Since we weren't actually using it, the old click-clack really had to go! Once it was gone I was so happy. I hadn't realized how much space it took up in the room and how the tall back had blocked so much light from the windows. Plus it was a yellowy off-white and kind of dingy and didn't really do much for my vision of the room.
I did still want a chaise or a small sofa where I could sit and do my hand-stitching or even just lie in the sun and read a book. I definitely wanted something mid-modish and bright white to go with the curtains and the trim around the windows. I did a lot of internet shopping and everything I liked was just way too expensive.
We decided to take a look at Ikea. I thought that they might have a cheap white sofa or a couple of smart footstools that I could push together. Maybe even a low cabinet like the hemnes that I could just cover with pillows and use as a window seat.
Well, the affordable white sofas were boring and the ones I really liked were not cheap. I didn't see any of the footstools I liked in white at my Ikea and MD said that I would surely break the hemnes if I sat on it too often.
I had just about given up and we were on our way out, walking past the cafe and the children's furniture. Just then I saw a lady sitting on a child's bed playing with her kids and I had a brainstorm. I could make a small sofa out of the Gulliver!
So I bought:
Gulliver Bed Frame $139.99
No Ikea Hack has ever been easier!
First I assembled the Gulliver, which was super easy. To make it into a sofa, I just left off the front piece that is supposed to keep the kids from falling out of the bed. Easy, done and done.
Then I cut up the Malin Blad duvet cover. I made a simple envelope big enough to fit the Vyssa Vinka inside and stuffed it in. This was the hardest part because the Vyssa Vinka is covered in a soft fuzzy fabric which clung to the Malin Blad something fierce. I was quite a wrestling match to get it inside the cover and I hope that I never have to take it off!
Based on that pattern, I decided that bolster pillows would be the best and easiest and another online search gave me this link from E-How. I cut out one large and two small rectangles to make the pillow bodies. To make the bodies all I had to do was fold the rectangles in half and stitch the long end closed.
Even though I had lots of Malin Blad left over, I decided that contrast tied ends would look very cute and very vintage. I dug around in the stash and came up with just enough white twill and white satin ribbon to finish things off. A few minutes at the sewing machine and two bags of batting later, the pillows were complete and my sofa looked like this.
I love it! It is exactly what I wanted, and it's very comfortable. It tucks right into the space by the window without dominating the room like the old click-clack. It's a great addition to my little sanctuary and a perfect place to hand sew or read or contemplate upcoming projects.