To be 100% sure the Ektorp sofa was meant to live in our basement, we taped out the dimensions on our floor:
In order to center the sectional so it made sense in the room for comfortable tv viewing, we were left with the above placement. We probably could have shifted it to the left a couple more inches, but not much more. We both felt a little disappointed after seeing this image because of all the wasted space it would leave us with behind the left side of the sectional. We were really interested in placing a console table behind the sectional, but not a 3 foot deep console. That would be weird. Floating the sectional in the room would be okay, but would create a little race path for the kiddos behind the couch. We tried to rationalize that it may be good to have a running circle for the kiddos in the winter months. Maybe it would? I don't know. The biggest bummer was the limited in front of the sectional amount of open/play space it would leave us with. Not to mention the fact that the sectional only seats 4 adults and anything but a tiny accent chair in addition to the sectional would crowd the space too much. If only one side of the sectional was longer than the other! The Ektorp would still be a good choice, but not great. Shoot!
I should mention that we did all this taping/talking/decision making the night before we were set to meet Bill's Dad at IKEA with his pick up truck. We were honestly getting ready to accept a sectional that wasn't perfect with the idea that a 'perfect' sectional for the space wasn't in the cards for us right now. Then I remembered another sofa line that IKEA offers, the Karlstad:
With her clean lines and modern legs, she definitely isn't a sofa we would normally choose, but her versatility is amazing. She is a 3 + 2 sectional (versus the Ektorp 2 + 2), which means that because one side of the sectional is longer than the other (Yeah for our space needs!), we can comfortably fit five adults on the sectional! Additionally, the side of the sectional which is longer can easily be changed around to fit the space it's in. That makes me happy! Here is our taped out version of the Karlstad:
It may seem like a subtle difference from the taped Ektorp above, but it's really not, in our opinion. We don't have to float the sectional to center it in front of the tv/fireplace (once the console is in place), we gain an additional seat, and we get a little more play area in front of the sectional. Bottom line, the Karlstad fits the space better. (Side note: Please ignore the rocker recliner in the picture above. It won't be staying in the space...we were just getting a feel for whether or not we could add a chair to that location, while keeping a nice open play area in the space (Our conclusion: a chair was okay, just not that big of a chair...not to mention the rocker recliner would really clash style-wise with the streamlined Karlstad.))
We did have a couple issues with the Karlstad, however. And the first issue was those legs. I don't know what it is about those legs, but I'm not a fan. Maybe they are too modern for my liking. Maybe it's the birch color that screams, "IKEA!" Perhaps the shape? I'm not sure, but most of my inspiration couches looked more like the Ektorp product line or like this:
These two sofas look like a cross between the Karlstad and Ektorp! A skirted Karlstad slipcover would be PERFECT!
In fact, they once made skirted Karlstad covers at IKEA, but they are no longer available at the store:
This is image is from an Ebay listing for a skirted loveseat slipcover. I'm not sure if they ever made a skirted sectional slipcover or not, but I'm fairly sure I could come up with a way to recreate the look using a second Karlstad slipcover AND we'd have the back-up cushion covers as well.
Also, alternate leg options exist as seen here:
Made by Uncle Bob for $30/4 legs.
Another Karlstad concern: Comfort. We are tall people. I'm almost 6 feet tall and Bill is 6'2". We are very accustomed to higher backed furniture. Would this sofa be comfortable enough for us?
And after a long session of sectional sitting, here is our winner:
(Yup, that's Charm dive bombing my pillow piles!)
The Karlstad! I'm not going to lie...the Ektorp was more comfortable for us, but the Karlstad was not uncomfortable, and that corner spot is heavenly! We figured we would buy the option that fit the room best, and we could work with the legs and tweak a few pillows to get the Karlstad up to Ektorp comfy standards. It's still not the perfect couch, but I think we'll be able to make it perfect with an update or two (Hi, I'm Beth. I like options:)).
The first item on our basement checklist is crossed off! Hopefully, more items will be crossed off soon.
Total cost: $800, but if you discount the cost for the gift card promo: $680. Not too shabby for a huge sectional if you ask me:)!!
P.S. And I need to thank Bill and my father-in-law who had to deal with my indecisiveness at the point of decision making. It really was a tough one, but I think we made the right choice!
Has anyone bought an IKEA couch lately? I'd love to hear about how great it is:)!