Friday, September 30, 2011

IKEA Ektorp Review Continued: 2 Years Later

Thanks for stopping by once again to find out how I still like my Ektorp sofas after nearly 2 years.  Gosh, time flies.


      
You can follow all my other Ektorp exploits at:
White Sofas and Children: IKEA Ektorp Sofa Review
Ikea Ektorp Wash and Review
Another Ektorp Review: Tullsta Chair

A huge thank you goes out to everyone who has commented on the previous posts.  I hope to someday compile everyone’s comments about the Ektorp line so that visitors have one place to go to find out what everyone thinks.  Please continue to add your comments, good and bad, to any of my Ektorp posts so those in the sofa purchasing mood can see what’s happening in sofa land. 

So, what has changed in 2 years?  With my sofas that is?

Well, my sofas aren’t shrouded in blankets daily.  I’ve finally learned that they clean well, so they go blanket less a lot.  Except that the dog still likes to lay on a fleece blanket, so there is usually one on the couch for him to lay on.


The slipcovers do clean well.  We’ve had grape juice, crayon, dirt, marker, sand, mud, food, and stains of unknown origins all on our slipcovers.  I’m happy to report, that after washing, you’d never know it. 

We have one slipcover that seems to have bleached to a super white in one spot and I don’t know why.  I’m not sure if it was from a stain remover or from the sun.  But unless I point it out, you’d never notice it. So it doesn’t bother me a whole lot.


Unless you want to do a lot of ironing, you’ve got to get use to the wrinkled look.  Or maybe it’s that I air dry the slipcovers and I’m not really good about making sure there aren’t any wrinkles when I set them out to dry.  I’m fine with wrinkles, it doesn’t bother me.


Being that these are our only sofas, they are used daily.  After 2 years they are still quite comfortable.  Maybe even more comfortable.  They may not be as firm as when they were new, but the cushions haven’t broken down at all.  They have that great time worn comfortable that fits you like a great pair of jeans.  Except without the holes in the knees.  The sofas aren’t so firm that they are uncomfortable and they aren’t so soft and squishy that you get lost in the cushions and can’t push yourself back out.  The Ektorp sofas fall somewhere in between with a comforting firmness.  I like them.  They suit our family’s comfort level perfectly.


After 2 years, I do not at all regret our decision to get these sofas.  I still love them as much or even more than the day they arrived. 

I still wash them pretty much the same as I always have.  I don’t always stick with the same brand of detergent or stain remover.  I have not yet machine dried the slipcovers.  I always dry them outside or on racks in the house if the weather isn’t the best.


If you didn’t know….these white sofas are occupied by myself, Biker Boy, an almost 7 year old boy, and a 4 year old girl.  Plus a dog and a cat and the random visitors.  We’re your typical family with your typical everyday messes.  And yes, I once questioned why anyone on earth with kids and pets would get a white couch.  Slipcovers and bleach are the answer people.  Plus get an extra slipcover set.  That’s how I keep the madness down…cause I can’t get laundry done in one day here.  Plus I usually change the slipcovers after the kids have gone to bed.  There would be way too much cushion jumping and throwing if I did it while they were awake.

Yes…we have the whole no food on the couch rule…for the kids.  And yes, both Biker Boy and I have spilt food on the couch.  There are no shoes on the couch, but being that we have an open home and the large sofa is approximately 6 feet from the door that goes to the garage, there have been shoes on the couch.  There is suppose to be no jumping on the couch, but the dog totally ignores that one.  The kids and jumping?  They try it when they think we aren’t looking.  So these couches are roughed up and used.  They can handle it.  Don’t be afraid of these sofas with pets or kids.  Heck, if white scares you there are slipcovers available in other colors and patterns.  Hooray for being able to easily and affordably change up the look of your furniture.


While I talk up the slipcovers and comfort of these couches, I can’t ignore the price.  It’s da bomb!  This is one of these low rent things that act high rent.  Affordable and with a 10-year warranty! 
So pretty much to summarize up 2 years of Ektorp sofa use….LOVE THEM STILL! 

Feel free to add your comments to any of my posts and I’ll get on compiling them up for others.  I’m not paid or perked by IKEA in any way.  We bought the couches on our own and I do these reviews on my own so others can find out what I (and my lovely commenters) think of these sofas.

Update: Find a post with all visitor's comments on the Ektorp line here.

Happy sofa hunting and review seeking! 

71 comments:

  1. Thanks for this! I'm thinking of getting the Ektorp sofa for a spare bedroom I'm converting to a den/family room. I'm not usually a white sofa kinda girl but the beige isn't machine washable. Glad to know that you don't regret it a bit!

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  2. YAY! I'm so glad you posted this. We're looking for a sectional sofa for our basement and I've been considering the Ektorp, but I keep wondering how it will hold up over time. Thanks!!!

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  3. Thanks for stopping by! Please let me know what you think of the Ektorp line if you happen to get it! Thanks!

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  4. I hemmed and hawed about buying my sofas at Ikea. I shopped around at a bunch of furniture stores and was attracked to the "Shabby Chic" look of a white slipcovered sofa. The prices at these other stores was really out of my price range and an extra set of covers (just in case) was as expensive as the couches. I finally went to IKEA and really loved the Ektorp line. I decided to buy the armchair, loveseat and ottoman. Iniially I bought the black cover, but when I got it home, I really decided that I wanted the white and took the black ones back. The white covers were super cheap (about 1/5 the price of the black ones). With the extra refund money, I bought an extra set of white covers, a rug, toss pillows and an end table. I have been nervous about the quality of the line and of course the practicallity of the white slipcovers. Today I googled and found your blog. It makes me feel really good about my purchase.

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  5. Thanks for the review of this sofa.
    We saw the Ektorp sofa a couple of times in the store and really like it. I got one question thou...the Cushions in the sofa are not attached, do they keep falling forward off the sofa when you sit down ?, The sofa I have right now does this a lot and that is the reason we decided to replace it with an Ektorp.

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  6. Thanks for stopping by! As far as the cushions on the couch, we've never once had to push them back in place. (And I just asked my hubby if he's ever had to and he said no). They stay in place great! They do fit pretty tight together, so that's probably why they don't fall forward.

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  7. Thank you so much for clearing my doubt regarding the cushion. I am heading to the store tomorrow, they have 15% off on these :).
    -JJ

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  8. Have fun at IKEA! And 15% off is a great deal! Enjoy!

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  9. Hi!

    Your blog are sooo interesting!
    I was searching testimony in french about white Ektorp, but I found your blog ... wow ! So complete !

    So, I'm a mom of a little boy of 5 month old, Eli. OK, maybe it's because I am so tired (he wakes up every 3 hours again ...) but I think regret my white Ektorp. :s Why ? Because I have the impression that remove, wash and put back the covers will be so exhausting. :( But maybe it's because now, for me every task it's a BIG challenge.
    It is a lot of work and efforts to change covers?

    * Forgive me for my poor English.

    Caroline:)

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  10. Hi Caroline! Thanks for stopping by! Yes, it can be a big job to change the slipcovers. It's a workout! I don't change the covers all that often, only when they start to look really dirty to me. To be honest I probably only wash them about 3 times a year. And with a 5 month old, your time is occupied with your little one. Enjoy your son!

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  11. I'm considering getting the Ektorp corner sofa....wondering how it will hold up. We have 3 labs, and are empty nesters except for family gatherings when everyone comes over. LOVE the slipcover idea. I love that you posted that after 2 years you still love your sofas! Thanks so much for that information

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  12. Firstly ,i love your house, its so airy and bright and I want to live there!!

    Secondly, thanks for the review...over here IKEA is huge but then it also has the reputation of not being of good quality so Im glad to read your review saying otherwise!

    Thanksagain, and off I go to get ektorp!

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  13. Thanks for stopping by! I'm beginning to wonder now if I should have gone with a corner Ektorp, but love that I can just move couches if I need more room. I'd love to hear how others like the corner couch. Superwomanwannabe (love the name!)...I'd love to hear what you think of your new Ektorp. I know some IKEA pieces have a reputation for not being good. I like to stick to the real wood items (just got a hemnes dresser) or to the things with a good warranty like the Ektorp line. Enjoy!

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  14. Thanks for your Ektorp reviews! We're in the market for a new couch (or 2, or 3...) and I wondered how they held up to kids and washing!

    With 6 kids, spots of unknown origin are the "decorative pattern" on our current couch. LOL

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  15. Oh, those spots of unknown origin! I had to spot treat a few of those the last time I washed the slipcovers! (They came out!) Good luck with your couch shopping!

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  16. Thank you for your answer Chrissy !

    I would like to share to you a super link I discovered ! It's about Ikea covers you cannot find at Ikea ... sooo original !

    http://www.bemz.com/en-ca/

    Caroline :)

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  17. Will have to take a road trip to get this sofa, but if I have a coupon that will make it worthwhile. How do I get a coupon?

    P.S. I'm so glad I found this review!

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  18. Hi Ginnymae, I'm not sure how you get a coupon for the sofa. I just kept checking the IKEA website every once in awhile and saw that they were running a promo for buy a couch and get an extra slipcover for free. You can sign up for emails to get deals at your local IKEA. I know it's hard if you don't have a local IKEA...I don't. We had our sofas shipped to us. Thanks so much for stopping by! I loved to hear how your sofa shopping works out!

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  19. Hi Chrissy I too have been thinking about purchasing these sofas from ikea. I really love the coastal cottage look of white slipcovers. I actually love pottery barn but the prices are a too high. The price of the ektorp is so appealing. My only concern has been the quality and how well it will hold up. I also have 2 kids and a small dog. :) thanks again for your review. This has been so helpful.

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  20. Hi Marlene, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I loved the Pottery Barn pieces too, but their cost was way more than I wanted to spend. I have been beyond happy with the Ektorp pieces and so thankful a lower cost sofa has held up. These sofas are a great price and have held up well to 2 kids and a dog. Good luck with sofa shopping!

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  21. Hello again. Thanks for your response. I will Leave comment when I decide to buy them. Hopefully real soon :)

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  22. I'm so happy I found your blog and especially this post! I have been wanting a white Ektorp for years and was scared to get one even though I keep seeing bloggers telling me it washes easily even with kids and pets and all! I have a 10, 8, and 3 year old- all boys! So you can see why I would be hesitant! Thanks so much for this post! Now I think I need to get to Ikea!!!
    Michelle

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  23. Michelle, Thanks for stopping by! I was hesitant about a white couch with having kids and pets too. Just know that the couches will get dirty and the dirt will show on white...don't be afraid of the dirt. It will wash out or just flip the cushion until you can wash it. (Shhh...I just did that!) Let me know how it works out for you!

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  24. Really REALLY considering purchasing the Ektorp sofa & loveseat thanks to this post!! Our nearest IKEA is over 2 hours away, so we either have to rent a trailer, make the drive, and get it ourselves... or have it delivered. Getting it ourselves will only end up saving about $75 so I'm considering taking the plunge without making the trip, thanks to this post!! My only issue is obviously purchasing it without actually seeing it first... but I kind of feel like I've seen it first now after seeing this post :)
    The Ektorp line is the exact look I'm going for, and I like that I'd have the option to wash it and/or change colors if I need to. Have you seen the light brown color in person? I think that's what I want.. don't want the dark chocolate brown, and white won't go with my decor... I think light brown is the perfect middle ground. Ugh maybe I should just drive up and see it first?! lol

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  25. Hi Lynn, Thanks for stopping by!

    I haven't been to an IKEA since after Christmas (the closet one to me is 8 hours), but I have seen the tan one in person. I like it, it'd probably be my second choice in color! It's a neutral base, but it's not really light or really dark. You should be able to use a stain remover on it in case of stains.

    If you are the slightest bit hesitant about purchasing without seeing the sofa, I'd suggest making a day of it and heading to IKEA. Eat lunch, shop, haul back more stuff than you planned to buy! Some people find the Ektorp too firm for their liking and some tall people don't feel like it fits them properly. My hubby is 6 foot and loves these sofas and how they feel. I can't stand sinking into a couch and not being able to push myself out of it. I love how these are firm, yet still have a squish to be comfortable. And I still love them after 2 and a half years. I guess it's all personal preference! Good luck with your sofa shopping, I'd love to hear how it goes!

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  26. Hmmm.. this information helps! :) We are both relatively short.. I'm 5'3" and my boyfriend is around 5'10"... our current couch has a low back, so there is nowhere really to rest your head. I think if your hubby finds them comfortable, they would probably work for us... and I'm sure they'll be better than what we have now!! (I hate the low back!!!)

    I'm so tempted just to order, but you're probably right -- we should just make a day of it. So hard to find the time though!

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  27. I'm 5'5" and I can rest my head on the top cushions. I've fallen asleep doing that a few times! Plus when I was sick and didn't want to keep my hubby up with my coughing, I slept on the couch. Comfortable enough to sleep on! I did order my couches from home, but I had tried them a few times before that whenever I got the pleasure of visiting an IKEA. I'd love to say just go ahead an order them, but I'd hate for you to be disappointed if they aren't comfortable for you. If you're brave....go for it!

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  28. Just ordered!!!!!!!! Sight un-seen! haha! I've found several other blogs with positive Ektorp reviews as well, so... I just decided to go for it!

    I'll let you know how it goes! :-D

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  29. Lynn, You Rock! Such a rebel! :) I'd love to hear how it goes! Here's hoping you love your Ektorp!

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  30. Okay..... my Ektorp(s) have finally arrived and after 5 days... I LOVE IT!!!!!

    They are super comfy, the perfect size, and I love the color I got!!! Thanks so much for your review that helped me be brave enough to go for it!!!

    You can kind of see my new couch & love seat in this post on my blog.

    I plan to do a full post about it soon, but I just wanted to share an update and say thank you!!! :)

    P.S. sorry to overload your comments on this post lately!!!

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  31. Thanks for stopping by again, Lynn! Can't wait to see your full post about the sofas! Glad you love them!

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  32. Great blog! I've had my Ektorp for 5 years in a summer cabin with 2 dogs, one husband, lots of sand, and tons of friends. It's held up great. I replaced a slipcover, not because the white one was wearing out, but because I wanted to try the blue color. When we move, I'll buy another Ektorp--great value. They do look shabby, as in shabby chic, so if you like a more tailored look, I'd suggest a different IKEA model. (Before the Ektorp, I paid a lot more for a ROWE slipcovered sofa, but when the covers completely disintegrated after 8 years, I couldn't find replacements anywhere. The IKEA fabric is much better quality for a 1/3 the price)

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  33. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment. It is greatly appreciated! I'm sure others would love to know what someone thinks of their Ektorp after 5 years. I'm happy to know you still like it! Thanks again!

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  34. I have enjoyed your blog. Thanks for posting about the Ektrop sofa and your experience with the white slipcovers. I just got a new white slipcover and love them and know I have some great ideas on how to care for them. Check out Bemz "Give your IKEA furniture a new life." http://www.bemz.com/en-us/ Bemz is a company in the UK who only makes slipcovers for Ikea furniture. They have a large selection of fabrics, colors and prints and will send you free swatches. I bought a slipcover a few years ago for the Barkaby chair which IKEA no longer carries. I am very pleased with the Bemz slipcover. Thanks again for posting about the Ektrop slipcover.

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  35. Try milk when you have a stain. The worse the stain, the longer you want to soak. Be sure the stain is completely under the milk and change the milk if needed. Over night usually does the trick. Take item out of the milk and put in the wash. That's it. Thanks for the info on the sofas. I am going with the white slip covered sectional after the garage sale!

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  36. Wow! Milk removes stains! I've never heard that, but I'm eager to try it. Thanks for the tip!

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  37. Well I am going to purchase this very same sofa and chair tonight, used, off of Kijiji $300 for the set. I am so happy to read this! I too have hand me down off white sofa and chair and I can't wait to get my true white set.
    Happy to hear you still love them!

    Ann

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  38. Ann, Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy your sofa and chair as much as I enjoy mine. Just don't be afraid of the dirt, it will wash away. Enjoy!

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  39. We've had the same Ektorp sofa for 8 years. It was moved to our den a few years back and I miss it. We also purchased two covers. Lifesaver after the dog gnawed on one of the cushions. Nothing is better than sitting on a couch that smells like detergent. My other couch is a microfiber couch from Macy's and it is just awful to clean. Considering replacing it with another Ektorp

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  40. I am thinking about getting the same sofa too. I have seen other slip cover sofas that recommend dry cleaning. I think that dry cleaning something that your family will be sitting on is a terrible idea. Dry cleaning involves terrible chemicals! Also thinking about a leather couch, but again, terrible chemicals! Trying to create a SAFE and healthy environment for my kids. So I like the idea, just need to convince my husband, ARG!

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  41. Thanks for stopping by Tootie! Good luck convincing your husband! White couches get dirty with everyday living, but I like that I can wash and set them out to dry. With a child with asthma, I've always tried to avoid chemicals. I'm not a fan of dry cleaning. Even if something says "dry clean only," I'm a big rebel and wash it. Good luck and happy couch shopping!

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  42. Hi Chrissy, We went to the Ikea store today. We sat on the couches including the Ektorp couch. It was not comfortable! I could not understand why it wasn't because I read somewhere on your blog about the cushions being bouncy. But no bounce, not soft, not comfy. I was so disappointed because I thought this might be the solution for us. I might get it anyway because similar couches are so much more expensive everywhere else, plus we are in Canada so we don't have the selection that Americans have. Why would they conceive of such a great product, great shape, great design, great slipcover idea, and then skimp on the cushions and ruin it? Does not make sense. Is your couch comfy? I am wondering if Ikea has cut corners, or has changed the couch somehow? We tried the Kivik and it was much better, but I like the syle of the Ektorp better. :( Also we can not lean back on it at all, the back cushions do not go high enough, not even close (we are tall). Not sure what to do now! You mentioned that you researched prices, what other companies make a similar couch?

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  43. linda in pittsburghAugust 19, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Hi, Chrissy!

    Thank you so much for posting your reviews. My husband and I took the plunge and bought the white Ektorp sectional with a spare slipcover set in May.

    The slipcovers wash beautifully. I use warm water, whatever detergent is on sale and some borax (because our water is hard). They get dried on delicate at the "less dry" setting, and then either languish in the dryer for a day or so or get spread out to finish drying. Perfect. They come out with a few wrinkles, but not too bad.

    Chrissy, I am so jealous of the photo of your backyard!

    We don't have any kiddos anymore, but we are crazy bunny people. Our girl, Lily, pees on the couch whenever she gets mad or scared. Ugh! She's really fast and sneaky, too. We still try to discourage her from this inappropriate behavior, but it’s not a big deal anymore. We just swap out whichever cover she got and toss it in the hamper until laundry day. No problems.

    I gave up years ago trying to convince my husband that you were supposed to eat at the table, so other things end up on the couch, too. “Sweetie, is that barbeque sauce?” I love that I can see the dirty spots on my couch right away. I’m not a big fan of grim.

    I have a hard time cramming the cushions back into the covers, but my husband doesn’t, so it works for us. My husband also put the sectional together when it arrived. He said it was really easy. And this couch is sturdy! My husband is a largish person, and I’m afraid I’m bigger than I used to be also.

    As far as choosing the sectional over the couch/love seat, etc. – this is not one of those gigantic sectionals from the ‘70s! We have a small living room and about a third of it is taken up by our bunnies’ pen. (Did I mention we are crazy bunny people?) The sectional is perfect for us. The two of us have tons of room to sprawl around, the bunnies think it’s the greatest toy ever, and when we have family over there’s plenty of seating room.

    One last thought – after a few washes, the covers are softer and more comfy. Because we bought our couch at the beginning of shorts season, I noticed that the couch seemed scratchy at first. Now it’s fine. I also love how cottony fabric doesn’t seem as hot to sit on in the warm weather as other couches which are all synthetic. Bonus!

    Happy Ektorping!

    Here’s a picture of Lily on “her” couch when we first got it: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.153713434725371.33007.100002601453504&type=3#!/photo.php?fbid=286114254818621&set=a.153713434725371.33007.100002601453504&type=3&theater

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    1. Hi,

      It's Linda again. One year later and our Ektorp in still fabulous. :)

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    2. Yay! Good to hear. Hope it's still fabulous in another!

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  44. Hi Tootie,
    I do hope that you can find a couch that you like. Trying them out is a good idea to find what fits your comfort style. We like firm, with just a little give, but nothing too soft and cushy. That's what our sofas are like. I've had someone tell me that they have changed the way the cushions are made since I've gotten mine. I'm not sure if they are done differently for different parts of the world. We have bottom cushions that are dense foam with a layer of down feathers on top. The top cushions are of a looser foam.

    As far as similar couches to try...Pottery Barn has similar styled one and people rave about those, but they are more expensive. (I might have gotten those if money wasn't an option, but alas...my budget isn't that great). Rowe furniture also has some and you could try Crate and Barrel, depending on what stores are available in Canada. Prices will be more expensive than IKEA, but you might find them more to your comfort level. I hope your are able to find what you like! Good luck sofa shopping! I'd love to hear what you end up with.

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  45. Hi Linda!
    Thanks for stopping by and letting us know what you think of your Ektorp! I sometimes wish I went with the sectional, but remind myself to be happy with what I have! I'm glad to hear what you think about yours.

    And yes, those cushions can give you a workout stuffing them back into the slipcovers! But at least they aren't loose! And just like you...we end up with all sorts of dirt and grime on our slipcovers, thank goodness you can wash them. Having a second set of slipcovers is a livesaver for me!

    I do agree that the slipcovers feel better after a few washes. I have noticed that the zippers on ours were getting tough to zip after 2 years, more like they were sticky. We resolved it with a little silicon spray and they work great again. A rubbing of beeswax would probably work too. I may need to update my post with that!

    By the way...love the name Lily for a cute little girl bunny! Adorable! Thanks again for taking the time to comment!

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  46. Loved your honest review! Its so nice to hear great comments from a family who has actually used the sofa as they should get used! Now I can't wait to move into our new condo next week and my next trip to Ikea :)

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  47. Hey Emily! Congrats on the move, have fun with it! And have fun at IKEA! I'm wishing the huge big building going up in town is an IKEA, but I'm probably just dreaming. If you happen to purchase a new sofa (any brand), let us know what you think.

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  48. I have the Ektorp Couch and Chair. After 7 years they are worn out. The cushions are falling apart. We went to Ikea to replace it and the current Ektorp is not the same! Our 7 year old one has more padding in the cushions than the new ones.

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  49. Thank you so much for describing how much you love your white sofa's. We have the extorp sofa's in the Svanby Gray and after 2 years and 3 moves, we LOVE them.

    But your story inspired me to buy the white covers from Ikea to cover some other old couches we had! I love them so far, and even with the litte bit of dirt I'm happy to report that they did wash out!

    http://ourhomeplace.wordpress.com/2012/09/14/ikea-slipcovering-a-non-ikea-sof/

    Thanks!

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  50. The current Ektorp is not the same as the previous one. They have changed the cushions. Mine have a layer of down on the top, just as reference. If you're in doubt about the Ektorp or any furniture for that matter, please go to a store and try out what you are thinking of buying. Thanks for stopping by.

    Brittany...thanks for telling us about your new slipcovers. Glad they washed out for you and that you're happy with them!

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  51. I love mine too and use idemo brown (tan with lighter tan piping), but even in cool with no drying, my slipcover shrunk a little and I noticed yours pulls in the same spot (across the piece under the cushions). Has anyone had success stretching them back out a little with putting them back on while damp? Mine also has sort of odd fading. Almost like distressed fabric. I still love it (and I got my chair and ottoman from a friend for $75!!!).

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  52. Just to say that you can carefully wash the grey Ektorp slipcovers that are marked dry clean only.

    I don't like dry cleaning chemicals, so I tried washing the cushion covers on a 30 degree gentle cycle, and put them back on while slightly damp, and it's worked fine. I haven't yet tried the back cover, but that gets much less dirty.

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  53. I'm so glad to have found all your posts about the Ektorp sofas! Like some other commenters, I hemmed and hawed about getting the Ektorp loveseat, and especially about getting it in WHITE (which I have always wanted, but which seems impractical.)

    Originally we planned to buy a brown leather loveseat which cost four times the cost of just ONE of these loveseats. We don't have kids, but we have two cats who shed and puke a lot and leather is either to brush right off (which takes care of the fur, at least.) My husband was adamantly against getting white furniture, even after I found these, and found that the white cover was by far the least expensive option. Ultimately, we went back to IKEA, my husband was sufficiently impressed by the comfort (and price tag) and we bought the loveseat.

    We just got it yesterday so we have yet to put it together (too busy putting together all the other stuff we bought) but I have been wondering just how easy it is to clean. And I've been wondering about the "no bleach" thing. I'm so happy to learn that they are easy to clean, and durable. We plan to go back and get at least one extra slipcover... I'm amazed it's only $30 for the loveseat cover! Might as well buy a couple of them.

    I also love the fact that if somehow we get sick of white or move and want another color in our new location, we can just buy a new set of covers in a different color and totally change the look.

    Oh, one final note - a few years ago we bought a cheap steam iron type of device from Target. It's for steaming drapes, clothes, etc. - things which can't easily or safely be ironed with a regular iron. It looks somewhat like a small canister vacuum with a water reservoir, long hose, and plastic attachment at the end. I expect that this will probably work well to remove wrinkles from a newly-washed slipcover (or the slipcover immediately after the initial assembly.) I'll just be careful to use distilled water to avoid imparting any sort of stain to the cover.

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  54. Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your new loveseat! My white loveseat slipcover is currently sporting little brown paw marks from a naughty dog that slipped by me with dirty paws! I'll wash it soon and I'm positive they'll come clean. I pretreat with a stain remover and wash in hot water. If you're going to use bleach...use it on all of the slipcovers, it will lighten them. The white covers aren't actually white. Enjoy!

    And Sophie...thanks for telling us about washing the dry clean only covers. Good to know! I never dry clean my dry clean only clothes (I wash in a pillow case on gentle cycle), so I'm happy to hear it works for you on the slipcovers!

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  55. Has anyone tried to dye the white slipcovers??? I am looking for a different color for our sectional, but the colors ikea has are much more expensive than the plain white.I don't like the black gray or red they offer either.

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  56. That's a good question...I would love if someone answered here. But I did a little scouring and here's what I came up with:

    An awesome blog post on actually dyeing the covers at: http://decortoadore.blogspot.com/2013/03/dyeing-ikea-slipcovers.html

    Here's another blog post from someone else who tried it:
    http://arricka.blogspot.com/2009/12/how-to-dye-ektorp-slipcover.html

    A comment from another place:
    "I've dyed Ikea slipcovers before. I bought dye from the local art store (slightly better than RIT dye) and used the washing machine. As long as your slipcover is wet all over, the dye should take evenly. I always use vinegar to set the color. If it turns out funny or you don't like the color, use the RIT dye remover to remove the dye. It is simple, but be prepared to wash out/wipe out the inside of your washer afterwards." from http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-jazz-up-plain-white-ikea-slipcover-good-questions-180507

    And some answers at the IKEAfan site at:
    http://www.ikeafans.com/forums/got-questions/14656-what-best-way-dye-white-cotton-slipcovers.html

    Good luck if you choose to dye it! I'd love to hear if it works out the way you intended. And thanks for stopping by!

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  57. I was very satisfied with the sofa. It was packed in a way that made it very easy to manage while getting up a very difficult stairway. The sofa looks very nice and was easy to put together. Moysha Furniture was the business that my order came from and they were great to work with when I had a question about my delivery and it was to me in 1 week from the time I placed my order.

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  58. Hello there, this is Tootie again, many months later. We decided to go for the IKEA Kivik sofas, with white slipcovers, instead of the Ektorp. This was a major purchase for us. I want to thank you for posting your findings on your blog. I don't think I would have had the courage to actually get what I wanted (white slipcovers) had I not read your blog. The only thing I would warn people about regarding the Kivik is that you have to partially disassemble the couch to remove the slipcovers for washing. I did not know this when I bought my Kiviks. Other than that, I like them, I love how I can wash them, I love how I know that there is no chemical treatment, i.e. stain protector on the sofa fabric rubbins against my children's skin. Also, the Kivik sofa slipcovers pull tighter over the sofa, so you don't get the safe wrinkling you get with the Ektorp slipcovers. I also think the slipcover fabric may be different for the Kivik.

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    1. Hey Tootie! I just wanted to check to see if you still are enjoying your Kivik sofa? I am interested in purchasing but can't find nearly as many reviews as are available for the Ektorp! Is it comfortable? Wash well?

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  59. Tootie, thanks for stopping by again and telling us about your IKEA purchases! It's lovely that your happy with your Kivik purchase. I'm almost wishing I would have gone with the Kivik sectional...no wrinkles! I hope the white slipcovers work out for you and that you're happy with your purchase for years to come. Thanks!

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  60. We are just now replacing our white Ektorp couch after 7 and a half years of hard daily wear by a husband, six dogs, and a toddler. Here are my thoughts on it:

    The cushions DID soften and becone less firm with wear. They were super comfy about 2-3 years in.

    I learned my lesson - the covers CAN shrink if dried on too high a heat, or for too long. But they're cheap, so it wasn't too hard a lesson. Generally, I found them to wash well.

    After 7.5 years, though, my couch has started to sag in the middle, and the cushions are pretty flat and uncomfortable. My bottom cushions do slide out, and we're always having to push them back in. :-(

    But for $349 - it has been a fantastic couch! You can't beat it for style, durability, and cleanability.

    We're splurging and getting a Pottery Barn white slipcovered sofa this time. I'm one who looooves cushy cushions! And we wanted a sofa that was longer and deeper. But we still have an Ektorp sofa bed in our study!

    Thanks for letting me share!
    Rachel

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  61. Rachel, Thanks so much for sharing. I sure appreciate your thorough review. I'm hoping to get nearly a decade out of our sofas. For the price, it can't be beat. I'd love to know what you think of the Pottery Barn ones, they are beautiful! I hope that they last even longer for you! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing how your sofas worked for you!

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  62. I'm not too sure if you have already answered this question, but do you know an easier way to put the slipcovers on after washing. I always seem to rip mine when I put them back on. Usually around the arms where it tapers in. Any tips would be helpful...
    Thanks,
    Ann

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  63. Quick question, thinking about the svanby grey. Is it a dark grey or more of a lighter? We live no where near and ikea and love the look of the erktorp, really want the white but trying to stick with a darker color...but not too dark. Have brown sectional now and it sucks the light out of our darker room. Thanks for the info!

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  64. Hi! Love the info on your blog! I am really wanting to get the erktorp series for our family room.would love the white but with an English bulldog, a dirty 14 year old boy and all his friends who practically live at our house it scares me. I was wondering if anyone has seen the svanby grey color in real life? I am looking at it on line trying to figure out if it is a darker grey or a lighter grey. Our room now has a brown sectional and it really seems to suck up all the light and makes the room feel dark. Any info appreciated!

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  65. Hi Evamarie, I don't live near an IKEA either, so I can't say what the grey looks like in real life. I know I've seen it, but I honestly can't remember what it looks like. I want to say it's on the darker side (not light grey, but it's not towards black). Maybe a midtone gray, but that's just going from memory and what it looks like on my computer screen. Maybe call IKEA customer service and see what they tell you? Perhaps ask if a swatch can be sent to you? I love grey colors and would love to know how this couch is. I'm also afraid of the whole light sucking up thing too. Good luck! And thanks for taking the time to stop by!

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  66. Hi - I live by an IKEA; the Svanby Gray looks a bit dark in the photo vs. what it looks like in person, but it is close to accurate. It is a dry clean only fabric; not sure if you noticed that some of the slipcovers are washable and some are dry clean only. Seems like most of their latest additions of slipcovers are dry clean only:-( If you are looking for a washable slipcover, the black may work for you. We found it to be more of a charcoal gray/black than a true black. We went with the white for ease of washing and ability to bleach. (We use a full scoop of Oxyclean and 1/4 cup bleach plus detergent per load, warm water, warm rinse and I also do an extra rinse cycle. Tumble dry low until damp. 3 total loads for the sectional sofa. They wash beautifully for us.) With pets of all colors, and especially with a shedding Siberian Husky with a white undercoat, the white was a better choice for us. With the inexpensive prices of the slipcovers, we are considering adding extra colors to use seasonally in addition to the extra white slipcovers we purchased. I also noticed slipcovers on ETSY that are intended for the IKEA EKTORP line; fun colors and fabrics and reasonably priced. Upkeep between washings has been easy; a quick vacuum and sometimes using a dry brush have gotten rid of any dirt smudges. They have velcro tape on the body of the slipcover to keep it adhered to the frame which is a wonderful detail. As far as comfort, the back cushions are a nice support, but the seats seem thin to me. (I'm of average height and weight.) Someday perhaps I'll have custom cushions made for the seats. You can't beat these EKTORP prices. I've spend money on custom Drexel Heritage upholstered pieces and they were not worth the extra money. That's why we went with the IKEA EKTORP pieces. We furnished two rooms for what one sectional would have cost us. And it's all washable!:-D Thank you for sharing your blog. Great information:-)

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  67. Wow! Milk removes stains! I've never heard that, but I'm eager to try it. Thanks for the tip! Buy Beds and Mattresses from Supremebedz

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  68. I really like the wrinkled look, it make it more rustic.

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