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IKEA’s Going to Discontinue the Vilasund and Backabro!?

Shortly after their appearance was made circa 2014, the new sofa bed clones (IKEA Vilasund and Backabro) might actually be no longer in production, according to IKEA themselves (USA and Canada).

We actually got this anonymous tip from one of our customers, and we couldn’t help but ask IKEA ourselves to confirm this, so I took the liberty of emailing them for answers.

Here was the reply:

Hello Chuck,

Thank you for taking the time to contact us.

Unfortunately, both the BACKABRO and VILASUND series have been discontinued by IKEA and are no longer being manufactured by our suppliers. IKEA products are not discontinued based on sales or consumer demand, but on product availability. This process allows IKEA to open space to introduce new products to the range.

Once an item or series is discontinued our store locations sell all remaining stock with no additional deliveries. Once such items have sold out they are no longer able to be purchased.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused you, and we hope that you will continue to be a loyal and important IKEA customer.

Best Regards,

IKEA Customer Care
IKEA US Contact Center

Not sure about you guys but frankly speaking, I’m quite shocked that the IKEA Vilasund and Backabro sofa beds would be discontinued so quickly, especially when these were the first “sectional sofa beds” that came with a removable and washable slipcover.

I guess after sitting on the sofa beds for a bit longer, I did notice that their seats were a little less comfy than we initially thought when we reviewed the Vilasund and Backabro last year, but I doubt this was the reason for ceasing production as mentioned in their response email.

What do you guys think? Were the IKEA Vilasund and Backabro discontinued too prematurely? Let us know in the comments section below!

Update: Looking for slipcovers for the Backabro or Vilasund models? Comfort Works now has them here:

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  • by karen
    Posted 2015-04-18 3:06 AM 0Likes

    I am shocked. But I did have a feeling about it. Perhaps I had a nagging feeling that I had better buy one quick incase it is discontinued as it is just what I was after and LOVE it.
    It is very comfortable.
    To be honest they do sometimes have problems with suppliers. And perhaps there was a problem supplier of one component. Nothing more to it than that.
    What a massive shame.

  • by Henry Chandra
    Posted 2015-05-04 8:01 PM 0Likes

    This is in the US though, we spoke to IKEA Aus rep whom however said that there’s no plan whatsoever to discontinue them.

  • by Stamen Nikolov
    Posted 2015-06-14 7:53 PM 0Likes

    Nothing like that in Bulgaria as well, not for now! At the end of 2014 I was in IKEA and I was really in love with the Ektorp sofa bed. Now 6 months later when I`m buying a flat and doing the interior I`ve realized they have discontinued my favorite sofa bed and I have to find something else. This is how I got to Backabro. It`s at least 2-3 times more non-comfortable, but still the only model that fit to my requirements. If they discontinue that one as well I`ll not be happy at all.

    By the way, does anyone have an idea if I can buy somewhere those Ektorp sofa beds that were discontinued last year. I`m even ready to buy up to 200E for delivery, just to have that!?

  • by Anna
    Posted 2015-12-16 7:29 AM 0Likes

    Greetings from Poland! It’s December and Vilasund & Backabro are still here, no issues with suppliers I guess 🙂

    • by Chuck Lau
      Posted 2015-12-16 11:19 AM 0Likes

      Glad to hear that Anna!

      It was just something one of our customers brought up so we thought we should share in case anyone’s consider buying the Vilasund or Backabro 🙂

      They seem to be quite decent sofa beds – it was puzzling that IKEA would discontinued them anytime so soon after all!

  • by Terry L Murphy
    Posted 2016-01-20 10:04 AM 0Likes

    When we purchased our Ikea three-seat sofa bed in November 2014 in the Burbank, CA, store, it felt very comfortable when we “tried it out.” However, once it was delivered and assembled in our home, it felt God-awful. It feels as though you are perpetually sliding off the end of the sofa; can’t explain it — very strange, but everyone feels it. Also, the seat is just plain hard! 1) The sofa that was delivered to us was the Backabro three-seat sofa bed; 2) In retrospect, since Backabro was very near being discontinued, we wonder if what we actually sat on in the store was the Ektorp three-seat sofa bed. (The models are almost identical in appearance, except for the seat cushions (bench cushion on the Backabro and three cushions with the Ektorp); 3) Unfortunately, we have not been able to find the delivery bill of lading to see which sofa was delivered to us.

    • by Vicky
      Posted 2017-10-21 6:40 AM 0Likes

      I agree! We have hardly used our villasund and we keep feeling like we are sliding forward on it. I am so disappointed and thinking of getting diff cushions somehow?

  • by Laura
    Posted 2016-02-29 1:48 AM 0Likes

    Hi Stamen, I am in the same situation. I absolutely want to buy a Ektorp sofa bed but I sadly discovered they have been discontinued by Ikea. I have been looking for something else but nothing satisfies me. You can still find second hand ones of course but it’s not the same 🙁

  • by Sandra
    Posted 2016-05-31 9:09 AM 0Likes

    It is really horrible that IKEA would discontinue the one really good product 🙁 I wanna buy Backbabro or (old Manstad ) corner sofa bed so bad .It is not available just in US and I really can not understand that.The new product IKEA has is not the good quality Holmsung (colors are terrible) and Friheten ( material is very bad). IKEA should really think about getting that product back because I can tell that many people would like that. It’s sad to say that there is no longer good quality corner sofa bed available in their store.

    • by Oliver Beamish
      Posted 2018-12-21 4:02 PM 0Likes

      Hi Sandra. I hope you didn’t find a Backabro sofa-bed…..for the sake of your back!! It is an exceptionally ill-thought-out design, with a deep gap between cushions and mattress just where your shoulders lie…
      Funny how Backabro sounds a little like Brokenback!?

  • by Mark
    Posted 2017-07-16 11:17 AM 0Likes

    Was saving up to buy one, especially more so for its removable / washable covers feature. and guess what! all gone. – discontinued 🙁

    • by Chuck
      Posted 2017-07-17 10:07 AM 0Likes

      Oh no!

      Sorry to hear that Mark – there are always other options though, have you checked out the Holmsund by any chance? Here’s a quick review if you’re interested:

      The Friheten is pretty cool too 😉

      Hope this helps!

    • by Vicky
      Posted 2017-10-21 6:43 AM 0Likes

      Mark I have a brand new Vilasund, sooo uncomfortable to sit on. Be thankful you didn’t buy it! Although as a sofa bed it might be ok but we just don’t use it.

  • by naomi erlichman
    Posted 2017-10-09 5:19 AM 0Likes

    We bought the Villasund sofa bed and the seat slips out and it feels like I’m sliding onto the floor. Anyone have any suggestions to keep the seat from sliding out????

    • by Vicky
      Posted 2017-10-21 6:45 AM 0Likes

      Exactly! I am hating it. Was thinking of getting new inserts, maybe thinner ones made?

  • by Dale canfield
    Posted 2019-06-01 10:57 PM 0Likes

    I have a backabro and would support ikea ending the range it’s rubbish, my dad has one too and the same problem occurs on both sofas, that being cushion slippage, the seat cushion slowly works its way forward and you end up slipping onto the floor! Poor design needed buttons to hold in place, was going to modify but instead went elsewhere to purchase a replacement …ikea customer service is poor and they won’t accept this as a design fault…hence no further purchases for them…..avoid at all costs, it’s also very very uncomfortable to sit in for more than ten mins. Good decision ikea but I feel you realised it’s not up to standard a little too late losing customers through poor design quality!

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