Ok guys, it's been over 3 months now that we've had our white IKEA EKTORP sofa and love seat so it's time for me to do a review. I know our friends and family probably thought we were a little nuts to have white furniture in our living room, and honestly I had no idea how they would hold up, but as affordable as these two pieces are ($399 for the sofa, $379 for the love seat), it was worth a shot. Plus, I knew I could always replace the slipcovers with a different color for cheap ($49 for the sofa, $39 for the love seat).
First off, this set is so comfortable. After the first few weeks, I was really irritated with myself for paying as much as we did for our old set knowing now that they weren't nearly as comfortable as these are. The cushions are really thick and you can't feel the frame of the arms. These are also very easy to assemble. Don't let the fact that you have to assemble the arms scare you though because anyone can do it!
Having chosen the white slipcovers, I knew that I would have to deal with these showing dirt more than the other color choices. I was willing to deal with that because I had a very specific decor in mind for our new house. For instance, the back of the arm of the love seat gets dirty a little faster than the rest of the love seat because Sam rubs up against that spot when he turns that corner. You have to be really, really short or be on the ground to actually see it though. :)
Another thing that I have to deal with on a regular basis is Sam's dog hair on the skirt of both the love seat and the sofa because he likes to lay down against the furniture (he's not allowed on the furniture). The dog hair on the skirt really isn't a big deal though because I just go over it with a lint roller a couple times a week.
So here is a picture of the love seat, where the kids sit most often. You can definitely see the dirt up close in this light, but honestly from a few feet away you don't even notice it. Depending on what time of day it is, the dirt might not even show. The picture above where Sam is laying against the slipcover is the same sofa before I washed the slipcovers and you can't even tell the slipcovers need to be washed. That doesn't mean I'm going to let it stay dirty though. ;)
I read a dozen reviews online about white IKEA EKTORP furniture and I tried a few of the methods of spot cleaning, but honestly the bleach pens and sprays just left a yellowish ring around the area I tried to spot clean. Instead spot cleaning, I decided to just flip the cushions until I decided to wash the entire set. Since I was not sure how the slipcovers were going to wash up, I wanted to wait as long as possible before I washed everything. Flipping the cushions does not mean you just flip the cushion though, you have to remove the cushion from the slipcover, flip it, and the replace the slipcover. You can flip the back cushions without doing that, but the butt cushions you need to remove and flip. The reason for this is because the cushions are shaped and have a gripper on them to hold the slipcovers in place.
My 3 must-haves for IKEA EKTORP furniture are:
- A garment steamer to remove the wrinkles. You will want one of these right away because the slipcovers come with creases from being folded. I use the Conair Extreme Steam Fabric Steamer with Dual Heat.
- I was so impressed at how white our bath towels came out of the wash after using OxiClean White Revive Powder so I tried it on the slipcovers with regular laundry detergent and bleach and I was really happy with the results.
- Lint rollers are a must for white slipcovers. Really though, everyone should be using lint rollers on their furniture on a regular basis. The lint from clothing and blankets is noticeably more prevalent on white slipcovers, but it's on all furniture (obviously).
In case you are curious as to what the frame looks like without slipcover and cushions, there it is above!
Many of the reviews online suggested to dry your slipcovers part way in the dryer and then put them back on the cushions while they were damp to help with the wrinkles. Well, I couldn't do that. I didn't want to wait for the slipcovers to dry before we could use our furniture again. Instead, I dried my slipcovers all the way and used the fabric steamer to remove most of the wrinkles. I say most because I didn't bother removing the wrinkles on the back sides of the cushions or behind the big sofa that is up against the window.
The above picture shows how wrinkly the slipcovers are before I used the hand steamer.
I could have spent a little more time with the fabric steamer to get every single wrinkle out, but what for? If a slightly disheveled looking sofa is not your thing, don't go with these. I don't want my furniture to look perfect. I want it to look comfortable so when my guests come over, they are not afraid to sit down.
One thing I noticed right away after the washed slipcovers were back on the cushions is how good the room smelled - and that was just from the laundry detergent, OxiClean, and bleach. Next time I'm adding some of those laundry scent beads because it's like a built-in room freshener!
Now that I know how nice these slipcovers wash up, in the future I plan on washing each slipcover as needed. This past weekend my friend's 2 year old was walking along the love seat and spit up a little. Instead of spot cleaning, I just tossed the slipcover in the wash on a short cycle and it was as good as new - easy peasy! I rather do this than scrub a cushion that does not have a removable slipcover. Without a removable slipcover, the cushion stays wet and you always risk seeing a ring around the spot that was scrubbed.
All in all, I love our IKEA EKTORP sofa and love seat. I love them so much that I would like to sell our old set that is in our lower level living room (which is only a few years old) and replace it with another IKEA EKTORP set!