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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

My New Ikea Lounge!


I told you guys I was looking forward to a big purchase last weekend.  Well, here it is!  We got a new sofa for the sunroom.  It's the Ikea Sandby 3 Seater in Blekinge Brown. 

If you remember, I had my heart set on the popular Ektorp in white.  Until ...


Have you ever sat on the lounges in Ikea?  I'm guessing your answer is probably.  Well "probably" hundreds of thousands of people have sat on those same lounges as well, every day! Accordingly, they are never in "like new" condition, and neither is their firmness.  And this is exactly what the shop lady told me, which really didn't help my decision. I sat on 4 Ektorp sofas, each with different covers, and each with extremely different levels of firmness.  I just couldn't decide in the end if I was happy with how they felt.  All I was thinking was I loved those rolling arms and I wanted one.   


It was my reasonable "think before you buy", "don't rush in", "this one is so much better" husband that swayed my decision to the Sandby.  I went back twice and sat on them all again, and unfortunately I had to agree, the Sandby was the most firm and the most comfortable. And given it had probably had a lot of bottoms testing it out, it has still stood the test of time.  Unless of course it was a new one on the floor.  Arrughhh ...  Plus, not only was it comfortable, it was one of the cheapest lounges they stock!  Bonus!

 

Our new sofa arrived yesterday and the verdict so far ...

I'm very happy with it.  Not only did I save $150 compared to the Ektorp, I also got a darker colour given the kids would be crawling all over it.  It's also a bit more compact supposedly, however the seat dimensions, depth and height are the same.  The length is a bit shorter, but I put that down to the arms being a different shape.   And I can also always purchase a white cover at a later date a lot cheaper than the Ektorp ones.


Yep, it's a keeper. :)  


Plus, there is still the lounge room couches that will eventually need replacing and I still have my eye on those Ektorps. :)

What do you think of my new lounge?

10 comments:

  1. What a great new sofa! Looks comfortable to me!Buying furniture is never easy.Especially something you will sit in to watch television.It must be comfortable.It is almost as hard as buying new shoes!
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    Anne

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  2. Where did you get those pillows?

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    1. Hi Whitney. I made the numbered ones from drop cloth and number stencils. The ruffled white one I made from a larger square cushion cover that came with our bedroom quilt cover, and the other one I got at Target for 40% off.

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  3. I am GREEN with envy...love IKEA and their furniture (& slipcovers. I bought one of my chairs with them and 8 years later, it is holding up well! My couch is over 15 years old, not even mine, it was the first couch my daughter and her then new husband bought she changes every other year (couch's not husbands), and I always liked it so I scooped it up. But 15 years down the road...it's time and I've had my eye on the Ektorp, although this one's very nice too. Congrats on your new purchase!!

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    1. Haha, for a minute I did think you meant husbands. Hehe! I know everyone raves about the Ektorp and it sure look fabulous, especially for the price.

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  4. Hi I have a question how is your sandby? I'm redoing our living room which is VERY long and narrow and came across this sofa but have yet to see it in person our closes Ikea is 2 hours away so I'm doing an impulse buy :). Is the brown pretty in person I really would like white but I have a newborn.. HELP lol sorry for ranting

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    1. Hi Daniella, Congratulations on your new baby! I hope it is all going well. The Sandby is a great choice for a narrow room. I love ours. It is a firm lounge, but I like firm and if you are breastfeeding firm would be good. The colour is a really nice chocolate brown. I think it would not matter if you got white or brown, all fabric lounges are going to stain. Good thing is you can wash the covers or buy new ones relatively cheaply from Ikea. Good luck! And thanks for dropping by. Julie

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