I started with the RAST bedside table from Ikea for the bargain price of £8.99. I wanted to have some storage underneath so made sure to drill the new holes for the seat high enough to fit a couple of baskets underneath.
Once the seat was fitted I toyed with the back support until I was happy with the angle, made a couple of marks and then guesstimated where to drill the holes. Not hugely precise, but I've got a pretty good eye for these sorts of things.
|The finished sofa frame. Complete with pen.|
I filled the pre-drilled holes with coloured wood filler (I chose a colour that was too dark, so shows quite clearly). When it was dry I sanded the excess off and applied a coat of Danish Oil in the Jacobean Dark Oak with a lint-free cloth. In hindsight I should have used a small wood dowel to fill the holes and stained over them. A bit of wood filler would still have been needed, but the finish would have been much nicer.
For the cushions I opted for easy. I bought two Lusy Blom cushions (£4.99 each) also from Ikea and simply cut one end of each cushion and took the stuffing out. When they were empty I measured and cut the excess fabric off, stitched the ends and put roughly half the stuffing back in. I made small throw cushions from the fabric remnants.
The end result was less than £20 and fits two small bums comfortably. I love it. More importantly, so do the kids!