I Made a Sofa Out of a Fold-up Cot.

by Choyce
6 Materials
2 Days

We needed a sofa for our small apartment but wanted something fairly small.

We've had a cot like this one for years. Ours had been stored over several winters in a shed at the cottage. It was still in ok shape, so I hunted around for things to use.

This is the cushion from an old three-seater outdoor swing. I was thrilled to learn that its dimensions would work out perfectly for my plan. It will serve as a back to the sofa, with bolster cushions as the arms.

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I had a standard sized quilt set with two pillow shams. It was the perfect size to surround the swing cushion. I folded the quilt in half and sewed it shut so it was a big sleeve.

I stuffed the swing cushion into the quilt sleeve.

I folded the edges like a parcel, then basted it all down.

I folded the whole thing over once,

then tufted it with big buttons. I then covered the buttons in red fabric.

The bolsters were next! I used the pillow shams which, to my delight, were the perfect size!

I used fairly heavy weight jacket zippers (those that come completely apart when unzipped) .

and sewed them on the long edges of the pillow sham.

I stuffed a standard sized pillow into each sham. It took some trials with different weights of pillows to get the "just right" firmness I was looking for.

then I zipped them up, and they magically turned into bolsters. On the end that shows, I sewed a seam around the edge and ran a cord so I could pull it tight for a neat finish. I just tied the cord into a bow, so I can quickly and easily undo the bolsters to reveal pillows, should anyone want to use the cot as a bed.

I made the skirt out of inexpensive sheeting. The mattress needed a bit more cushion, so I added two inches of foam to it and covered the mattress with a twin size comforter, using the same method as I did for the back. This I also sewed a long zipper onto so I can take it off to clean it whenever I need to.

Now I have a nice little sofa for my mini apartment!

Suggested materials:
  • Three seater swing cushion   (Came with the swing)
  • One standard size quilt set with two shams   (Zellers, but had this on hand.)
  • Pattern sheets for the skirt   (Sears)
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  • Susie Susie on Nov 16, 2017

    Very attractive. You have a good eye. Question. Is the back pad just leaning against the wall??

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  • Maude  LaFountain Maude LaFountain on Jan 08, 2018

    WOW !!! That is amazing I love it ...now to find me a roll-a-way bed like that would be awesome .....I would put this in my extra bedroom and take out the twin bed I have in there because I really like this better ....

    • Choyce Choyce on Jan 08, 2018
      You may get lucky and find a cot like mine at a garage or yard sale... in the summertime, that is!