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10 Sofas Made From Surprising Materials

In theory, sofas are a fairly simple piece of furniture, with a simple purpose. On occasion, though, a regular sofa with regular cushions just won’t cut it, as these 10 sofas made from some rather unusual materials can attest…

1. Cactus

Sometimes you look at something and all you can ask is, “why?”. The existence of the cactus sofa seems counterproductive but if it has anything going for it, it does look pretty impressive. Unfortunately it is not available to buy as it was only created for an advertisement, but it’s nice to know someone, somewhere owns it, even if they don’t sit on it.

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2. The Onyx Sofa – Onyx

Peugeot Design Lab’s creation is definitely cool, although probably won’t be seen in many living rooms. Made from volcanic lava stone and carefully crafted, a design like this doesn’t come cheap, and it probably wouldn’t be easy to make one yourself. But it’s definitely stylish.

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3. Stuffed Animals

Maybe you really hate animals, maybe you love them so much that hugging them is not enough and the only way for you to show your appreciation is to sit on a pile of them stitched together. That, of course, would be illegal, but the next best thing is a stuffed animal sofa, a comfortable way to admit you have too many toys.

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4. Paper

You could probably make a sofa out of books, although it wouldn’t be very comfy to sit on. However, if you painstakingly crumple hundreds of sheets of paper and combine them the right way, you get a soft, puffy and surprisingly comfortable sofa.

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5. Rugs

It’s such a cliché to put a rug on the floor, apparently. While we may not have developed the flying carpet, yet, until that day does come a Persian rug sofa will have to do. It looks good, but may not be particularly comfortable to sit on.

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6. Manila Hemp

Don’t be misled by the material, it isn’t that kind of hemp. However, it is an unusual material for a sofa as it is more commonly pulped for paper and made into products such as manila envelopes, strangely enough. But, as it turns out, it also makes a pretty stylish sofa.

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7. Lego

This is a bit of a cheat because the sofa on offer is not actually made from Lego, although if you do have enough pieces it is entirely possible to build your own and instantly regret sitting on it. No, it’s foam blocks shaped like Lego pieces, sorry. Having said that, it all works the same and you are free to build it anyway you see fit.

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8. Mouse Pads

There was once a time when mouse pads were absolutely compulsory and failure to use one would cause Windows 95 to crash. When the Millennium Bug didn’t happen we realised we could survive without them and the great mouse pad depression began. Seriously, what do we do with them? This is the best idea yet.

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9. Bottle Caps

If you have a drinking problem or happen to be highly resourceful, or maybe both, you may just have the materials needed to create a bottle cap sofa. It’s definitely colourful, provided you drink a variety of beverages, and the many caps would probably be quite comfortable if you were to mould them into an accommodating shape.

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10. Cars

‘Car’ might not be an actual material itself, but this deserves a slot on the list because, let’s face it, it’s pretty awesome and you know you want one. If you like your classic cars, you can have a custom-made sofa that features genuine car parts, rather than fake reproductions. This one even has working lights.

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