We have had the Ikea Ektorp sectional sofa for at least 5 years now. So far I have not grown tired of it and still love the way it looks, It has held up great under very heavy use and a lot of dog activity as well.
This sofa was originally purchased in Blekinge white which I loved. The original cover has been washed many, many times and shows no sign or damage or wear and tear to the fabric. The white was however starting to look a bit dingy. I would wash it and it would look great for a few days, but very quickly seemed to look dirty again. I decided to replace the cover. I had been meaning to buy a back-up for a long time but had just kept putting it off. You can imagine my dismay when I tried to order one and learned the Blekinge white had been discontinued.
They have a new white called Vittaryd white which is twice the cost of the original Blekinge white, http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70321696/#/90321756.
We decided to go with the Lofallet beige instead, http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70321696/#/70321696. At $99 for the sectional cover, it is the same cost that the Blekinge white was. I was not sure I would like the beige, because I really loved the white.
I have to say that I really do LOVE the beige.
It actually goes a little better in our old home because nothing is really white anyway. Everything is really much more creamy than white.
Yet it still maintains that light, neutral look I love.
For some reason, the fabric does not attract dog fur the way the white did, and it is not just that it doesn't show up as much but the fur just doesn't cling to the fabric as much.
It definitely stays cleaner longer than the white did.
The beige also feels warmer during the cold Northeast winter. I have kept the white slipcovers and will bring them out again for the spring and summer, but I love the beige as much as I like the white!
Frequently asked questions:
Q: Would you purchase this sofa again?
A: Yes, absolutely. It would still be my first choice.
Q: Is it comfortable?
A: Yes, but this is a personal preference. It is not hard at all, but it is also not pillow soft. It is on the smallish size for a sectional and the back is not high so my husband puts a pillow behind his head for extra support. I find it perfectly comfortable and have no complaints.
Q: Is it hard to wash the slipcovers?
A: It is easy to wash. I do it in 3 loads with my front-load washer. I air dry it by hanging it outside in the nice weather, or by hanging the large, main slipcover over my stairway bannister and hanging the covers on the dining room chairs. Sometimes I throw them in the dryer for a few minutes. I sometimes, but not always put it back on when it is slightly damp. The one thing I would suggest is that you clean your washer (especially if it is a front loader) before washing the slipcovers or you might end up with black grease lines on the covers. The lines come out easily with Shout.
Q: Are the slipcovers hard to put back on?
A: The cushion covers are not hard at all, but the very large main slipcover is tricky to replace. You definitely need to do a lot of tugging and pulling at it but it can be done alone.
Q: Do you iron the slipcover after washing?
A: No. I never do and it looks fine.
Q: Do stains come out?
A: Yes, they come out easily after being sprayed with Shout, at least from the Blekinge white. I do not yet have any stains on the beige and I have not had to wash the covers yet (6 months and counting).
Please ask any additional questions in the comments and I will be glad to answer!