IKEA hack: Karlstad sofa transformation

We’ve been looking everywhere for an affordable mid century sofa and we’ve found that anything new is too expensive and reupholstering something authentic costs even more, so we turned to our friends at Ikea to help us out. The great thing about Ikea sofas is that they’re cheap and they’re slipcovered.

We have cats (you can see Happy chilling under the sofa below), so that’s a great feature for us if we need to replace any clawed upholstery (also great if you have kids). The only bad thing is that their frames are a bit generic, so we tried to think of ways we could spruce one up.


In the end, we decided to hack a Karlstad sofa and we got the whole look for under $750. We’re pretty happy with the results.

First, we decided to have the seat and back cushions button tufted. After some convincing, we got an employee at Ikea to give us some spare fabric samples so we could upholster the buttons. We were originally going to do the tufting ourselves (there are some great DIY videos on Youtube), but we got a quote from a local upholsterer to do the whole thing for $40 and we couldn’t pass that up.

We also decided that the legs were too plain and had to go. It turns out that Ace Hardware sells stainable mid-century tapered legs in a variety of sizes for a few bucks. We chose the 8″ legs and stained them “Early American”.


Finally, we wanted to add some color so we picked up some throw pillows from World Market, and there you have it! We’ll break down the prices below:

Ikea Karlstad sofa frame: $350
Linneryd slipcover: $250 (I think they start at $150 for other fabrics)
Button tufting: $40
Legs, mounting plates, and a wood stain: $25
Throw pillows: $75
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Grand Total: $740

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