Hi There! Thanks for stopping by once again. It seems many of you are interested in the IKEA Ektorp sofas. I don't blame ya. These are some reasonably priced sofas and chairs with slipcovers. That's my kinda thing. You want to know if they're worth it and if they surpass their lower price tag. You want to know if they wash well. You want to know if they hold up to the wear and tear of kids and pets. You want to know if it's gonna be something you'll like.
You can find my initial review of the sofa, love seat, and Tullsta chairs here. Now that I've washed them a bit, I'm back with more of a review.
I will tell you.....I Still Love Them! Maybe even more so since I now have couches that I can wash.
I. Love. Them.
I've had the couches since January of 2010 and they are just as comfy as ever. They have the perfect amount of give, with the perfect amount of support. They fit my family well. The dog's favorite place to sleep is on the love seat. (Update...find the 6 year review here.)
The picture above is the day before washing. Not too bad. The love seat is the dog's favorite and we usually cover it with a blanket when he sleeps on it. Honestly, I often times don't remove the blanket unless company is coming over.
IKEA bag until I can do them.
IKEA website for any Ektorp product and find the instructions. It basically says to remove cover, wash in hot water separately, do not bleach, do not tumble dry, and iron on high cycle. You can dry clean on normal cycle. Dry clean? No thank you, not for me.
I did wash on hot with a mild detergent. I did not tumble dry. I've read reviews that the slip covers have shrank in the dryer. They're made of cotton....they'll probably shrink if you dry them with high heat. I think you could air fluff them in the dryer without heat, but I haven't attempted that. The sun works wonders. I dry mine outside in the sun. The sun is a natural bleaching agent, so it gets out any marks that the detergent doesn't. If it's ever muddy or wet out, I'll dry them inside on drying racks.
Overall, I'm still as happy as can be with my Ektorp furniture. It takes me 3 loads to wash 4 pieces of furniture, but really....I'm already doing laundry, so what's a few more loads? I'm happy I can have clean couches anytime I see fit. I highly recommend having a second set of covers if you've got little ones and pets. I'm completely happy I went with the white, even with kids and pets. I think slipcovers are worth the little bit of extra time to wash and dry. I do find the couches as comfortable as day 1 and maybe even more comfortable. Try them out in the store and remember that those ones have probably been sat on 10,000 times or more. And don't be afraid to throw a blanket over them, especially on the muddy days. Or dog days. Or whatever day.
So tell me, do you have any experience washing white slipcovers? Rants or raves about Ektorp products? Questions or comments? As always, feel free to email me or comment.
Find my 2 year follow-up here. Also find a post with all my visitors' comments on the Ektorp line here.
* Just so you know, I was not compensated by IKEA in any way for this post. We purchased the Ektorp products on our own and just love to share products that we love.*