Um…..I just checked. It’s only been about 3 months. (Update...find the 6 year review here.)
I was super excited to get the IKEA Ektorp sofa, loveseat, and two Tullsta chairs. You may or may not recall all my trials and tribulations with trying to get them. (I blogged about it here, here, here, and here.) You see, I don’t live anywhere near an IKEA. We had to have those babies delivered. The delivery company dumped them off in my driveway. (Yes, they came down the driveway and fortunately made it back up.)
I use to try the sofa out every time we visited the IKEA near Biker Boy’s parents. I liked it. I always request to visit IKEA when we visit.
You wanna know how I feel about the couches after 3 months? I still LOVE them. Oh, I sure do. I’m lovin’em just like bacon and chocolate, except that I can’t eat them. Biker Boy likes them too and thinks they are way more comfortable than our previous hand me down set.
I use to be that mother wondering how other mothers had kids and white couches. I’m glad I went the white route. Care to know the secret? It’s the slipcovers. White couches with slipcovers. Fortunately my couches came with a free second set of slipcovers. Because, goodness, laundry never gets done the same day it’s started here. Those couches would be naked a day or two if I had one slipcover. And please don’t tell me you can get laundry done, folded, and put away in one day. I want to naively live in my bliss that other people (with little children) don’t get it done either.
Why slipcovers? Because they’re washable. We’ve already had an unfortunate grape juice incident on the couch. Some child, who only gets juice when they’re sick, left a drippy sippy cup on the couch. Even after we went over all the “new couch rules.” I’m happy to report, you’d never know there was grape juice on a cushion. It’s perfectly the same color white as when we got it. White is good! (Hint – bleach!)
Can you see the grape juice on the middle cushion? Nope? That's because it washed right out.
White is also good when you have a white dog. You don’t notice the hair as much. Except you do notice gray cat hair. I forgot we had a cat, as she doesn’t often come out of our room. But I do notice her hair on the couch. (She must come out!) That’s where a lint brush comes in handy!
You wanna know something else? When we don’t have guests over….the couches are usually covered in blankets. The dog likes to sleep on the couch, so we keep blankets over it. They’re easier to clean every week . White sheets might be better, but I already had these blankets. We use what we have.
REALITY CHECK: normal - blankets, toys & books
Oh, the couches are super comfy too. Not too squishy and not too firm. Just right. Like Goldilocks and The Three Bears right! Our bums and backs and everything else are happily cushioned and supported. They fit us just right.
And yes, with kids they aren’t super clean. There are a few marks on them, but they’ll come off when I wash. And it’s probably only me that notices them. (Like where Chewy set her boot on one of the chairs.) But when are couches in a house with kids perfectly spotless? I’m not going to freak out about every little mark. Nope, I’m not. Maybe I will over a big mark.
Future plans - move one to a reading area and use one for a built-in desk here
So, overall, I’m as happy as can be about the Ektorp line from IKEA. Happy Dance kind of happy! If you’re a mom who doesn’t think she can have white couches until the kids leave home…..think SLIPCOVERS! You can have white couches. And I live in an area surrounded by tons of dirt. With two little kids and a dog. If I can do it, You can do it!
Future plans - utilize coffee table as a bench elsewhere, get a round coffee table (less bumps and bruises) and a more neutral/beachy rug....in about 10 years.