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IKEA FÄRLÖV sofa review – Premium without the price tag

Not sure if you should get this sofa? Take a look at our updated IKEA Färlöv sofa review in 2022 before you make your decision!

If you’re too lazy to read, watch our video about the IKEA Färlöv instead:

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. History, status check & technical details
2. Design & aesthetics
3. Comfort
4. Price
5. Slipcoverability & hackability
6. Overall conclusion
7. Assembly guide

History, status check and technical details

Launched in 2017, the Färlöv family consists of 4 models at the time of writing – the armchair, 2-seater sofa, 2-seater sofa bed and 3-seater sofa. The sectional seems to have been discontinued at this moment. As of now, the Färlöv is still available in the US, Great Britain and Australia.

The Färlöv is actually quite a huge sofa, with the 2-seater being 85 ⅞” (218cm) wide and having a deep seating of 25 ¼” (64cm). If you are planning to get it, you’ll have to take into consideration the size of the sofa that may not fit your space. The Färlöv is also a low-sitting sofa, so if your house is one with a low ceiling, the Färlöv should fit right in.

Design and aesthetics

The IKEA Färlöv sofa has been said by many to resemble sofas from high-end brands such as the Pottery Barn York Slope Arm slipcovered sofa collection and Restoration Hardware’s Belgian Classic Slope Arm Slipcovered collection. But, it comes with a price that’s 3 to 4 times cheaper! One feature that makes the Färlöv stand out is its beautifully sloped arms in comparison to many of IKEA’s boxy sofas with straight arms.

The IKEA Färlöv sofa is available in 2 kinds of fabrics and 4 colours. The first fabric is yarn-dyed with natural hints of flax so it gives more texture to the fabric. Although crisp, this material can feel scratchy to the skin for some people. The colours available for the Flodafors fabric are white and grey. The second fabric is velvet that has a soft surface, dense pile and reflective shine. This one comes in dark grey and dark olive-green and is a more comfortable fabric to lounge on.

Rating: 8/10

Comfort

While the sofa may be firm during your first few “sittings”, the seat cushions eventually soften a little over time. Similar to the Söderhamn, it allows you to sit all the way back while you enjoy a book, but it definitely isn’t as soft as the Söderhamn. Despite that, the Färlöv is still very good for lounging, even if you’re in the taller group.

Rating: 8/10

Price

Currently, the Färlöv 2-seater is priced at GBP329 in Great Britain, starts at AU$449 in IKEA Australia and US$799 for our American friends. Meanwhile, the Färlöv 3-seat sofa starts at US$949 in the US, GBP295 in Great Britain (crazy discount for the Flodafors White cover!) and AU$749 in Australia (only available in Djuparp Dark Grey).

It’s incredibly affordable compared to the Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware sofas mentioned in the previous section. If you’re a fan of the modern farmhouse trend but not about the price of luxurious sofa brands, then pick the Färlöv already!

Slipcoverability and hackability

With the limited slipcovers from IKEA, we bet you’d like more choices. Take a look at how you can transform the plain Färlöv by simply using slipcovers. Whether you want a snug fit or long skirt, the choice is yours. Did we already mention that you can choose from more than 70 fabric styles for your Färlöv (and other IKEA sofas) upgrade?

You could totally put a Pure Linen slipcover with pleated skirts on the Färlöv for a farmhouse look. Additionally, the sofa legs have the same old bolt size that’s used in many of the IKEA sofas, so it’ll be easy-peasy to swap out the sofa legs for something cuter. Done and dusted!

IKEA Farlov sofa in white linen replacement covers
IKEA Farlov in Pure Linen White slipcovers

Overall conclusion

The Färlöv series from IKEA is for those who want to graduate from the basic Ektorp. While it’s a little pricier than many other IKEA options, its traditional shape is timeless and slipcovered style makes it easy to keep clean and really go the distance.

Verdict: 7.2/10

Assembly guide

Färlöv frame 3-seat section

Unlock the Farlov’s potential

Have you checked out the IKEA Färlöv sofa yet? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

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Mayra
Mayra
5 years ago

I too saw this series at Ikea and it looked upscale and elegant compared to other series. Our local Ikea only had the sectional on display and many people were flocking to it. I like the Ektorp’s style but the seat cushions were not as comfortable as the older versions… Read more »

deb
deb
4 years ago
Reply to  Mayra

Hi, I’m writing from England, brought here by your photo of Farlov in a colour….any colour! I agree with the comment about Ektorp, I bought the 5-seat sectional when it first came out, and got rid of it after fifteen happy years because I was bored with it and the… Read more »

Dida
Dida
5 years ago

Couldn’t the cushion issue be solved by getting a cut piece of memory foam??? I have had the Karlstadt sofa for 8 years….this looks cozier and not as boxy…I love the design but at this price point a tweek to the cushion is totally doable!

Chris
Member
5 years ago
Reply to  Dida

Hey Dida,

Indeed it could – would have to get the foam custom made though, which might end up being a couple of hundred extra.

Karen Sommers
Karen Sommers
5 years ago

Love the style. I really wanted a similar style before recently Purchasing Ektorp 3 seater. I also purchased 2 sets of Blekinge White slipcovers from EBay. I wanted a durable cotton and needed “inexpensive”. I hope to purchase Linen covers soon. ? I really would have preferred the style of… Read more »

Karen Sommers
Karen Sommers
5 years ago

Do you plan to make slipcovers for the Farlov? Thank you.

Chris
Member
5 years ago
Reply to  Karen Sommers

Hey Karen,

We do indeed plan on adding the Farlov to our collection of slipcovered sofas! Not quite yet though as it’s still brand-new, but maybe in a few weeks time. I think we could drop you an email if you’d like once we launch this?

Bel
Bel
5 years ago

Well, after your review and the one mentioned above on Instagram, I took the plunge and bought it yesterday. It’s not out of the box yet, we are moving so it might not get put together for a week. Our store didn’t have a floor model out, so I couldn’t… Read more »

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