Interiors // Ikea Karlstad hack

I've been meaning to do this post for so long but I kept trying to photograph the sofa but because my living room is small it's difficult to get far enough back, I would usually just pull it to another spot but it's not really possible in this convalescence period. Then while I was sat thinking about a different post I suddenly realised I could probably grab a shot from the side, so here they are! When I moved here I realised my existing IKEA Karlstad sofa bed wouldn't fit in the new living room - I'd originally opted for Karlstad as it was the comfiest and best priced sofa bed I tried at the time but this time I wanted something a little more mid century/skandi. I swooned at sofas on the internet from Loaf, Habitat and Heals et al but none seemed to have a replaceable cover and, despite my best swearing, Buster ruins every sofa/chair I've had so it was a must. So it seemed silly to pay a lot of money for something I knew was going to have to be reupholstered. But thinking about an upholsterer, I had an idea and a quick Pinterest search told me I wasn't the first...

Ikea Karlstad hack with tufting and mid century legs. Retreat // Sussex food & lifestyle blog
Ikea Karlstad hack with tufting and mid century legs. Retreat // Sussex food & lifestyle blog

So I decided to stick with a smaller Karlstad (they really are quite comfy and durable, not to mention a low price!) and ordered some beautiful replacement legs from here - they do take a little while to come as it's in the US. I did find some more on Etsy for the sofa bed but they weren't anywhere near the same quality from Uncle Bob's (the name always make me laugh because this is what us wedding photographers call guest camera enthusiasts at weddings). Then I took my cushions to a wonderful upholsterer in Hollingbury, Brighton for some tufting. It was cheap as chips and all you need is a bit of matching fabric that you can usually pick up in the bargain corner bin at IKEA - I dropped them off to Anna in the morning, went and had a lunch meeting and came back for them a few hours later and they were done! We spoke about tufting the seat cushions too but you can't wash them if you do that so I just went with the back cushions. I adore my sofa 4 months later (bar the cat scratches... grrr - does anyone have any tips on how to stop a cat scratching??)!

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The usual Karlstad (photos: IKEA):  

And now:

Ikea Karlstad hack with tufting and mid century legs. Retreat // Sussex food & lifestyle blog
Ikea Karlstad hack with tufting and mid century legs. Retreat // Sussex food & lifestyle blog
Ikea Karlstad hack with tufting and mid century legs. Retreat // Sussex food & lifestyle blog
Ikea Karlstad hack with tufting and mid century legs. Retreat // Sussex food & lifestyle blog

If anyone finds any other leg makers please pop in the comments! If this post inspires you to overhaul your sofa do share on Insta and tag #retreatblog

Formally Emma Gutteridge