I have never had the pleasure to run into a seating platform – however, I do love sitting on carpeted floors! (Not the same, I know.) However, I suppose some people might find the sensation of a carpeted level uncomfortable. For those people, there are cushions.
Essentially carpeted bases, all these do-it-yourself couches need are some throw-pillows:
Or be daring and forget the cushions altogether!
Literally sit on your carpet and eat your lunch boy:
You will need to plan for your built-in couches before carpeting (or re-carpeting) a room. First, build a base for your couch(es) out of plywood. Then, simply have your carpet installed up and around these bases. Afterwards, add store-bought or hand-made cushions or large pillows! Done!
The images in “Carpeted Couches with Cushions” are from: The House Book (1974), Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book (1975), unknown, The House Book (1974), The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement (1970), The House Book (1974), The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement (1970), and Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book (1975).
Though pits and platforms are essentially steps (steps that you sit on), they rarely contain actual staircases. The below ski resort is ingenious. Building staircases into your platforms also allows you to continue the same platform onto multiple floors of your home:
Here’s another view of the seating platform with the arrow supergraphic from a previous post:
The below seating platform includes drywall which allows for a two-toned color scheme. It doesn’t look quite as comfortable, but it melts into the wall and ceiling nicely. Additionally, check out the bed and couch that have fabric/cushions which camouflage into the color of the carpet:
The five rectangular prisms at the top of the next seating platform are really cushions upholstered in black fabric. They are lightweight and easy to move, making the levels of your platform itself modular:
If you look closely, you can tell that the next living room’s seating is actually half carpeted platforms, half-upholstered couches. If the yellow rug in the center was also red-orange, it would barely be distinguishable from some of the seating platforms at the beginning of this post:
Not a true platform or pit, the below image is simply wooden furniture upholstered in carpet on a flat floor:
This room’s platform does not fulfill the same seating-role as most platforms; instead it exists as an open play area:
Conversation pits are not exactly a do-it-yourself project unless you are a professional. Platforms are much easier (and cheaper) to build as they require no alterations to the existing floor. A good compromise between the two is to build a raised platform with a hollow in it, as pictured below. Whatever you choose, you need to be aware of your local building codes and general safety.
Citations by Section
In order of appearance, the images in the first section under “Carpet Pits & Platforms” are from: Living for Today (1972), unknown, The House Book (1974), unknown, and Ugly House Photos (1974). The images in “Modifications” are from: The House Book (1974), unknown, Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book (1975), unknown, and Sunset Children’s Rooms & Play Yards (1980). The first image and the text blocks in “Construction” are from The House Book (1974) and the remaining images are from this website (2005)- look at the link under “Riser Construction.”
Additionally check out this amazing post on pits and platforms by Ouno Design.
Left to Right: Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book (1975), Family Circle Home Decorating Guide (1973), and The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement (1970)
“For this type of treatment, select sturdy fabric with bold colors… [U]se the same fabric to upholster the headboard and footboard, [and] to make the trim fitted bedspread…. Attach the panels of fabric to the wall with double-faced pressure-sensitive tape or with staples, or hang them from a ceiling-height rod.”
-Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book, 1975