How to Build a Fold Out Sofa/Futon/Bed Frame

A folding frame for your sofa, futon, or bed.
A folding frame for your sofa, futon, or bed.

Don’t you just love lazing around on a comfortable sofa? More so after a tiring day at work. With a good book in hand, I have fallen asleep on my sofa many, many times. My husband used to joke that I should just turn it into a bed. So I thought, why not?

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If you have a nook or an empty space that’s screaming for something, this project is perfect.

Pair this frame with a suitable mattress and enjoy!
Pair this frame with a suitable mattress and enjoy!

This sofa/futon/bed frame combination is actually a good idea. It’s tri-fold so it doesn’t take up too much space when not in use. And if you’re anything like me, I love a good project that allows me to save money. For this one, the savings was a little over $100.


  • 12 pcs 1200mm x 95mm wooden planks (20mm thickness)
  • 2 pcs 770mm x 70 mm wooden planks (20mm thickness)
  • 2 pcs 700mm x 70 mm wooden planks (20mm thickness)
  • 2 pcs 690mm x 70 mm wooden planks (20mm thickness)
  • stain, oil, or wax
  • 46 pcs 40mm screws (4mm head)
  • 4 pcs 6mm bolts (6mm is the diameter: length needs to be no less than 45mm, 50mm is ideal)
  • 4 pcs 6mm wingnuts (or regular nuts))


  • Pencil
  • Ruler (graduated in millimeters)
  • Set Square (or similar)
  • Protractor
  • Electric Screwdriver/Drill
  • 2.5mm drill bit
  • 6.5mm drill bit
  • Manual Screwdriver
  • Saw
  • Medium Grade Sandpaper
  • Rasp or planer

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Thanks to All About Quilts for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here



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