Originally Posted by BIGmouthinDC
but the customization opportunities are endless.
HAH. I don't think my wife would like that. Not sure I would, either
Originally Posted by Amerzel_
A reclining sectional has to be one of the hardest DIY projects for a home theater. Good luck!
I don't really think so. Couches are really pretty basic, it's not overly complicated unless you make it super decorative.
Update time though. My wife found an absolutely awful
color schemed matching couch/loveseat recliner set for... free! So we rented a pickup ($25) and picked up the set.
It's the most awful looking set ever, but who cares, most of it is going to the dump eventually.
Ignoring the questionable color it was fairly discolored and the upholstery was shot too. But hey the recline mechanisms work so whatever?
Getting started, first step was removing the backs.
It was a nightmare working on the floor so I threw my back out moving it up onto a bench (well not the throwing out back part but man these are heavy).
Took off the extension feet, which were pretty easy. They just have a single piece that connects to the couch part. That might be fun to try to make work...
Then, the actual seat/frame. This was interesting because each seat was only attached to the frame with 6 screws (you can see one of them here):
Something I found interesting was that there was a cupholder cutout even though there was no cupholder:
Also, note how many layers of plywood there are - no wonder these things are heavy.
Last was removing the recline mechanism buttons. This was the most important thing I was looking for when looking at these. It needed to be the "parachute" type, which will allow me to put them in between sections so that middle sections can recline. It turns out this was press fit in on one side which I nearly shattered the plastic to remove, though I will only need 2 of them total (and will end up with 4).
All the pieces here used springs:
I don't think I want to use springs. I might use bands, I'm not entirely sure yet. But I don't really want to have to reuse the same frame as these to use the springs so I'll probably build something to put elastic straps over of some sort.
The completed product (for the loveseat at least):
It's nice because they are bolted into the runners for the floor. This means I can rearrange them which I will have to do or even make them standalone and have connection points (I'd like to do this for purposes of moving them, not sure if I'll do that).
I'll tackle the couch next, which is even more sketchy than the loveseat was in terms of appearance. Then I'll have to find a way to get rid of a bunch of sofa/loveseat parts...