I did end up fixing the couch. I put in these 2″ long screws. I had 4 of them. 2 went all the way through and bedded themselves in the wood. 2 went through but not all the way down. I also put an “L” bracket on to sort of hold the splintered wood together. And last but not least, I put a clamp on. It’s opened up all the way, and then hammered on. *gasp* But it shouldn’t be coming off anytime soon. LOL
And that’s the saga of the couch. Hopefully, this will last us for another year or so. And next time we buy a couch, maybe we won’t buy one from a going-out-of-business sale.