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Adding 8" Sleeping Space To Couch In RP173

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Topic: Adding 8" Sleeping Space To Couch In RP173
Posted By: Leaflin
Subject: Adding 8" Sleeping Space To Couch In RP173
Date Posted: 02 Sep 2009 at 10:22am
I love our 173 and look forward to getting it just the way I want it.

The first thing I noticed was the gap between the back of the R-Pod and top of the couch when in the sleeping position. I wanted to turn this into additional sleeping space. The distance varied from 6” to 8”.

I put a long piece of white paper under the top of the couch and traced it.

Here's my pattern
I decided to make two cushions for manageability. I traced the pattern onto 4" dense foam which I cut with an electric knife.
I added 2" memory foam.
I covered the foam with quilt batting
Next I made a pattern to cover the cushions.
One end of each cushion is 6" wide and  the other is 8" wide.
Finished covers.
On to a removable outer cover
I surged the edges so my material wouldn't fray.
Adding zippers.
Finished slipcovers
Ready for the R-Pod
Now our RP173 has a 48 inch wide couch/bed!


Posted By: yizit
Date Posted: 02 Sep 2009 at 10:34am
Great job on the cushions.  I'm sure others will appreciate you sharing your ideas.

Former owner of 2009 Rpod 172
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Posted By: Bigbit
Date Posted: 02 Sep 2009 at 10:40am
Nicely done.  Do they store behind the couch when it's upright?



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Posted By: Leaflin
Date Posted: 02 Sep 2009 at 11:18am
Thank You.
The cushions store perfectly behind the couch.

Posted By: techntrek
Date Posted: 02 Sep 2009 at 12:55pm
Another good idea.

'10 Forest River R-pod 171

Posted By: kotasnana
Date Posted: 02 Sep 2009 at 1:07pm
good job. I need to check and see if therre is a space there in my 175

Posted By: HuronSailor
Date Posted: 02 Sep 2009 at 1:15pm
Excellent post, great photos. Obviously you have some upholstery experience (and Photoshop experience too, I'll bet). Nicely done.

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Posted By: Leaflin
Date Posted: 04 Sep 2009 at 2:27pm

Thank you. Smile

Kotasnana, if there is a gap there it would work on the 175 sofa too. That additional 8” makes a big difference.

HuronSailor, I really enjoy sewing and as for PhotoShop I can’t get enough of it.

I can give myself more hair and take off a few pounds and no one is any wiser.


Posted By: Leaflin
Date Posted: 02 Nov 2009 at 2:09pm
I added custom made storage boxes under the Couch,
And made a skirt to hide them.

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