Sofas inside the house is commonplace. But, IKEA decided that it would be cool to bring these comfort boxes out into the wild. Hence, the IKEA Outdoor Sofa range.
So, we set out to find these beauties that live in the undomesticated open (not in an actual jungle, it was just the nearby IKEA) just so that we could review them for you.
Let’s find out which IKEA outdoor sofa is the best for you.
#1 IKEA Kungsholmen
The Kungsholmen is the most promising of the IKEA outdoor sofas. It’s made of synthetic rattan and has rust-proof rattan, so you wouldn’t have to worry about replacing your outdoor seating every few years. It has different sections that you can combine and customize to your need.
The design is fairly classical with it closely resembling wickerwork furniture dating back to the Victorian era. IKEA somehow manages to add a unique spin to it by having cushions of a more modern design with clean, straight lines, a stark contrast from the curves and slants of the old-school frame.
Comfort-wise, the cushions provide some element of support but it’s not quite the right amount of plushness that a sofa should have. Also, the armrests are a little high and uncomfortable. For maximum cosiness and flexibility, it would be better to combine the armless, single-seaters to make a giant sofa instead of investing in the seaters with arms.
In terms of pricing, a 3-seater Kungsholmen is priced at US$375, which is highly affordable, considering that you’d be saving more in the long run, by not having to replace your sofa over the years. It’s also the cheapest 3-seater among all other IKEA outdoor sofa models.
#2 IKEA Applaro
The Applaro is unique in that it’s made of hardwood and that itself gives it the elegance that none of the other IKEA outdoor sofa models have. This range is more suited for patio decoration and it has a wide range of furniture besides seating units. This series has outdoor grills with cabinets right up to outdoor dining table sets.
Design-wise, the Applaro has the stereotypical outdoor design: wooden finishing, square slits and an overall squarish outline. It’s a fairly modern design and interestingly, is armless. This gives you a more fluid seating layout which you can re-shuffle whenever you need to. You can also remove the cushions and use the sections as they are, for a full-on outdoorsy feel.
The comfort factor for this IKEA outdoor sofa series is in that it has additional cushions for it’s sofas and loveseats, in place of the armrests. The movable cushions are also an interesting feature, allowing you the freedom to get creative with them. Convert the seat cushions as floor cushions on your patio, just for lounging around. Cool, huh?
The price point of the Applaro series is in the mid ranges, with a 3-seater priced at US$490. It’s pretty reasonable considering it’s made of hardwood. Also, it an be used interchangeably outdoors and indoors, owing to it’s design style. It’s knife-edged back cushions make up for the stiff and unforgiving feel of the wooden frame, giving you just the right amount of support you need.
#3 IKEA Arholma
The Arholma series in the IKEA outdoor sofa family is the ultimate modular piece for your al-fresco adventures. The sections are the puzzle pieces you need to build the outdoor sofa of your dreams and unlike it’s cousin, the Solleron, the Arholma’s uber design allows you to create larger sections, without the overly-chunky look, thanks to it’s compact armrests.
The Arholma boasts a forward, modular frame combined with the vintage feel and texture of rattan, emulated by IKEA’s brilliant idea of synthetic rattan. The plain box cushions also adds to it’s streamlined and clean design, without compromising comfort.
The cushion on this are surprisingly plush, despite looking flat and uncomfortable. But, the highlight are the back cushions, which combine the design of the box cushion and gives you the comfort of knife-edged cushions. The boxed seats with a good depth is another plus, giving you that additional dash of cosiness.
At US$500, an Arholma 3-seater sofa isn’t actually a bad idea. The frame is quite sturdy and the plastic rattan would last you for a good few years. The deep seats also allow you to stretch back as comfortably as possible for the best outdoor lounging.
#4 IKEA Solleron
The distant cousin to the IKEA Arholma, the Solleron is similar yet subtly unique. Despite having the same modular design as the Arholma, the Solleron stands out due to it’s typical, wide, square arms and it’s single, statement-piece sections.
The Solleron has a comparatively limited fluidity, a contrast to the endless sectional combinations promised by the Arholma’s design, and this is mainly due to it’s chunky armrest design. But, this also gives the Solleron its ability to stand out and fill the room with only a few pieces, instead of needing to construct a giant sofa in order to decorate the outside of your home.
The Solleron and the Arholma earned similar scores for comfort. The Solleron, however, has a slight upper-hand. The seat cushions are much wider, providing more uniform back support, no matter where on the couch you decide to sit on.
A Solleron 3-seater is US$625, a bit on the higher side. The price does not really justify the design and comfort, seeing that both of these closely resemble the Arholma, which is comparatively cheaper.
#5 IKEA Mastholmen
The Mastholmen design resembles the ancient seating apparatus used in Northern Europe in the 17th Century. It is the only IKEA outdoor sofa range that has those crazy, curvy shapes, a far cry from IKEA’s usual modular approach.
The curves on this sofa is what makes the design stand pout among the rest of the models in the IKEA outdoor sofa range. However, it isn’t much of an ergonomic design. The rattan backrest leans too far back and it doesn’t have any back cushions. Ouch! Even the armrests are uncomfortable.
The Mastholmen lost lots of comfort points due to the lack of back cushions. Let’s face it, leaning into a rattan frame is probably not everyone’s idea of comfort. The single seat cushion is okay, but we would definitely not recommend spending an entire evening on this sofa. You’d probably have a sore tush the next day.
The Mastholmen does not have a 3-seater option but the loveseat is priced at US$149. Though cheap, the design and lack of comfort is an immediate put-off to potential buyers. And, we weren’t feeling it either, when we tested it out.
The Arholma is probably the most sensible choice among all the IKEA outdoor sofa models. The price is reasonable, the comfort is pretty great and it gives you the option to go wild when designing your modular sectional outdoors. But, the Applaro has the best score in terms of aesthetic. This is mainly because of the wooden finishing that works both indoors and outdoors.
So, we’ve looked at all the contenders and we’ve selected the victor! Now, it’s your turn to let us know what you think of these bad boys.