Good Morning Friends,
Happy Family Day and Happy Presidents Day! I hope you are all enjoying some quality time with your families today.
Finally, after seven years of back and forth, I decided to take the plunge and purchase an "Ektrop Sofa" by Ikea. I've wanted this sofa since we purchased our first home in 2008. For one reason or another Anthony has always talked me out of it, which has resulted in 7 sofas in 7 years. (Yup that's right 7) We have a deal that if I sell something in the house, I can buy something new. This deal has served me well; I can be very resourceful when I need to be. If we didn't have this deal in place, we would be poor or on an episode of "Hoarders." I know you all know how much I love to change my mind.
Here is my first review of the sofa. I'll also post reviews in 3 months, six months, and at one year.
I'll start off with what I LOVE!
It's washable! Everything comes off and can be washed. This is hands down my favourite thing about this sofa. My kids are smoothie monsters; they get it everywhere.
It's comfortable. Anthony is a tuff critic, and even he agrees its very comfortable.
The space between the floor and the frame. Most sofas have only 1 or 2 inches of space; the Ektorp has 6 inches. It's the perfect place to store games. I'm working on a few slide outs; I'll share the details when they are all finished.
The size. I'm petite, and on most sofas, my feet dangle. I can comfortably sit with my feet on the ground and have my back supported. Great news for my circulation because I usually just tuck my legs under my tush.
The arms are generously padded. Our most expensive sofa was $1600 from Sears, and it was very boney.
The Price. I paid $599 plus HST.
Different covers. I love to change the decor of our living room to suit every season. Although I plan to keep the white covers on, it's nice to know I have the option.
Ikea convenience. Isn't it great that you can buy almost anything in the store and bring it home with you that day? It's perfect for people like me who like to create 24-hour makeovers.
There are only two things that I don't love about my new sofa.
The cushions are loose, so my kids will be having a never-ending pillow fight.
The skirt really wrinkles but I'm going to try a few things over the next few weeks, and I'm confident I can work out a good solution for that problem.
The choice was obvious to me. I'm hoping that in 3 months my review is as confident. I would love to be the one to say "I told you so" and not the one receiving it. Thanks for reading! I hope I was able to give some clarity to those of you deciding if the Ektrop is the right choice for your family.