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An Honest Review of the Ikea Ektorp Couch After 3 Years: Is It Worth It?

CEO Khai Intela
Are you in the market for a new couch? We were too, and after doing our fair share of research, we decided to go with the Ikea Ektorp Couch. Now, after three years of daily...

Are you in the market for a new couch? We were too, and after doing our fair share of research, we decided to go with the Ikea Ektorp Couch. Now, after three years of daily use, we're here to share an honest review of our experience. So, if you're considering the Ikea Ektorp Couch for your home, keep reading to find out if it's worth it!

Why We Did Our Research

When it came to buying a new couch, we didn't want to make any mistakes. We visited every furniture showroom near us, sat on numerous couches, and examined all the fabrics. We were looking for a nice, grown-up couch that would fit our lifestyle and budget. Leather was out of the question with a puppy in the house, so we started leaning towards the Ikea Ektorp Couch.

Ikea Ektorp Couch Image from: saigonintela.vn

Pros and Cons of the Ikea Ektorp Couch


1. The price One of the biggest advantages of the Ikea Ektorp Couch is its affordable price. Whether you choose the couch, the sectional, or the armchairs, you can enjoy stylish and comfortable furniture without breaking the bank. It's perfect for creating a relaxed vibe in your home without the fear of ruining an expensive piece of furniture.

2. The loose cushions Unlike some other couches, the cushions of the Ikea Ektorp Couch are loose, which means they can be flipped around to prolong their life. They fit the couch perfectly and won't slide around or fall off.

3. The replaceable slipcovers The slipcovers of the Ikea Ektorp line are a game-changer. We fell in love with the white slipcovers but were worried about keeping them clean. However, knowing that we could easily replace them if necessary gave us peace of mind. We eventually switched to the Nordvalla Grey slipcovers and are planning to change them again soon. The best part? Even with the sectional and additional slipcovers, we spent less than we would have elsewhere.

4. The washable slipcovers With the slipcovers, the whole couch is essentially washable. You can spot clean or thoroughly wash them, depending on your needs. Just make sure to follow the washing instructions for your specific cover. It's a relief to know that you have the option to keep your couch clean and fresh.

5. Versatile design The traditional rolled-arm shape of the Ikea Ektorp Couch fits well into various decor styles such as farmhouse, traditional, vintage, and shabby chic. It adds a touch of elegance without being too formal.


1. Size The backs of the Ikea Ektorp Couch are on the lower side, which may not be suitable for taller individuals. However, if you're on the shorter side like us, it's quite comfortable. We recommend trying it out in-store to see if it's the right fit for you.

2. Assembly required The couch comes flat-packed and needs to be assembled. While it may seem daunting, we found it to be an enjoyable experience. Just be prepared to spend some time putting it together.

3. Cushions may lose shape The foam cushions tend to get bent out of shape after prolonged use. However, this can be easily remedied by flipping them around or swapping their positions, especially with the sectional version.

4. Potential fabric pilling Some people have reported minor pilling issues with the Grey slipcover. However, we only experienced this recently and it was hardly noticeable. Using a sweater defuzzer can easily resolve this problem.

Unassembled Ikea Ektorp sectional Image from: saigonintela.vn

Tips for Enjoying Your Ikea Ektorp Couch

To make the most of your Ikea Ektorp Couch, here are some tips:

  • Rotate and flip your cushions regularly to maintain their shape.
  • Consider buying Ikea's feather throw pillow inserts to add decorative flair and extra comfort.
  • Choose a color that suits your style, knowing that replacement slipcovers are reasonably priced.
  • If you have the sectional, make sure your laundry machines can handle the large cover. Otherwise, take them to a laundromat with larger capacity machines.

Ikea Ektorp Couch Image from: saigonintela.vn

In conclusion, after weighing the pros and cons, we genuinely love our Ikea Ektorp Couch. We even bought additional pieces for different areas of our home. It's comfortable, versatile, and fits our budget. So, if you're looking for an affordable and stylish couch that will stand the test of time, the Ikea Ektorp Couch might just be the perfect choice for you!

Have you ever considered the Ikea Ektorp Couch for your house? Let us know in the comments below!