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Published on July 7th, 2007 | by Jules Yap


a cheap temporary ‘sofa’

kevin from toronto gives us this foldable temporary sofa solution.

“just got into my first condo and bought a new sofa. did not realize it was going to be a 6 to 8 week wait for it. so i asked myself what would be the cheapest way to have a temporary sofa… 4 jeff chairs tied together!
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my tag line for it is the only new ‘sofa’ for under $60 bucks canadian. note it would be under $40 in US of A. almost criminal if you think about it.”

hey, it works for visitor waiting rooms too.

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14 Responses to a cheap temporary ‘sofa’

  1. Alison says:

    We did the loveseat (two-seater) version of this while waiting for our sofa, after we moved to a new country with no furniture. Definitely not comfortable for more than an hour.

  2. This is looking like multi chairs cum sofa :-)

  3. BB says:

    Kevin, really great idea:) And how is your new sofa since then?
    Otherwise it remembers me to the years I spent in school- how often we used this method to create temporary “bed” to sleep on during the lessons:)

  4. Anonymous says:

    That side to side bookshelf looks like the sapien from DWR. I think a knockoff is available from cb2.

  5. Anonymous says:

    bugga: Re-read the description – he’s ordered a sofa, but it’s going to take 6-8 wks to arrive, hence the use of this as a temporary solution.

  6. bugga says:

    nice how this avoids forking out cash for a (more useful) sofa when that bookshelf over there is like hundreds of dollars.

  7. Anonymous says:

    how con-temporary

  8. Exterminator says:

    Just discovered this site. Hooray for Ikea. They’re opening in South Florida, finally. The Sunrise store should be ready very, very soon!

  9. Tom says:

    Lol – nice hack! I think it’d be great for watching TV, but watching lord of the rings I think it might get a bit uncomfortable…

    A few cushions and a throw would make it much more sofa-like without breaking the bank!

  10. Simon says:

    Nice to see an idea comming from the theaters (!) to the house.

    We’ve used this trick to secure up to 6 mobile chairs in a row for fire requirements.

    Keep on your good work.


  11. Jennifer says:

    It looks very clean and I like it, but it don’t look like a comfortable seat for 6 to 8 weeks. It gives us all more ideas for temporary seating, though. :)

  12. Anonymous says:

    Where can one find that bookshelf, where the books are stacked vertically? Looks great.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Kevin, great idea. And where did you get that bookshelf, where the books are stacked vertically? Too cool.

  14. Anonymous says:

    You know – just to expand on this idea – you could put some batting on it and then cover it with a sofa slip cover – would make it a bit softer – more like a sofa to lay down on.

    just my .02


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