How much oxygen did your furniture produce today?

“In our version of the future, the things we loaf about on indoors will be as beneficial as the stuff that grows out back,” Greg Tate tells readers of ReadyMade magazine. “In the meantime, sculpt lawn furniture from the lawn itself” — with Greg’s step-by-step DIY instructions.

Unlike your standard-issue sofa, this lush greenery is totally organic, requires no synthetic finishes, and can be brought to life, Golem-style, from salvaged dirt. St. Augustine tiles create a seamless living upholstery, or try wheatgrass for a durable alternative.

Finally, here’s an outdoor couch you’ll never have to fuss about! Cat hairs or drink spills on the furniture are no problem — although you might need to mow your couch from time to time, depending on the type of sod you’ve chosen to use. (Consult your local garden center for suggestions of what type of grass would work best in your garden’s climate.)

I so want to make this sofa!

Or maybe a pair of big fat armchairs in a nice conversational grouping…

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And wouldn’t it be fun to experiment with tiny low-growing flowering plants on the green sod? — doilies! a decorative upholstery patttern! antimacassars! — or, better yet, a dwarf shrub in one corner, pruned in the shape of a throw pillow…

My only question is, where on the property would this piece of lawn furniture be best situated? Because “placement is key,” as Greg warns. “There’ll be no moving once you’ve begun.”

[Thanks to Sumangali for telling me of this project!]

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Lawn and Garden Furniture

    Great idea. You could do a couple of armchairs and ottomans, add a green table and have an entire outdoor room. What a conversation you could have about your conversation grouping!

  2. domestika

    Just had another thought –

    Maybe one could do a temporary version using a construction of hay bales, to try it out for a season and see if the sod sofa should be a permanent feature.

    Alyssum would be just about right. Or one of the low-growing sedum varieties, if the couch was in full sun… Oh, I’m really so glad you messaged me about this, Sumangali – there’s fun to be had!

  3. Sumangali Morhall

    Hey Domestika, I thought this would be up your alley (garden path?). Yes the doilies are a must-have. Perhaps alyssum would do the job. Let’s see, now where did I put my 50′ roll of 2″ x 24″ poultry netting and my small box of 10d nails…

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