ikea hack : karlstad sofa

karlstad ikea hack by la la lovely

you may remember that i recently re-decorated my family room?  well, the biggest item i deliberated on was the couch.  to ikea or not to ikea?  i’m going to be totally honest, (because why wouldn’t i be?)  i really didn’t want to get an ikea couch.  i had a much grandeur idea.  kirsten, kept convincing me otherwise.  the truth is ,i wanted a white couch,  i wanted a sectional and i didn’t want to stress over a brood of 4 kids living on the piece.  so ikea it was.  and specifically, the karlstad sofa and chaise.

but, i wasn’t about to settle for the regular block legs.  so we jazzed it up a bit by changing out the legs in a very inexpensive way.

here is what you need : 

karlstad ikea hack via la la lovely

6″ round taper legs and straight top plates (with screws).  i ordered mine from hardware world.  you could even stain the legs if you prefer dark wood or a richer look.  i was going for a natural scandinavian feel so it felt best to leave the legs as is.

what do you think?  have you ever updated ikea furniture? 

more photos here.  and be sure to watch the video too!

image 1 : white shutter photography



  • Lauren Lin
    Commented on November 19th, 2013 at 10:53am

    I just made my first trip to IKEA this past weekend and fell in love! I too saw a sofa there, the price is SO tempting. I think you did a beautiful job with this!

  • Trina
    Commented on November 19th, 2013 at 2:44pm

    thank you so much. IKEA can be a dangerous place :) xo . t

  • Brandi
    Commented on November 19th, 2013 at 2:12pm

    I love my Karlstad sofa! Over a year later(I have the isundla gray color), its in great condition…and my two dogs sleep on it every day. I ordered the stainless legs to replace the block legs.

  • Trina
    Commented on November 19th, 2013 at 3:03pm

    i really contemplated the gray. if the white gets too dirty…i think i’ll get that slipcover for sure. so glad to hear yours is holding up with dogs and all :) the stainless legs are nice too! xo .t

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