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Hoover-Hover-sofa   (+19)  [vote for, against]
So you dont have to move your furniture

So you have hoovered round the living room and all thats left is to clean under the sofa. You pull it away from the wall and...Screeeeeee, you scratch the tasteful wood laminate flooring. No longer.

The vacuum sofa is a regular sofa with a retro-fitted base within the bottom structure of the sofa. When the hoover nozzle is attached to the port on the back corner of the sofa, subtly hidden from view, pneumatic actuator valves within the base direct the suction in waves under the sofa to pick up any dust and fluff. Never a scratched floor again.

Edit from [hippo] - Setting your vacuum cleaner to 'blow' instead of 'suck' would turn your sofa into a hovercraft
-- miasere, Apr 21 2009

Martha knows http://www.marthast...ors-floor-coverings
[blissmiss, Apr 21 2009]

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- a tangentially-related idea [hippo, Apr 22 2009]

Seems plausible. Why not. + Solves a problem. Yes.
-- blissmiss, Apr 21 2009

Could traumatize cats. [+]
-- loonquawl, Apr 21 2009

Setting your vacuum cleaner to 'blow' instead of 'suck' would turn your sofa into a hovercraft.
-- hippo, Apr 21 2009

[hippo], I hadnt thought of that, brilliant!
-- miasere, Apr 21 2009

With the cat atop the hovercraft even better. Oh yeah!
-- blissmiss, Apr 21 2009

So many reasons this is a good idea !
-- batou, Apr 21 2009

Can you use this sofa in an atmosphere as well?
-- Aristotle, Apr 21 2009

Hoversofa gets my vote.
-- Veho, Apr 21 2009

Now there's a name!
-- blissmiss, Apr 21 2009

Sofas should have their own category on the halfbakery. A sofa presents a mine of opportunities for invention. This is probably one of the better ones. Hail [miasere]! (BUT.... don't, that's ....pedant)
-- xenzag, Apr 21 2009

Hoverbeds too!
-- phundug, Apr 21 2009

(We need LetsBuildAFort's opinion on this)
-- phundug, Apr 21 2009

Are you thinking footstools?
-- blissmiss, Apr 21 2009

Love the hoversofa idea, but do you realise that the dust and fluff on the carpet is a source of stuffing? Maybe the sofa should move all over the building and plant itself in various places, sucking up fluff until it's completely upholstered therewith.
-- nineteenthly, Apr 21 2009

Then the cushions of such a roaming sofa could then be searched for coins, pens and mislaid Elvis impersonators.
-- Aristotle, Apr 21 2009

[nineteenthly] Bonus purpose: If you sofa is too thickly upholstered, a quick outbound blast from the vacuum cleaner hookup would empty it out a bit - hopefully with a comedic "PLFFTTTHTHBBBF!" sound.
-- shapu, Apr 21 2009

When it got too full, it could visit a little room with a bin in it and void itself, then come back to where it was before.
-- nineteenthly, Apr 21 2009

If the air being pumped in was hot enough just get a bowl and munch on some freshly air popped pop corn.
-- blissmiss, Apr 21 2009

It could also have a little compartment like the one in Jimmy Savile's chair, but with the function of a lost property box. It could hoover up buttons, coins, pens, bits of lego and the like, sort them from the fluff, clean them and deposit them in the box. If it found enough coins, it could make its way down the street to the local corner shop and buy you a packet of biscuits as a nice surprise.
-- nineteenthly, Apr 21 2009

This is an excellent solution, but I don't understand the problem. If you can't reach under the sofa with a regular hoover, why do you need to remove the dust underneath it?
-- MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 21 2009

Martha Stewart (link)
-- blissmiss, Apr 21 2009

[MaxwellB] If a tree falls down in the forest and no one's there, does it make a sound?
-- hippo, Apr 22 2009

Yes! especially with all of the modifications. One minor one of my own - can it hover and vacuum at the same time - perhaps blowing at the edges and sucking in the middle. Then with a simple joystick control, you can lay back in comfort on the sofa, and vacuum the whole room.
-- MadnessInMyMethod, Apr 22 2009

You could do a lot of this with a vroom monosocket.
-- nineteenthly, Apr 22 2009

When at rest it could use Feng Shui to position itself to the best advantage of it's owner's current spiritual requirements.
-- Aristotle, Apr 22 2009

Clearly it would also gradually creep across the carpet gathering features as it went.
-- nineteenthly, Apr 22 2009

Instead of using electricity, it can use the pressure built by sitting on a rubber pump, disguised as the seat of the sofa. There will be a real pillowish seat below, so all that the person sitting will experience is that s/he misjudged the height a bit. This pressure is collected in a "tank" below using some kind of one way valve. When there is enough pressure built, you just release it using a hidden lever/what have you. This moves the dust from hard to reach places to easy to reach places. All you got to do is clean using a normal vaccuum cleaner.
-- kamathln, Jul 13 2010

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