I bought a dual couch set a few weeks ago which is due to be delivered on 3/12. It's a 3 person couch with both sides reclining, and a love-seat with dual recliners. It's pretty cool and wasn't that expensive, so it was real easy to make the purchase. It will be replacing the futon we've had down there for 2 years, which is very uncomfortable watching television on.
My riser is 52" deep and 72" wide, and 12" tall. Because of the limited space I have down in the room, I had to make it just big enough for the couch and place to stand. When the couch sits on the riser, there will be about 2" in the back and on the sides, and 10 or 11 inches in the front. It's filled with insulation, and "moveable", but it weighs about 200 lbs, so it won't be moving anywhere soon
The basic construction is 2x12's for the outside frame, 2x4's as the support joists, and a 1/2 piece of plywood for the 'floor' of it.
I painted it a BEHR Black Suede color, which matches the walls, and I'm planning on getting some carpet tiles that match the red on the walls. I have a trip to Lowes in about 30 minutes to go check it out.
Anyways, onto the pictures.
Here is the frame being built
Here is the complete frame, studs are 16" on center and are very sturdy.
Filling it will insulation
Almost completed riser, testing the height
This is my first attempt at moulding around the edges. I bought a small piece of L moulding at Home Depot, but it didn't come out as good as I had hoped. And, it was my first attempt at 45 degree angles on moulding, and I screwed it up. I ripped it off this morning and went with some proper moulding.
Here you can see the new moulding. I gave up on the L style and just went with a straight piece of wood. It came out much better in my opinion, and I got the 45 degree angles down pat.
First coat of paint:
2nd coat of paint
Last coat of paint
If all goes well, and Lowes has the color I want, I should have the carpet tiles installed this afternoon, and then the riser is completed. I had toyed with the idea of installing some lights, or track lighting, but since the riser is technically mobile, and not attached to a wall, it would look pretty weird with a cable going to a plug in the wall. I am very happy with how it came out, and how solid it is. It was a fun weekend project, and was an excuse to buy a circular saw