Thursday, January 15, 2009

Once Upon a Mattress

I think we've already established that I will go to extreme lengths to keep things out of the landfill.  Case in point - our mattress.

It was second-hand when we got it (but clean, I assure you).  We slept on it happily for many years, but when we moved to Sebringville, we decided to move up a size.  Which left me with the dilemma of what to do with the lovely, queen-size foam mattress.

With the help of a serrated knife, it became the cushioning for The World's Easiest Sofa.

When we moved here, I used the back cushion for our new headboard and made a narrower version of the sofa for our office.  Which left me with a length of leftover foam.

Now this piece of foam really owed nothing to anyone.  It had been saved from the landfill twice before.  I could, in good conscience, toss it.  Alan rolled it up to make it easier to transport, and inspiration struck!

Whoa! that's ugly!

The duct tape held everything together long enough for me to sew a cover for it.

Pinning the bottom was easy - they went straight into the foam.

Pinning on the bottom piece

And, voila!

That looks cozy.... 

It's a little wabi-sabi, which is fine with me.  It makes a very comfy spot to rest my feet.  And makes good use out of something that would otherwise have been wasted.




kimmomofeight said...

cool stool

Barb said...

Think the kitties would like it?

Anonymous said...

I'm always stunned by the creativity of making something from what would normally land in garbage. I love this idea, although I'm not sure if I had the sewing skills for it.

Barb said...

My skills are basic, at best.

This was a really simple project.

And, of course, when you're working with "trash" there's much less fear of wrecking it.

Tara said...


Isn't that a great idea!

Barb said...

Thanks Tara! Glad you like it!

Janet said...

Has anyone ever told you that you're amazing?

Barb said...

Oh, once or twice... but I never get tired of hearing it! ;-)