Cutting up the couch

In 2016 we had a couch custom built to fit our living room in our home in Grover Beach. We needed lots of couch space, even though we only had 3 kids at the time, we regularly had large gatherings and needed more couch space. Fast forward a few years and 2 more kids we are here in Utah, the couch didn’t fit our apartment or the house we rented. It barely fit in this house before the remodel. During the design process we didn’t think to much about making the space to fit the couch.


So for most of the last year and a half this couch has been separated. But with it being winter and the kids spending more time indoors it was time to put the entire couch upstairs and give the kids a play room in the basement.

The plan

I measured the couch and measured the upstairs space and figured out that if I could remove one cushion worth of couch it would fit just where we needed it to. I casually mentioned it to Matt and he was shocked at first but then said he was ok with it. At best it would work perfectly and at worst we would end up with half a couch and that was a result we were willing to live with. Most everyone else I talked to said it was a bad idea and urged me not to do it. But come on now, we have rebuilt an entire house how hard could it be to cut a piece off a couch? Monday morning came, I took the kids to school and go to to work!

Step 1 remove the feet
Step 2 remove staples.

The removing staples step took many hours. I chose to be very thorough removing every staple, and piece of fabric one at a time so I can see just how the couch was put together so I can put it back together just right. I only removed everything just barely past where I was planning to cut.

Step 3 remove fabric
Had to take breaks from work to be a mom but mostly the little ones were very cooperative.

The point of no return

With all the fabric pulled back and the framing exposed I could see that removing that section of the couch would not ruin it at all. The springs were all in sections and there was already a natural divide where I wanted to cut. That was my OK, and I started to cut. I used my jig saw and a sawzall.

All the wood was cut.
Used wire clippers to get the last piece holding it together cut.
Finally separated.

With the demolition officially complete it was time to start rebuilding the new end of the couch. I had initially planned on removing the old end cap and attaching it to the new end of the couch. As I started to try and separate the wood cleanly without compromising the strength it broke so I had to come up with a new plan. Luckily we had some OSB particle board left over from another project that was just the right size. I used the old piece as a template and marked my OSB. I cut the new piece out with the jig saw and lightly sanded it to remove splinters.

Marking the OSB
Sanding the new end cap
Perfect fit!

I attached the end cap with some 1.5 inch screws. Then had to add a new base piece for stability and for the feet of the couch to screw into. I started by just using short scraps on both sides but Matt insisted I use a full piece to ensure rigidity. You will notice that later on.

Staple the batting

Now that the framing was fully repaired it was time to put the fabric back on and make it look decent.

Trim off excess
Staple on black fabric and foam on the edge.
Staple down backer foam and cut off excess.
Staple down couch base material pulling tight and folding to hide cut edges.
Staple down upholstery fabric and cut off excess
This is where you can barely see the 2×4 that went the entire depth of the couch. Sorry I didn’t get a better picture.

I did my best to imitate the way they had made the folds. I think it turned out alright!

Time to pull the black material flat, staple and cut excess.
Then screw back on the feet!

I put the new short couch piece in its place and it fit perfectly!! I was so excited that it worked so well.

With the cushions and you can’t even tell which side I cut.


So nice to have the entire couch up here!
Even better to have a large downstairs play room for the kids.

Not all couches are made the same and I know this only worked out so well because of how our couch was constructed in the first place. What do you think, would you cut your couch?

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