How to Make a Sofa Out of a Mattress

Emily Goodman

A couch or sofa is one of the most expensive pieces of furniture there is. However, you can make a handsome daybed-style couch out of a twin-size mattress and back bolsters. As a bonus, you can easily turn your couch into a guest bed when you have company.

This is the basic structure for a day bed; just add a mattress and pillows.

Step 1

Attach matching headboards or footboards to the two ends of a bed frame to make the sides of the couch. Footboards, being lower, are a more appropriate height for this purpose. If you have headboards, cut down the legs to make them lower or use them as-is for a couch with higher sides.

Step 2

Place thick bolsters along one side of the mattress to form the backrest. The bolsters will remain in place without being attached if they are supported by a wall behind the couch. Because an unfolded twin mattress is wider than a couch, it is not comfortable to sit on without the bolsters. Make bolsters from blocks of foam or purchase them ready-made.

Step 3

Cover the mattress and bolsters by draping drape a bedspread or blanket over the entire piece.

Step 4

Add throw pillows for additional comfort and a more finished appearance.