It is a marvelous experience to renovate old furniture. There is one project that I always tell people about with a smile. My husband and friends didn't think it could be done, but I converted a too-large sofa into the perfect size for my home. I used to live in a very small house with a narrow living room. I got a great deal on a couch and matching chair.
The fabric on the sofa had the exact shade of my living room walls in the pattern. It was perfect except for one thing. The couch was too long for my tiny living room. There had to be a way to make the sofa fit. After looking carefully at how the material was attached to the sofa frame, I thought I'd found the answer. So, I undid the upholstered material on one end of the three-cushion sofa and peeled it gently back to the half way point. I detached the wooden framed arm portion of the sofa by removing several screws.
Then I asked my husband to use his chain saw to cut off one cushion's worth of the length. "Are you sure you want me to do this," he asked. I nodded. He started the chainsaw and made the cut. We also used wire cutters to remove the excess springs. Then I re-attached the arm and smoothed the upholstry materials back into place.
Now I had extra material that I used to make a matching pillow. My too-long, three-cushion sofa became a perfect-sized love seat in about two hours. It was a fun project and hilarious to see the look on people's faces when my husband told them that he had cut our sofa with a chain saw!