Make It Yours: 5 Ways to Customize Your IKEA Sofa

Make It Yours: 5 Ways to Customize Your IKEA Sofa

Carrie McBride
Apr 23, 2015
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Is your IKEA sofa feeling generic or you're longing for a new one but don't really need one? There's no need to throw the baby out with the bathwater when you can make a tweak or two to change up the look and customize your sofa to your tastes. Here are five ideas you can try to revamp and refresh yours...

1. Upgrade the Legs

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IKEA sofa legs are typically blocky and plain so changing the legs is one of the easiest ways to change the look. Above is the Karlstad sofa with new mid-century style tapered legs.

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Here's a very similar leg on a Karlstad painted mint green with spray-painted gold tips.

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This blogger talked herself out of ditching her Karlstad sofa for the new Stocksund sofa by just purchasing the Stocksund legs and putting them on her Karlstad - smart!

2. Tuft the Cushions

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This Karlstad got the royal treatment with both new legs (pictured at top) and tufted cushions to achieve the mid-century look they were going for. These homeowners had a professional upholsterer do the tufting, but it's a project you could tackle on your own, like the sofa below...

This tufting is all DIY by the owner and she even walks you through doing it in a video to give you confidence to try it yourself. (Note that once you've tufted, the covers aren't removable for washing.)

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Totally tuft-tacular. These folks had both the bottom and back cushions tufted on their Karlstad. They like this look so much that this is the second Karlstad they've had this done to, see the first one here.

3. Add Nailhead Trim

For a more refined look for your budget sofa, try adding nailhead trim. Here, a Karlstad gets this treatment and it really changes the whole look.

4. Dye the Covers

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Many IKEA sofas include removable covers which means you can purchase new covers when you're ready for a new look or your covers have encountered a mishap without having to purchase a whole new sofa. If you have DIY running through your veins though, you might try your hand at dyeing the covers yourself like this KIVIK whose covers were dyed orange.

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Here's another example of going bold with new slipcovers. These $300 Klippan sofas were dyed a bright purple.

5. Build a Box

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This is the most drastic customization of the group and also the biggest transformation. In an effort to protect her Karlstad from her cat (the KÄT sofa not being available), this owner built a wood box with legs to house the sofa cushions and create something totally unique.

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