A new winter white Ektorp 3.5 sofa living room
Note: since this post (Jan 2019), Ikea has now discontinued the Ektorp 3.5. I am currently trying to find out if the new Uppland sofa slipcovers will fit this sofa model. I will update once I know for certain.
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While many of us are revamping our homes with winter decor, I went one (ok, several hundred) steps WAY beyond!
Friends, I have some dreamy white slipcovered furniture in the house, and boy on boy am I in LOVE!
A little backstory…
I wanted the white Ektorp sofa and chair the last round, however the white part halted me. The Ektorp series back then also felt a little petite when you sat in it as well. So I chose the Stocksund series which offered roomier sitting areas.
However as time went on, some of the framework gave way and the furniture started to rock.
The final straw was, after Christmas my sofa turned into one of those glider sofas and that’s when I decided to look into the Ikea warranty before I landed flat on the floor. (one chair did that several months prior)
I personally think there was a metal part missing in the leg screw-in areas. Some pieces had metal threading and some just wood holes. I think if they all had the metal, they may have lasted. Regardless, they know about the issue now at least.
I then shopped locally at a quality furniture store, but just as I was about to get them to deliver a set, I wasn’t feeling it. I REALLY wanted white Ektorp so by golly, this round I was gonna allow myself to just get it!
Turns out, the Ikea warranty was VERY good as long as you have your original recipes (a bit of a story there, at first I didn’t have them all but then I found more), they will gift card you to go shopping again.
And since I wanted Ektorp anyway, I was thrilled!
So two Ikea shopping trips later….
I have two new gorgeous oversized sofas, a pretty new carpet and a whole new look I absolutely adore and have wanted for way too long!
And know what? I’m now glad this wait transpired, because this NEW size for Ektorp called 3.5 was made in 2018!
What is Ektorp 3.5?
Apparently North Americans kept requesting larger scaled furniture, so IKEA came out with what they call a 3.5″ for the Ektorp sofas and slipcovers only.
So if you want a chair, love seat, sectional or footstool, as of Jan 23, 2019, you’re out of luck. They only upsized the sofas.
I struggled with this… my plan had been to get a sofa and chair, but there was no way I would be happy with an itty bitty chair beside a monstrous sofa!
So I bit the bullet, and got two sofas. It was a super gutsy move… I wasn’t positive the room would manage it. But now that it’s all set up, it’s absolutely lovely and so cozy! The room was too bare before, so it sure is filled up nicely now!
I’ve got quite the story to share with you on getting it home (WORD). But it was well worth the effort. Read it here:
How To Assemble An Ikea Ektorp 3.5 Sofa HERE
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All I know is, I’m smitten. These sofas are big and scrumptious! As in, when you sit down, someone 5’5″ will have their feet a foot off the floor. ADORE oversized! I’ve missed it.
Here is what I had previously just at Christmas so you can see the difference.
And of course, they are slipcovered which easily comes off to be washed when desired.
So I reasoned, sure they can be washed, but I don’t want to have to wash if I don’t have to, so I picked up a few throw blankets to sit on instead!
Which makes the experience even cozier. Goodness me. Why have I never sat ON blankets before now?
I had planned to pick up two slipcovered footstools as well, however they were out of stock with the white slipcovers so I’ll make my way back there another time.
They will be a little lower, but I’m ok with that. I think it’s more comfortable than one the same height as a sofa seat anyway.
There’s still more work to do in the room, like land more pillow covers and do something slightly different about this (now) itty bitty bench, but it works for now.
Although I could see myself making a larger version of this wood bench… I just love all the rustic wood against all that white. And a part bench allows for the footstool…
But no big coffee tables will reside in this room. The room needs the floor space more.
A few other winter touches came into play too.
The Antiques trunk you saw with my Christmas tree 2 years ago is back with a cute little winter tree arrangement on top.
And because I’m newly obsessed with snowshoes, one came back into the room.
Or should I say, never left the room since the Christmas forest scene!
Remember my little string wrapped wooden trees?
I brought them out a little later because I liked their winter vibe and looked pretty cute placed on neutral stacked old books.
Along with the Houndstooth TV tray with its wood and black touches, perfect!
Since the sofas are so tall, the TV trays ended up being a normal side table height!
Thank goodness I had this one and my Homestead Blend Coffee tray handy!
Remember my minimalist wish for my Christmas fireplace that did NOT happen?
Well, for winter it did! One large simple twiggy wreath I got at Lucket’s in Virginia a few years offered the perfect no fuss winter look.
While some say, “Hide the TV!” I just embrace it and put it on stuff I like.
And the pallet wood TV stand with the two vintage crates chimes in so nicely with the whole wood, black and white theme.
Some projects are just keepers I suppose. I’m super fussy about TV height. I have to be looking straight at the screen otherwise I get a kinked neck.
And then there’s the carpet made in Heaven itself.
I fell hard as soon as I saw it in Ikea.
- it’s called Hjortsvang
- 100% wool
- 5′ x 7′
…and was $400 Canadian. Ouch.
So I petted it. I hugged it. I cried over it. I groaned over the loss of it while I was still right beside it.
Then I heard myself saying, “Oh what the heck!” and threw it in my already overstuffed Ikea cart.
My old carpet was so badly frayed and I had been hunting for a new one the past 2 years anyway. Not sure why I felt spending $400 at Ikea was ok and not elsewhere but that’s the way it went.
Who am I kidding?! I ADORED THE WEAVE. I have never seen anything like it. It looks like an oversized sweater laying on my floor and I die all over again every time it’s within eyesight!
And so cloud soft underfoot! I didn’t expect that. Yes, you feel the weave but it’s still soft.
And so far my cats hate it!
Update: cats eventually liked it and have pulled up some sections here and there. I tuck them back in by hand.
And I honestly could not be happier.
Now that’s winter decorating, PLUS!
And now to figure out how to move ON with my life other than sitting on one sofa to the next all the live long day…
Funnest (sp?) sitting yet!
What do you think of the look? Would you go with white sofas?
Other Ikea posts you may enjoy:
(includes how I got it home! It’s HUGE)
Visit all my other Ikea purchases and hacked projects HERE
(includes crates, pillows, shelving, plant pots, plus!)