Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A really great IKEA hack

Lately I've been searching for the perfect dark gray sofa for a client. We're on a budget and currently my top contender is the Karlstad from IKEA:


This sofa has a really great shape and design for the price tag, which is only $499! It's also pretty comfortable given the price tag ;) This particular room is the formal living room; we'll be spending more on a higher quality sofa for the TV room where my client spends most of her "lounging" time.

Anna from Door Sixteen has this same sofa and it looks great in her space:



Young House Love has the huge sectional:



But I recently came across something that made me really excited. Check out this amazing Karlstad hack!



The couple from the blog Our Mid Century had the all cushions on their gray Karlstad tufted! Doesn't it look amazing?

I'm 99% sure this is the route we are going with for my client's sofa. I'll also be getting some fabulous new legs. Even after customizing the Karlstad, I'm estimating the entire sofa to still cost around $600. It's near impossible to find a good looking sofa for that price. And that just means more budget for amazing art, fabrics and accessories.

I will be sure to share the transformation when we bite the bullet!

18 comments:

  1. Ooohh! Just what I've been looking for to put in my living room! And I love the tufting idea. Where would you find new sofa legs? This might solve all my problems!

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  2. Wow, the tufting is fabulous and really elevates this sofa to the next level.  Awesome idea...can't wait to see the final product.

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  3. What a great idea! I love Ikea hacks.  It is great to gradually stumble across investment pieces that you love- but sometimes you just need a fabulous solution.  I think you have found it. xoxo

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  4. Great idea!  Tufting instantly ups the class factor and the price is unbeatable.

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  5. Staci@asaltbox.comAugust 23, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Wow! What a huge difference the tufting makes. The couch looks ten times more expensive!

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  6. wow, that really ups the cool factor, doesn't it? What a great idea.

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  7. that tufting really elevates the entire look. amazing. I second that, where do you find new sofa legs?

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  8. I love this idea!  It totally transforms the couch!  Can't wait to see the pictures

    Tiffany {Living Savvy}

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  9. I love this!  And I may be suggesting this to my parents who are looking for a new den couch!

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  10. WOW!  That's all I can say.  I can't wait to see how it looks when you are done.  That's such an amazing price.

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  11. I wish you would've been at the auction on Saturday!!! So many gray sofas.

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  12. Wow, tufting the Karlstad is a really great idea! I've seen this sofa around, but that's such a great way to personalize it and add a little class. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  13. Umm...the Karlstad COMES tufted. This is the love seat version on their website :)

    Happy Shopping!
    http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70184996

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  14.  Oops I should have mentioned this!! I went to check this out at the IKEA store. The fabric is a faux wool and wasn't a good option for us. I really like the Sivik faux linen like fabric :)

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  15. I tried to get a client to do that and they were like....uhhh...I think we can increase our budget. My clients think they want to DIY, then I tell them what to do and they miraculously come up with more money to buy something already done.

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  16. I love this idea! 
    Is it hard to go about finding someone who will do that kind of thing or just a good upholsterer? Really makes a huge difference!

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  17. Kelly at Mrs In TrainingNovember 17, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Did your client ever end up getting this couch/tufting it?  I found that same DIY on Pinterest, and bought the Karlstad in the Sivik Gray on Saturday, and everyone I'm calling to button tuft wants at least $150, even though that couple got it done for $40...nervous to try it myself, so wondering what route they took?  Thanks!!

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