Make up couch
«to make up the couch»
to prepare a couch with sheets, pillows and blankets such that a person could temporarily use it as a bed
Idiom Scenario 1
Two friends are talking .
Friend 1: It’s great of you to come for a visit. Sorry that I have only one bedroom.
Friend 2: That’s OK. I can sleep on the sofa.
Friend 1: If you don’t mind. I can make up the couch for you.
Friend 2: Sure. A sheet and a pillow would be great. I’ve brought my sleeping bag.
Idiom Scenario 2
A couple are fighting .
Wife: Your behavior is inexcusable. You can’t stay out until four o’clock in the morning drinking a gambling with your friends. You are not sleeping in this bed tonight.
Husband: Where will I sleep?
Wife: In the doghouse for all I care.
Husband: But .
Wife: You can make up the couch for yourself. And be sure to use a sheet. I don’t want stains on the couch.
to make up the couch — Usage:
formal X ->informal
Usage Frequency Index: 2
to make up the couch — Gerund Form:
Making up the couch for an unexpected visitor, she spread a sheet first.
to make up the couch — Examples:
1)В After dinner on the first night, we return to our room and I steel myself toВ make up the couchВ bed for the little people.
2)В He didn’t ask. He didn’t say why. So I cancel my after work plans, and head home to make up the couchВ for him.
3)В The two awkwardlyВ make up the couchВ together so Aayan has somewhere to sleepВ .
4)В The best thing about old friends is not that they love you or trust you or that they’ll make up the couchВ in desperate moments.
5)В Asking for sheets toВ make up the couch, is a safe way to discover where his parents want you to spend the night.
6)В Where do you guys keep the sheets so I canВ make up the couchВ to sleep on?
7)В He refused to let me onto the highway when he got off it; instead he brought me to his little house and, with his wife,В made up the couchВ for me.
8)В I remember those things. We were poor and they made up the couch.
9)В He helps CarrieВ making up the couchВ for him and she begins to flirt with him heavily.
10)В JustВ making up the couch now.
11)В That may meanВ making up the couch and keeping it open or getting rid of piles of paperwork or computer clutter.
12)В I’d like them to realise that if I book a room with one bed for me and David that they don’t have toВ make up the couch.
13)В Even if you neither liked nor trusted him very much, you’dВ make up the couch and invite him to spend the night.
14)В We, however, pulled the short straw and had toВ make up the couch.
15)В To depict this via interminable silences as they wait for the kettle to boil andВ makeВ up the couch is the inverse of theatre.
16)В When I came home from college engaged to my long-time boyfriend, sheВ madeВ up the couch for him with the instruction that there would beВ .
17)В Made up the couchВ for Marg, said goodnight and we got ready for bed.
18) Why do I have to make up the couch?В
19) He’s your friend. You make up the couch.В
20) It’s just for one night. I’m sure she won’t mind if we make up the couch.
The frame of a sofa is made most often wood, though newer options include steel, plastic, and laminated boards or a combination of the above. Kiln-dried maple wood deemed free of knots, bark, and compromising defects is used under the upholstery. The show wood of the legs, arms, and back can also be maple, but sometimes mahogany, walnut, or fruitwoods are used for carved legs or moldings.
Padding is primarily made from animal hair, particularly hog or horse. Other paddings used in mass production are foam and polyester fiberfill wrap. Some preprocessing may be necessary, as with the prematted rubberized hair, where animal hair is arranged and bonded into shape with glue.
Cushions are fashioned from polyurethane foam, polyester fiber, down, cotton, latex, or cotton-wrapped springs.
A sofa may be covered with any choice of synthetic, natural, or blended fabric. Wool and nylon are the best choices in their respective categories of natural and synthetic fibers, but cotton, acetate, rayon, and polyester have their own functional properties. Exterior fabric may be finished with a protective anti-stain coating.
When used, springs are made of tempered steel. A typical sofa calls for 15 yd (13.71m) of burlap and at least 10 yd (9.14 m) of muslin for the interior. All materials are fastened with approximately 1,000 or more tacks, over 200 yd (182.8 m) of twine, and hundreds of yards of machine sewing thread.
Add nailhead trim
Sometimes it’s all in the details. Rasha from My Champagne Taste upgraded her plain sofa with some DIY nailhead trim. I love how classy it looks now.
Buy a slipcover
One of the easiest ways to completely change the look and color of your couch is to add a slipcover. A lot of popular sofa makers like IKEA and Pottery Barn sell special slipcovers that are tailored to fit their sofas exactly.
And even if your sofa doesn’t have it’s own line of slipcovers, you can find a slipcover to fit pretty much any couch out there. They may not fit quite as perfectly as a custom slipcover would, but they can still make a world of difference to an ugly sofa.
A good cushion is the very essence of comfort. That notion guided us when we created the GRÖNLID multi-cushion design. Arrange them into a soft, snug embrace, find the right back support, or why not build a fortress? The sofa itself is just as flexible, thanks to its sectional design. Either way you go, you’ll be surrounded by cosy covers where the cotton used comes from more sustainable sources – and they’re washable, too.
How to Pick a Luxurious Upholstery Material
If messy children and pets aren’t a worry, “you can really flaunt your freedom,” says Mitchell. His top decadent picks: fluffy Tibetan wool (“it feels so indulgent, but it’s not a great place to eat peanut butter crackers”) and Belgian linen. “While linen is very durable, in lighter colors it doesn’t offer the level of stain resistance that a kid-friendly household might need and may not have a crisp, wrinkle-free look after a lot of lounging,” he says. If you’re worried about upkeep (or cost), you can always use these luxe fabrics on pillows, which can be swapped out once they’ve seen better days or a new trend comes along.
We still think of a dusty rose color like this as a neutral—one we’ll love forever.
Photo: Courtesy of Urban Outfitters
This mid-century modern sofa is another great couch for a small space. It’s really iconic and will be the focal point of a small living room. It’s built to last, made in the United States and comes in a variety of sizes and fabrics.76″ W x 36″ D x 32″ H, $1,799 at Crate and Barrel
West Elm offers six modular pieces that can create a sofa or sectional in any size and style you’d like. An armless piece beside a chaise piece creates a cozy 87-inch sectional, so while it’s on the larger end of small pieces, it’s still functional in a tiny space.
Sizes vary, $999 – $3,999 at West Elm
Is Sleeping on a Couch Bad for You?
Lying down with your head slightly elevated is the most natural position for people to sleep. Sleeping horizontally with some cushion for spine support has also been proven to be a healthy sleeping position because it distributes all of your bodyweight evenly. While a traditional flat mattress provides the ideal place for catching your Zzz’s, sometimes a cozy couch or armchair ends up being the place you settle down to rest.
It’s better to sleep in the same location every night but dozing off on the couch occasionally is probably not bad for your long-term health. However, there are some instances when you should absolutely avoid sleeping on the couch. This article will cover the do’s and don’ts of sleeping on the couch, including times it can be harmful or cause injury.
Sometimes the sofa is simply the most comfortable option for sleeping. If you have certain health conditions, sleeping on the couch might even provide the best sleep experience.
Sleeping on the couch might help if you have cold or flu symptoms
When you’re congested or feverish, it can be hard to get comfortable on your bed. Laying on the couch, encased in soft upholstery, can help you to get comfortable. There’s also the opportunity to lay with your chest higher than your legs when you sleep on the couch. Anecdotally, this can help to drain congestion and make it easier to sleep when you’re ill.
Keep in mind that your couch won’t wick away moisture the way that your mattress is designed to, so sleeping on the couch when you’re sweating heavily from a fever or chills may mean your couch gets wet.
It might help if you have insomnia
If you have trouble falling asleep (the condition called insomnia), falling asleep on the couch for a few nights might provide a change of scenery and help your brain recalibrate as you drift off.
Keep in mind that if you have insomnia and your brain gets too used to sleeping on the couch, it might become difficult to go back to sleeping in your bed. Consider purchasing a new mattress if yours is uncomfortable and keeps you awake at night.
For most people, it is not a big deal to fall asleep on the couch once in a while. But couches were designed for relaxing in an upright position — not as a place to sleep. If you sleep on the couch, you may notice some side effects.
Sleeping on the couch may cause back and neck pain
Sleep posture is an important predictor of stiffness, back pain, and neck pain, according to several studies. If you’ve ever woken up from a night sleeping on the couch with a “crick in your neck” or a pinched nerve, your sleep posture is the reason why. Sleeping with spine and neck support is the safest way to sleep — and sleeping on the couch doesn’t necessarily provide that.
If you fall asleep on the couch once in a while and wake up with some nerve pain or stiffness, it will probably wear off throughout the course of the day. But if you make a habit of sleeping on the couch, it can start to cause long-term damage to your lumbar spine and neck.
It may cause leg pain
When you’re lying down, you may find that you’re longer than your couch. This can result in your legs awkwardly sticking over the edge of the couch while you sleep. While some leg elevation in your sleep can be good for circulation, sleeping in a prolonged posture with your feet dangling can often lead to numbness and tingling in your lower limbs.
Not safe for infants
If you are co-sleeping with an infant, sleeping on the couch is dangerous for your child. Bed-sharing is not recommended for any child under the age of 1, but soft surfaces like the couch significantly increase the danger of suffocation for infants. While it may be tempting to nod off with your baby snoozing beside you after a long day, you should move your child to a firm surface where they can sleep on their back as soon as you start to feel sleepy.
If you have been kept up all night by your infant’s needs and are feeling exhausted, ask someone else in your household to double-check and make sure you don’t fall asleep with your baby next to you on the couch.
May lead to poor sleep quality
If you fall asleep on a couch in a shared space, your chances of being interrupted during the night due to someone else’s movement are increased. Not only that, sleeping on the couch often means that you are falling asleep with the television on. Sleeping in front of a TV can result in a lack of REM sleep, disturbing dreams, and more frequent wake-ups during the night. That’s why it’s recommended that you keep phones and TV screens out of your primary sleeping space.
There are some people who can only seem to fall asleep on the couch. Bed sleeping may not be restful because your mattress is uncomfortable, because your bedroom is not a restful space, or simply because you sleep next to a partner who snores.
You can create a bedtime routine to try to wind down, do relaxing activities before bedtime, invest in blackout curtains, and even try a natural sleep aid (such as melatonin or a bedtime tea) to try to make your bed a more restful place. If you feel like you’ve tried everything and still find you get your best sleep on the couch, there are ways you can do so with safety in mind.
If you’re going to be sleeping on the couch, there are ways you can minimize your risk of waking up with pinched nerves or a twisted back.
- Treat your couch like a mattress by covering it with breathable, moisture-wicking cotton sheets.
- Don’t use throw pillows or couch pillows to sleep on. Use a firm pillow with a removable pillowcase to support your neck while you sleep.
- Position yourself intentionally. If you do fall asleep on the couch, try to be conscious of your positioning before you surrender to a night full of sleep. Stretch your body out over the length of the couch and lie down so that your back is flat.
- Turn off your TV and put your phone out of arm’s reach before you fall asleep for the night. Ideally, you will be free from screens for an hour before you turn in for the evening for the best sleep quality.
- Avoid elevating your heart rate with exercise or eating a big meal for 3 hours prior to your bedtime.
- Go to bed at the same time each night whenever you are able to.
Sleeping on the couch once in a while probably won’t harm your long-term health, although you may wake up with a crick in your neck. That said, sleeping on your sofa every night can put you at a higher risk for some health conditions, such as chronic back pain and neck pain. If you do sleep on the couch, position yourself on your back and support your neck with a firm pillow.
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