Published on July 13th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Outdoor sofa from Fjellse bed

Materials: 2x FJELLSE, SULTAN LADE, 1 shelf 200×30, 140 cm of 2×3 pine, outdoor heavy duty stain, SULTAN FAGERAS

Description: Looking for quality outdoor furniture and not finding what I am looking for, I came up with this in the mean time. I only bought the 2 beds and the slatted base. Everything else I already had.

I assembled 1 bed but with the headboards on either side.
You then have 2 end pieces and 2 side pieces left.

The 2 end parts are cut in half and each with a Dremel at one side (top) made to fit into the slid where the 3 smaller pieces are placed.They fit in very snug, place next to the 3 smaller bits and secure it with a screw or metal corner. You could place another piece here to close it all up.

Cut 2 pieces of 50 cm and 2 pieces of 20 cm from the 2×3.
Place the 2 pieces of 50 cm at an angel that is comfortable for you on both sides and screw in to place.

Screw the 2 side pieces as backrests onto them, make sure that the mattress still fits underneath.

At the top back end screw the 2 pieces of 20 cm to rest the shelf onto. In this case the shelf just rests on the 2 side pieces and on the top backrest for easier winter storage. But could easily be secured with some screws. Stained it 2 times.

It took an hour or so to assemble the bed, another 2 hours to screw the pieces of 2×3 into place and use the Dremel for the side pieces and 2 days to stain because of drying time in between layers.

~ Carol, Granada, Spain

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12 Responses to Outdoor sofa from Fjellse bed

  1. Allison says:

    I was actually thinking of doing something like this to create a full-sized daybed when I came across this! Awesome job, it gives me the confidence to go ahead with my idea :)

  2. Tiffany says:

    Hello! How did you go about staining the wood? Did you sand the whole thing down or just stain the bed as is? Thanks!

  3. Katia Spiridonova says:

    I absolutely love the idea! Can I make it for my living room sofa? Is there something I should be concerned about when fitting it in my living room? My husband says it is not sturdy enough, but to me the construction seems sound. The backrest is attached to the two armrests, this makes it solid, no? What is your advice after having used it for awhile? Thank you.

  4. Nice hack. But it looks like you have used foam mattress. Is it suitable for outdoor use?

  5. Keri says:

    What did you use for the back cushions?

  6. uftheta84 says:

    Exactly what I was looking for – I love the idea of the shelf. Would you please tell me what you used for cushions? It appears you used a twin bed mattress – why?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Wow, Andreas Samuels! That seems totally legit! GTFO. Nice hack, btw. It was a very fun project. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Kelly says:

    A tiger kitty cat makes everything better!

  9. hibiscuschica says:

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  10. Anonymous says:

    Wow, this is soooo cool!! Love it! Besos, Lilly

  11. Carol says:

    You are Welcome!!

  12. Jileen says:

    this is fab! We were going to make a bench with our Fjellse bed but this is way cooler! Can’t wait to start, thanks for the inspiration : )

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