If you are anything like me, you probably have at least a few pieces of furniture in your home that hail from that gigantic blue-and-yellow beacon for bargain furniture hunters: IKEA. Yes, I’d say there are a huge number of strangely-named sofas, tables, and chairs hanging around in many a home (what is an Ektorp?? Or a Henriksdal??) of those in my age range and income bracket. Unfortunately some IKEA furniture is also a hallmark of unkempt, smelly dorm rooms. It has always seemed to me that you have one of two choices when it comes to choosing a slipcover for anything that you buy at IKEA–you can either go with something boring and safe (although sure to look pretty darn classy) or you can decide that you want your living room to look like a dorm room. Maybe there are a few out there than can pull off some of the uber-modern textiles on some of these IKEA sofas without evoking memories of pot and old socks, but I’ve found that it is pretty hard to pull off!
We have been the proud owners of several IKEA items over the past few years. We currently own several Ektorp pieces (corner sofa, chaise lounge, sleeper sofa) as well as some great dining room chairs from the older Henriksdal that I LOVE. Although the corner sofa has worn a few different slipcovers through the years, most have been pretty boring–white, beige, etc. For larger pieces like that, I find that solid colors often duo work best in small spaces. However, every once in a while I think I’d like to take things up a notch with a more exciting slipcover on a smaller piece, like a chair. Actually, we were thrilled to find our office chairs (the newer Henricksdal chair with the wider seat) to replace or mismatched ones in our office. The black and white pattern worked really well in our teal jewel-toned office that we sprinkled with black and white accents. Before we had these chairs, things looked pretty boring and jumbled. Just for fun, I found this VERY old picture from while we were still figuring out what to do in the office:
(FYI I just love that there is a red sled on top of the bookcase; this must have been shortly after we moved.) Anyway, compare that to how it looked until recently, with the new chairs with black and white slipcovers:
However, now that our office has to be located somewhere else in the house, these slipcovers just don’t work with our other color schemes (sniffle!). Yet I’ve looked at all the slipcover options at IKEA for this chair, and they just seem so boring and limited. We actually already have white “alternate”slipcovers for these chairs for when these need to head into the dining room for larger dinner parties (usually there are only 6 chair in the dining room). So we’ve been using a safe white one in the meantime.
Then, while scouring etsy.com for someone who could make us a window seat cushion (see why here), I stumbled across a seller that does custom covers for IKEA furniture!! How exciting is that?? The seller has lots of different fabric options and styles available; however, I didn’t see anything that was the exact combination of what I was looking for. A quick convo with the seller later and I came to find that she also has a separate website with expanded options (!!!): http://www.knesting.com/
I haven’t made any decisions yet, but I’m really fond of this cover.
Further investigation into this amazing feat of creativity in sewing landed me at another site that also does custom IKEA covers: bemz.com. What luck! So many options! And so much less expensive than replacing my perfectly fine furniture, or paying someone to upholster my pieces (trust me, I’ve considered it!).
I forwarded these sites on to my sister with some suggestions. She’ll be moving before too long and is looking to update her living room color scheme. Sounds like she’s as thrilled as I am! Such exciting times for our well-loved IKEA furniture! Has anyone else found good sources for IKEA slipcovers? Has anyone ever bought one from one of these sites?