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Futon Couch and Bed Plan
Futon Couch and Bed Plan

This futon plan lets you choose from different arm styles! Build either Mission-style armrests or a rounded, more contemporary style. Sized to fit a full-size futon mattress. Futon bed hardware sold separately.

This plan uses roller hardware that is inexpensive, durable and easy to use. It includes a pattern for creating a jig to make the routing easy (routing is required to install the roller hardware). The roller kit and fastener kit together include all the parts needed to assemble plan 37761. The Roller Kit (#38437) is available separately for use on your own design.

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Plans and parts worked great. Made mine from Ash, and made mistake of shellacking it with ruby shellac. Now it looks like oak. Dang. Did different was cut small strips of wood and put it between the slats to make it look like they were mortised in. On the bottom, ends were made shorter to fit pin washer. If I were making another one I would sand and finish as much as possible before assembly. Sanding off glue joints before assembling. Drill Chase pin holes (5/16”) after finishing. Makes assembly easier. Decent directions, just read them first, and often and no issues. Enjoyed making.
Testing flat after final assembly.
With mattress.
Final assembly.
Assembled unfinished.
Done and comfortable.
February 10, 2019
Futon Sofa Bed
I would highly recommend any plans from Woodsmith. This is my fourth project using them and all of them have gone well.
This Futon Sofa Bed was made from cumaru.  The Woodsmith plans were great as usual.  Bert - Hawaii
This Futon Sofa Bed was made from cumaru. The Woodsmith plans were great as usual. Bert - Hawaii
July 26, 2018
10 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Fouton Couch
The couch project is great and turned out very nice. I made two couches from oak.
January 3, 2017
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Plans are really good
The plans are easy to follow and the futon turned out beautiful
December 13, 2016
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
We looked at several futons and decided that making one was our best option. We found the style we wanted and ordered the "how to" booklet. We received our pattern booklet and hardware. We have not begun making it, but after reading thru the directions, we feel it will not be a problem.
July 21, 2016
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
futon review
followed plan carefully result was very nice as sofa and bed
May 13, 2015
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Make Plan Downloadable
If the plan were downloadable, the project could be started sooner. Hoping to make the futon bed before Christmas.
December 4, 2018
Woodworking Experience:
Using the hardware groove template can work
I agree with the previous authors that the groove template should have been provided full size, but there is an easy work around. Windows 7 and windows 8 have a 'snipping tool' - you can find it in your machine by search. Bring up the PDF file of the Futon and go to the page with the hardware groove template. Use the snipping tool to cut out one of the two cuts. Save the cut image to your desktop as 'futon 1' so you can easily find it. Go to the 'futon 1.jpg' file and double click and it should open in photo gallery. Then print the image to your printer (besure to unclick the box that says 'Fit picture to frame'). Take the printed image and measure the actual size of one square - it should be close to 1 inch. If you made the clip to a very small area the square may be more than an inch in size. The actual measurement (hopefully less than 1 inch) will give you the ratio of the under size of your template. Change this ratio to a percentage of under size to use in the final step. Most if not all printer software has and enlargement feature. My Brother Laser Printer has it under Printer Properties/Preferences/Advanced/Scaling -- in the scaling enlarge the printed picture by a certain percentage and print. You should have a template with 1 inch squares that actually measure 1 inch. Also - I built the Futon with construction grade yellow pine. In the lumber yard look for the 10 or 12 inch wide boards that are cut from the center of the tree. After you rip cut out the center 2-4 inches of the board you will have 2 quarter sawed boards that are very stable and strong. Set them aside in your shop for 2-3 weeks to stabilize and then use for the Futon.
August 29, 2014
I made this futon for my...
I made this futon for my oldest son for Christmas. The pattern was easy to follow and the hardware works great. The 1" and 1+" material of course costs more and is harder to find, but it is neccesary for this type of project. I may make another one in the future.
December 22, 2008
I liked this project because it...
I liked this project because it forced me to use just about every tool in my shop. Milling requires a fairly high degree of precision, but the end product looks good.
November 9, 2008
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
I lost my parts and found Rockler online and they had the parts i needed.
William D on Aug 10, 2018
I shows this because is real low on the price and it look secure
Gerald M on Jul 26, 2018
I lost my parts and found Rockler online and they had the parts i needed.
William D on Aug 10, 2018
This is a building project I have wanted to build for a while now.
Raymond b on Aug 1, 2018
I shows this because is real low on the price and it look secure
Gerald M on Jul 26, 2018
I am considering building one and decided to check out this plan which was in line with what i was thinking, good reviews
Brian S on Jun 30, 2018
We like mission style furniture and we needed a extra bed.
Leonard C on May 21, 2018
current one is broken - needed a summer project to do. This fit the bill
Kevin R on May 20, 2018
Will fit our porch and the style
Peter F on Apr 27, 2018
I am building futons for a small company in Bloomington, IN and I am designing a new piece for our inventory specifically for tiny house builders and owners. These rollers and hardware are exactly what I need at the best price I've seen. If it works out I'll be ordering more.
James L on Mar 7, 2018
Bought hardware for wood sofa without cushions and will use futon mattress.
Anna T on Jan 9, 2018
Building this in school
Jared R on Jan 2, 2018
plan on building one
jim c on Oct 16, 2017
Girls in college want a Futon
Doug M on Sep 25, 2017
lost parts in moving
Lowell C on Aug 25, 2017
liked the way the finish product looked
Rob H on Jul 30, 2017
simplicity and clarity
Richard T on Apr 28, 2017
Only site I could find the Futon complete Hardware kits for the the rollers
Fred M on Feb 28, 2017
wanted a futon, but also wanted it to match furniture finish of other furniture I had built.
TOM K on Nov 9, 2016
I have a very similar futon but when I moved they lost all of the hardware. The sizes seem similar. I hope this works!
Krisellen M on Oct 2, 2016
Future project.
John O on Aug 21, 2016
I want to build a futon.. Never purchased plans from Rockler but I know them to have quality tools ans Items so I figure I would give them a try.
tracy s on Aug 18, 2016
What I wanted
Andrew S on Jun 26, 2016
It is closest to what I really want.
SAM G on May 30, 2016
Mission futon- lost hardware!
Bianca A on Mar 22, 2016
rockler has good stuff
tim s on Feb 5, 2016
The convenience of ordering plans and all necessary hardware from the same company.
Robert W on Jan 11, 2016
Have worked with Rockler plans before and liked them.
William E on Jan 3, 2016
Need to replace rollers on well used futon.
Ann K on Nov 30, 2015
Lost the hardware in a move
Mark D on Aug 23, 2015
Nice plans, good design.
Delmar B on Aug 19, 2015
I lost all the hardware to my futon during a move. Sure hope this is enough hardware.
Marylouise B on Aug 18, 2015
We are building a futon bed for our college age daughter for her dorm and figured we could make what she wants this way
lisa h on Jul 28, 2015
Purchased a used futon and the rollers were missing and you had the best price.
Sherry W on Jul 17, 2015
My mother has a futon couch that was taken apart years ago, and now we can't find the rollers for it. That is why I ordered this product.
Thank you,
Lois C on Jul 13, 2015
Am going to build one.
Thomas W on Jul 1, 2015
during a residential move these parts were lost.
john s on May 14, 2015
This is a building project I have wanted to build for a while now.
Raymond b on Aug 1, 2018
I am considering building one and decided to check out this plan which was in line with what i was thinking, good reviews
Brian S on Jun 30, 2018
Can you make this bed frame using 4/4 (final dimension being 3/4") or do the finished pieces need to be 1" (in which case, is 5/4 easy to find)?
Ted P on Mar 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The futon couch should be constructed using the lumber dimensions specified in the plans. Reducing the dimensions will significantly affect the structural integrity of couch and, in all probability, lead to major failure. The 5/4 lumber is not generally found at "lumber supply" companies. I suggest going to a specialty lumber company or a company that makes wood molding, wood doors, etc. They will most often have the necessary lumber.
What are the dimensions when in couch configuration?
marcel c on Aug 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I used a woodsmith plan, the dimensions are 84 x 35 x 31.75. i did use the rockler hardware and it worked fine.
I have a queen size futon. When we moved, the movers lost our hardware. Can I use this hardware kit to repair my existing queen frame?
Pam B on Jul 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There are a number of mechanical designs for futon couchs, so without a picture or other detail of the area where the back and seat sections are connected to the frame, it would be difficult to advise yes or no, Of the commercial futons that I have examined, I only found one (made in Minnesota) that was similar to the Rockler design. (BTW, the Rockler pattern design is a little harder to construct than some other patterns but does result in a very nice futon.). In summary, based on the available information about the futon in question and what is available commercially, I would lean towards advising that the Rockler hardware kit would not be suitable. If more information is made available, I would revisit the question.
I need only 2# of 4 3/4" Barrel Bolt and Nut Item # 80154 for my Futon Couch & bed, so could I buy only what I need instead of a pack of 8?
Mark B on Jan 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: If you can source what you need elsewhere (Home Depot for instance) you may buy just the quantity you need, albeit, it may cost nearly as much.
Do I need a plunge router to build this, or will a regular router do?
Robert on Jan 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, a plunge router is required for the four deep slots (the slots are for the bottom and back rollers; two per each end). Due to the depth of the slots, it is best to make three cuts to reach the required slot depth. Also required when making the slots is a router template guide. (Details regarding the template and the size of the template guide are in the instructions.
Can you make a futon for a queen size bed with this kit?
JOAN D on Feb 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The futon couch is designed for a standard futon cushion. To use a queen size cushion, the seat and back and we'll as possibly the ends would have to be redesigned. More important, if the design changes are made, the depth of the seat and the height of the back would be significantly changed (when in the couch configuration). If the seat were to be kept at normal depth (based on what is standard for chairs or couches, the back would be quite high, all out of proportion to a normal couch back. This would result in an appearance would not be very pleasing or desirable. In summary, while probably being technically possible to change the dimensions to fit a queen size cushion, I do not think that the end result would be desirable, worth
the effort or what was expected. In other words, I recommend forgetting about this idea.
Can you use large wood dowels instead of the rollers? What size dowel would you use?
Clever Moniker on Sep 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Without taking apart the futon, I can't answer the size question. That said, I would expect the dowels to break with repeated use. Also, the rollers ensure smooth operation. I made this futon frame and would not, personally, consider using dowels.
How does the mattress stay in place while upright?
mememe on Mar 25, 2019

That's certainly a valid question, but unfortunately one I can't answer. Three of my industrial arts students built this project over the years, but I never saw one with the mattress in place after they took the projects home. I'm assuming there must be mattresses available that are rigid enough that the back won't sag while upright. Perhaps another customer will reply with a more definitive answer.
Are plans available for queen size ?
Wayne R on Jun 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I haven't seen plans available in Queen. Assuming you have a source for a queen futon, I think it would be possible to scale up slightly to the queen size. additional mattress length would be easy--a matter of lengthening the rails and adding some slats. The additional width would have to be spread between the top of the back support (when folded in sofa position) and the front of the seat. Because the front of the seat lines up with the front rail, You'd probably want to scale the arm rests wider as well. Finally, because the seat tilts up, I'd want to be sure that extra few inches in front doesn't make the seat too uncomfortably slanted backwards. So probably possible, but I'd probably not recommend. The piece as planned is very nice and comfortable both as a bed and sofa..
What did you pay for the lumber?
tf h on Jun 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Very little, actually. I had cut down a red maple tree and had it sawed into thick boards. I used the lumber to make the futon.
Why are confirmat screws the screw of choice for the hardware pack? These screws are designed for use in pressed wood products or MDF, not actual wood. The plans clearly call for Red Oak as the preferred material, and confirmat are supplied, what gives?
Flayologist on Nov 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I made mine out of oak and I used the screws. They gripped very well and hold very good.
We have the basic black frame for our fouton. The bottom main bar is bent. I was wondering if there is a replacement part for it?
Margo N on Aug 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Not sure what "bottom main bar" is being referred to. The Rockler Futon Couch (constructed from the futon couch plans) does not have a "basic black frame" or "bottom main bar"; it is made entirely from wood. The only metal part of the Rockler couch that could possibly be bent are one of the four steel pins that hold the rollers. In this case, it would be best to buy a new roller kit (which includes the four pins). If the "basic black frame" is a metal frame, the couch is probably a commercially made couch. In this case, I have no idea how to find a replacement bar or frame.
What size is the bed?
tshbs on Nov 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This plan is sized to fit a full-size futon mattress.
What are the folded flat dimensions?
A shopper on May 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: 81-3/4" long x 53-1/4" wide
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