Tuesday, March 27, 2012

sofa talk...




The floor installation is done! Woohoo! It took us about 4 hours, and really was pretty simple once you got the first row that lays against the wall in place. We finished up when it was dark yesterday, so I will snap some pics and show you tomorrow. 

Today, I need to talk sofas. I need your two cents on this one. I am so torn on what sofa to get for my sunroom. It seems like everyone in blogland has an Ektorp sofa so I knew I would get good advice from you!

 Do I spend more in hopes of getting a better quality sofa, or do I just go with the $399 Ektorp from Ikea since I could buy 4 of those for the price of one from Crate & Barrel or Pottery Barn? 

Here are my choices:

 Ektorp from Ikea:


It has been a while since I sat on one, but I seem to remember it being uncomfortable. I have the Ektorp chaise, and I LOVE it! Oh, and when I see the display in the store, the cushions are so flat and squished. I am sure that is because they get sat on a million times a day...but has that happened to anyone else?


 Willow from Crate & Barrel:
(sooooooo comfortable, but the high arms seem a little high, no?)
PB Comfort from Pottery Barn:
(closest in style to the Ektorp, but 4 times the price)

 Am I really paying for quality with this one, or will it be a disappointment?



Anyone have any of these? Any input or advice?

I want to hear it all...the good, the bad and the really ugly.

Oh, and to add to the decision...anyone out there have a rather 'big' husband like me? He is 6'3"...so not exactly petite. I am afraid the Ektorp will be too small in scale for him to be comfortable. This is not our main living room...but we are going to hang a flat screen on the wall, so I am sure I will find him out there more than I think!

Ok, can't wait to hear what you have to say! If my mind is swayed to get the Ektorp from Ikea, I am heading that way tomorrow!











81 comments:

  1. Have you checked out La-Z-Boy furniture? And, yes, it is worth investing in quality furniture - it does last!

    thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

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  2. Almost all of my furniture is from Room and Board...I love their stuff. Do you have one of their stores near you? They have a few lines of linen slipcovered furniture that I'm really in love with and what to get for my porch. As for the sofa above, I like the second one the best :)

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  3. I wouldn't pay the Pottery Barn price! Stick with the Ektorp and get extra slip covers so you can change it up seasonally :)

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  4. hmmm...I would honestly try a local furniture place where you can sit and try everything...then invest under$160 for a high quality slipcover..surefit.com has ones that are white with tailored edges and they are awesome, they look just like the ones above and you can Wash them!!

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  5. hmmm...I would honestly try a local furniture place where you can sit and try everything...then invest under$160 for a high quality slipcover..surefit.com has ones that are white with tailored edges and they are awesome, they look just like the ones above and you can Wash them!!

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  6. hmmm...I would honestly try a local furniture place where you can sit and try everything...then invest under$160 for a high quality slipcover..surefit.com has ones that are white with tailored edges and they are awesome, they look just like the ones above and you can Wash them!!

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  8. I have a Extorp in the kids bonus room. It's not comfortable and it's short. I have two over 6"3" and they dwarf it. and I can't stress enough that it's not comfortable. I am looking to replace a couch in another room and I am going with the PB one. No down, just the basic. My friend has it for 2 1/2 years and it has held up well and is comfortable. I will never again buy an uncomfortable couch.. I've owned too many of those!

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  9. I thought the Ektorp was the Pottery Barn! It looks beautiful, and now I want it. We are all short so maybe we would find it more comfortable. Is the size comparable to the PB?

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  10. i like the look of the ikea nearly as much but have you ever sat on one? or tried to snuggle up & watch a movie? Not NEARLY as comfy....for this, the cost might be worth it. All depends on how much and when and how you'd be using it I guess. Just my two cents! xo

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  11. I just purchased my new PB sofa for my new home and I absolutely love it. I bought the upgraded fabric and am very pleased with it. I do not have any complaints with it at all. Hope this helps!

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  12. My daughter bought the Ektorp loveseat for her first apartment. It's cute and has held up reasonable well, especially considering how little she paid for it. However, it is very uncomfortable. The cushions are very hard. Which is funny because the display was quite cushy. She has had the loveseat for 4 years now and I am not sure it has softened up much.

    I have just ordered the Pottery Barn Comfort couch and loveseat, and should be here Saturday. Initally I wasn't looking to pay this much money for the set. I did have a 15% of coupon that helped a bit and they do have a 10% points type system when you purchase on their credit card.

    I too wanted to buy local, but they either didn't sell American made furniture or the style I was looking for. (The Pottery Barn Comfort is made in North Carolina.)

    I wish you luck on you furniture adventures and hopefully purchase.

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    1. Have you considered the JCPenny Sunday sofa? It's $900 and has gotten good reviews.

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  13. I have the PB Comfort Sofa. Actually, I have two of them. (They face each other in the room.) I was considering the Ektorp, because I didn't want to spend so much for PB, and I went back and forth a lot, but I'm happy with my choice. We've had them for about two years now and I think they are very comfy. My husband is a big guy, too (6'2") and I knew he would be uncomfortable on the Ektorp. They're not very deep and the cushions aren't very thick. The PB Comfort line sofas are nice and deep and squishy.

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  14. I have an Ektorp in our basement playroom and then we have Montauk sofas in city and farmhouse living rooms. Our Montauk roll-arm sofa is a-mazing (!) for comfort and is seven years old. If Ektorp is all you can afford, then go for it because it does look nice and you can switch up the slipcovers, but not very comfortable, especially if you're tall and have long legs. If you can afford to pay more, it is in the long run more worth it in comfort and longevity and you won't have to buy a new sofa hopefully again!

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  15. Well, I have the Ektorp and I like it. It is comfortable enough for us. I do have extra slip covers. We mainly use it when we have family here and everyone seems fine sitting on it to watch TV. And I love the fact that my grandkids can lay all over it and get it dirty and I don't have to worry--just throw the slipcovers in the wash. I also have cats so I did not want to spend lots of money in case they scratched it (they haven't). I have had it for about 3 years and it still looks great. I guess I should add that I don't really care for sofas that you sink way down into. This is funny--you are getting lots of different opinions!

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  16. I have the Pottery Barn Basic sofa with the upgraded down cushions. It is the most comfortable piece of furniture we have ever owned!! I love it! It has held up amazingly well!

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  17. Can't wait to see your pics and to hear what you decide to get. My opinion from what I've read and heard from others is that IKEA is not the best option for comfort if it's going to get used a lot.

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  18. Have been happy with the Ektorp (going on 6 months now). Keeping it clean was not half as difficult as I thought. One surprise I had was how much lint it attracts! If you go with itm buy plenty of the lint brushes they sell. If you're anything like me, you'll be de-linting a couple times a week.

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  19. I don't have any of the above sofas, but we will be looking for one soon I hope. I will be checking these comments. IKEA Canada just sent out a flyer advertising their yearly buy a fabric sofa and get a chair, or loveseat or couch half price.

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  20. I say go with the Ikea Ektorp. I am speaking as the person who bought a very expensive PB Mitchell Gold Linen slip covered large L sectional, only to hate it less than 3 years later. The back cushions are deformed and lumpy, the seat cushions are still great, but the slipcover (probably because it was in their linen fabric) has shredded and the piping pulled out all around the seat cushions. I tried to get replacement slipcovers and pillow inserts, the first costing almost as much as we paid for the whole couch, the latter (new back cushions) not even avail for purchase separately. So, I spent the arm and a leg $$$ thinking the PB couch would be this great wonderful lasting piece of furniture, but it has failed miserably. Now, we are getting ready to purchase 2 white ektorp sofas from ikea because 1. it has a 10 year warranty, and 2. the slip covers are fairly inexpensive, which means I can change the white cover every couple years - keeping it crisp and clean without going broke.

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  21. Well we have a white Ektorp in our sunroom(posted it today strangely enough)and I love it...I too thought it might be well...not the best but its great!!! Best part of course is the price and it allowed me to do and get other things I really wanted! Hope that helps! x0

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  22. I am in the furniture business so I look at construction as much as style and price. The Ektorp is made of particleboard. My daughter just bought one and the movers banged the back of it and it made big whole right through it. It also has a very narrow seat. Even though it looks deep, those back pillows are made from polyfil that pushes you forward. I feel like I am sitting on it, not in it. I want to sink into my sofa. For a 6'4" man, it would not be deep enough. I have owned the Ektorp for my basement. All that chipboard does off gas into the room. You can smell it. I bought the PB sofa for our home in Florida. American made, (Comfort roll)sectional. It is quite deep so if you want to curl up and tuck your feet up it is ideal. It is super comfy and according to my SIL who has had the same one for 10 years, it holds up. With all the seating I sell, I recommend the feather wrap cushions and seats. The sit nicer and feel nicer. Very nice. I know there is a huge price difference, however I would opt for the investment in a sofa that you will have for years. You seem like the type of person that values well made things and not disposable furniture. You may try looking at Ballard designs. I have not sat on their pieces, but they look to me to be identical to PB but cheaper. WOrth checking out. Also as a designer/business owner you can apply to PB for the designer discount. I think a sofa is like a bed, it's what you don;t see that makes it last and comfortable. The gauge of metal, quality of foam, density of the dacron wrap,kiln dried wood etc are so important.

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  23. I have an Ektorp white slipcovered sofa in the living room and I do find it comfortable and my husband does too, he is 6'1. It does attract lint and hair, but not crazily. I have a throw over mine so that helps a bit. The cushions aren't super thick and plush, but they are comfortable in my opinion and retain their shape. I bought mine last summer. I have the same sofa in the basement, but it is a soda bed and the cushions are horribly uncomfortable! The bed is comfortable though. Weird, huh? The slipcover do shrink a bit, so air dry or dry on low. They also come out of he dryer kinda wrinkly. I think I will upgrade someday to something better quality, but I am happy with the Ektorp for now. Maybe since this is for your porch, I would go with the Ektorp. It looks great in person by the way, in one's home...better than the store models do. Do you go to the Schaumburg IKEA? It's about a 15 min drive from me. Can't believe the floors are done already...awesome! Bet they look awesome :)

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  24. If you plan to use it, not just photograph it and stage it, put more money into it and skip the Ektorp. My husband is also a kinda big guy and finds it extremely uncomfortable. It's in my office and he will 'perch' on it to talk to me but can't sit and get comfy. In truth, I don't find it very comfortable either and I'm petite - 5'2" 120 lbs. It's just not a sofa you can snuggle into. For the use ours gets it's fine (and I bought in on Craigslist so paid even less) but would not recommend it for more than occasional use.

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  25. my husband(who is also 6'3 btw) and i have the ektorp loveseat, 2 of the ektorp chairs and are getting ready to buy the ektorp sectional soon in/for different areas in our home. we have owned the loveseat for 4 years. i have washed the cushions many times and the couch is still like new. the cushions are quite comfortable and are actually holding up better than our other sofa we paid much more money for. the only thing i would say is the arms are not the softest but since we are pillow people, it has never been an issue. good luck

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  26. If you plan to use it, not just photograph it and stage it, put more money into it and skip the Ektorp. My husband is also a kinda big guy and finds it extremely uncomfortable. It's in my office and he will 'perch' on it to talk to me but can't sit and get comfy. In truth, I don't find it very comfortable either and I'm petite - 5'2" 120 lbs. It's just not a sofa you can snuggle into. For the use ours gets it's fine (and I bought in on Craigslist so paid even less) but would not recommend it for more than occasional use.

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  27. also thought i should add bemz.com makes slipcovers for all ikea furniture and you can request fabric samples. when i wash the slipcovers i put them back on slightly damp and it pulls all the washer wrinkles right out. i got this advice from other slipcover users.

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  28. I was very fortunate to find a Pottery Barn Basic sofa on Craigslist here, for just $200, and LOVE it ~ it has the down cushions, which I love ~ right now it has a light tan cover on it, but I plan to purchase a white one very soon ") ~ I also found an Erktop chair for just $87! Both are in very good condition. Don't know if you have Craigslist available in your area, but it would definitely be something to look into if you do ~ some amazing things can be found listed there :)

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  29. Check out Room and Board! Their slipcovered sofas are amazing. All made in the USA and the quality is to die for. I'm not endorsed by them, just own 2 sofas and will be a forever customer!

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  30. Erktop couch is very uncomfortable and too small for my husband, who is on the petite side. I'd MUCH rather get something that will last forever at Pottery Barn than Ikea junk....just my two cents

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  31. I have the pottery barn comfort arm roll with the washable slipcovers and I LOVE IT!! I have it in white and wash the covers and they go back on with no trouble...i spray them with wrinkle release once on and have a lint roller brush tucked under a cushion--we have 2 labs! I must confess--i purchased it from Pottery Barn Outlet--in Waco Texas-rented a u haul and drove it home to peoria il!! My son and d-i-l- were in waco and i visited about 5 times a year and PB outlet was ALWAYS on the shopping list...I had WANTED that couch for years and the 5th time we went--i saw it for a fraction of the cost!!! I know you are in illinois--and the closest one to us would be ohio or michigan--but they are not as large at the San Marcos TExas outlet...i am sure you could call and see if they have one--and what the cost would be...I FILLED the U haul with PB outlet goodies every time I went...Several of the items I purchased are still in the current catalogs--and most prices were discounted 75-90 percent...Worth the drive!!! here is a link to a pic of my couch..telling you it is sooo comfy..and it is deep...making it hit at a comfy spot on your legs....keep me updated!!
    here is the post on the couch--wait till you see what i paid!!!
    http://midwestcottageandfinds.blogspot.com/2011/04/pottery-barn-outlet.html
    and here it is in my house
    http://midwestcottageandfinds.blogspot.com/p/our-home.html

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  32. We love our Ektorps...we have two...two sofas in our living room. They are now 6 yrs. old and have not only been sat on by my family of six but all my kids teenage friends, and slept on...alot! They have held up beautifully. The only thing we have done is buy new slipcovers once. For $50/set of white you just can't beat that. Then they looked brand new again. I wash my slipcovers in oxy and they stay white. My hubby is 6'1 and he still thinks they are comfortable. I would definetly buy the Ektorp again. We also bought a leather chair from Ikea a few months ago that was on a one time sale(meaning they don't carry it in the store) and it is amazing...love love love it! My suggestion is you can try the Ektorp, and if you don't like it, I believe you have 10 days to return it. Make sure you ask what their policy is. I do know that you have to have your receipt! good luck.

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  33. I just purchased the Ektorp couch, chair and ottoman white slipcover at Christmas. Main reason was I did like the look and the money was right. I have a denim (down filled) couch (higher end brand) verrry comfortable. It has been passed down to my finished basement. Paid over $1,100 10 years ago. It has held up well, but the Ikea set is comfortable enough and my husband loves the chair and ottoman. He is 6 ft. 200 lbs. My brother was over 2 nights ago and set in the chair and ottoman and made a comment how it was more comfortable than he thought it would be....he is 6'3 and weighs 250+. I guess it just depends on how long you wish to keep your investment! So far we are pleased with the Ikea but we are also more conservative with our money now. My denim is still in great shape but we paid for it! Styles do change too

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  34. We love, love, love, our 2 Ektorp sofas! LOVE! They are in our main living space and function as trampolines for my 2 little boys and have held up SO well. I think the more they are used the conferrer they get. I have the white slipcovers. YES, white slipcovers with 2 little boys. I have 2 sets of covers and change them every month.
    I wash them with Tide and use Shout on the stains. For a really tough stain I hit it with a bleach pen or a little bleach in a spray bottle. The cushions hold their shape nicely, need a little fluffing after my boys have play on them. ;) I have had my share of sofas over the years and these are my favorite by far.

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  35. Well, I can't speak of the Ektorp sofas, but I can say that we have previously lived with a soft/chair combo that cost lots of $$$ in the past and it held up about 7 years before it really looked like crap and wore out. This time, we purchased a couch/love seat for less than half what we paid for the one sofa years ago and figure it will last about...7 years. My vote is go for the less expensive and see what happens. In my living room (not the family room, but still used fairly often), I have the white slipcovers and while I have to wash them often, I do like the fact that the grime goes away on a regular basis. Bleach is gooooood. I have to use a stain stick fairly frequently on the tough spots, but it seems to do the trick, even with 2 little boys, a dog and a cat.

    For what it's worth,
    Judy

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  36. Thank you so much for this post, I have read all the comments so far. We too are debating whether to buy the Ektorp or not. Good luck with your decision.

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  37. Mary, just came back to read the comments because I am in the market for a new sofa and have decided on the PB. The photo you show above is the PB basic sofa not the Comfort sofa... The comfort sofa has 2 cushions whereas the basic has three... I was thinking about the basic but now wonder if I should consider the comfort.... and then there is the question of knife edge or box cushion...hum... down...or no down...

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  38. I have the Pottery Barn sofa and love it! We use it every day in our family room with 2 kids and a newborn. I also have the Ektorp chair (not the sofa). It looks good but is very uncomfortable. I think it mainly depends on how much you think you will use it. If you plan to use it a lot (and can afford it), I would go with PB. If you won't be using it much, the Ikea would probably do. Just a thought- have you checked craigslist? There are a couple of PB sofas on our craigslist, and you could buy a new slipcover.

    sarah

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  39. Hey girl, just had to pop in and tell you we have the PB Basic slipcovered one - it's made by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and the slipcovers have been washed half a dozen times, they fit like a glove. I think I have the poly cushions and they're very comfortable, sitting on them now! We've had them for four years, they're great sofas.

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  40. Just my input--we had the Ikea sofa and it was very uncomfortable for my husband who is 6' and 210. We ended up giving it to my son for his apartment and purchasing a much nicer, American-made sofa on sale for about $720. It is incredibly comfortable and well worth the price.

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  41. My thoughts...go with Pottery Barn...better quality all the way around.
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  42. I would say go with the Ektorp. We are planning to buy the Ektorp sectional, but I am waiting to see it on craigslist in my large metro area. (Yes, I am that cheap!) We bought a very expensive sofa from Restoration Hardware for our last one, and I vowed it would be the last time I spend so much on upholstered furniture. It is so overpriced IMHO. I would much rather invest in lovely, quality wood antique pieces. I do believe you can even buy replacement seat and back cushions at IKEA too for about $30 a pop, if you find the seats get a little squishy. I love the idea of switching out slipcovers on the Ektorp. Even for the sectional, it's only about $100.

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  43. We've got the Ektorp as our most-used seating in the house; have had it at least 5 years. LOVE it. I'm 5', my husband is 6' and we find it plenty comfortable. Comfortably sits three adults. Got an extra slipcover. I love the down-filled covers on the seat cushions - if something spills, I can wash it as well as the slipcover. I can also flip them on the cushion, getting more even wear out of the insert. Can't justify the cost of "name brand" for the perceived quality. I can replace this one three to four times - and get even more years of use total.

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  44. We went ahead and got the PB Comfort. We sat on a million couches, all price points, and I can honestly say it was worth the cost. We love it and its so much more comfortable than anything else. Keep in mind, in the store you sit on something for a minute. At home it could be hours!

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  45. Ektorp. Had the sofa and loveseat. Overstuff the cushions yourself. Big guys fit. (Unless your big guy wants to pay for supersize - forget it. "No pay no say" was my motto.

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  46. I have the same question - Ektorp or PB ? I have the Ektorp chairs ( white slip covered)and love them. They are comfortable enough and were so cheap its crazy. I just couldn't see spending $1000 on the PB chair. We need a new couch and it would be too expensive to get slipcovers made. I am very interested to see what you go with. We have three kids and they can be pretty rough on furniture so we don't expect to keep furniture for more than 5 years - it just wears out. Maybe when the kids are all grown up we'll get more expensive furniture ? For now, I am happy if it lasts 5 years !

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  47. I plan to buy a PB sofa after I'm done painting the house and sanding the floors. How often do you buy a new couch anyway? It's been 11 yrs. for us, time to upgrade. There's alot of cuddling in this family (my heart) and I want them to be snug as a bug in a rug :)

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  48. I bought the Ektorp sofa a few years ago and returned it the very next day! It was not only EXTREMELY uncomfortable, but it was very small and seemed cheaply made. It was hard as a brick! I went ahead and spent the extra $$ and bought a nice comfortable sofa and I have not regretted it! :)

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  49. I personally like the higher arms, because you can make yourself a little nest to lean into as you watch TV.

    Go for the better quality. My mom bought a couch when she was in college, 40 some years ago and we still have it. I think she paid a thousand at the time, but as you can see she got her money's worth. She slip covers it now, because it has that red & green velvet 70's vibe that doesn't go with her stuff anymore.

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  50. Hi I have the Rachel Ashwell sofa with white linen covers. I bought it on ebay used. It is very well made and is holding up very well. I drape a drop cloth over the arms and cushions and it saves it from getting dirty too fast. Also I like the texture. I too have a big husband and when we tried out the elktorp it was too small. Look on ebay they also have some other slipcovered sofas now like RA for less. Good luck. I went through the same thing and am happy with the choice I made years later. Stanna

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  51. Interesting... seems to almost be split down the middle here!

    I'm on the PB side. We sat on the IKEA ones and they were definitely too uncomfortable for us. We had a firm/hard couch years ago that never, ever got softer so I've learned my lesson... it doesn't necessarily get softer and comfier...

    I bought the PB Basic sofa and chair almost 2 years ago. Upgraded to velvet slipcovers and still LOVE them both. I admit that I did not go with the larger PB Comfort because I'm only 5'3" and couldn't put my feet on the ground when I sat in those (much deeper). I'm sure my 6'3" husband would have loved them but he doesn't sit on them anyway! I also used a PB credit card, got them on sale with discounted shipping and they were at my house in 6 weeks. With the "percentage" back that I got (around $300) I bought a leather recliner from PB for my husband the non couch sitter!

    Still loving my PB furniture,
    Chris

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  52. Have you looked into the HOVAS at Ikea?
    I have an Eckeskog (discontinued) and it is the most comfortable sofa ever. Mine is quite a bit bigger than the Ektorp, especially in the seat.
    All that to say the HOVAS looks very similar to my Eckeskog. Check it out. GOOD LUCK!

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  53. Have you looked at JC Penney's Linden Street? I am looking at all the ones you mentioned and the one at Penneys. I just cant decide either. Keep us posted. http://www.jcpenney.com/jcp/X6E.aspx?GrpTyp=ENS&ItemID=1b5fac8&DeptID=70752&CatID=72434&SO=0&Ne=4294957900+5+1545&NOffset=0&shopperType=G&N=4294953218&Nao=0&PSO=0&bcCat=3&CmCatId=70752|72434

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  54. I have PB sofa and it is six or seven years old. Slipcover has been washed MANY times and still looks great. I bought an ikea slipcover and it fits my PB sofa. It is so much cheaper but not as well made. I had to replace zippers in the ikea covers but they wash well and are cheap. Go with the PB sofa.
    Daphna

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  55. I'm sitting on an Ektorp right now. I think it's very comfortable!
    I've washed the covers several times and they are still in great shape.
    The good thing about the IKEA couch is you can totally change the look by buying a difference slipcover, in a darker color or a print. They have a lot of choices.
    Flip and fluff the cushions weekly to keep them at their best, as with any sofa. We bought ours two, almost three, years ago.

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  56. I love this post! I want a new sofa but with 3 dogs and 3 kids spending a ton of money on one isn't in the cards. I am thinking of getting the ektorp, but can you wash the covers at home? Online it states dry clean only, which has been a big deterrent for me...

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    1. I bought the brushed denim slipcover in the sand color, it came with my PB couch.. I just wash and dry. I put it back on the couch slightly damp. Both slipcovers from PB and Ikea wash great. I believe the suede or velvet are the ones you would have to dry clean.
      Daphna

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  57. I just went through the same dalemia. I needed two sofas and loved the pottery barn and restoration couches however it would have been a pretty big purchase if I would have bought them from the above.
    Plus I have young boys so I went with the Ikea sofas.
    You do get what you pay for, they may look like Pottery Barn but by no means are they even close in comfort and qualitly.
    Mine where also going in a high traffic area.
    At this time I could not justify spending 5k on sofas that where going to get used and abussed.
    So I will say if you want long lasting comfort and quality go with the better product. I know it's double the price but from personal experience it will last double the time the ikea sofas will.

    Good luck!

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  58. I'd check the Crate & Barrel outlet in Naperville. I bought my slipcovered sofa there and it's super comfortable. Another great place for sofas is Room & Board in Oak Brook. The pieces are very well made and not overpriced. My sectional still looks like new after 6 years.
    We have Ikea office furniture and chairs and they are holding up well even with heavy use but I find their sofas to be uncomfortable for taller people.

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  59. The Ektorp always looks so comfy and cozy, but I've never owned one. I do believe however, Mary, that if your sofa's going to get alot of use from a hubster, then you should invest in a good quality one that's a little more moola. A friend of mine has a PB one and she just loves it - along with her husband and 2 kids. She also recommended Ashley furniture which has similar sofas to PB, I guess. I'm in the running for a new sofa soon, too - and would definitely put out more $$ for a really good, comfy, and sturdy sofa that's going to last a lonnnnnng time.

    So glad that your floor laying went so smoothly! Wasn't that fun to install? :)

    xoxo laurie

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  60. I have the Pottery Barn slipcovered Comfort Sofa. Got it in November last year. The back cushions have to be switched daily (flipped from one side to the other). They smash down after sitting down watching TV. The slipcover itself is great, fits perfectly. I also have the Ektorp chair with a white slipcover. The cushions are firmer. You could buy 3 Ektorp sofas for the price of my PB, so I say go that route!

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  61. I recently got a Pottery Barn sofa- Charleston...it has all the loose pillows in the back. I LOVE it. It is really wide so I'm sure it would suit your hubs perfectly. BUT, the price is ridiculous. I have to admit, I got mine on Craigslist for $300 bucks. And she threw in the matching chair. I got a hell of a deal. If Craigslist doesn't gross you out, then check it Chuck. I found mine the first time I searched. Please don't judge me buying old couches, I know it's gross, but it looks fab!

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  62. Hi Mary!
    Do not waste $ on An Ikea sofa! Check out the new Carlilsle sofa from Pottery Barn, they offer a white slipcover and also a fabric they call 'grainsack', I love it! It is a better scale for your manly man!!
    xo- Jill

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  71. Hi. My friend is considering the Willow sofa from Crate and Barrel in white as well. I told her I think she's crazy and am trying to talk her into a microfiber couch or a leather sofa because I feel they would be easier to clean than a white cotton couch. If I'm wrong, I would love to know. So, my question is how do you feel the Willow couch in white is wearing? Have you had any stains/soiling and how did it clean up?

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  75. Just to add. I am a 6'3'' male and i find the Ektorp to b quite comfortable. I am thought more prone to making myself smaller when sitting than spreading out.

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