Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Living Room Updates: Karlstad Love

Hello, I hope you are well!  I wanted to share with you our big news: we have a new Karlstad couch with chaise, chair and ottoman for the living room!!!  On New Year's Eve, Josh made the trek over to Ikea in Vancouver to collect them.  We were fond of the old set but, alas, after more than 8 years with us, it was time for it to move on.  We really liked its clean mid-century lines and we wanted something similar for our new pieces.    

We went with the sofa and ottoman in Sivik Dark Grey and the chair in Blekinge White.  The covers are both removable and washable (!) which was one of the biggest reasons for purchasing them.  Side note: some of the other covers are dryclean only!

All the bits (base, back, armrests, cushions, slipcovers, legs) came in boxes and had to be assembled, which wasn't difficult, but was rather heavy and awkward at times.   It took Josh and I from about 8:30 pm to 1:30 am, so around 5 hours for all 3 pieces.  Mind you... that may not be the most accurate assembly time since it was New Year's Eve and we had a glass of bubbly to ring in the new year!    

Oliver loved playing with the boxes before it was time for bed, shifting them around the room.  At one point he had them set up like a staircase and climbed up and down over and over.

Here's an in-progress shot, for interest's sake.

We love our new furniture.  It's super comfortable, it looks great, and it's neutral!  A fresh start for 2013 :)


  1. Hi- We have the Ektorp sectional and its super easy to take off and wash, have you washed the Karlstad at all yet? Is the main cover (not the cushion cover) easy to take off to wash?? Thanks!! Erin

    1. Hi Erin! I have yet to wash any of the covers, though the chair cushions could probably use a cleaning! From what I recall from putting the sofa and chair together, we'll need to take the arms off to get to the main covers (each piece: the arms, base and cushions all have their own separate covers). It will a bit of a time consuming endeavour, but I'm so happy that it's possible to do it!


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