We don't have a couch in our class this year. When I moved into the new (but oh so very old) classroom at the start of the year, there was no couch available. And I am yet to source one myself (still looking).
I miss the couch, its a lovely place for the children to snuggle with a book, to rest if feeling unwell or to perch on as a privilege. In the past I would have a quick lie down on our class couch before a late night meeting or in an odd lunch break if feeling unwell.
Classroom couches are often saggy baggy and wrinkly (much like me), and usually have ripped covers and horrific stains (seriously.... where did those off putting marks come from?)
Last year I managed to pick up some throw cushions for our class couch for the bargain price of $1 each from Habitat for Humanity. They were quite big, nice and comfy and an uninspiring beige color. A run through the washing machine with half a bottle of disinfectant and they were good to go.... but really really boring.
Of course, there is only ONE solution possible... new covers. Now it just so happens that every year I support the Canteen bandana campaign and buy at least one brightly colored bandana. I had 6 sitting still in their wrappers at the bottom of a drawer... ready to become instant cushion covers! I had also purchased the non-adhesive type of Velcro one day by mistake, so that was also on hand.
These covers are truly easy to make. Just sew the Velcro onto two bandanas, then stitch the bandanas together on the remaining sides. Voila! Instant cushion cover that looks divine.
I took these cushions with me when I moved into my new (but oh so very old) classroom this year. They are kept in the library corner for the children to curl up on.
The cushion with the black side on it has names written all over it as part of the design. The children particularly love reading the names and finding the names of their friends and family. These cushions are the cheapest way that I can reproduce the magic of the classroom couch... and are much more space-friendly.