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ikea karlstad sofa

Ikea Karlstad Sofa

Need a beautiful sofa cover to spice up your Karlstad sofa? Customise your very own custom slipcover now with over 60 different fabrics here! IKEA Karlstad is a modular and minimalist series introduced in 2008 in lieu of the discontinued Karlanda. Arguably our favorite IKEA design due to its adeptness to a multitude of looks and DIY projects all around the world. Imagine the sofa with a long skirt linen slipcover, or maybe a leather cover with contrast tufted buttons, coupled with vintage, mid-century legs. The sky’s the limit! Read more from our IKEA Karlstad Sofa Resource Page.
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Ikea Karlstad Sofa

A while back I posted about how I was on the hunt for a new sofa and narrowed down a few of my favorite contenders. One of the contenders was the KARLSTAD from IKEA because I knew I could save a lot of money by attempting a hack, and thanks to a pretty hefty tax audit (kill me) that’s what I ended up having to do. As luck would have it I found a perfect KARLSTAD at IKEA for $250 in the clearance section. A lot of you already know that I’m no stranger to IKEA Hacking, but it has been a while since I did one so I was feeling up to the challenge. Luckily it didn’t take long before I knew exactly what I wanted to do in order to make it come close to the couch of my dreams.
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Ikea Karlstad Sofa

KARLSTAD seriesSeating that combines comfort, style and convenienceAs well as comfort, quality and a timeless look, our KARLSTAD seating series gives you lots of choices. You’ll find options that combine an armchair or sofa with a chaise longue (or two). You can even create your own combinations. If you feel like a change, just get new covers. They’re machine-washable or dry-cleanable to stay fresh.
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Ikea Karlstad Sofa

Our living room is huge, and we have struggled with the layout since we first moved in, back in 2012. But after we purchased a new sofa, it’s starting to feel like a place you want to hang out in. I am not sure if you noticed, we had a different sofa cover (Sivik Dark Gray from the Ikea Karlstad Series), but it made the room very masculine and dark. So, right before I actually added the buttons to my cushions, we went to Ikea and purchased the Isunda Gray covers.
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Ikea Karlstad Sofa

Imagine the sofa with a long skirt linen slipcover, or maybe a leather cover with contrast tufted buttons, coupled with vintage, mid-century legs. The sky’s the limit! Read more from our IKEA Karlstad Sofa Resource Page.
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Ikea Karlstad Sofa

Rated 1 out of 5 by xxi_centuryboy from Bad design. I bought this sofa several years ago because I enjoyed the look and the comfort. However, as you can see from the assembly directions, this design is very poor. The legs are connected to the side panels of the sofa, rather than the base of the sofa itself, causing most of the weight to be on a very flimsy area. They are attached by a wood peg and a bolt. They can’t bear much weight and I believe they broke within two months. You can’t lean, or rest your head on any of the side panels because they will eventually collapse outward. Fortunately I have the tools and equipment to repair this and I added legs to the base, which is what IKEA does now with similar sofa’s, and I used plywood panels to better brace the side arms to the sofa. The bolts they use to connect the panels together are way too long, so if you are trying to use a socket wrench to speed things up, you will need an extra long one, or cut the bolt down, which will make it hard to return should you decide to do that. I do think this sofa is comfortable, but a dismal manufacturing design. Date published: 2017-05-17
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Ikea Karlstad Sofa

After about five years and three cross-country moves, the arm support on our three-seat Karlstad sofa gave out and needed repair. The rest of the couch was fine (despite our cat’s inevitable scratch marks), and we didn’t want to trash a decent couch we got for a killer deal without an attempt to fix it. We didn’t want to make the 2 hour trek to the nearest IKEA to attempt to buy a new arm, and we definitely didn’t want to invest in a new couch.
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Ikea Karlstad Sofa

Show All ItemsAfter about five years and three cross-country moves, the arm support on our three-seat Karlstad sofa gave out and needed repair. The rest of the couch was fine (despite our cat’s inevitable scratch marks), and we didn’t want to trash a decent couch we got for a killer deal without an attempt to fix it. We didn’t want to make the 2 hour trek to the nearest IKEA to attempt to buy a new arm, and we definitely didn’t want to invest in a new couch.I spent several days searching online for some ideas on how to repair the arm and came up with nothing. Apparently, this is a very common problem with this type of couch, but I couldn’t find a single tutorial or ideas for repair.How the Arm Bolts to the Couch BodyIf you have one of these couches, you probably put it together. It’s really basic construction, and though most of the frame for the body of the couch is plywood, the arms are mostly particleboard and pressed wood, including the area of the arms that bolt to the body of the couch. The arm bolts to the body of the couch with four stud bolts that fit into tee nuts, covered in a plastic plate attached with staples. Extent of the DamageWhen the arm broke, the arm fell toward the ground near the front foot of the couch. We flipped over the couch and saw that essentially, two of the stud bolts broke through the particle board frame: the one closest to the foot, completely through, while the bolt in the center of the frame merely cracked. Because of the extent of the damage, there was no way to simply restore the bolts in their fittings. We were going to have build something into the frame.The easiest thing to do to repair the arm was to fit a brace on the inside of the arm on top of the existing frame and replacing the bolts. This way, I didn’t have to try to cut anything out of the frame, but still insured a secure repairThe GameplanTake the the couch apartCreate a template for a braceCreate the braceSecure the brace to the framePut the couch back together!
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After about five years and three cross-country moves, the arm support on our three-seat Karlstad sofa gave out and needed repair. The rest of the couch was fine (despite our cat’s inevitable scratch marks), and we didn’t want to trash a decent couch we got for a killer deal without an attempt to fix it. We didn’t want to make the 2 hour trek to the nearest IKEA to attempt to buy a new arm, and we definitely didn’t want to invest in a new couch.I spent several days searching online for some ideas on how to repair the arm and came up with nothing. Apparently, this is a very common problem with this type of couch, but I couldn’t find a single tutorial or ideas for repair.How the Arm Bolts to the Couch BodyIf you have one of these couches, you probably put it together. It’s really basic construction, and though most of the frame for the body of the couch is plywood, the arms are mostly particleboard and pressed wood, including the area of the arms that bolt to the body of the couch. The arm bolts to the body of the couch with four stud bolts that fit into tee nuts, covered in a plastic plate attached with staples. Extent of the DamageWhen the arm broke, the arm fell toward the ground near the front foot of the couch. We flipped over the couch and saw that essentially, two of the stud bolts broke through the particle board frame: the one closest to the foot, completely through, while the bolt in the center of the frame merely cracked. Because of the extent of the damage, there was no way to simply restore the bolts in their fittings. We were going to have build something into the frame.The easiest thing to do to repair the arm was to fit a brace on the inside of the arm on top of the existing frame and replacing the bolts. This way, I didn’t have to try to cut anything out of the frame, but still insured a secure repairThe GameplanTake the the couch apartCreate a template for a braceCreate the braceSecure the brace to the framePut the couch back together!
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As well as comfort, quality and a timeless look, our KARLSTAD seating series gives you lots of choices. You’ll find options that combine an armchair or sofa with a chaise longue (or two). You can even create your own combinations. If you feel like a change, just get new covers. They’re machine-washable or dry-cleanable to stay fresh.

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