Sleeper Couch

Build Quickly Your Own Comfy Sleeper Couch

This innovative bed gives a whole new meaning to sleeping on the couch. In addition, such a soft and spacious piece of furniture can guarantee a good relax and healthy sleep. By the way, any sleep disorder can be quickly forgotten with the help of effective magnesium threonate alzheimer’s. Consult your physician before starting a course. 

So consctructing such a masterpiece couch means: 

Hard labour: 5/10 (an extra pair of hands is necessary) Skill level  5/10 (requires simple upholstery) Time needed  about four hours (excluding drying time

Do it yourself for  ±$1 400 (excludes paint, foam, fabric and mattress)

Shopping list

• 16mm Supawood

For the bed 

• two 1900mm x 303mm (long sides) 

• four 888mm x 303mm (partitions  and short sides) 

• one 1900mm x 920mm (base) 

• one 1895mm x 915mm (lid) 

• two 1932mm x 410mm (long sides) 

• two 920mm x 410mm (short sides at  head and foot end)

For the storage unit/backrest 

• two 1932mm x 300mm (long sides) 

• four 300mm x 268mm (shorts sides  and partitions) 

• two 620mm x 100mm (brace sections – fitted within the two outer  compartments so that the unit can  be fixed to the wall) 

• three 638mm x 350mm (doors)

Other items 

• ±one hundred 8 x 40mm  chipboard screws 

• ± thirty 8 x 25mm chipboard screws 

• twenty-four 8 x 16mm  chipboard screws 

• twenty-four 6 x 16mm  chipboard screws 

• six 180o cabinet hinges 

• six castors 

• wood glue 

• medium grit sandpaper 

• multisurface primer and enamel paint


• pencil 

• measuring tape 

• cordless drill and 3mm drill bit

• electric drill and 25mm speed bit 

• jigsaw 

• staple gun

The bed 

1  Use the 8 x 40mm chipboard  screws to construct the inner  framework of bed box. Place the  two long sides (1900mm x 303mm)  to the outside of the two partitions  and the two short sides (888mm x  303mm sections). See sketch one below  for measurements and spacing.  Remember  First drill 3mm pilot holes  before gluing and screwing sections.

Sketch one

2  Now fix the base (1900mm x 920mm) to the underside of the framework created in step one. The castors will be fixed to the bottom of this base at a later stage.

3  Add the outer framework by fixing the two short sides (920mm x 410mm) at the head and foot end of the inner framework using the 8x25mm chipboard screws and wood glue. Then do the same with the long sides (1932mm x 410mm). These will overlap the short sides and can therefore be fixed together using 8 x 40mm chipboard screws for additional strength.

4  Use the 8 x 16mm chipboard screws to fix castors in place, as shown.

5  Use the electric drill and 25mm diameter speed bit to create four holes in the lid (1895mm x 915mm) midway along its length. Position these holes about 30mm from the edge of the lid. Now use the jigsaw to join these holes to create a slot. This will act as a handhold to lift the lid when accessing the storage compartments below.

The wall unit 

6  Construct the wall unit/backrest  by fixing the four shorts sides and  partitions (300mm x 268mm) to the  long sides (1932mm x 300mm) using  the 8 x 40mm chipboard screws and  wood glue. Refer to sketch three.

Sketch three

7  Add the two brace sections (620mm x 100mm) by fitting these within the two outer compartments flush with the back edge. These are necessary so that the unit can be fixed to the wall.

8 Fit the 180 degree hinges to the doors (638mm x 350mm) and then fix these in place over the three openings in the wall unit/backrest. We padded the doors with 50mm thick foam and covered them with fabric, folding it over the edges and fixing in place with the staple gun.  NOTE  The door measurements are slightly narrower to allow for a gap between them to accommodate the fabric. The doors also overlap the bottom edge to form a natural handle.  TIP  It will be easier to remove the doors in order to upholster them.

9 Fill all holes, blemishes and exposed screws with wood filler. Once dry use sandpaper and a sanding block to lightly sand the entire surface of the bed box and wall unit to ensure that the paint bonds to the surface. Dust the cupboard properly with a soft cloth before starting to paint. Use a brush and a high-density foam roller to achieve smooth results and paint two to three layers, leaving the paint to dry thoroughly between each coat. The first coat should be a multisurface or wood primer.  

TIP:  We decided to try a different finishing process and covered the bed base and storage unit with a white gloss vinyl. This not only saved time; it also created a beautifully smooth finish. Use a soft cloth to smooth the vinyl onto the surface.