Product Type: Ikea home furniture
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some good, some bad, overall not sure I reccomend
Ikea Karlstad Sofa
Member Name: europe-chick
Ikea Karlstad Sofa
Advantages: range of colours and fabrics, which are machine washable or dry cleanable
Disadvantages: cushions and seat pads have gone flat and dented in after less than a years use
Just under 11 months ago we bought 2 Karlstad 2 seater sofas from Ikea, 1st June to be exact as we moved into our new house on 30th May. We chose Ikea sofas as we had recently had the really cheap Klippan sofa from Ikea in a rental apartment and we had been really impressed with it. We decided to spend a bit more money this time and not go for the ultra cheap Klippan, however we didn't want to spend an awful lot, we just wanted something middle of the road.
We settled on the Karlstad range, and we decided that we would get 2 x 2 seaters. The Karlstad range comes in a wide range of different fabrics and colours, ranging in price from £249 to £500 for a 2 seater sofa. Some of the fabrics are machine washable, some are dry clean only. We went with the 'Tranas light brown', which I would say is more of a mid brown really, it's a cordouroy effect fabric - this sounds a bit naff but it's actually really nice. This is one of the dry clean only fabrics, and each 2 seater was sofa was £500.
Like most Ikea sofas when you buy the Karlstad sofas you buy the sofa itself, and the cover seperately, so basically if your cover gets ruined or if you just fancy a change you can buy just a replacement cover. Some of the fabrics in the Karlstad range are machine washable, so if you spill something on it, or even just to freshen it up you can just pop it in the washing machine. The remainder of the fabrics are dry clean only. We have one of the dry clean only fabrics, in hindsight I think that we should probably have gone for a machine washable fabric. Within a month of having the sofas my husband didn't look what he was doing and sat down on a chocolate wafer biscuit that our little nephew had placed on the sofa, he didn't realise until he stood back up again a short while later by which time it was well and truly mushed into the sofa!
As with all Ikea furniture the Karlstad sofas are self assembly, the Karlstad sofas are a bit fiddly to assemble, and it probably took the both of us around 2 hours to assemble each sofa, including putting the covers on. The sofas seem to come in a million bits, and the covers are also in various parts, around 8 seperate pieces for each sofa cover if I remember correctly. I guess that there is an advantage to the covers coming in so many seperate pieces; you just need to wash or dry clean the part that has had something spilt on it.
The Karlstad sofa is a square boxy looking sofa, which stands on beech effect square legs. You can get a chrome legged base, but this does cost extra. All of the cushions; the seat cushions and the back rest cushins are removable so that you can turn them frequently (or indeeed turn them to hide a stain!!) The sofas have flat square boxy armrests, which are big enough to rest a drink on.
I have to say though that we have not actually been all that impressed with the quality of the Karlstad sofas, all of the seat pad cushions and all of the back rest cushions have gone flat and and have dented in really quickly. I do always turn both the seat pads and the back rest cushions on a monthly basis, so each side has had equal wear and plumping up, it's not as it they've never been turned. I think that the fact that the cushions look so dented and worn now makes the sofas look older and shabbier than they actually are, I can't believe that they are less than a year old when I look at them.
Another issue that my husband has with the Karlstad sofas is that thay are low backed sofas, he is 6'4'' and so he feels that the backs need to be higher for more support, I'm only 5'5'' and so don't notice this. This is personal choice/preference though, not really a fault of the sofa. This is the design of the sofa and so you have to decide if this works for you.
I'm not 100% sure that I would reccomend these sofas, maybe if you got one of the cheaper fabrics so that the sofas don't cost as much. But I definately think that for the £1000 that we paid for the 2 sofas then they are not worth the money.
Summary: some good, some bad, overall not sure I reccomend