Last Sunday we discovered the new flat has fleas, and that we’ve infected the current flat we rent. Rubbish! After a lot of frantic phone calls, an epic amount of hoovering and a short bout of tears we decided to take our minds off the hideousness and head to IKEA to try and choose a sofa.

Our current sofa in the rented flat is HIDEOUS. Not only is it ugly, it’s also the most uncomfortable sofa in the world, with that weird velvety material that means even if you slouch your clothes stay stuck to it in a very upright position. We regularly choose to sit on the floor as opposed to torturing ourselves on the sofa. In short, we can’t WAIT to get a new one, and we have one criteria – comfort.

I’ve had my eye on the Karlstad sofa at Ikea for a while. After sitting on it at various friends houses and even sleeping on it a few times, i can vouch for its comfort. I also don’t mind the way it looks. There’s just one this I hate about it – the legs. It comes with these awful beech square legs that are just so….IKEA. But, I had already found a website called Pretty Pegs that sells replacement legs for IKEA sofas and could get some to match our mid-century teak dining table. Sofa conundrum solved! Or so I thought.

KARLSTAD Three-seat sofa IKEA A range of coordinated covers makes it easy for you to give your furniture a new look.When we walked into the store on Sunday, Mr Harriet sat on the Karlstad and immeadiately declared it the most uncomfortable sofa he’d ever sat on. Cue panic.

Until we sat on the Kivik. The wider arms, lack of legs, and squatter shape mean I like the style of it a lot less. The 20cm extra width (mostly from its excessively wide arms) will mean it dominates our tiny living room. But boy is it comfy. I mean, we could lie on that sofa through our Game of Thrones box set and not have to get up once to twist our clothes back or find a comfier position. But damn, I just wish it was prettier…

KIVIK Three-seat sofa IKEA KIVIK is a generous seating series with a soft, deep seat and comfortable support for your back.

This has led to all out war in out flat. Boys vs Girls, Kivik vs Karlstad. I’ve even set up a Pinterest board to try and help me decide. What do you think?

UPDATE: WE HAVE A WINNER (And it’s neither of the one’s above!)


As of July we decided that compromise is the only way this war will end. Enter the John Lewis Bailey – with it’s square shape like the Karlstad and the higher back like the Kivik it’s the comfiest of the three and best looking by far. Unfortunately for us we could have bought both Ikea sofa’s for the same price. But I held out and found one we like in the sale! YAY. It’ll take a few weeks to be delivered but I can’t wait to start watching Orange is the New Black on it!


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