rennes

9.22.2011



Couch shopping, to put it lightly, is a daunting task. Buy too cheap of a couch and it will fall apart, buy a used "nice" couch and you get pet hair and who knows what else, buy a "nice" couch and you blow all your savings - so where may I ask is the middle ground? Where can I find a couch for under $1000 that doesn't feel flimsy and cheap? After four months of a an on and off search, I concluded my best bet was the above Kivik loveseat and chaise couch in Teno Light Gray from Ikea. Don't get me wrong, I love Ikea, but I get nervous about making an expensive purchase from them given how flimsy their hardware and and materials can be. Love their textiles, rugs, small things, but as an owner of one of the Malm beds and an Expedit bookshelf, the contruction is very much "you get what you pay for". But after sitting on the couch in the store I feel hopeful, so, we shall see! In the meantime if you have any couch suggestions, I'd be happy to hear them!

24 comments:

joyce said...

I've been really happy with the sofa I got from Room and Board. But they don't seem to have one for less than $1300 now (mine was $1000 on the nose). The upholstery on the Ikea Kivet looks quite nice. Love that shade of oatmeal/grey.

julia / rennes said...

Thanks for the idea - I hadn't checked their site before and now am glad I have. They have a couch that looks just like the Kivik but about $600 more, I wonder if it would be better? The Teno gray fabric on the Kivik is nicer than the other fabric choices @ ikea, feels a bit more durable!

Love their dining room tables!

EvaForeva said...

This one is really lovely! We recently went through a couch shopping experience and it was hard. We ended up going with Macy's couch and a large ottoman for about $1,200 but they were all leather. Did you check Macy's?

Amanda said...

Our first sofa was an IKEA ektorp - the back broke after 9 months, took it back to IKEA and they refunded us for the fram but wouldn't refund the slipcover, which is silly - what are we going to do with ikea slipcovers and no sofa? Lesson learned? Don't buy IKEA couches.

jennifer said...

We got our couch from the Crate and Barrel outlet. The original price was somewhere over $1,000, but we purchased it for around $400. I'm not sure if it was just something that didn't sell or if there was a defect, but either way, it's lasted us for several years now.

That's a nice looking couch, but I understand your hesitations about big ticket purchases from Ikea. Hopefully it'll hold up a little better than some of their other items.

pia said...

The sofas from CB2 are pretty great. I have the movie couch for my living room and the parlour one too. They've both held up great, are super comfortable, made of great materials, and the prices are hard to beat as well. 

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katharine shields said...

i have an ikea karlstad couch, and i though it would self destruct immediately, but it's actually totally sturdy. we've had it for awhile and haven't had any problems. doesn't feel janky, hasn'y started to mysteriously lose parts... i recommend it.

Anna said...

This is probably not helpful but I got mine from Restoration after holding out for a really long time til it finally went on sale. Didn't come cheap but it's a nice leather couch and saved about $1000 for the sales price. So I'd say maybe wait out a little for a good one til it go on sale?

Rebecca said...

This is the exact sofa that I'm planning to get, but as a sofa bed. It has memory foam seat pads and feels so comfy!

the blue rabbit house said...

I think I actually have that couch, or at least one that looks a lot like it and it's from Ikea as well. We're actually pretty happy with the couch - but we know it won't last too long because we have two kittens. We've been buying couches from Ikea for a very long time now. There is something I might add though, Ikea has an "unofficial" policy where they want you to replace rather than fix. It's something I learnt myself and something I saw when discussing old Ikea-commercials during my studies. In general, I think Ikea has good, affordable furniture.

Broomcakes said...

I formerly owned two Ikea couches, the Aivak (the model is no longer available). They lasted for 8 years, held up under the abuse of 3 dogs and 1 cat, and 2 people flopping on them constantly. We replaced them both with
the Huntley Woods sofa from Crate and Barrel. This (much more expensive) sofa has not withstood the same abuse, and after 3 years, I wish we had simply bought something from Ikea again.

Kate said...

You know who has good couches? Macy's. They have ridiculous sales all the time for stupid holidays and for no reason at all. My best friend just bought an AMAZING mid-century looking beauty from there on sale for $600. I almost fell over when she told me how much it was because it's so comfortable and lovely.

Kim said...

Pottery Barn has a section on their website for sofas that are $999 and under. Our sofa is from this line and we've been pleased with the comfort as well as the durability! Good luck!

Kim said...

Pottery Barn has a section on their website for sofas $999 and under. We bought a sofa from this line and have been pleased with the comfort and durability! Good luck with your search!

Kim said...

Oh, and I second Room and Board as a suggestion.

julia / rennes said...

Thank you so much for all your suggestions - definitely will look at Macy's, and keep my eyes on the look out for anything in the sale section at C & B or Restoration Hardware!

Right now I'm thinking of going with the Kivik, I just can't handle a futon couch anymore!

Liz said...

my bf and i were considering the same couch! we have yet to make a decision so i feel your pain. west elm seems to have a lot of decent options, especially when it comes to sleep sofas.

i think you made the right choice in regards to ikea options. that extra long chaise portion was what attracted me to the same one!

janul said...

We bought an Ikea couch - Beddinge, five years ago. We also sleep on it, unfolding it almost daily, and it´s still in great shape and we love it :).

Shirley said...

I have to say, as much as I dislike my parents' lack of taste in furnishings and/or where they purchase them, the majority of our furniture have come from warehouse-y type furniture stores and flea markets that sell new stuff too. They've lasted us for years and years and are comfortable too. All that to say, maybe Ikea furniture isn't all that bad. I think with any brand, you're going to find lovers and haters among the crowd. Not only that, I've yet to find one store where I've loved every single item. It may just be that one model from Crate and Barrel doesn't live up to its name but another model totally exceeds expectations.

Have you looked into finding online reviews for the Ikea couch you are looking to purchase?

another feather said...

I just finished this exact and very exhausting search. We were worried about the same thing with buying an Ikea couch, but went ahead and did it since everything else in similar styles we liked were over the $1000 range. It came down to that exact Kivik and the Karlstad in the new thicker weave linen fabric in the same color. We ended up with the Karlstad just because it fit better in the space (smaller) but I love the kivik in that shade!

Laura said...

We JUST did this. Took forever trying to decide and we ended up going with a leather one from Macy's, mostly for the excellent reviews on delivery. During Labor day sale, it was $800 and is leather. Just picked a more modern design so it was less frump. Crossing my fingers that it will be comfy but will last.. it's arriving this week, eek.

erica said...

You should try the Restoration Hardware outlet at Wrentham. Their linen is so beautiful...

My parents had an Ikea couch from 95 to 2007, and it was awesome. So comfy, I usually slept on it. Not so sure about the quality these days. I tried some out this summer and was iffy.

vanessa said...

have you looked at Boston Interiors? I purchased a couch from there and am very, very happy with it. it's well made, beautiful, and under $1,000. plus it's american crafted and easy to customize the fabric. hope you find one you like!

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