Yep, I might be singing old school Christina Aguilera because we have much more seating in our living room as of this weekend. I took a day trip to Ikea with my family. The plan? BUY A COUCH. #ohsnap. Remember this living room inspiration board from way back when? No? That’s okay. Long story short, I was itching for the Ikea Karlstad couch.
Our old sofa, which husband owned before we met, was super comfortable. But the frumpy, black faux leather wasn’t doing anything for me. Plus, it’s not ideal seating for guests.
So we got the Karlstad couch. Assembly took about three hours, maybe a little less? Some bolts here, washer and nuts there, a short break to cry and drink a beer because OMG so many piece, etc. Usual Ikea furniture assembly stuff.
But the results were well worth the blood, sweat and tears. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating how tough it was to assemble. It really wasn’t that bad. Definitely a two-person job though.
We can both fully stretch out on it too! Awesome to the max. Oh, and see that frame collage above the sofa? Yeah, I started that more than a month ago. Turns out, I don’t actually have photos around the house. And I’m lazy. So, empty frame collage. I promise I’ll post about it when I actually do something to it.
But let’s take a closer look at the assembly. The Karlstad couch is a sectional. It came in three pieces – a corner, a two-seater and a three-seater.
We got Sivik Gray. The other dark gray fabric available was nice, but had a weird texture. This is a nice, smooth charcoal fabric.
The cushions are firm, which makes me think the sofa will age well.
Putting on all the cushion covers probably took 45 minutes in itself. Blerg.
But the best thing about assembling a couch? That delightful collapse upon finishing.
Whatcha think? We have some other ideas in mind. New ottoman, lighting, PILLOWS PLEASE, and heck, maybe even some new furniture legs? My friend Jenn (hi Jenn!) sent me a link with Ikea hacks that included this spruced up Karlstad. I’m not ambitious enough to tackle tufting, but those legs look doable.
Yeah, so like I mentioned back here, I feel like the living room is headed in a really good direction.
Have you ever assembled a massive Ikea piece? What do you think of the couch? We love it, but how can we really be sure with The Ikea Effect looming?!
And to all our friends: come on over, cooome on over baay-beee. Haha. (You’re welcome)