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Update 08/23/2015: 

The beloved Karlstad sofa is now Discontinued by IKEA as of mid 2015; for those who wants to try their luck can call ahead to try to grab 50% discounts from their floor models – which is probably limited to a 3 seater and 2 seater models. Read more here on Karlstad being discontinued as well as replacement model

Welcome to the ultimate guide and resource for the IKEA Karlstad sofa – find sizes, dimensions, reviews, slipcovers, assembly instructions and more here.

Models include 2 seater, armchair, 3 seater, corner sofa, chaise longue and footstool – all still available at IKEA. Launched in 2008, The IKEA Karlstad are one of the longer running sofa series besides Klippan, Ektorp, Stockholm and Poang.

Maybe you are searching for the perfect sofa and need a little help. Maybe you’ve already decided on the Karlstad, found one on Craigslist or Ebay and need more information. Maybe you already own a Karlstad and your house guest decided to spill coffee on its hard-to-find slipcover. Or maybe your in-law’s are coming to town and you want a more grown up looking slipcover. In this cheat sheet, we’ll help you with all of that.

If your questions aren’t addressed here, feel free to contact our support staff at

Karlstad 2 seat + chaise

Quick Check

Status: Sofas and slipcovers are still available from IKEA.(But not for long!)

Slipcover: Custom Karlstad slipcovers available from Comfort Works


  • Karlstad Arm Chair, SMALL W- 69cm  D- 87cm  H- 80cm
  • Karlstad Arm Chair W- 91cm   D- 93cm  H- 80cm
  • Karlstad Chaise Lounge Stand Alone W- 74cm    D- 137cm   H- 80cm
  • Karlstad Chaise Lounge, Add on Unit W- 74cm    D- 137cm   H- 80cm
  • Karlstad Footstool W- 81cm    D- 63cm   H- 46cm
  • Karlstad Sofa bed W- 223cm  D- 90cm H- 80cm
  • Karlstad 2 seater sofa W- 162cm    D- 88cm    H- 80cm
  • Karlstad 3 seater sofa W- 202cm    D- 86cm    H- 80cm

Cool Factor:  Good looking, sturdy and comfortable.

Ugh Factor: Not the best looking legs, but easily replaceable.

Instruction Manual.

Want to know how to assemble a Karlstad sofa?

Click on the model below to download their Assembly Instruction Manual.

Our Review.

Retro looking and very minimalist of a sofa from IKEA introduced in 2008 to replace the Karlanda range – the Karlstad can be made even more Scandinavian with custom vintage legs and tufted cushions, making it the ideal sofa for DIY hacking.

Design your own custom Karlstad slipcovers today.

More Information.

OurMidCentury – Instructions and cost breakdown of getting your Karlstad’s seat and back cushions button tufted.

APARTMENT THERAPY – Opinions and reviews of the Karlstad sofa.

The Sweetest Digs – Review of the Karlstad slipcover in nice Taupe Gray. – Some user reviews of the Karlstad sofa in general.

Young House Love – Review of the best looking sectionals, including the Karlstad.

IKEA Hackers – How to Petproof your Karlstad sofa using the ‘box-in’ method. – Reviews of the IKEA Karlstad sofa.