Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Curb To Curb

Friends are planning to leave their found couch behind when they move to a distant city. Soft seating is ripe for environmental re-design, since it's bulky and does not recycle. The first sofa, Knole's, was a variant of a throne, and the format looks like it would be easy to improvise.

Nineteenth-century parlors often had a daybed in one corner. It supplemented the central table with kerosene reading lamp that served as an entertainment center. Diana Phipp's Affordable Splendor lays out the details of improvising a casual daybed using a box spring, short screw-on legs, and a killer covering.Seattle would not hesitate to use an Oregon Roundup blanket. A futon adds just the right amount of cushioning for day use. A traditional day bed frame is characterized by a head and foot that are the same height. Improvise by rearranging the heads and feet of a pair of twin beds. A narrow four-poster adds a micro-room to the corner of a principal chamber.

The classic Turkish sofa beloved of nineteenth century parlors had rolled arms at head and foot and a rolled back. Rolling is a convenient way to store bedding during the day. Secure it with hook and loop, or stow bedding in a hiker's duffel. The local feather company sells a pillow that is boxed by a two-inch band. That model pillow looks trim during the day and is heavy enough to stay in place.

The mattress on the floor beloved of Fifties and Sixties hipsters is found in East Indian palaces, as are the sandals and hip-huggers that were equally beloved of the Sixties. Traditional reception room floors are covered in white fabric, on which mattresses and cushions are placed. That works if your household removes shoes at the door. I'd use a putty-colored cotton painters drop cloth, an easy fix for an unappealing floor -30-

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