The padded furniture in the house is perfectly serviceable, but some years' experimentation has proven the value of field mattresses as a sleeping surface on the frame of a conventional couch.
I held on to the ancestral three-seater's steel-spring cushions, but a newer, lesser piece was ripe for changes. I threw out the foam cushions with their poly floral covering and simply laid on a deluxe self-inflating car camping mattress from The Great Big Hiking Co-op. The mattress was modular with the couch.
The piece is now lighter and ready to do triple duty as a sleeping surface and reserve piece of field gear. I could have upholstered it with hot glue and any yardage, but I chose to toss a couple of queen-sized quilted bedspreads from The Great Big Northern European Home Furnishings Chain over the frame and fold an Oregon Rodeo blanket around the pad. The visuals fit the casual room they serve, and the blanket is heaven to snuggle on during the rainy months.
Secure a loose cover by rolling newspaper tightly and tucking it into the edges of the underseat. Finish by adding Magical Nylon Sliders to the feet. The sliders act like wheels -30-More after the jump.