Review of the FÄRLÖV Sofa by Ikea
You all know how much I LOVED my Ektrop sofa from Ikea. I will never own a sofa that isn't slipcovered, especially with small children. I thought about selling the Ektrop for a few months, the main reason I didn't was because of the beautiful covers I bought from Bemz. Eventually, Pinterest won the war, and I ordered the new FÄRLÖV sofa and loveseat. Anthony's back has been bad since before the holidays so I sucked up the $100 delivery fee and I'm thrilled I did. The boxes are quite significant; we would have needed to make at least 2 trips. Each piece came in 3 well-packaged boxes. To my delight, they skipped out on the usual foam wrapping, so everything was 100% recyclable.
The FÄRLÖV has wood legs instead of the black plastic; this was a selling feature for me because I like to drag my furniture around. LOL! When I was looking at pictures online, I didn't think I was going to be happy with the covers it came with. I even had my cart loaded with the Bemz edition, but I talked myself out of checking out (very unlike me) I'm glad I waited because the "Flodafors White" is quite lovely. The fabric content is mostly cotton 59.5%, only 24% Polyester, and they've added 16.5% linen to this line. When I first pulled them out of the box, I thought the texture looked like a mat for under the carpet, but once they were on the sofa, they looked perfect. The covers don't have the piping and because the arms are straight and not rounded the covers don't have that pulled look. The simple arms make furniture placement easier and would accommodate a side table nicely. The significant difference is the base cushion, the Ektrop has three, and the FÄRLÖV has one, another feature that sold me. I love how clean and modern one cushion looks. Getting the cover on is tricky, but I would rather wrestle one than three any day of the week!
The large back pillows keep my OCD in check because they line up nicely and I only need to worry about one even gap. The depth is HUGE, indeed the size of a twin mattress. Just what I needed for when my parents spend the night. I opted for the loveseat and not the two armchairs because the one chair was not used. You couldn't see the TV, and in fact most of the time it was just in the way. Now during family movie nights, the boys have one couch, and the girls have the other, completely stretched out and as comfy as can be.
The style is effortless, the price was reasonable especially since similar sofas cost three times as much, and the quality is good (yes, even though it's Ikea)
Overall I'm happy with this purchase if you're on the fence I'm encouraging you to go for it! Let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks for reading,
- Megan xox