I decided to build a primitive couch. To keep things as simple as possible, I knew I would need some sort of old base, some wide boards for the back and sides, some padding, and some cloth for covering.
I had an old five foot long store table whose legs were uneven due to rot. I sawed off each leg about 2 inches to get them level. I trimmed the top and back boards. I thought about taking the top off and drilling holes for a rope couch but decided that would be too much work and too much sag.
At the local hardware store I found some 1x12 pine shelf boards. All I had to do was saw and put them together. I took a bit from the front of each side so the couch wouldn't look too much like a pew.
I nailed a second layer of boards on the inside ends for extra bracing.
Here is a view from the back. I let it sit a couple of weeks to see if I liked the shape and size. It was fine.
I had no intention of ruining my primitive couch with expensive upholstery. I thought about mattress ticking, but that would be too obvious. One of my prim friends wanted me to get something blue, but I am trying to stick with mustards and browns.
Well, this is what I found. A brown and mustard print for five dollars a yard. I can always change it.
I made a slip cover and put an old quilt inside.
I didn't want to use tacks so I used some heavy cord and sewed up the fabric with a half briar stitch.
So there you have it.
I'm happy with it and it suits the primitive look.