THIS is the IKEA Ektorp Sofa. It retails for $899 currently on Ikea.
I managed to snag this one on Craigslist for $200 (yes!!! $200!!) and all I did was buy some new covers for it. I don't know how old it was then, all I know is that we've had it for 3 years since and it's holding up so well. It's the perfect place to snuggle up, read stories, drink wine, watch football, watch movies, whatever!
Have seriously received SO many requests for this post in particular. I feel like I'm always repeating myself when I'm answering the questions so, here, I'm going to try to sum it all up in one little blog post.
1. HOW do you have a white sofa with kids?
A: I have a toddler, 3 dogs, a messy husband and a preteen boy. This means I DON'T keep it clean. I'm going to be honest with you and tell you that I'm always wiping or washing. This is why having a light colored sofa actually made MORE sense to me. I can wash it if it gets messy (which is often) and I don't have to be so uptight about eating/drinking etc. in the living room. Which means we can actually LIVE and I'm not a basket case always saying "Don't do this!" or "Stop doing that!" It's not the easiest thing taking off the covers and putting them on, but it's not the end of the world either, and I love that I can just wash it, and get it smelling all clean and fresh again. Something you can't do with a normal typical couch.
Not only that, but if the covers get too beat up, I can always replace it. The color I have currently, isn't actually WHITE. It's This Color. It's a really light beige, I've had the white cover and now that..was really hard to maintain. The beige is so much better, and is still super light and neutral which is what I love.
2. How often do you wash the covers and what do you use?
A: I've had the white covers, the gray covers and currently the beige covers. Of all of them, beige is probably my favorite. I like the light coloring but it doesn't feel as harsh as white. It feels a bit more warm, if that makes sense. Ikea says this particular cover isn't washeable, but I've had it for 2 years and it's held up just fine being thrown in the washer once a month (or sometimes more!) I just wash in a cup of vinegar to clean and keep it smelling fresh.
3. Is it comfortable?
A: I think brand new, these sofas definitely need to be "broken in" Thankfully, ours was used so it was already comfy when we purchased. My husband was worried it wouldn't be comfortable but it totally is. It's not very wide though, so that's something to consider. My sofa is probably one of my most favorite places ever to curl up with a blanket and read a book (or just scroll through my Instagram feed!) After 3 years of use from us, I love it more then ever, it's so comfortable to flop down in!
4. What about height? My husband is tall, is the sofa short?
A: The Sofa is a little shorter then other sofas, but only a little. It's something I only noticed when our 6'2 friend came over to visit. He mentioned about the height, but then went out and bought the exact sofa, so it obviously didn't bother him too much. As far as width, the couch could be a little wider, but it feels the same as other sofas.
Can easily change the style (with a new cover, throw pillows, blankets..etc.)
Fits Almost Any Decor Style
Washing can sometimes be tedious
Couch could be a little wider
Would I purchase this again? In a heart beat! Actually we are purchasing another set of these sofas for our game room when it's completed. I really love that when I get bored I can switch up the covers, which is really awesome for someone like me, because I get bored. A lot. Ha!
I hope I was able to help some of you decide if the Ektorp is right for you and your family! If you have any other questions please feel free to shot me a message on The Glam Farmhouse or leave me a comment below. You can also visit The Glam Farmhouse on Facebook because we love social media! ;)
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