Reviews of IKEA Kivik, Carlstad & Poang?

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Q: After two years in a bad living situation, I'm finally getting my own place and I'm super excited because I have always wanted an apartment with a white/blue/black beach theme. I have an extremely tight budget and can only spend about $400 on a sofa. I had settled on either the Ikea white Kivik or Carlstad sofas. However, I have read mixed reviews.

If it is a bad purchase I would have to disassemble it and ship it back to them at my own expense, which is out of the question. I just don't want to waste what little money I've got on a bad product.

Can anyone give me a seriously honest view of their experiences with an Ikea sofa? I am also interested in the Ikea Poang chair — is that comfortable as well?

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.