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An Honest Ikea Ektorp Review & Our New Chair

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I get questions every week about my Ikea Ektorp sectional. I normally just shoot them a quick message back and that’s that. Today I decided it was time for an honest review. We’ve had our sectional for a year and a half now and just this weekend we added a new chair. So grab your coffee and let’s talk!

Let me start off by saying this is in no way shape or form a sponsored post. I have not been paid or given anything from Ikea. These are just my honest opinions.

When we bought our house a year and a half ago I knew right away that I wanted a sectional. Our family room is fairly large and was the perfect shape for one. I had been eyeing the Ektorp for a few years. It was too large for our last home’s living room, so I was waiting patiently. When we finally moved into our current home, we sold the living room set we had and I was off to Ikea!

Ikea might not be the first place you think of when you think new couch. It wasn’t always for me either. Over the years I’ve discovered there are some great things to be had there. I did a lot of research on this sectional before I bought it. I also knew several people who have had them for years, so I felt comfortable enough to take the jump.

Here are my reason’s why I choose the Ektorp as well as why I love it so much-

-It’s a slipcover sofa.

This was a biggie for me. I have a four year old son and we entertain a lot. I wanted a couch that would be easy to clean when needed as well as one that I could recover without breaking the bank. The cover that we currently have only sells for $100. After a year we bought a second cover to have on hand. I can put on the second cover while I’m washing the other one. It has made life much easier!

-The price.

I have yet to find a quality sectional for the same price as this one. With the same cover we have, it sells for $799! You can’t beat it, I’ve looked. They do have different color covers and with those you pay $1000 at the most. For similar looking sectionals you can easily pay $2500-$3500.

-It’s comfy!

We love how comfortable it is. It’s not super deep (only 19 1/4″). If you’re looking for a really deep couch this may not be the one for you. It doesn’t bother us a bit. We love that we can all have our own space on it and it allows for several people to seat at the same time. The cushions are holding form perfectly and have yet to loose any of this cushion.

-It’s easy to clean.

You wash the whole cover in your washing machine. How awesome is that? There hasn’t been a stain I haven’t been able to get out yet. There’s a cover that comes in bright white as well. I’ve considered it because it could simply be bleached if need be. I have found that I typically need to wash mine every few months. We don’t have any pets so that may vary for you. I do have toddles at the house quite a bit and most of us know how grubby things can get with kids around. Being able to machine wash it has been a lifesaver!

-I’m not locked into one color.

I have a tendency to switch things up in our home on a regular. It’s fun for me to freshen things up with new pillow covers or decor. I love that I’m not stuck with one color with this sectional. They have several covers to choose from and I know when I get tired of this one, I can hop in my car and head to Ikea.

-It comes in a sectional, sofa and loveseat option.

If you’re living room wont accommodate a large sectional check out the sofa and loveseat.

 

Here’s some basic questions I get from readers-

-What color is my cover?

It is the basic Lofallet Beige cover. It’s a light beige, off-white color. I have found that it matches just about everything. I love that it’s light enough without having to worry about getting dirty too quickly.

-Does it come with a warranty?

Yes! A ten year warranty in fact. There’s not much to the sectional, so I can’t imagine what would possibly break. After ten years I maybe ready for a change anyways!

-If you had to do over, would you buy it again?

A thousand times yes! I really can’t say enough good things about it. It has been absolutely perfect for our family. I love the clean lines yet it has a laid back look to it. It’s super versatile and provides the perfect amount of space for our family and guests.

Is there anything I don’t like about it? I did say this was an honest review.

-The cover is a pain to wash!

It’s easy just annoying. You’re not supposed to put the covers into the dryer. They must air dry. I have put them in on low just to fluff them but never to dry them. I have read that they will in deed shrink!

-You have to iron the cover.

You do not want to put the covers on before ironing them. They will be wrinkled and super messy looking. As you can imagine, it can take some time. I typically pull out my iron and prop it up in the living room. I put on a movie and I’m good to go.

These are the only two complaints I have. I hate to even complain because I feel that the good far outweighs the negative. When I say we love it, we really do. So much so that I got the best mother’s day gift ever this past weekend! I got the matching Ektorp chair.

You may remember that I did have two wicker chairs by the fireplace. I still love them, so I moved them to a new place in our home. I’ll share about that later. I just really wanted a big chair to curl up in. We’ve been so impressed with our sectional that after looking at several options we settled on the matching chair. It has all the great benefits that the sectional has.

It fills the space perfectly and I’ve claimed it as “mom’s chair.” I’ve got a perfect view of the window seat and into our back yard. Now, to keep my four year old from jumping in it first, ha!

We even picked up these adorable polka dot pillow covers while we were there this weekend. I thought they were perfect for summer and for only $6, why not?

If you’ve had the Ektorp series on your list I hope you’ve found this post helpful. Please feel free to ask me any questions you might still have in the comment section below. I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week! With summer on it’s way we’re all getting out more. I hope to get two hydrangeas planted today in our yard. It will be the first plant we’ve planted since we’ve moved here, besides potted plants. I’ll be sure to share it with you all soon!

 


 

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