Product Type: Ikea home furniture
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IKEA Klippan Two Seater Sofa
Member Name: loulou22
IKEA Klippan Two Seater Sofa
Advantages: Good price. Durable. Comfy to sleep on.
Disadvantages: Low back. Too chunky for my liking.
Klippan Two Seat Sofa. Ikea.
Until our recent move my partner and I were renting a nice little studio flat and as part of the deal our landlady had supplied all or most of the furniture including the sofa which I will be reviewing today.
The Klippan sofa from Ikea is a two seater, low backed and low priced sofa which is available in a variety of colours including white, cream, red, black, blue and even a multicoloured version. The version we were supplied with was white, which in my opinion is pure crazy... A white sofa in a rented flat! None the less our landlady obviously liked it so we were stuck with it and lived with it for almost 18 months.
The sofa itself is rather plain looking in its rectangular shape and it looks as if it would fit perfectly into a box as the sofa back and arms rests are at the same low height and for this reason I did tend to call it our box-sofa. The sofa has 4 chunky silver coloured metal legs underneath to support it. Personally I am not a fan of the look of this sofa at all as I prefer something a lot more flumpy and soft.
As we didn't purchase the sofa ourselves I cannot comment on the assembly of the product but I can see on the Ikea website that the sofa does require self assembly, although from looking at the sofa I can't imagine this being too hard as it looks pretty basic.
The sofa itself is kind of comfy to sit on, the seat part is lovely and soft but this is about where it ends as far as sitting comfort is concerned as for me personally the back of the sofa is too low and it isn't very well padded, when I sit on a sofa I love that flumpy feeling as if I've just landed in a big pile of cushions, I don't get this at all with the Klippan. I also like to sit in the corner when I sit on a sofa however the corner of this sofa is really uncomfortable, the arm rest is quite hard and flat and as a result of this it became used as a substitute table for my laptop and other various items and the low back proved to be a bit of a pain as I would often lean back and knock my head on the wall or move my arm and catch my knuckles on the wall as the back of the sofa was lower than my shoulders when seated.
One good point of this sofa is that it is very comfortable for sleeping on. For various reasons I have spent a couple of nights on the sofa, usually after falling asleep watching a film and then being too lazy to move and I often found that I would sleep better on the sofa than I did in the bed which the landlady had also provided. Due to the seat part of the sofa being quite springy and soft this made for quite a comfortable bed and a few friends who have stayed over have also commented on how comfy the sofa is to sleep on.
Due to this sofa being white and the fabric being the kind which seems to not only attract dirt but also hold onto it rather well, we found out quite quickly that it gets very dirty very easily no matter how careful we were and as a result of this we ended up buying some blankets from Ikea to assist us in keeping the sofa clean and getting our deposit returned when we eventually moved out. However due to the awkward shape of the sofa we needed three blankets to cover it effectively and even then it was still impossible to keep it that nice bright white which it started off as and as a result cleaning the sofa became a fortnightly event involving the vacuum and the occasional treatment with Vanish to bring the brightness back. As you can imagine this isn't really how I wanted to spend every other weekend and neither did my partner. There is a removable cover on the sofa which is machine washable, however due to the size of the cover it doesn't actually fit into a normal sized washing machine and would really need to go to the cleaners, an expense we didn't want to have and as a result we didn't do. On the day we were moving we spent a good couple of hours cleaning the sofa and I would say the result was ok, the landlady didn't seem to have any complaints and we got our deposit returned to us.
Despite our constant cleaning combined with everyday use I never found any obvious or bad signs of wear and tear on the sofa and while the fabric showed up every possible spec of dirt it could this was really the only sign of use it had. The fabric didn't go bobbly even after so many Vanish-ing and vacuuming sessions, however we did notice that the fabric seemed to go a little baggy after it had dried out from the Vanish-ing sessions, this concerned us at first but within a few days it returned to normal and looked fine.
The Makings of a Good Sofa and Sofa Sizing
The sizes of the sofa are as follows, please note I had to get these from the Ikea website as we no longer live in the flat which houses the sofa.
Width: 180 cm
Depth: 88 cm
Height: 66 cm
Seat depth: 54 cm
Seat height: 43 cm
If you consider the fact that this is only a two seater sofa I think these sizes are a bit big and the sofa does take up a considerable amount of space due to the chunky back and arm rests.
I have also used the Ikea website as a reference to be able to give you an idea of the products used to make this sofa, these include (but are not limited to) a frame made from plywood, fibreboard and cardboard along with a water resistant particleboard, a couple of types of steel and some solid hardwood and softwood. The upholstery of the sofa is made from a combination of various Polyurethane foams and polyester hollow fibre wadding together with a 100% cotton fire retardant interliner.
Price and Availability
The sofa is currently priced at £150 and is available in Ikea stores but currently unavailable to purchase online. Extra covers can be purchased and a matching footstall is also available.
Depending on your needs for the sofa I might just about be able to recommend it. It is a durable sofa and I'm sure in any colour except white it might actually be a 4 star product. As a first sofa this may be ideal as it is a low price and reasonably comfortable if you don't mind such a low back. I think it may also be a good purchase for people who want to furnish a home or flat ready to rent but I certainly wouldn't recommend the white one as it shows up every single mark and spec of dirt and some tenants may not be bothered about keeping it clean.
So, overall if you can afford to spend a bit more then I would give this sofa a miss but if you cant then it isn't what I would call a bad purchase as I'm sure there are worse sofas out there but it definitely isn't one of the best and I will be giving it 3 out of 5 stars.
Thanks for reading :)
Summary: An OK sofa suitable for tight budgets & needs must.
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