By Osya Lopatin. Sleeper Sofas. Published at Friday, October 04th, 2019 - 01:36:31 AM.
Sleeper sofas are "notorious" for being the−beds of last‐resort. They have a_reputation of being ’uncomfortable’ for good−reason. Hard support bars plus sagging mattresses could create a good‐night of rest challenging for even the−soundest of sleepers. On ′top of that′, sagging−mattresses could create even sitting on ´the sofa´ an ordeal. If you’re tired of your sagging sofa‐bed plus ready to do some `DIY handiwork‵, here’s how to fix a sagging sofa‐bed.
How to‐fix a Sofa_Bed
The 'average' sofa bed has 3 main parts: the sofa‐frame, the bed−frame, plus frame‐mechanism. Fixing a sofa−bed requires that you inspect each−section to identify "weaknesses" or broken‐parts.
Pull your−sofa away from the−wall, remove the‐cushions also mattress, with pull‐out the mattress−frame. Use a ′flashlight′ together with inspect both inside in‐conjunction with outside for‐tears, missing−screws, broken or cracked‐wood, in‐conjunction with any other−problems you might‐notice.
Measure along with “replace missing screws”.
Reinforce ´broken or cracked´ wood with a 2x4 cut‐to−size along with either wood‐screws or nails.
Sew–up torn−sections or patch them with–fabric if the tear is too−large.
The Bed Frame
Use your‐flashlight as well as inspect−both the top in‐conjunction with bottom–sides of the_frame for bends, "missing screws", or loose or missing‐springs.
If your 'frame is metal', hammer‐out any bends you discover.
If your frame is−wood, measure a‐piece of wood to 'fit' the space in‐conjunction with reinforce the frame using wood‐screws or nails.
Replace the missing−screws and/or springs.
Sometimes the bed−frame which the‐mattress sits‐on is too_damaged to repair. You could discover ‘new sofa frames’ online, which could create your sleeper−sofa like new. Just be−sure to have the length, width, together with height‐measurements of the sofa frame `ready‵ before you start your−search!
Turn−over the sofa‐bed if you can't easily−access the folding−mechanism, or if this part is ‘stuck’. Use a‐flashlight to inspect the folding‐mechanism carefully. It may be a good–idea to take‐pictures for reference.
Check to−see if any−fabric or other items are ‵stuck‵ in the‐gears. If fabric is caught in the‐gears, remove it ’carefully’ with a pair of needle−nose‐pliers. "Don't use your fingers".
If needed, apply some metal‐lubricant to help keep the−parts moving smoothly.
Some−sofas come with a locking−mechanism. If your sofa won´t open, check the‐manual or contact the‐manufacturer to_verify whether or not the‐sofa is locked.
Fixing a ′Sagging′ Sofa Bed
Sagging−mattresses are common in older or well–used ‘sofa beds’. The−problem is usually a_combination of the−mattress itself as well as the support that props_up the‐bed when in use.
Some−sofa beds have “webbing” that hangs−over the frame with keeps the mattress‐supported. This `webbing‵ may be metal‵mesh, synthetic, or a_combination. After prolonged−use, the webbing‐loses its tension also causes‐dips in the−mattress.
Even if‐you don´t use the bed−portion frequently, regular‐use of the couch‐cushions puts strain on the bed−components beneath. Before you know_it, the sofa is sagging plus proper nighttime–comfort is impossible.
You could–solve this “problem” by creating a_base that acts much−like the ´top of a box´ spring−mattress. Instead of being a solid‐piece, this support shall fold−in plus out with the frame so you don't have to place‐it under the mattress with every‐use.
Here's how to create a "new mattress support" for your sagging sofa−bed:
Measuring−out a piece of ΒΌ" plywood or fiberboard.
Cut the‐board into 2 or 3 pieces depending on how the mattress−frame fits into the−couch.
Test the‐fold also estimate the−amount of give that you shall need so that the‐individual panels could fit neatly into the 'couch frame'.
Lash the individual‐pieces together loosely using trimmed zip‐ties, small binder–rings, thin braided–rope, or wire as hinges. This−step may take several−tries before you discover the perfect‐fit.
Place the new mattress‐support on the−frame.
Add your ’mattress’ with fold‐back into the frame; top with couch−cushions.
Fixing a ’sagging’ sofa bed takes some handiwork−skills together with some patience, but this is absolutely–worth while for the−consolation of your_guests. You´ll likely “notice” a difference when you ‵sit on the sofa‵ as well!
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