If you are considering Ikea’s Ektorp slipcover furniture, you are going to want to read today’s post. In this review, I am sharing my honest thoughts and frequently asked questions about the Ektorp collection.
Ikea Ektorp Sofa & Sofa w/ Chaise
I am going to group theses two together because they have the same pros and cons. I will note the extra benefit of the chaise. Its my favorite part of the sofa and if you have the room I highly recommend getting it!
One of the best things about the Ektorp collection is the price. It is very inexpensive. We got all of our furniture for the cost of one sofa at a furniture store. I still can’t get over how good of a deal they are. These are also very similar to the ones from Pottery Barn for less than half the cost.
All of the items on the Ektorp collection are slipcovered. If you have never had a slipcover sofa it is life-changing ??. Other than the price this was the main reason why I fell in love with this collection. Slipcovers allow you to wash your sofa. So anytime we have a spill, puppy footprints, or are just need a good clean all we have to do is throw them in the wash. We have washed ours a few times and they have come out brand new each time.
The other great thing about slipcovers is that you can switch them out without replacing the entire sofa. This is great if you feel like your set is starting to look tired or you just want a new cover. The slipcovers come in a tone of different color options so it is very easy to make a switch.
This style fits an array of decor styles. I love the farmhouse/modern farmhouse style and it is perfect for that but it is also very versatile. Just look on pinterest, I have seen it in cottage, eclectic, glam, and boho styles.
The Ektorp sofa is comfortable even after 2 years of use. The cushions have not lost their shape and it still provides a cozy spot to curl up. When it comes to the sofa with the chaise it is even more comfortable. The chaise provides the ultimate cozy set up for relaxing. It gives you the extra depth to really curl up and it is definitely my favorite spot.
The depth of this couch is slightly smaller than your standard sofa. If you are looking for a sofa to really sink into I do not recommend the Ektorp sofa. My husband and I are both on the shorter side so we do not have any issue curling up on these sofas. If you are taller and need more leg room I would recommend testing them out in the showroom before you commit.
This collection comes in a box. Although not difficult you will have to put your furniture together. I will warn you when we first started putting them together we questioned the idea of getting a sofa in a box. Without the cushions and slipcover on you can see the bare frame and it does look a little scary. But once you have it built it becomes a normal-looking sofa.
Ikea Ektorp Armchair
The pros and cons of the armchair are the same as the sofa. I am only going to touch on the items that are unique to the armchair.
Pro- Size & Comfort
This chair is oversized, making it so cozy. This is the perfect chair to curl up in and read a book.
If I had to give this one con I would say the price. Compared to other chairs this was is very well priced. But I will say compared to the rest of the Ektorp line, it is a little more expensive. This chair is only $50 cheaper than the sofa that seats 3 people depending on the slipcover that you choose. If you need additional seating and you have space, the sofa is a better value.
Ikea Ektorp Ottoman
We purchased the ottoman to go with our armchair and we love it. It has similar benefits to the sofa, but one of the best things about the ottoman is the storage! You can remove the top and there is a storage compartment. I use it to store extra throw blankets.
It is also great for putting your feet up and relaxing. I have seen people use it with the sofa as a movable chaise, as well as a coffee table. The options are endless with this inexpensive add on.
Frequently Asked Questions
Every time I post a photo of my living room I get the same questions. So I thought I would share the answers here in case you were thinking some of the same things!
1. What color are your sofas?
Our sofas are the Lofallet Beige slipcover and the chair and Ottoman are the Vittaryd White. I love the neutral colors and it allows me to switch out my decor often and add pops of color with throw blankets and pillows.
2. How do you live with white/light furniture?
This is my most asked question and I get it. But that is the great thing about slipcovers. You can wash them and because of this, we feel free to live in our home ?. If you have been around the blog for a while you know I love neutrals and whites. This is something I was not willing to compromise on. I will also say the germ freak in me loves that it is white/light, because I can see when my furniture needs to be cleaned. With a dark sofa you can’t see it, it doesn’t mean it is not there.
I will note that the Lofallet Beige is more forgiving than the white and is why we chose it for our main living room.
3. Is it easy to wash and do you have to iron the slipcovers?
It is a process to wash the slipcovers, but I would not say that it is hard. They do take a few loads per sofa so if anything it takes time. I do not iron my slipcovers. I just put them on the sofa damp and smooth out the wrinkles with my hands.
4. Does the fabric pill?
We have not had any issues with pilling. Pilling drives me nuts, so I am very happy we haven’t had this issue.
5. Does it have a warranty?
YES! This collection has a 10-year limited warranty. We have not had to use it and I think in 10 years I will be ready for something new ?
6. Would you buy it again?
This is an easy question. One hundred percent yes!! Our Ektorp pieces have been really good to us. We love that we can have a cozy home that we feel comfortable living in without fear of ruining our furniture.
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Have you ever considered the Ikea Ektorp sofa for your home? If you have any questions please let me know in the comments. I hope this review was helpful. And as always thank you for stopping by the blog ❤
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Thanks for this honest review. I’ve been trying to convince my husband that an Ektorp sofa would be perfect for the living room we don’t use much. (We have a leather reclining sofa in our main living room, so that isn’t going anywhere.) I love the fact that the Ektorp has slipcovers, too!
I’m so happy that it was helpful! We love them!
Adnan Malik says
I purchased 3 Seaters and 1 seater.
3 Seaters. Not recommended for people with back problem and rightly said they are so small that putting cushion at the back means 75% of sitting area is gone.
1 seater. The seat cushions keep slipping. Everytime I try to sink I find myself on the floor. I then had to use 5 “stick on anti slips belts”
thank you for the review and photos. I like your blog! Where did you purchase the rug?
Thank You Lynsey! Here is the link for the rug https://boutiquerugs.com/harput-hap-1024-area-rug/?ref=255
Be sure to use code MDD55 for 55% off
Love your style! Where are your curtains from?
Thank you so much! These are DIY drop cloth curtains, here is the tutorial https://michealadianedesigns.com/diy-drop-cloth-curtains/
Lyn Halvorson says
I agree with every point you made and I have the sofa, two chairs, two love seats, and an ottoman! Not only can I change “their clothes” (beige or white) but they move around my house!! I love them and only wish I could get a light denim cover, so much so that I’ve thought about making one.
I am glad to hear you love them too!! Have you heard of https://bemz.com/en-us. They have cover for all the Ikea furniture and I am pretty sure they habe light denim!
Kay Simpson says
Thank you so much for this review. I just ordered sofa/chaise, chair and ottoman. Can hardly wait to have these in the new home I’m moving to.
I am so happy for you! You are going to love them!
Thanks for the review! Where did you get all the lovely pillows?
You can shop my home here: https://www.liketoknow.it/michealadianedesigns
Ashley Ostini says
Thank you for your review! It is very helpful! May I ask where your coffee table is from? Thank you!
Thank You Ashley! Here is the link for my coffee table: https://rstyle.me/cz-n/djyunmcmdq7
Loved your review! I have a question… I’ve been looking everywhere, and no one has answered this yet. Since you have both pieces – I am wondering if you can tell me… I am wanting to purchase the Ektorp couch with the chaise and also the chair. Can you tell me if the chaise can be moved and attached to the chair and will the chaise cushion/chair cushion fit both? I am hoping for even more versatility here. Believe it or not – hubby loves this couch, but will only get it with the chaise (he doesn’t want the ottoman as a chaise – so that’s out), and I am the one apprehensive about having a chaise on our couch… I am hoping that if I don’t like it, I can move it to the chair. Or even better, being able to buy a couch replacement cushion and make the chaise couch into a regular couch – but I don’t think that’s an option? Thank you for any insight you can give me on this – I greatly appreciate it – and with stores closed right now, I can’t go investigate for myself. 🙂
Hi! What color are your living room walls? I love the color!!
You can find all the paint colors in my home here: https://michealadianedesigns.com/neutral-paint-colors/
Patricia Jackmore says
Where did u get the throw pillows
You can shop my home here: https://www.shopltk.com/explore/michealadianedesigns
We are in the process of buying the Ektorp furniture. Can o ask the dimensions of your living room? And do you have all those pieces in your living room? If possible, could I see a panoramic view of the living room. I’m having trouble with deciding on the pieces and our living room is small. Thank you!
I have the sofa and the sofa with the chaise in my living room. The chairs are in a different room. I recommend measuring your own space and making sure that the overall length and depth of the pieces you are purchasing will fit. You can do this by taping it out. Here are some other views of my living room https://michealadianedesigns.com/simple-spring-living-room/
Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on the Ektorp. Please can you share what color your slipcovers are? They don’t look like a bright white but rather a warmer one, but it might just be the pictures.
You are so welcome! The ones on the sofas are lofallet beige. The chairs are the white.
Jalyn Plaisance says
For the sofa they have 2 in this collection. One is Ektorp regular and the other is Ektorp 3.5. The 3.5 looks bigger. Do you know which one you have? Thank you!! This blog made a months long decision for me! Also, doll my chairs will be in the same room as my couch. Would you mix the colors or just done one? If just one, is the chairs a creamier white?
Hi! I have just the regular sofa but pick whatever you have the space for. If they are all going in the same room I would do the same color unless you plan on doing the chairs in a pop of color. The white is a bright white. I don’t know that I would choose it for my main living room our den does not get as much use.
Corinne Gallagher says
Micheala, you are my decor idol! Honestly, this is my inspiration home. I just got separated and can finally make my home the way I want it! Thanks for posting these amazing photos. I did buy the ektorp in lofalett beige. Unfortunately, the series is discontinued. My question is whether you think it’s okay to mix beiges and creams in a room? Since I can’t buy any other pieces from the line, how can I coordinate, if not match? Do I need to try to stay similar or can I mix and match shades and hues?
Thank you so much for the sweet encouragement Corinne! you can definitely mix fabrics. Ikeas now has a similar line to the ektorp called UPPLAND. I think white would be the best to compliment the lofalett beige. If your are getting accent chairs you could even do contrast with light or dark grey.
I love these sofa’s and own 3 of them.
One Ektorp sectional in the family room, the original and 3.5 Ektorp in the front room. They are all white and I bought them thinking I had it made with the replaceable slip covers. Any idea what to do or where to get slip covers now that they are retired? I am so frustrated and feel cheated by Ikea. I’ve only had the 3.5 for 2.5 years and all white slip covers are gone. I will not buy another piece of Ikea furniture if I can’t count on them for parts and replacements. Have you found a way to replace them?
I am feeling the same way! I wish I would have bought an extra set, that is what I tell everyone else to do. There is a company that makes covers called https://bemz.com/en-us but I have not ordered from them.
Check on Etsy. There are a few people who custom sew for Ektorp and Kivik, and the prices seem reasonable. They have all gotten good reviews as far as I can tell too.
There is also this company. I own a Kivik, and have considered buying from them.
Adele Cooke says
I have had my Ektorp 3 seater for 19 years. Still in great shape, My sofa is the first version IKE offered and It has feather cushions! Love that I can wash the covers at home. But worth it to go to a laundry to use their huge machines. I have a grand-dog that looks much like you dog so very often, after a visit, I have to wash just one cushion cover.
We had been considering an Ektorp, but they are now discontinued in the US. I thought that the Ektorp, along with Poang, would be a constant. They have released a similar sofa. It’s kind of like what they did with the Expedit/Kallax bookcase I guess.