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A Review of Our Ikea Farlov Sofa and Chairs + Alternatives

CEO Khai Intela
It's Time for an Honest Review of the Ikea Farlov Sofa and Chairs It’s been over two years since we brought home our Ikea Farlov sofa and chairs, and I couldn't be more thrilled with...

It's Time for an Honest Review of the Ikea Farlov Sofa and Chairs

It’s been over two years since we brought home our Ikea Farlov sofa and chairs, and I couldn't be more thrilled with our decision. These pieces have become the focal point of our living room, and I often receive questions about their comfort, maintenance, and durability. Today, I’m sharing my honest review of the Ikea Farlov collection, including why I chose it, important considerations, and the pros and cons. Plus, I'll offer some alternative options for those who are interested in the Farlov style.

The Allure of the Ikea Farlov Line

When I set out to find the perfect sofa and chairs for our living room, I had my eye on a few options, including similar styles from Pottery Barn. However, the Farlov line won me over with its incredibly affordable price tag. At $849 for the sofa compared to $2500+ for the Pottery Barn version, the value was hard to resist.

Aside from the price, the Farlov pieces closely matched my vision for our living room. The white slipcovered design is versatile and timeless, allowing me to easily switch up my decor with different pillows and rugs. These pieces look expensive without the hefty designer price tag.

Beautiful white slipcovered sofa with sloped arms and light wood coffee table Shop this look

Discontinued, but Still Available

It's worth noting that Ikea has discontinued the Farlov line, including the sofa, chair, loveseat, sleeper sofa, and ottoman. However, some stores may still have limited stock of various Farlov furniture pieces and cover options. While it's uncertain if the complete Farlov collection will make a comeback, Ikea has a history of reintroducing furniture collections under new names. So, there is hope that the Farlov line may return in the future.

Farlov Alternatives for the White Slipcovered Look

If you have your heart set on a white slipcovered sofa and/or chairs and cannot find the Farlov collection, fear not. There are some excellent alternatives available. Here are a few options to consider:

Farlov Sofa Alternatives:

Farlov Chair Alternatives:

Beautiful slop arm white slipcovered sofa, black chandelier, black coffee tables, and striped rug in neutral modern living room Sofa

A Closer Look at the Ikea Farlov Sofa and Chairs

Now, let's dive into the details and explore what makes the Ikea Farlov collection a worthy investment.

Modern coastal living room with white Ikea Farlov slipcovered sofa and round wood coffee table Living room sources

Farlov Slipcovers: A Matter of Texture

One slight drawback of the Farlov line is the texture of the slipcover fabric. While I would have preferred a smoother fabric like the Gronlid (now called Harlanda) sectional, the Farlov covers have their unique charm. The white slipcovers have a textured appearance, as seen in the photo below:

Modern coastal living room with white Ikea Farlov slipcovered sofa and round wood coffee table

Surprisingly, the Farlov white covers contain a blend of materials, including 59.5% cotton, 16.5% linen, and 24% polyester. Many people wonder if the covers feel scratchy, but I can assure you they are not. In fact, Ikea offers the Farlov line in dark gray and dark green velvet options, which are likely to be much softer.

Replacement Slipcovers: An Option for the Future

If the texture of the Farlov slipcovers doesn't meet your preferences, fear not. Companies like Bemz and Comfort Works offer replacement slipcovers in different fabrics, including linen and cotton. This gives you the option to invest in new slipcovers down the line. That said, I've been perfectly happy with the original Farlov covers so far. Even if I do choose to replace them in the future, I'll still be getting a designer look at a fraction of the cost.

Our living room, with neutral decor and furniture Pillow

Easy Maintenance for White Slipcovers

As a fan of white slipcovered furniture, I'm no stranger to the maintenance it requires. The Farlov slipcovers are easily removable for washing. Here's my simple process for keeping them clean and fresh:

  1. Pre-treat any stains with Oxy Clean spray.
  2. Wash the slipcovers on the WARM/COLD setting at high spin speed using liquid Tide and a scoop of Oxy Clean powder.
  3. Put the covers back on while they are still slightly damp, allowing them to air dry completely.

It's important to note that I live in a dry climate, which reduces the risk of mold and mildew. If you reside in a humid area, it's advisable to allow the covers to air dry more thoroughly before putting them back on. Smoothing out any wrinkles and using a portable steamer can help achieve a neat, finished look.

Modern living room with round wood coffee table and white slipcovered Ikea Farlov sofa Living room sources

Comfort and Durability: Farlov Delivers

One crucial factor in choosing living room furniture is comfort, especially if you spend a significant amount of time there. The Farlov sofa and chairs surpassed my expectations in terms of comfort. Although the seat cushions were initially firm, they've softened up over time while still providing ample support.

The generous seat depth accommodates different sitting preferences. As a 5'6" individual who likes to tuck my legs while sitting, I find the Farlov pieces ideal. Additionally, my husband, who is tall, appreciates the ample space these pieces offer. Furthermore, the firm cushions maintain their loft, eliminating the need for constant fluffing.

After 15 months of use, these pieces have held up remarkably well. Even after washing the slipcovers, they have retained their pristine appearance. I highly recommend using Oxy Clean during the washing process to keep the covers bright white.

Assembling the Farlov Collection: A Straightforward Process

The Ikea Farlov sofa and chairs are relatively simple to assemble, although it might take a few hours to complete the task. The cushions, which arrive vacuum-packed, require some time to expand fully. I recommend leaving them out for about 24 hours before putting them in the covers.

My thoughts on the Ikea Farlov sofa we have in our living room

Personal Touch: A Hack for Bench Seat Cushion

If you, like me, notice crease lines on the bench seat cushion due to insufficient expansion time, I have a simple hack. I ordered a thin, white foam mattress topper from Amazon and placed it between the seat cushion and slipcover. The mattress topper, designed for twin-size beds, fit perfectly and erased the unwanted creases.

Our living room with white Farlov slipcovered sofa, blue and white pillows and throws, and layered rugs

Bang for Your Buck: The Cost of Farlov

The Farlov sofa is currently priced at $849, while the velvet version costs $949. The Farlov chairs are available in two options: the "Flodafors" gray option for $399 each and the "Djuparp" gray velvet and green velvet options for $499 each. Considering the style, comfort, and durability these pieces offer, I believe they represent excellent value for money.

Pros and Cons of the Ikea Farlov Collection

Let's summarize the advantages and drawbacks of the Ikea Farlov line.

Pros:

  • The Farlov collection offers a high-end look at an affordable price.
  • The seat cushions maintain their neat and plush appearance without the need for constant fluffing.
  • Ikea offers a 10-year limited warranty and a great return policy on their furniture.
  • The slipcovers are interchangeable, allowing you to update the look with replacement covers.
  • The versatile design of the Farlov pieces complements various decor styles.

Cons:

  • The Farlov sofa and chairs have a chunky design, making them more suitable for larger spaces.
  • The deep seat might not be comfortable for individuals who prefer a shallower seating experience.
  • The slipcover fabric has a slightly textured and tweedy appearance, which may not be everyone's preference.

Modern living room with white slipcovered sofa and neutral pillows, decor, and furniture

Exploring Farlov Sofa and Chair Dupes and Alternatives

While the Ikea Farlov line is no longer available, there are other options for those seeking the swoop arm slipcovered look. Here are a few alternatives that offer similar styles:

Farlov Sofa Alternatives:

Farlov Chair Alternatives:

It's worth noting that we also have these swivel chairs in our living room, and we absolutely love them. Although they don't feature the swoop arms of the Farlov chairs and have non-removable covers, they offer down-filled cushions and Performance fabric. Plus, they swivel, which adds an extra level of functionality.

Our living room, with 2 white swivel chairs, a striped jute rug, woven ottomans, and neutral furniture and decor Swivel chairs - woven ottomans - striped rug - artwork

Would I Buy the Ikea Farlov Sofa & Chairs Again?

In conclusion, I would definitely choose the Ikea Farlov collection again. Though I initially had some buyer's remorse (which is common after a big purchase), these pieces have grown on me over time. However, it's essential to consider their size and fabric texture to ensure they align with your preferences.

Taking style, comfort, and affordability into account, the Farlov line offers an excellent choice for homeowners. Personally, I would love to add two more Farlov chairs to our hearth room, creating a cozy conversation area. Note that the white Farlov armchairs are currently unavailable online, but I remain hopeful they will make a comeback.

Our small living room with white slipcovered Ikea Farlov chairs and a round wood coffee table Hearth room sources

Final Thoughts: Ikea Farlov Review

To wrap up, I am genuinely amazed by the quality and style of the Ikea Farlov collection, especially considering its affordable price. Whether you're shopping for new living room furniture or considering this style, I hope my Ikea Farlov review has provided helpful insights.

Thank you for taking the time to read this comprehensive review. If you have any further questions about my experience with the Ikea Farlov sofa and chairs, feel free to reach out. Happy decorating!

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