As much as I love the idea of having a really pretty home, I love the idea of being able to actually live in each room. Like really live, without worrying about every little spill, every fort made from cushions, every wrestling match that involves throwing a sibling across the back of the couch, every chocolate handprint. . . You know what I mean, I’m sure.
When our very tan, very saggy Craigslist couch could take no more, I started shopping around. But, it’s not like everyone in this house (ahem, the other six people who live here) would change their ways if I brought in the most beautiful, most expensive sofa ever made. For us, at this season of our lives, I just want a comfortable, stylish couch at a price point that won’t make me a nervous wreck when my kids act like kids.
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The IKEA Ektorp ($399) with washable slipcovers made perfect sense for our family. You may have noticed I’m drawn to the casual white slipcovered look in general. But, add in the fact that I can wash them as needed, and it’s hard to beat. (By the way, I was happy to read how many of you love your own Ektorp sofas after I posted this picture on Instagram a couple of weeks ago. Since it sounds like yours are holding up really well, I told my 11- and 9-year-old they might be taking these to college one day!)
You may have noticed I went with two identical, facing sofas. I’ve always liked this look and the price point of the Ektorp makes this arrangement much more feasible. Plus, more seating is always a good thing for our family. There was a little convincing my husband hat this layout will still work for basketball watching. . . Don’t worry. Our TV is tucked in this corner, with plenty of good seats for viewing:
One thing I’ve been learning about IKEA lately is their approach to “democratic design.” They strive for each of their products to make people’s lives better at home by focusing on five main principles: quality, form, function, price and sustainability—and you can really see all these elements come to life in the Ektorp. Not only do the couches look pretty—and from what I hear from your comments—hold up extremely well, the functionality of the washable slipcovers is a huge plus for families like mine. And at such an affordable price point, you can very reasonably buy two sofas for the price of one that you might find elsewhere (yay!). IKEA delivered the sofas and they came flat-packed (a sustainable approach to shipping), with minimum assembly required.
We had 25 people coming to our house the day after they arrived, and since the slipcovers weren’t coming for a few more days, I asked the delivery guys to leave the boxes in the garage. The twins were seriously ticked that they didn’t take them out of the boxes. (Notice hands on hips.) They were ready to sit on their new couches! I had to explain this to them several times. :)
With the sofas in place, I’m feeling pretty good about the state of our living room. On to the next room. . .
Thanks to IKEA for sponsoring this post. I’m proud to serve as an official IKEA brand ambassador for 2016. All opinions of IKEA product mentioned are 100% my own.