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One Year With Ikea’s Second-Cheapest Sleeper SofaYou get what you pay for.Notice how the butt indentation is NOWHERE NEAR THE POINTY WOODEN ARMS.I made a joke, a few weeks ago, about how I was sitting on “Ikea’s Cheapest Couch,” but when I went back to the Ikea website to confirm it, I realized that I had actually purchased the second-cheapest couch—although the cheapest one, the Balkarp, is really more like a futon.I cannot imagine that the Balkarp is all that comfortable, because the Solsta isn’t all that comfortable either; it is a wood frame, plus two strips of padding for the seat and back and two thin strips of padding just for the top of the sofa arms (not the corners or sides), wrapped in canvas.There is really only one way to sit on the Solsta, and you can tell because, over the past year, I’ve created a body indentation in exactly that position. You cannot recline longways on the Solsta, because that means leaning up against the unforgiving corner of a 2' x 4', and even stacking multiple pillows against the Solsta’s arm doesn’t relieve the pressure of the sharp right angle.Notice how I am not actually reclining on this couch. I am holding myself carefully in place so I do not hurt myself while sitting on this couch. Also, I am 5'3" tall and this couch is too small for me.One of the reasons I purchased the Solsta was because it advertised itself as a “sleeper sofa,” which means you can unfold the padded parts from the sofa and lay them out and sleep on them. This is only slightly better than sleeping on the floor. I have slept on my Solsta and I have had guests sleep on my Solsta, and both times I have dragged my camping futon out of the closet to place on top of the Solsta “bed” (literally a layer of foam padding, not a bed) to make the thing reasonably comfortable.Notice I wrote “both times” instead of “the dozens of times I had guests stay the night,” because the other thing I quickly learned about the Solsta was that it wasn’t a multi-person-friendly couch. You saw the picture. I can sit on it, and maybe one other person can sit on it, and that is it. Those wooden arms encircle the couch like sharks, and you don’t want to get too close to them.Also, the canvas is starting to discolor in places, which is unfortunate because it was barely a a color to begin with. (Tell me: what color is that? Is it gray? Blueish gray? Does the color invite you to ignore the couch instead of engaging with it, because engaging is literally painful?)I have many goals for 2017, but one of my biggest goals is to get this couch out of my home. I spent one year with the Solsta, and one year is enough.


Friheten Sleeper Sofa $599 IKEA IKEA always does a great job holding down the low end of this category. The Manstad and Moheda used to be a favorite, but we can't get them anymore, and folks turned on the Karlstad (which looks great), so the current favorite is this very well priced corner sofa, which comes with extra storage for all the bedding. Smart. Apartment Therapy reader Serendipity1110 says, "We bought FRIHETEN about a year ago just after it was available. It was the cheapest of the prettier sleeper sofas at IKEA (and here in Germany much cheaper than in the US!) We've had tons of guests sleep on it, some even for more than a week, and everyone loved it and said how comfortable it is."


I made a joke, a few weeks ago, about how I was sitting on “Ikea’s Cheapest Couch,” but when I went back to the Ikea website to confirm it, I realized that I had actually purchased the second-cheapest couch—although the cheapest one, the Balkarp, is really more like a futon.I cannot imagine that the Balkarp is all that comfortable, because the Solsta isn’t all that comfortable either; it is a wood frame, plus two strips of padding for the seat and back and two thin strips of padding just for the top of the sofa arms (not the corners or sides), wrapped in canvas.There is really only one way to sit on the Solsta, and you can tell because, over the past year, I’ve created a body indentation in exactly that position. You cannot recline longways on the Solsta, because that means leaning up against the unforgiving corner of a 2' x 4', and even stacking multiple pillows against the Solsta’s arm doesn’t relieve the pressure of the sharp right angle.Notice how I am not actually reclining on this couch. I am holding myself carefully in place so I do not hurt myself while sitting on this couch. Also, I am 5'3" tall and this couch is too small for me.One of the reasons I purchased the Solsta was because it advertised itself as a “sleeper sofa,” which means you can unfold the padded parts from the sofa and lay them out and sleep on them. This is only slightly better than sleeping on the floor. I have slept on my Solsta and I have had guests sleep on my Solsta, and both times I have dragged my camping futon out of the closet to place on top of the Solsta “bed” (literally a layer of foam padding, not a bed) to make the thing reasonably comfortable.Notice I wrote “both times” instead of “the dozens of times I had guests stay the night,” because the other thing I quickly learned about the Solsta was that it wasn’t a multi-person-friendly couch. You saw the picture. I can sit on it, and maybe one other person can sit on it, and that is it. Those wooden arms encircle the couch like sharks, and you don’t want to get too close to them.Also, the canvas is starting to discolor in places, which is unfortunate because it was barely a a color to begin with. (Tell me: what color is that? Is it gray? Blueish gray? Does the color invite you to ignore the couch instead of engaging with it, because engaging is literally painful?)I have many goals for 2017, but one of my biggest goals is to get this couch out of my home. I spent one year with the Solsta, and one year is enough.


Adeline Storage Sleeper Sofa $849 Urban Outfitters This may not be a super sophisticated sleeper, but it has a great price, lots of style and some believers. Reader Cupcake Caper says, "I have the Ava* from Urban Outfitters-and my feelings are pretty much in line with most of the reviews on their site. It's a bit hard (to sit) at first, but softens up over time. The fabric quality is OK, not awesome, but I needed an inexpensive and not wide option to fit in my small space, and I get skeeved about used sofa beds. I would never in a million years use this as a bed for myself, but it's fine for my tiny studio, where I don't want guests overstaying their welcome anyway." *since this comment was originally posted, the Ava sofa was renamed the Adeline.


Rated 4 out of 5 by Panda02 from Great Sofa but not Sleeper We purchased the sofa for my daughter and for the most part she is very happy with her choice. The only drawback we found is the 'sleeper' function. Without quite a bit of extra padding the pulled out sofa is very uncomfortable, due to the lack of padding over the wood frame, which is exposed when pulled out. Date published: 2017-04-26


IKEA always does a great job holding down the low end of this category. The Manstad and Moheda used to be a favorite, but we can't get them anymore, and folks turned on the Karlstad (which looks great), so the current favorite is this very well priced corner sofa, which comes with extra storage for all the bedding. Smart. Apartment Therapy reader Serendipity1110 says, "We bought FRIHETEN about a year ago just after it was available. It was the cheapest of the prettier sleeper sofas at IKEA (and here in Germany much cheaper than in the US!) We've had tons of guests sleep on it, some even for more than a week, and everyone loved it and said how comfortable it is."


Reed Sleeper Sofa Stylish sleeper sofa featuring solid wood frame in dark espresso finish, seat and back with comfortable foam filling in microfiber upholstery, and padded armrests. Sturdy design providing ample support and visual pleasure.


The Cassandra sleeper features high flared arms and wood legs. The box seat cushions show off the welt tailoring. The Cassandra living room collection is available as a sofa, loveseat, chair, ottoman, oversized chair, sleeper and studio sofa. Pull out sof