If she wants to match that coffee table, consider a Mission "settee" or
"settle". These are classic complements to Mission style furniture sets.
Some have wooden seats, more like a bench, but most seem to have upholstered
seats. One of my sister has one that looks like this picture made by my
grandfather. If I live long enough, I have plans to make a reproduction.
IIRC, some of the "Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture" series books, have
Look here for a few examples http://www.craftsmanhome.com /
I prefer the Prarie style form but rather than slat sides I like using
flat panel construction. But if you are matching classic Mission,
you'll likely go with the slats of a similar form to match what you
have on the table. Look at the Hile version of a Prarie Chair for a
good idea of the form. Its a better picture than the couch.
I built a Shaker-style settee. Beech spindles, cherry back, pine
seat, hard maple turned legs and ships' knees from steam-bent white
oak. The entire settee was stained with honey oak. Very simple
design. No upholstery nor cushions, and not exactly comfortable, but
great for guests that stay too long.
You should be able to find plans for a matching couch in a book on
mission style furniture. They tend to have flat (parallel to the
floor) arm rests with large (3x3) posts at the corners and vertical
1x1 slats connecting the arm rests to the seat and a similar design
along the back.
Of course the standard mission ornamentation (those curved bits under
the arms, dark wood plugs or through or wedged tenons, etc.) can be
Then you get lots and lots of cushions so as not to cripple yourselves
when you sit on it.
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