A Tale of Two Couches

The little-known mid century Karlstad couch makeover would win a doodle award for excellence in ikea furniture customization if there were such a thing. There’s not, but there is my complete copying of it here on this blog.

We got our cushions back from the upholster last week, (We used Spruce, which I recommend to anyone, any day.) which means our new sofa is officially midcenturized.

Allow me to recap. Here’s the couch before…

And here she is after…

It’s like a brand new(er) couch! To review, here’s what we did to make it 50s-friendly:

  • Tufted the back cushions-$50  (Should you choose to take this on yourself, take note that ikea is not liberal with their fabric swatch disbursement. To get matching fabric we had to buy a $20 cushion in the same fabric to cover the buttons).
  • Added modern legs from tablelegs.com-$8.95 each (Make sure to request the correct hardware to be included with the legs on your order.)

It’s not much, but it makes a huge difference.  Our grand total came in around $700, which is pretty great when you consider couches of a similar style usually range from $1000-$2500.

Putting the finishing touches on my modern eclectic living room is a small victory in the grand scheme of things, but it feels good to write about it and see a project come together, especially on a day like today, where Heath and I celebrate the one year anniversary of signing on our first house (more on that to come).  Until then, we’ll continue cruising the internets for more intriguing inspirations from the comfort of our new couch.

9 Comments on “A Tale of Two Couches”

  1. kmom says:

    I like the look,

  2. Allison says:

    ah! we have that same sofa and I have been wanting to do that as well! looks great!

  3. Its a wonder that IKEA doesn’t catch onto these trends a bit and produce sofa’s with those lovely legs and tufting. I recently bought a second hand Karlstad for £50 and recovered it and added some new legs. It looks brand new and I love it!

  4. lindsey says:

    what size legs did you order from table legs.com .. also what hardware did you request for the Karlstad? I have the same couch, but in an L shape.

  5. Mick says:

    Do you find that the tufted cushions are holding up well and are comfortable?? Thanks, considering doing the same.

  6. Sam says:

    I’ve just bought a light grey Karlstad corner sofa and this caught my eye because mine is light grey and a little bland. I was pleasantly delighted when I read that yours was also a Karlstad! I’m really inspired by the buttons and the legs and am going to see if I can do the same!

  7. Nita says:

    I’m desperate to know how you removed the old legs. Does it require a special tool to get up inside the leg to unscrew? Mine won’t just unscrew

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