The first order of business, to fit a homeschool family into a small house, is to make a couch out of books. Well, not quite. But I am making a couch that will fit a lot of books. If making a couch sounds overwhelming to you, you are very normal. I’ve never claimed to be “normal,” but it’s slightly over my head too. Good thing I have a friend that is a mathematician, roofer, and seamstress. Don’t ask me how they all go together. She is a wiz at making up a pattern from scratch. I bought above-the refrigerator-cabinets (They are 2 feet wide.) We are sandwiching them between 1/2” plywood and putting caster wheels (half locking casters) under them. We will screw on the back (3/4 inch birch plywood) after I seal it. I made bolster cushions to give the back a comfortable slant. It is not a cheap endeavor (though cheaper). Even with getting a screaming bargain on the cabinets (100 dollars for all of them), Ikea’s fabric deals, and using Joann’s 40% and 50% coupons, it will be around 500 dollars in the end. We did go for a more professional look then we needed. What do I get from this “L” shaped sectional? 39.75 cubic feet of storage, 13.75 linear ft. of seating space and the color/type of fabric I want.
Remember I said we made this couch for our books? … well… For all those people who are wondering where we are going to put “all” our children in this new 8oo sq.ft. house, the children have found their own place. 🙂