Why I Love My IKEA Ektorp Sofa

Happy February, Everyone! Can you believe that we have almost made it through another winter?? I know here in Iowa it has seemed like it has flown by this year, which I won’t complain about at all! Spring is on the way! Anyways, as I was cleaning the house Saturday, it dawned on me that we have had our new furniture from IKEA for six months now! I feel like our couches have withstood some pretty good testing–between hosting holidays and get-togethers, getting a dog, and everyday life, they’ve been through just a bit. 🙂 With all that being said, I thought I would give them a six-month review and give you the skinny on what I both like and dislike about them. People seem to always be surprised to see that we have white couches…I tend to get comments like, “you must not have kids yet,” or “do you ever sit on these?” 😉

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When we purchased our home last June, we decided to purchase new sofas rather than hauling our old sectional out of our apartment. It was a perfect fit for that apartment and we got it for free to begin with, so we decided to leave it for the next couple that moved in.  Thus the furniture shopping commenced! We went to Homemakers to get a feel for what we may like, I was immediately drawn to a pretty white sectional. My husband quickly told me that I was crazy to even consider white. Ok, that was a definite “no.” 😉 We begin to look at some darker colors, both cloth and leather. We knew that Jon’s German Shorthair was going to come live with us soon, so we were trying to factor that into our decision as well. I wanted something that would be easy to clean, so initially I was thinking that leather would be the way to go, but then I was nervous about it getting scratched up with the dog, so in the end I wasn’t sure that that would be the best option either. It was about this time that I stumbled across @lizmariegalvin‘s Instagram account and fell in love with her couches:

Photo from lizmarieblog.com
Photo from lizmarieblog.com

From the moment I first saw this, I was instantly IN LOVE. They looked so comfortable and beautiful at the same time; something I didn’t even know was quite this possible! I googled the IKEA Ektorp Sofa. At $399 I couldn’t believe my eyes! You can barely get a good accent chair for that! So I began to look up some reviews. I was pretty skeptical at first…given the low price and the fact they were such a light color, I didn’t think my husband would go for it, but the more reviews I read, the more I began to think that these were the ones! Many of the reviews I read came from mom’s of multiple kids with pets allowed on the furniture, and they LOVED their Ektorp too! I was sold. Now, after living with them for six months, I decided to put my own opinion out there, and share the things that I love and things that I maybe don’t love as much about them.

LOVE:

-The Price. We were able to purchase both a brand new sofa and love seat set for under $1000. And that my friends, is a really good deal. I also did not want to buy something super nice and expensive before kids….I figure whatever we have will probably need replacing at some point, so I would rather spend less now when I know that it won’t stay perfect forever.  🙂

-The Look. These couches have a comfy, cozy Pottery Barn vibe for literally a fraction of the cost.

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Pottery Barn Comfort Roll Arm Slipcovered Sofa

– The Clean Up. Besides the look, probably the main thing that sold me on these couches was the fact that they are 100% washable. In your own washer and dryer. All I have to do is remove the covers, throw them in a machine, and bam-ba-da-bam. Its like a new couch again. Seriously, so easy. And because of this, I have no problem with eating and drinking on the couch, which my hubby loves.

-The Slip Covers. Not only are they easy to wash, but they are also inexpensive to replace. At $100 for a new slip cover set, I don’t have to freak out if a major stainage were to happen, or if someday I wake up and decide I hate white couches. I can easily go and replace the covers with either the same or a completely new look  and color for the fraction of a cost of a new sofa set. SWEET.

DON’T LOVE AS MUCH:

-The Time it Takes to Wash. While the ease of washability is a pro, it does take about 4 loads for me to get it all washed, which could be annoying depending on the type of person you are. 😉

-The Wrinkle Factor. Once I wash them, It normally takes a day or two for the wrinkles to come out naturally. I hear you can easily fix this with a spray bottle and water, but I haven’t tried it yet.

-I honestly can’t think of anything else at this point!

Over all I definitely very glad that we decided to go with this set. The pros far out-weigh the cons in my opinion. They look great, feel great, and have, so far, done great! To read more seasoned reviews on the sofas I would recommend reading the following blog posts:

Liz Marie: Ikea Slipcovered Sofa 3 Year Review

Crafty Teacher Lady: Review of the Ikea Ektorp Sofa Series

The Tiny Twig: The Truth About the White Ikea Ektorp Sectional

Well that is all for today! And if you are getting ready to do some furniture shopping and like the look of the Ektorp – I would totally recommend it! (And please, please, please take me to Ikea with you when you go to pick it up. ;)) Have a wonderful day, all!

-Julia 🙂

Julia

Design, Decor, and DIY Blogger since 2015

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