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Karlstad vs Karlanda: Two Karls enter, one couch leaves

Although you might mistake them for identical twins at first glance, this article will show you just how to tell between these seemingly identical IKEA sofas apart – the Karlstad and Karlanda.

Mr. Karlanda is the older brother of Mr. Karlstad; sadly because he’s older and has been forced into retirement by IKEA and has been discontinued for quite a while now (can’t even get replacement slipcovers for him from IKEA either). Both these brothers are highly configurable, you can get them in loveseats, 3 seaters, armchairs, footstools, chaise lounges, heck I bet they could turn into a hovercraft and fly away! (They can’t – I’ve already asked IKEA one too many times)

Karl? Karl? Kouch!
Uncanny resemblance – what’s the difference?

It’s pretty easy to tell Karl from Karl with their 3 seater sizes. The Karlanda’s 3 seater has 3 normal looking back and seat cushions while the Karlstad’s 3 seater has 2 wide ones, so if your sofa’s over 200cm wide and you’re suspecting it’s either the Karlstad or Karlanda – it’s more likely the former.

Karlanda vs Karlstad 3 seater
Obvious difference in cushion sizes

Oh, and if you’re wondering, that’s the long skirt Karlstad replacement sofa cover in Shire Earth on the left. Mr. Karlanda on the other hand, went for a Karlanda sofa cover in Gaia Taupe. The elegant skirts they have are an addition that wasn’t even offered by IKEA originally, and that’s the cool thing about having a custom slipcover.

But I don’t have a 2 or 3 seater!

Well, in that case you’ll need to grab your trusty measuring tape and do a quick comparison of your sofa with the table below!

Karlanda Karlstad
2 seater 150 x 87 x 66 cm 164 x 88 x 80 cm
3 seater 208 x 87 x 66 cm 202 x 86 x 80 cm
sofa bed 180 x 87 x 66 cm 223 x 90 x 80 cm
chaise lounge add-on 61 x 133 x 66 cm 75 x 137 x 80 cm
corner sofa 3+2 275/217 x 87 x 66 cm 277/237 x 86 x 49 cm
2+3 217/275 x 87 x 66 cm 237/277 x 86 x 49 cm
armchair 90 x 87 x 66 cm 91 x 93 x 80 cm
round footstool 85 x 74 x 43 cm 81 x 63 x 46 cm

Another thing to note is that the Karlstad’s armrest is detachable so you can add or remove the chaise lounge easily, and connect it to a corner piece – or just combine everything together to form a giant U-shaped sectional even. Karlanda on the other hand isn’t so flexible, its chaise lounge is more of a permanent attachment. Just another quick way to tell the difference between the two 😉

Karlstad Sectional Sofa Cover - Comfort Works
Karlstad Sectional Sofa Cover – Comfort Works

I hope you’ve found just as much appreciation for how modular the Karlstad and Karlanda are as I have, and have learned a little about differentiating the two. It’s no wonder they’re so popular, with multiple configurations and custom slipcovers readily available for everyone!

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  • by Alex
    Posted 2015-07-23 2:19 PM 0Likes

    Hey guys, thanks for the helpful post, is that corner sofa IKEA’s? I have a Karlstad but the legs look rather different.

    • by Chuck Lau
      Posted 2015-07-24 11:26 AM 0Likes

      That is indeed the Karlstad! One of the reasons why it’s one of our favourite sofas is the fact that its legs are easily swapped. You’ll notice that IKEA sells both the standard wooden block legs (which I believe you have), as well as the skinny metal ones.

      The corner sofa in the picture has custom sofa legs which can be easily obtained from a few online stores actually – 2 of the biggest ones we know can be found in our latest review here:

      Hope this helps! 🙂

    Posted 2019-03-14 9:58 PM 0Likes

    I have an old Karlanda sofa bed and would like to purchase a new cover.
    Before to transmit any order I must be sure the cover will be really suitable.
    I read on the internal label of my old sofa’s cover the following:
    500.833.47 19961
    Are you able to supply me with any details to place my order?
    Thanks for a kind and urgent reply.
    Kind regards
    Mario Pacifici

  • by pollaci
    Posted 2019-08-23 11:23 PM 0Likes

    Could you confirm me that Karlanda’s sofa is older than karlstad’s sofa?
    Do you know the date of the end of the older sofa?
    I have one but i don’t which one it is.
    Thank you very much for your help

    • by Chuck
      Posted 2019-08-26 1:12 PM 0Likes

      Hi Pollaci,

      I can definitely confirm that the Karlanda is older – as a rough guesstimate I’d say the Karlstad appeared in the market around 2009 or so.

      Either way you can just send us a photo of your sofa and we can help you identify it 🙂

      Alternatively the Karlanda’s slipcovers are removable without having to disassemble the sofa, whereas the Karlstad requires you to disassemble the armrests in order to remove its covers.

      Hope this helps!

  • by Natalie Sharif
    Posted 2022-01-04 9:33 PM 0Likes

    Have you found any info. On the Karlanda long leather bench that was sold in the early 2000’s? Mine was manufactured in 2002 in Canada. I cannot find any pics or info. I have even checked ikeas online museum catalogs.

    • by Naomi
      Posted 2022-02-04 3:38 PM 0Likes

      Hey Natalie,

      Looks like you have a rare one!

      The Karlanda bench was indeed sold around the early 2000’s, and not in every region (if we’re not mistaken). It was discontinued perhaps even before the entire Karlanda line itself was discontinued.

      We actually do sell covers for the Karlanda bench – and you may find it here;

      If yours is the leather version, you might have to get a set made on a custom basis (as the covers we sell will only fit the fabric version).

      Drop us an email at and our agents will help you out 🙂

      Cheers! x

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