Find the holes that go through the blocks at the ends of the front rail and the back. Insert an eye bolt with washer into each of those holes, so that the threaded end of the bolt extends toward the end of the back or front rail.
Then push the bolts into the matching holes in the side. Try to screw the bolts into the nuts inside these holes, normally the upper bolts first (it may be necessary to lift the end of the rail slightly and/or move it back and forth to align the bolts with the centers of the nuts.) Once the bolts have engaged securely in the nuts, do not tighten them more than a turn or two, yet. If its hard to start the bolt (or to turn it later), make sure the side and back are coming together squarely (90 degrees). Now attach the opposite side to the back rail in the same manner again, dont tighten yet.
Position the front rail between the sides, with the rounded edge up (and finished side facing outward). Just point the bolt end and the steel dowel below it into the matching holes in one side, then the other, then screw the bolt in just one turn at each end. Check the frame for squareness (just by eye is usually good enough), looking down on it from above at the corners, adjusting it if necessary.
Then tighten all bolts until snug, but not too hard. If your fingers arent strong enough to turn the bolts: (1) Lift the rail a little and shift it back and forth as you turn the bolt; and/or (2) slip another bolt or a screwdriver into the eye of the bolt to provide additional leverage. Once you have snugged up the bolt enough to close up the corner joint as viewed from outside the frame), go no more than one half turn tighter than that. (The joints should close up only as viewed from the outside.) IF you ordered semi-attached cushions, go to the instructions at the bottom of this page, and ignore the next two paragraphs here.
Then lower the seat deck(s) or webbing suspension(s) into place, with the protruding pieces of oak on the underside extending off toward the rear as follows: First lay the deck onto the ledge at the bottom of the back, then lower it onto the front rail. The seat decks should nest into place about 1 below the top of the front rail. One deck piece should go to about a thumbs width from the rail at each end of a sofa, and a middle deck piece on a three-seat sofa should be about centered in between. Now grip a back cushion support so that an angled cut in a corner is at the top, with the fabric covering facing forward. There should be a support panel with an angled corner at each end of the back, with the top edge tucked in under the ledge at the top of the back. Push the bottom of this panel toward the rear until it becomes snug, ending up a few inches farther forward than the top edge. It could be placed a little farther forward for a loungier angle of support. For three-seat sofas, there should be a support panel without angled corners, which goes in the middle.
Once all seat decks and back cushion supports are in place, the cushions can go on. The seat cushions are the larger cushions, which should be put on with the zippers at the rear. Line up the fronts of the seat cushions just slightly forward from the front of the rail. (The seats dont have to push back against the back cushion supports.)
Comfort adjustments: Your cushions might feel too firm at first. Like a new shoe, they will break in with use. But you can speed up the breaking in greatly by having the heaviest available person sit up and down on the cushions vigorously (including putting the back cushions down on the seats and sitting on them). Also, if you put one or both hands behind your back at any place where you feel too much pressure, then lean back for a slow count of ten or fifteen, then bring your hand(s) out from behind, you will probably feel more even, comfortable support right away. Would you like the seat to be deeper (more sitting space front-to-back)? (1) Thoroughly soften the back cushion(s) by putting them on the seat and sitting on them; this will allow you to sit back farther; (2) Pull the seat cushion(s) forward an inch or two.
If you're moving old furniture by Creative Comfort or Comfy 1, the following will be helpful:
Lift off the cushions, pull forward and out the panel that is behind the back cushions, and lift out the deck or suspension that was below the seat cushions. You should be able to see one bolt at each inside front corner and two at each back corner. If they are eye bolts, you should be able to turn them by hand, maybe needing the help of pliers or a screwdriver slipped inside the eye, to get it started. If they are hexagonal-head bolts, youll need pliers, a small wrench, or (ideally) a 7/16 socket-head wrench, at least to get it started.
Just loosen the bolts at the rear first, only a full turn or two, without removing them. Then remove the bolts at the front, spread a side outward a little, and remove the front rail. Then remove the bolts at one back corner (the lower bolt first) and set that side aside while you undo the last corner, again removing the lower bolt first. It would help to have somebody else to keep things from falling over as the frame comes apart; otherwise, watch to keep control of toppling components as you undo the bolts at the rear.
Re-assembling is just the opposite of the above, attaching each side to the back first. The instructions higher up on this page are very similar to what you would need to do on an old frame. (On models made before 1998, the back panels won't have angled corners, and the seat deck or suspension and back panels will be long, single pieces rather than separate.)
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If you want to disassemble and/or reassemble an old sofa or chair by Creative Comfort or Comfy 1, go to www.comfy1.com/oldsofaAssemDisassemb.htm , unless it's a sleep sofa, in which case you should email your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you orderered semi-attached cushions, follow the following instructions after assembling the basic four sides of the frame:
Assemble the basic structure of the frame (the two sides, the back and the front rail) in the normal way. (See the other instruction sheet.)
Lay a seat cushion down on a flat surface. Lay a seat deck down on that seat so that
a) the fabric-covered, padded side lies on the cushion,
b) the extending ends of the oak pieces extend off at the rear of the cushion (the zipper is at the rear),
c) at the front of the seat deck, set the front edge about 1½ (about two fingers width) toward the rear from the front edge of the cushion, and
d) approximately center the seat deck side-to-side on the cushion (three fingers width or so on each side)
Then lift up the straps on each side, pulling on them enough to take out the slack but not pulling harder than that, and press them firmly against the hook-and-loop material on the seat deck. That unit can then be turned over and inserted into the frame, with the extending oak pieces pushed against the wood just above the bottom of the back of the frame. On a loveseat or sofa, put the first cushions down next to the inside of one side or the other. Let it drop down. Then push it against the side. When it has dropped down properly, you can pull the seat cushion forward toward you and it will be restrained by the straps, because the seat deck will be trapped behind the front rail.
Do this with all seat cushions, and tug each of the cushions forward toward you with a moderate pull until they are restrained by the straps.
Now insert one of the back cushion supports with an angled corner in place behind the seat cushion at the end where that angle will be next to the end, at the top. The covered side should face out. At this point, it should not be centered behind the seat, but instead should be 2-3 off center, away from the side. Pull the lower part of the back cushion support up against the back of the seat cushion. (Make sure the seat cushion is pulled forward enough so that its front extends at least an inch or so in front of the front rail.) Press downward firmly on the back cushion support so that it mashes into the foam padding below it, which should then allow its top edge to tuck in below and behind the black tabs at the top. If this is difficult, it may help to pull the seat forward farther and/or kneel down on the top of the seat cushion while pressing downward firmly on the back cushion support.
Then place a back cushion up against that, approximately centered on it, and reach around with the straps and press them against the hook-and-loop material on the back side. Then shove that cushion (with its support) up against the sofa side. Do this at the other end also. Then do similarly for the final cushion of a three-seat sofa, except that the back cushion support should be centered from the beginning.
Then, so that the backs will be held in place well, and for best comfort for most people, push the seats toward the rear until they stop or are about even with the front of the frame.
If you see an indented area at a cushions edge above or in front of a strap, reach in and loosen the strap and re-attach it less tightly.