Savannah Smiled: New IKEA KIVIK Couches

1.28.2014

New IKEA KIVIK Couches

The giant brown furniture has finally made its way out of our living room. We were loaned the set right when we moved into our apartment (which was so awesome). Actually, if it weren't for that brown furniture, us and our guests may have just sat on the floor the entire span of 2013. 

2014 called for a fresh start in the little old apartment, so we prepared to buy ourselves our first pieces of sitting-furniture as married people. We moved out the big browns (well, I did not help at all....but, three manly men moved them for me) and headed to IKEA. My sister Bethany and I went first, so we could look around at the decor, and her boyfriend Jon and Montrell drove a little while after us. 

I always check out the "as is" section of IKEA before I get myself something brand new. Just like a miraculous sign from the heavens, the very sofa I came there to purchase (KIVIK) was sitting there, perfect as can be...just in the wrong color. It was marked more than half off the original price, so my sister and I sat down on it to claim it (you gotta make fast moves in the "as is" section)! I went and got some isunda gray covers and the additional chaise lounge and we headed to the checkout line. Once everything was purchased (we saved nearly $300), we realized we had no loading plan. 

The boxes and couch itself (assembled or not) would never have fit in my Dodge Avenger with the seats down. We contemplated renting a UHAUL...Then, a little imagination later, we decided to stick everything in my sister's hatchback Toyota Yaris! People were staring us down, laughing and giving us the thumbs-up. We t-o-t-a-l-l-y did it. It took two trips of course: One with the couch, the next with the chaise lounge, but we made it happen (Perks of living 10 minutes from IKEA). Never underestimate the size of a Yaris, y'all!

After we assembled the chaise, added the new gray covers to the purple monster and cleaned up the living room, I was a little disappointed. I knew the couches would be lower to the ground than our previous ones, but they looked REALLY low. Too low for our taste. 

After I bummed out about for about two minutes, I got to thinking! There's never a problem my thrifty, ghetto-fab brain can't solve.  Lightbulb: Bed Risers! Didn't know if they would work, but I figured if they held up dorm beds, they've got to be doing something right. 

I got mine at Big Lots, but Amazon has them too. We put them on and ughh...UGLY. Then another lightbulb moment hit me...what if we flipped them upside down? (I noticed the tops were more narrow than the bottom) Boom. Brand new couches!

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It raised them the perfect amount and they actually look like couch legs. Now, until I figure out a way to nail, screw, glue, etc them down, the couches aren't easily moveable. Eventually, I'll think of something for that little issue, but other than that, I'm loving them. I feel like I have a whole new living room. 

UPDATE: 1/20: See how they're holding up in my latest living room update.

19 comments:

  1. It looks great!! Tim used to have two KARLSTAD sofas in the living room, and he had them for yeeears, with lots of abuse from the animals lol

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  2. I am IN LOVE with your living room. And I don't think I've ever been more jealous to not having an IKEA anywhere near by.

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  3. Looks so stylish, what an amazing difference the grey covers make! I used to have a Yaris, amazing what you can fit in them! Love that you took pics while the men loaded the car!

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    1. My sisters Yaris is so awesome! It's so small, but we've packed so much in there...the sofa was definitely the biggest so far. May have to be my next car!

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  4. Wow!! Those are looking great in your room! Although...I'm such a lover of crazy bright colors I probably would have kept the couch purple even though I recognize that gray is a much more reasonable color for home decor. :)

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  5. Just tried this on my kivik sofas and I love it! What size bed risers did you use? I used 6 inch and I think they might be a smit too tall.

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    1. I think mine may be 6 too, but we flipped them upside down, so that the couch fit inside of them. That made them a little shorter.

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  6. How do you like the Isunda Gray fabric? I'm considering the same purchase and am wondering if the fabric is comfortable. Thanks!

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    1. It's a little more rough than some couches I've been on, but the couch itself is so comfortable, we've had no complaints. Now that I think about it, I've slept on the cushions as a pillow before and don't remember feeling any roughness. Very comfortable to me (and the perfect color!)

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  7. Have you had any trouble with sagging in the middle? We're looking to do the same thing.

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    1. So far, (over a year since we got our couches) I haven't seen any sagging. We've had three people on our couch at once, lots of guests have slept on it, and no problems yet. If sagging/cracking ever did begin happening, I think I could just buy another set of bed risers and add to the middle of the couch to give some extra strength.

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  8. Did you end up attaching them permanently?

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    1. So far, I still have not. I haven't ever had a problem with them slipping/falling. When we moved, I just stacked up the risers and put them down at the new place.

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  9. So did you try to use the legs that actually come with the couch..? I'm asking because I have Kivik myself and it took me a while (well, a year :D) to find the legs from under the couch. Still I have to say that the higher legs look even better!

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    1. I did use the very tiny square legs that come with the couch. They are still attached and they fit perfectly inside the new "legs" (bedrisers).

      Yesterday, my husband and I had to move our couch for a maintenance request. When we had our couch on the floor with the regular legs, it looked SO strange.
      Those 6 or so inches make a HUGE difference in appearance!

      Thanks for reading!

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