January 16, 2013 in Nest
Deciding on the IKEA Ektorp Sofa in Blenkinge White was the hard part.
I mean, it’s a white sofa.
Getting it home was slightly less difficult.
But putting it together was a breeze.
If you are lucky enough to live near an IKEA, you can do what we did – Buy the sofa and drive it home. The big difference for you will be the length of your trip. We drove 4 hours to get this baby back to our place.
But that saved us almost $300.00 in shipping costs.
What wasn’t a big win was trying to get this sofa into our rented SUV.
That’s right. The box wouldn’t fit. And I can’t even take credit for the idea to take it apart and cram it into this poor vehicle.
I’m sure this little SUV felt a little violated. We didn’t leave a single nook or cranny unstuffed.
It was an awkward ride home for me.
Anyway, the story goes like this. The hubs and I felt like IKEA pros, grabbing our cart, knowing right where to find the sofa and hauling that baby to checkout. (If you’ve never been to IKEA, the store is a long chain of showrooms plus a big warehouse. You pick out what you want after seeing it all set-up and fancy and then head down to the warehouse to find the proper aisle number where your goodies are wrapped and boxed for you to load onto your cart to haul out.) We got through this first process, made our purchase, and Paden brought the SUV around to load. IKEA thinks of everything and has little paper rulers available for patrons like us to measure the packages and make sure our getaway vehicle can handle it.
Don’t worry. He measured it before we made the purchase.
Incorrectly, that is.
We got to the car and heaved the box into the trunk.
About 10 inches stuck out of the back.
I made a mean/sad face and eventually we unloaded the ginormous box and we waited in line to return it.
Lucky for us, a friendly and quite brilliant IKEA employee was taking our return and overheard me boohooing. He turned us around and proffered the idea of taking it out of the box.
And there you have it folks.
My husband was saved from the wrath of an overly-excited wife who never considered renting a larger SUV.
We may have had this conversation at the Hertz rental counter a few days earlier.
P: “Are you sure we don’t need to rent a full-sized SUV?”
B” “Nah. This will be good.”
I didn’t know. I hadn’t measured. I just pulled a “Brittany” and went for it.
This IKEA guy really saved the day and both our egos.
Four hours later, we arrived home and unloaded all of the parts and pieces into the den…
And then boom!
It was done.
My mom was in town for the assembly and it took us less than 20 minutes to put it together. It could not have been easier. The seat and back were already attached and simply unfold. We screwed in the legs and arms and covered the cushions with the slip-cover pieces.
I had the precious white sofa I’d been dreaming about at the most reasonable price I could find ($399).
Here’s the skinny on what I like/dislike about it so far…
- Assembly – it was almost too easy.
- Size – I was looking for something a little smaller and this sofa is on the petite side.
- Slipcover – It’s washable AND bleachable. I haven’t tried this out yet but I’ll keep you posted. (Did someone say “IKEA Ektorp Sofa Review Part 3″?)
- Comfort – So far, it seems like this sofa will last quite a while. The foam cushions are sturdy, yet comfortable.
- Wrinkles – We’ve had the sofa for 1.5 months now and it still looks a tad wrinkly if you really look at it. It doesn’t bother me, but it might bother you if this was your fancy living room sofa. I might take an iron to it.
- Size – I know this is also on my LIKES list but it is small. I have taken a nap or two on the sofa but I’m not sure that my husband could. Just keep that in mind.
- Debris – I’m a shedder and this couch picks of every last strand of hair I lose. The good news? It’s easy to brush off. The bad news? I have to brush it off.
Stay tuned… Because when I finally wash and bleach this slip-cover, you’ll definitely get the deets.