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Old 02-01-2011, 02:11 PM   #1
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Wood backing in replacement cushions?

Our 77 argosy 26 has two slide out couches with second/third edition cushions. Each seat-back has a plywood backing, the bottom cushions do not. Is this how the originals were made, or do I need to add plywood to the bottoms when reupholstering? There is a thin (1/4") wood panel on the slide-out frame and it doesn't look very supportive. I plan on reinforcing those panels. Thx.
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Old 02-01-2011, 02:15 PM   #2
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Our 77 argosy 26 has two slide out couches with second/third edition cushions. Each seat-back has a plywood backing, the bottom cushions do not. Is this how the originals were made, or do I need to add plywood to the bottoms when reupholstering? There is a thin (1/4") wood panel on the slide-out frame and it doesn't look very supportive. I plan on reinforcing those panels. Thx.
The luan plywood backers were added to the back cushions on the lounges to add necessary support for the cushions to prevent them from collapsing into the curvature of the wall. The backers can be added to the base cushions but it wouldn't be a necessity as it is with the back cushions.

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Our GlobeTrotter sounds like it's similar - it has wood in the back cushions only. Both the seat & the backs have the same amount of plywood - it's just inside the upholstery for the back and outside on the seat. The seat doesn't need it inside because it lays flat on the plywood base attached to the glides both when they are opened and closed. The backs on the other-hand, use the plywood to support them in the vertical position when the glides are closed and it's made into a sofa AND to rest on when made into a bed and the glides are open. So it makes sense to have it move with the cushion. Make sense?

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I just bought a panel of Luan plywood 1/4 inch and cut 2 sections that I used for the backing. My cushions were sewn together at the bottom but the Luan just rested against the backing. When I pulled the couch out I just slid the 2 sections down to lay flat. I was going to hinge them to the bottom but it worked fine without being connected
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OK, good info. I found an upholsterer with good foam and material for less than I could buy online. I'll pay him the labor to make some good looking loungers. Kevin, How do you like the winter so far? It's going to be cold, in the forties down here today. I know, that's cruel.
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Kevin, How do you like the winter so far? It's going to be cold, in the forties down here today. I know, that's cruel.
I live very near the Southernmost tip in the state of Illinois so our weather isn't all that bad. We have been as warm as 66 degrees three days ago. It was still 42 degrees at 11 p.m. last night. The back end of the Winter storm passed through in the wee hours of this morning and our temperature dropped just enough for a dusting of snow. We are supposed to have three to four days coming up that will be the coldest of the Winter for us - - daytime highs in the teens and twenties.

I lived in Western Kansas, Northern Illinois, and Southwest Wisconsin for nearly three decades so the weather back home in Southern Illinois seems quite mild now . . . .

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