Monday, February 18, 2013

My ikea Hack

Referring back to MY IKEA HACK I'd conquered the ugly ikea sofa fabric/color quandry. Since that post I've gotten a new couch, another dog, and a new job. To answer some of the more prominent comments, No, I will not offer to sew a cover like this for anyone, ever. I'm NOT an upholsterer nor am I amazing in any way with a sewing machine. It took me about 12 HOURS to sew. Honestly, I would recommend that if you want a slip-cover made, leave it to a professional. If I were to sew another, I'd expect to be paid about $3000. Yes, it's that frusterating and time-consuming. Measuring, remeasuring, and then cutting, then serging the edges, then sewing them together... Then, velcro, ect. I used upolstry nails to keep the back in place, and would remove them to wash it. The nails looked pretty. Anyway, I'm not going to be all "high and mighty" with this ikea thing. I know the company has a huge fan base. But the reasons I made the slipcover were because this sofa is butt-ugly. No bones about it, It's the ugly sofa that no amount of cute throw pillows will make it look the least bit cozy. I think of it as horrid rendition of Brutalist architecture. Additionally, this ikea sofa is NOT the most comfy sofa I've ever sat on, and to be honest doesn't really stand up to the beating that the company claims. The seat cushions sag after about a year, the backrest cushions have almost no give, and the fabric could also be used to exfoliate the skin of pirates and most sun worshippers. The extra storage is nice, but the pull-out bed feature could easily compare to a prison mattress. I'd rather put my in-laws up in the local hotel than put them through the torture of that make-do mattress. Did my taste change? Maybe. Slip covers should be an option for ANY sofa available on the market. To be fair, I have a love/hate relationship with ikea's products, and am continuing my year-long hiatus from shopping there for anything. I'm looking towaqrd pure quality these days.

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