Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Ikea Ektorp Sofa Review: Nearly 6 Years Later

Whew!  6 years!  Time flies!  I had a comment about my Ektorp couches the other day and I looked up when we bought them....and it's been nearly 6 years!  I have an 8-year-old and a 10-year-old now.  The kids were 5 and 2 when we got the couches.  I don't think we had the dog when we got the couches.  We had the cat, but she has since passed on.  Gosh, I need a pause button.

Thus with the most recent comments, I was prompted to catch up on all the comments.  You all have been so wonderful and gracious to leave comments about the Ektorps (good and bad) and to help other folks out who are interested in them.  It's wonderful to hear from those who got the Ektorp and from those who decided on a different IKEA sofa or a different brand altogether.  I finally updated my post where I log all the comments for ease of reading.  You can find that post here.

So, what do I think after 6 years?

Overall, I'm still pleased with the couches.  They have held up well to family life, kids, and pets.  We don't tiptoe around these couches.  They reside in the center of our open home, so they see all the action.  The dog lays on the back cushions, the kids flip themselves over the backside of the sofas to get on to the front.  Sick people have slept on these sofas.  There have been muddy dog prints, food spills, and other items of unknown origin on the slipcovers.  For the most part, they have held up beyond my expectations.

I change my mind about style, well....pretty often.  But I hang on to things too because I don't like to spend lots of money.  So while I sometimes wish I would have gotten a sectional or went with the IKEA Kivik (no wrinkles)....I know if I had those I'd be wishing I had something else too.  I'm still very happy with my Ektorps and have no regret about buying them.  I think I have gotten my moneys worth out of them.  We'll probably keep them for quite a while yet.

People think I'm brave for getting white couches.  I get that comment a lot when people visit our house for the first time.  I'm not brave.  Just practical.  Bleach is my friend.  Yes, I've started washing these slipcovers with bleach.  I have a front loader with the little dispenser for bleach, so I put it into that.  I also use Oxi-Clean.  Maybe that's overkill, but my couches come out pretty clean.  When it isn't windy outside, I'll let  the slipcovers dry outside in the sun.  Otherwise they're hanging on racks in my dining room.  I have not yet dried the slipcovers in the dryer and I don't think I ever will.  According to many numerous comments, it's not a good idea to put them in the dryer.

Yes, there are a few stains on the slipcovers that didn't come out in the wash.  I'm so bad at pretreating stains.  If I see one, I'll spray some Resolve on it when I'm stripping the couches.  Then I just throw it in the wash.  That's all I do.  I bet if I was better at pretreating the stains, those stubborn ones would come out.  But they don't bother me.  You don't even notice them from far away.  Only if you're right on top of the stain, do you notice it.  Or rather, I probably notice it because I know it's there. There aren't too many of those.

The zippers on the slipcovers have become pretty stubborn.  Every once in awhile I'll have to run some beeswax over the zippers and that helps for a bit.  Or I just have my husband manhandle them.  None have broken, they just get difficult.

The slipcovers are still as tight as ever.  I feel like I'm going to rip them when I put the slipcover back on the sofa.  I have my routine down for how I get them back on, but it's a workout still!  And no, I haven't ripped any yet.  And yes, they are still wrinkly.  I don't take the time to iron them.  I try to lay them out flat to dry, but again....I just don't have the patience!  

As far as comfort six years later, the sofas are pretty comfortable. I lose some feathers every time I change the slipcovers, so that makes me wonder how long the cushions will last.  Six years in and they still feel pretty comfortable.  The back cushions maybe sag a bit more than when they were new.  I guess I'll have to compare photos.  But the dog does lay on the top of them and the kids are continually squishing them down by rolling over the cushions or flopping over the couch during a heated Nerf gun battle.  So I guess they've held up pretty well.  All the cushions still fit tightly together.  I never have to push the bottom ones back in or rearrange the top ones (unless I want to flip it around because of dirt!).

So to sum up things....still pretty happy with my Ektorp purchases!  Totally worth the money!

Since I'm not a paid blogger, what you see is what you get.  No tripods, styling, or prettying things up.  And because I like to keep it real...the living room isn't always that clean.  My family was away for the day, so I got to get toyless photos.  It usually looks something like this:

All my previous Ektorp posts are these ones:

White Sofas and Children: IKEA Ektorp Sofa Review
Ikea Ektorp Wash and Review
Another Ektorp Review: Tullsta Chair 
IKEA Ektorp Review Continued: 2 Years Later

What do you think of sofas?


  1. I really love the look of these sofas, I've been trying to decide whether they are worth it but haven't been finding honest reviews. So thank you for posting this, I'm pretty sure I'll be buying these sofas soon! Sarah-ohio

  2. Thanks for all the great info. And a big thank you for keepin it real. Perfection is exhausting.

  3. Has anyone experienced the cover on the inside of the cushions disintegrating from sun exposure? We just got ikea to replace the damaged cushions, but it was a big job. We can’t be the only ones!


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