.

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Removing it was a challenge, as it wanted to spring out on me.  I recommend caution at this stage!

Removing it was a challenge, as it wanted to spring out on me. I recommend caution at this stage!

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The wood frame turned out to be broken anyways, so I just threw it away as firewood.  I do not endorse the burning of synthetic fabrics though!

The wood frame turned out to be broken anyways, so I just threw it away as firewood. I do not endorse the burning of synthetic fabrics though!

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I also found some childhood memories lost inside!

I also found some childhood memories lost inside!

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I was going to spray paint the frame at this stage, but had no time/decent weather.  Also I saved the cushions because sitting on the wire isn't pleasant.

I was going to spray paint the frame at this stage, but had no time/decent weather. Also I saved the cushions because sitting on the wire isn't pleasant.

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Eventually I mounted it straight to the floor of my cabin. Not exactly child safe, but it functions as a couch and bed for me! It's also easier to clean and keep the mice clear of.

Eventually I mounted it straight to the floor of my cabin. Not exactly child safe, but it functions as a couch and bed for me! It's also easier to clean and keep the mice clear of.

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Well that's it so far. I'm planning on fabric painting the mattress after a thorough cleaning. I also will probably paint the frame too. I hope this was helpful in some way!

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