Room with a conversation pit offer a convenient, cozy space for slumber parties, girls' nights in, man caves and family game nights. They offer ample seating room, with space for moving around during active games and sporting events. Furnishing them can be an issue, however. The simplest solution for a pit room is a couch that lines the entire perimeter. Creating your own pit couch from inexpensive, particle-board bookcases gives you the flexibility to customize your pit room in exactly the way you want.
Lay each of your particle-board bookcases flat on the ground with the shelving facing up. Screw through the sides of the bookcases and into the shelves themselves, securing them in place to stabilize the shelves.
Turn the bookcases over so the shelves face down. Push the cases into place around the edges of the pit. The size of the bookcases, rather than the size of the pit, determines how many cases you need. Many particle board bookcases range from 3 to 6 feet in height with a standard width and depth.
Measure the length of each side of the pit and the width of the cases. Divide the length measurement by four to determine the dimensions for the cushions. For instance, if the pit measures 8 feet across and the cases measure 2 feet wide, the cushions should measure 2 feet square.
Cut four cushions of 6-inch-thick upholstery foam for each side of the pit, sawing slowly with an electric knife. Place the cushions on top of plywood sheets cut to the size of the cushions. Lumber yards and home improvement stores will often cut the plywood for you at no extra cost.
Cut a piece of fabric for each cushion about 1 foot larger on all sides than the cushion. For example, if the cushions are 2 feet by 2 feet square, the fabric must be 4 feet by 4 feet square.
Place the fabric on top of the cushions and pull it taut. Flip the cushions over and staple the fabric to the underside of the boards. Trim excess fabric.
Draw a zig-zag line of liquid nails across the bottom of each cushion. Press the cushions into place all around the pit. Let the glue dry for 24 hours before using the couch.