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Posted 11/30/2012 by cocoanmom in NSBR Board
 

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Posted: 11/30/2012 5:56:26 PM
We need a new sofa for the basement. The one we have now is 20 years old. Any experience with them? I like the idea of being able to wash slipcovers. It is mainly the family room so it gets used a lot.

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Posted: 11/30/2012 5:57:44 PM
I've researched the Ektorp sofa before, and it always gets great reviews.


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Posted: 11/30/2012 6:14:31 PM
I have an "L" shaped Ektorp sofa... this thing takes a beating.... and still looks good. ... will be getting more of these when our renovation is done as well for the family room downstairs.

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Posted: 11/30/2012 9:59:01 PM
We've had an Ektorp sofa and love seat for a little over a year, and have no complaints.


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Posted: 11/30/2012 10:02:41 PM
I've had 2 Ektorps for about 10 years and they're still going strong.


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Posted: 11/30/2012 10:03:38 PM
I've never owned one but I would say nay. For an inexpensive sofa in our family room I went with a sectional from Macy's.



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Posted: 11/30/2012 10:32:32 PM
Another yes for the Ecktorp. I currently have the sofa and love seat, going on 8 yrs with 2 boys - everyone who enters my home always comments on mine. They have taken a beating with no problem - wash my slipcovers at least 3x a year. I've been looking at finally replacing the slipcovers after all this time , they have started to show fading from wash and wear. I have absolutely no complaints and would purchase the Ecktorp series again!


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Posted: 11/30/2012 10:49:15 PM
There is a designer with a blog who raves about the Ektorp sofa. The blog is Cote de Texas . I don't have one, but would seriously consider one in the future.

There is a Swedish company called Bemz that makes custom slipcovers for most Ikea furniture. Great selection of fabrics (linen & cotton) and all machine washable. But the best part is that even though they are in Sweden, the shipping cost to the US & Canada is a flat $20 US/CAN.


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Posted: 11/30/2012 11:22:09 PM
you can find used ektorps on CL all the time. lots of times hardly used.


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Posted: 12/1/2012 12:11:25 AM

you can find used ektorps on CL all the time. lots of times hardly used.


I got mine on a local FB garage sale type board. $75 for the 3 seater sofa and chaise. I love it. That chaise is my throne.




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Posted: 12/1/2012 12:15:46 AM
We've had the Ektorp corner sectional for about 10 years and it's still going strong. We've purchased 3 different slipcovers as my tastes have changed. Love the Bemz slipcovers but it's hard to justify them as some cost more than the sofa.


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Posted: 12/1/2012 12:59:26 AM
I would recommend actually going to Ikea and sitting on their sofas. I really didn't like very many of them after I actually sat on them.

The Ektorps were ok, but I think they look messy. (Not a fan of the slipcover look.)

We got our couch on Craigslist. Super cute, clean lines, modern, practically brand new: $200.

Craigslist, all the way!




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Posted: 12/1/2012 3:56:47 AM
We love our Ektorp ( had it for 8 years) it moved at least 3 times with us and still looks great. You can buy different covers for it too so if you redecorate or just get tired of the old cover you can just get a new one at ikea.

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Posted: 12/1/2012 4:30:25 AM
We have an ektorp couch and chair. It was our living room furniture and then moved to our playroom. It looks great and has held up wonderfully.

I don't think it looks messy at all and I think I'm pretty picky about that. While what covers the body of the couch is technically a slip cover, the cushions are not. Everything fights tight and the loose back cushions stay in better than the ones on my much more expensive furniture down stairs.

I love that the covers can be removed, washed and changed. I have three kids and a dog, so it's practical. If the worst happens, it's not expensive to replace the covers.

Comfort wise, I like it better than what I bought to replace it. My one caveat to all this, is that I'm short and and it fits me. My husband doesn't mind it, but he's 6'4" and it doesn't fit him as well.


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Posted: 12/1/2012 11:51:59 AM
I would say yes. We have the Karlstad loveseat with attached chaise. We love it, have had it for about 4 years now.

The cover is changeable as well, but is a bit more modern than the Ektorp.

It IS a PITA to disassemble to put the new cover on, but worth it for us. Our first cover was dry clean only, so keep that in mind, our new cover is machine washable.

I would definitely head down to Ikea to sit in them, my Dad has issues sitting in it because it is too low, although once on it, he thinks its pretty comfortable.



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Posted: 12/1/2012 12:02:26 PM
Another fan of the Karlstad! We've had it for probably 5 years and it still is comfortable and in very good shape. And that is with 3 (large!) dogs who have total ownership of it! We have the sofa with the add-on chaise.

We have changed the slipcover once so far. It is a bit of a process but the price of the sofa and the quality and comfort makes it totally worth it.

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Posted: 12/1/2012 12:28:44 PM
I want to like them but they are just too small for me...too short, too narrow. I prefer a more substantial style.






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Posted: 12/1/2012 12:45:31 PM
We have had the leather ones (sorry can't remember the style name) for the past 8 years. They are awesome! They are starting to show some wear mostly because my 80lb black lab thinks it's her throne. We have 2 sofas plus a matching chair & ottoman. I'd purchase them again, they have been really great.



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Posted: 12/1/2012 12:50:17 PM
We were planning on the leather sectional from Ikea, we have a small den, and the dimensions are perfect but it is $1400, we stopped in at JC Penneys about a month ago, and got a gorgeous leather sectional (sofa with chaise) for $850, delivered.
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Posted: 12/1/2012 4:33:42 PM
JCP has furniture?? i haven't seen furniture in JCP in years!

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Posted: 12/1/2012 5:22:59 PM
I thought I wanted an Ikea sofa until I sat on them in the showroom. I like a nice, cozy sofa and theirs are very firm. Of you like very little padding, then this would be good for you. Otherwise, I'd check other places.


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Posted: 12/1/2012 8:27:46 PM
We actually have an entire JC Penney that is separate from the regular store. They have furniture, and all the other home goods type items....towels, bedding, etc.
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Posted: 12/1/2012 10:57:41 PM
We had an Ikea sofa when we lived overseas. I don't remember which one now. The ones sold in the US may be made differently so keep that in mind. Ours held up well for the year we used it and it was lightweight, so easy to move around. A couple of minor things bugged me though... the cushions would always slide forward when you sat on it so we had to always push them back when we got up and the stuffing was feathers so occasionally the feathers would work their way out and either poke you or stick to your clothes. Not a deal breaker and perfect for what we needed at the time. The cover washed nicely and I would try to take it out of the dryer when it was just slightly damp so it would stretch easily to go back on.
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