Saturday, December 31, 2011
I "Picked" Up This Gondola Style Sofa This Morning And Just Managed To Shoot Pictures Before Heading Off To Work. Status: That's Right...Daily Blogger / Full Time Worker.
I got this to replace our current gondola sofa in the livingroom because it looks a little less "chunky" but it won't work. It needs to be backed up against a what to support the seatback cushions. Our gondola sofa is against our front windows and there isn't anything to push up against! Fail.
The back "support" looks cool. It's got kind of an Asian look to it. Too bad nobody will ever
see it! It's not constructed in a way that can actually support the seatback. All that is holding
it upright is a couple of "L" brackets. Yet somehow this has survived probably 50 years!
As you can see above the backing has some small one inch pads attached to it to keep the
back from marring the wall. I'm sure there is a way to more stoutly attach the back upright to
the base but I'm not dealing with it. I love that the who shebang is a total DIY danish modern
gondola style sofa daybed! You see stuff like this in the odd vintage DIY Furniture book but
rarely see the finished product. It's supper solid and I believe built out of a couple of interior
doors and some Formica on the "end tables". Some of the feet are missing but can easily be
replaced down at the True Value Hardware store.
The Formica is in excellent shape...but of course, it's FORMICA! The upholstery is also in
great condition except for some very minor sun fading. It's soft and stretchy too. This sofa is
going to make somebody out there Very happy and Very comfortable! The cushions are also
nearly perfect as far as I could tell in the two or so hours I was messing with them this morning.
They have retained their shape and are plenty soft.
The seat upholstery looks funky in the pics. It was all sorta twisted in the center from being
used and I only had time to get it back to what you see here. I'm absolutely sure it will look
perfect with a little more massaging. It was Really twisted and I was able to get almost right in
just a few minutes. Don't ya just love that Orange! It's so bright and fun. I think it looks great
against the seriousness of the woodgrain Formica.
All of the legs are attached with brackets that allow for straight or splayed orientation. I prefer
the splayed setting as it lends more of a "Jetsons" look. One of the brackets is missing it's
screw in the splay possition but again, this will easily be remedied with a quick run to True
Value. They keep these brackets in stock! They sure did build the platform to last. There is
plenty of support under there. I wish the back brace was as "over engineered". I guess they
had a plan and knew they wouldn't need to place this anywhere but up against a wall.
So this is going on one of my craigslist ads. I kinda paid more than maybe I normally would
have for this as I was expecting to keep it...and I think the elderly sellers where happily
surprised how much I offered them for it. It won't be sold for what I paid but I ain't going to
make a mint off of it either. If you peruse craigslist as often as I do, you know that these don't
come up very often...so if you are local (or even driving distance) and you'd like to snatch this
up shoot me an e-mail via craigslist. Happy New Years Eve! Be Safe.