We finally pulled the trigger and bought a new couch! For two people who love to stretch out on the couch and watch highly intellectual television such as Real Housewives and Storage Wars the 80″ sofa I had hoarded since college was cramping our style, literally.
After a year of indecision we finally wandered over to Ikea, fighting mobs of rabid suburbanites, and ended up with this beauty packed into our SUV like a well played game of Tetris.
Pretty much everyone in the blogosphere has this couch (YHL, Manhattan Nest, and the list goes on and on and on). The lines are nice and modern, the cushions are firm, and it seems to hold up well over time. It also has an amazing price when compared to other couches and sectionals in particular.
We were very happy little Ikea loving clams, and then we had to assemble it…
Our living room soon became a mass of boxes, covers, and poorly written (drawn) Ikea directions. But after a couple hours, and a tiny bit of fighting (if you can assemble or install a piece of Ikea furniture without divorce you are in good shape as a couple) we got it put together.
Side note: I recommend removing your old couch from your narrow 1920s living room before assembling a much larger sectional in said room…this might have lead to some of the bit of fighting.
And here he is in all his modular furniture glory…I introduce to you Sir Karlstad of Ikea.
We went with the blekinge white cover since it was the cheapest and I was thinking a possibly making a new slipcover for the couch. But, I actually really like the white cover, and it all comes off and can be machine washed. So we will live with the white for a while. We’re also planning on changing out the preschool wood block legs, as many people have done. I’ll keep you posted on any changes.
As always some details:
Sectional: Karlstad loveseat+chaise lounge add on (blekinge white cover)
Pillows: Oatmeal pillows: handmade by my wonderful seamstress/mom, Blue pillows: Target covers (circa 2010) and down inserts
Coffee table: Free on craigslist, refinished by moi
Rug: West Elm Desert Weave Jute Rug in Agate