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

Maybe you are searching for the perfect sofa and need a little help. Maybe you’ve already decided on the Karlstad and need more information. Or maybe you already own a Karlstad and your house guest decided to spill coffee on its hard-to-find slipcover. In this cheat sheet, we’ll help you with all of that.

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

As of 2015, the sofa has been partially discontinued in the US (replaced by the Landskrona) and only the 3-seater Karlstad remains for sale. The Karlstad is however still available in all of its configurations in many parts of the world.

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

Status Check

Status: Sofas and slipcovers are still available from IKEA in some parts of the globe

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. All at a very competitive price.

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, tufted cushions, or by giving it a long skirt. It truly is the ideal sofa for DIY hacking.

Interested in hacking the Karlstad? Design your own custom Karlstad 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.

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  • by Bree
    Posted 2013-07-12 9:58 AM 0Likes

    Thanks for sharing our blog! You have great products for Ikea sofas. I’ve bookmarked you for our next Karlstad sofa cover! 🙂

  • by Jessica
    Posted 2015-01-20 6:31 AM 0Likes

    That middle pillow with the blue and orange are the exact colors of my living room – where did you find that?!

  • by Henry Chandra
    Posted 2015-01-21 1:38 PM 0Likes

    Jessica, is this the tufted navy sofa or white?
    if so, they’re owned by the couple from blog. here’re their profiles if you want to ask them directly:

  • by Jessica
    Posted 2015-02-24 2:26 AM 0Likes

    Yes – thank you!

  • by Wanda
    Posted 2016-01-05 7:00 AM 0Likes

    Do you have any idea where the hardware can be found? or what sizes the nuts, bolts, etc. are? We have two 2 seat sofa/loveseats, but hardware was lost in the move! Any help, ideas, or suggestions would be appreciated!

    • by Chuck Lau
      Posted 2016-01-05 11:20 AM 0Likes

      Hey Wanda,

      I think IKEA would be able to help you out as they typically have spare pieces there, have you tried asking them? 🙂

      Let us know how it goes!

  • by Stephanie
    Posted 2016-04-11 2:38 PM 0Likes

    Do you have any suggestions for replacement cushions? Someone crashed on my couch and it just doesn’t feel the same since.

    • by Felicia Lee
      Posted 2016-04-11 3:16 PM 0Likes

      Hey Stephanie,

      You could just get replacement cushion inserts from your nearest Kmart or TJ Maxx 🙂

  • by Shelley Stagner
    Posted 2016-07-25 2:56 PM 0Likes

    Hi there. I have a karlstad 3+2 and was curious if it was possible to switch things around to make it a 2+3. Do you know if that’s possible?

    • by Chuck Lau
      Posted 2016-07-25 6:43 PM 0Likes

      Hey Shelley,

      If this is a Karlstad, it is indeed very possible to switch things around and have it in a different orientation altogether 🙂

      Hope this helps!

  • by alex
    Posted 2016-08-16 6:58 AM 0Likes

    We have had a 2 seater Karlstad for a while and wanted to add a chaise. I found one on craigslist but they said its a “stand alone” version – can this tie in to the couch to turn it into the 2+chaise model?

    • by Chuck Lau
      Posted 2016-08-16 10:13 AM 0Likes

      Hey Alex,

      The standalone version would mean that its original covers weren’t made with holes as per the “add-on” unit, which allows it to be easily connected with the 2 seater. It is however, very possible to hack the two together but you’ll need to get some nuts and bolts from IKEA possibly.

      Hope this helps!

  • by Pamela Capraru
    Posted 2016-10-30 2:52 AM 0Likes

    I have two orange Karlstad sofa beds at the cottage—love them. Can you tell me what size fitted sheets to buy, double (full) or queen? The assembly instructions don’t mention this, and the piece is no longer listed on IKEA’s website, of course.

    I could try the two sizes for fit, but we’ve closed the cottage for the season. Any help would be much appreciated.

    • by Chuck Lau
      Posted 2016-10-31 8:38 AM 0Likes

      Hey Pamela,

      Thanks for your inquiry – given that the bed is around 200cm in width, it’s best to just get a queen which is around that size 🙂

      Hope that helps!

  • by jonathan
    Posted 2016-11-03 2:51 AM 0Likes

    I bought a karlstad sofa and the leg broke. I was wondering if I could buy Landskrona brand replacement? Would that work?

  • by jonathan
    Posted 2016-11-03 3:01 AM 0Likes

    forgot to also say that the arm part of the couch is also broken, sorry.

    • by Chuck Lau
      Posted 2016-11-03 8:22 AM 0Likes

      No worries Jonathan,

      Do you mean buy just the arm and legs from IKEA? I don’t think they sell the arm part separately, but the legs can easily be replaced as I believe they use the M8 bolt for both the Karlstad and Landskrona.

      Personally I’d swap the couch out entirely if the structure of the sofa has been compromised though.

      Hope this helps!

  • by Minh
    Posted 2017-04-06 9:26 PM 0Likes

    Will a Karlstad cover from Comfort Works fit a Landskrona sofa? I have this one

    • by Chuck
      Posted 2017-04-07 9:31 AM 0Likes

      Hey Minh!

      A Karlstad long-skirt cover could potentially fit the Landskrona as it doesn’t require disassembling the sofa before putting the slipcover on. If you’re after the original Karlstad slipcovers from IKEA then I’m afraid it wouldn’t work quite as easy.

      Lastly if you have a design preference as to how the slipcover should function and/or look for your Landskrona – we can always customise it for you 🙂

      Prices will start around US$349 in our 100% cotton Gaia fabrics for this custom job; but once again a Karlstad long-skirt slipcover could work well if it’s a design you already fancy. Check them out here:

      Hope this helps!

  • by V de Lande
    Posted 2017-11-03 12:23 AM 0Likes

    Hello Minh,

    I have a 3+2 Karlstad and moved to a house where the LVR is too small for the 3+2… I ‘d like to separate the sectional and add new arms to the ends that were attached to the corner pieces. In all you Karlstad reaserch have you come across any info on 1) where to get new arms or 2) how to build some?

    Thanks a million!

    • by Julia Hatfield
      Posted 2018-11-14 7:52 AM 0Likes

      Did you ever get an answer as I am in the same boat right now.

      • by Chuck
        Posted 2018-12-10 3:19 PM 0Likes

        Hey Julia!

        I just replied V, basically along the lines of trying to find a secondhand armchair from Craigslist or Gumtree so you can combine the spare parts at a cheap price.

        Apart from that I don’t think having arms custom-built would be affordable so the alternative I can think of would be to leave one of the sections as a standalone without arms even.

        Hope this helps!

    • by Chuck
      Posted 2018-12-10 3:18 PM 0Likes

      Hi V,

      As long as I’ve been in the industry I haven’t come across people building new arms for the Karlstad but it’s very possible to scour the internet e.g. Gumtree, Craigslist for another secondhand Karlstad armchair, loveseat or 3-seat sofa just to get the arms.

      Alternatively you could consider not having armrests for one of the sections altogether so it looks more like a bench than a sofa?

      Hope this helps!

  • by Jo Bowen
    Posted 2018-06-12 6:55 AM 0Likes

    I’ve had a karlstad sofa bed for 5yrs which has been great but now the bottom part will,only pull out a few centimetres then hits the main frame – don’t know how this happened or how to fix it – any ideas welcome!

  • by Suzanne
    Posted 2018-06-25 4:48 AM 0Likes

    Hi I am in a real bind. My dog peed on the corner seat cushion of my Karlsbad sectional. Unfortunately it soaked into the actual insert. I can find the cushion covers everywhere but mine just needed to be laundered. I need the ACTUAL replacement cushion.
    He also ruined the back cushion of the 2 cushion part (the smaller size) of the sectional so I also need to find the insert for that as well. My cover for it is fine.
    Please help.

  • by Amy
    Posted 2018-07-10 3:25 PM 0Likes

    Hi there,

    I need to dismantle the Karlstad that and I no longer have the tools that came with it originally. Can I buy tools online or in a hardware to achieve this?


    • by Bogna
      Posted 2018-07-11 11:09 AM 0Likes

      Hi Amy,

      Definitely! You can also buy tools at IKEA or ask if they have any remaining tools for the Karlstad sofa. 🙂

      Hopefully that helps!

  • by Art
    Posted 2018-07-14 6:24 PM 0Likes

    Hello! One of the rollers mounted on the back side of the pull out frame has snapped off my Karlstad sofa bed. The rollers normally sit in a channel on the sofa frame so it holds the back end of the pull out frame up off the floor.

    The bracket that holds the roller bushing screws off the metal frame easily so I’m hoping that it can be replaced. Anyone know what the bracket/roller part number might be? It isn’t listed in the assembly guide as it was attached to the pull out frame right out of the box.

    Any other advice or suggestions for replacing the roller is much appreciated! Thanks!

    • by Linda
      Posted 2018-07-28 10:28 PM 0Likes

      Same part just broke on my sofa. Did anyone respond to your inquiry?

      • by Dale Depweg
        Posted 2018-10-05 10:02 AM 0Likes

        Me too Any luck?
        IKEA is NO HELP.

      • by Chuck
        Posted 2018-12-10 3:14 PM 0Likes

        Hey Linda and Art,

        Not sure how your question was overlooked, but IKEA does have a section for all the spare parts required should you ever lose anything. Best to head down to your nearest IKEA store and talk to their customer service I reckon.

        Hope this helps!

  • by Elaine
    Posted 2018-09-04 10:13 PM 0Likes

    Is it possible to make a cover for the large Karlstad chair that can be put on without taking the chair apart?

  • by Max
    Posted 2018-09-17 9:09 AM 0Likes

    Is it possible to order a regular cover (not long skirt) for Karlstad leather sofa?

  • by Alison
    Posted 2018-10-27 4:17 PM 0Likes

    Is it possible to get replacement springs for a three seater karlstad sofa?

    • by Hema
      Posted 2018-11-08 9:27 AM 0Likes

      Hi Alison,

      Unfortunately, we don’t carry the replacement springs for the Karlstad. Maybe IKEA would have them, try contacting your local IKEA.

  • by jessica doughty
    Posted 2018-11-26 4:04 AM 0Likes

    Hi, we cannot fit our Karlstad corner sofa into our new living room so we want to turn it into two separate sofas.

    Do you know if the Karlstad Armchair arms fit the sofa?


    • by Chuck
      Posted 2018-12-10 3:10 PM 0Likes

      Hey Jessica,

      As far as we know, they should as it makes economic sense in terms of manufacturing (and of course, the measurements match up on our end)

      Hope this helps 🙂

  • by N
    Posted 2019-01-01 12:00 PM 0Likes


    Is there a way to replace the cushions on the karlstad? We love this couch and have definitely used it so much its starting to sink, a lot. My back is starting to hurt because it has gotten so low and I’m not ready to buy a new one just yet.

    Thanks in advance!

    • by Hema
      Posted 2019-01-04 6:09 PM 0Likes

      Hi there N,

      A quick fix for this would be to leave the cushion inserts out in the sun to help them de-compress.

      Hope this alleviates your cushion issues.

      Have a great 2019!

  • by Beth
    Posted 2019-01-27 2:25 PM 0Likes

    I just found a used Karlstad Corner Sofa/Sectional for sale locally for $660 (it’s 3/2 or 2/3?…not sure how to say it??). That price seems quite high, especially since it wasn’t likely more than $999 when new, and was discontinued in 2015 so is at least 4 years old. It’s in nice condition, but any ideas what a fair price would be? It’s the one without the skirt and is the greyish/blue woven fabric.

    • by Pauline
      Posted 2019-06-12 12:35 AM 0Likes

      I am also interested in current pricing for a used Karlstad Corner sofa, I am interested in purchasing, but wish to pay a fair market price.

  • by Christy
    Posted 2019-02-26 12:36 PM 0Likes

    Hi, we hav the 3×2 corner sofa. Is it possible to swap the 3 and the 2? We just moved and the long end is on an inconvenient side in our new living room.

    • by Hema
      Posted 2019-02-26 2:10 PM 0Likes

      Hi Christy,

      Yes, the pieces can be interchanged.

      Hope this helps!

  • by Gizem
    Posted 2019-02-26 8:01 PM 0Likes

    Hi, what is the closest fabric to the isunda gray that Ikea had? What type of fabric is the closest to the original even if the colors are different?

    • by Chuck
      Posted 2019-02-27 10:10 AM 0Likes

      Hey Gizem,

      From what I remember the Isunda Gray is a very unique patterned fabric and if you’re after something similar it’s best you head down to IKEA to check the fabrics in person. We find it quite tricky to compare colours online.

      On our side as a slipcover maker, the closest fabric to the Isunda grey we have is the Nomad Grey. You can check out our fabric samples here:

      Definitely do order some and get alternatives if you’re trying to get a slipcover for your couch 🙂

      Hope this helps!

      • by Gizem
        Posted 2019-03-18 1:48 AM 0Likes

        Thanks Chuck, that helps! I will order some samples before I decide. One more question; we have a dog (golden), and the current fabric holds the hair (hair sticks on it) which I dont like (difficult to clean). what type of fabric you think would be best for cleaning dog hair? 🙂 thank you in advance!

        • by Chuck
          Posted 2019-03-18 11:43 AM 0Likes

          No worries Gizem,

          Comes down to fabric testing really, we’ve had a case before where a customer mentioned the Kino was good for it but few months down the line another customer mentioned it was NOT good for fur.

          Based on what you’re describing, I think it might be static electricity that’s causing the sticky fur but I don’t know for sure. I personally use the velvet slipcovers which seem to come off alright when I use a lint roller to get my cats’ fur off. Generally I would thus recommend velvet (Rouge) and the Madison fabrics due to their tighter weaves.

          Hope this helps!

  • by Chris
    Posted 2019-08-18 12:11 PM 0Likes

    THANK YOU! even in 2019 this post helped me find comfort works and make my couch new again.

    • by Chuck
      Posted 2019-08-19 11:25 AM 0Likes

      No worries Chris! Happy to help whenever possible 🙂

  • by Mandy S
    Posted 2020-06-09 2:14 AM 0Likes

    Has anyone tried to see if a current Ikea sectional sofa is compatible with the Karlstad sectional? We want to switch our 2 + 3 sectional into two separate sofas, essentially losing the corner piece, but aren’t sure if this is possible. And also replace the cover.

    • by Ning Lim
      Posted 2020-06-09 12:33 PM 0Likes

      Hey Mandy! That sounds really complicated but super intriguing. I would suggest for you to check in with IKEA directly to see if this is something that can be done – they would be able to advise on the actual sofa/sectional’s compatibility.

      Once that is done and you’d like to get some covers, just come on by to and we’ll get that sorted for you! 🙂

    • by frank
      Posted 2021-01-26 7:49 PM 0Likes

      Hi Mandy, just saw your post and may be able to help – if you’re in Australia! Very unlikely current sectionals would suit due to different sizings. Karlstad series was pretty slimline, great space saver! I may have spare armrests – basically you’ll need another pair to make it work!

  • by Nuria
    Posted 2020-11-10 4:32 AM 0Likes

    We have a karlstad sofabed and I would like to add a chaise lounge to it. Has anyone done this before? I’m thinking that all I have to do is remove the arm rest and attach the chaise but will the chaise be able to support the sofa bed?? Do you guys think this is possible?
    I would appreciate any advice. Thanks!

  • by Jesse Morris
    Posted 2020-12-18 10:27 AM 0Likes

    Hi our left side arm has broken on our Karlstad sofa , would I be able to buy another model like a love seat and use the arm for my current sofa?

    • by Naomi
      Posted 2021-01-14 10:46 AM 0Likes

      Oh no! Sorry to know that, Jesse.

      You may be able to do this, but just to be absolutely on the safe side, we would not recommend fixing the arm from the loveseat to your 3-seater as there is a 2-cm difference between both parts. However; if you’ve done this already, do let us know how it turned out! We’d love to know 🙂

  • by Alexandra F
    Posted 2021-03-18 6:46 AM 0Likes

    Hi, we have a Karlstad sofa sleeper. Has anyone been able to convert this sleeper to a normal sofa (without the part hanging down or roll out legs)? Thanks!

    • by Naomi
      Posted 2021-04-02 11:59 AM 0Likes

      Hmm, not too sure about this one, Alexandra.

      Let’s take a look at make-up of the Karlstad sofa-bed (assembly manual here:

      On steps 8, 9, 10, and 11, we can see that the sofa-bed compartment is really an additional component that is sort of placed under the sofa-bed and then kept somewhat in place with a small stopper, which keeps the sofa-bed from rolling all the way and away from under the sofa. This means that by simply removing this little “stopper” and taking away the roll-out bed compartment, you should be left with just the sofa on its own, right?

      However; on steps 12, 13, and 14, we can see that the sofa base on its own is made up on a simple frame and some wooden slats put in place.
      I personally, would feel just a tad bit insecure about this just because there’s essentially nothing keeping the cushions (and my butt!) away from the floor other than those slats in place.

      But you know, if we never try, we’d never know.

      Has anyone else tried DIY-ing this? Please feel free to chime in – we’d love to know!

  • by Maygan
    Posted 2021-05-06 2:13 AM 0Likes

    Is there regular instructions of the Karlstad (non sofa sleeper) with the chaise?

  • by Rachel Levenson
    Posted 2021-06-04 2:03 AM 0Likes

    I’m waiting for my cover to arrive but have the sofa in my apartment. Is it possible to assemble the sofa without any cover at all and just put a blanket on it?

    • by Naomi
      Posted 2021-06-04 5:55 PM 0Likes

      Hey Rachel,

      If you need to use the sofa, you could definitely assemble it and throw a blanket over it in the meantime. Once you get your covers though, you’ll need to disassemble the sofa in order to put on your Karlstad covers.

      The good news is, it’s relatively easy to do. To speed up the process, grab a buddy (or two)!

  • by Dawn
    Posted 2021-07-09 11:31 PM 0Likes

    Hi there!
    Can you please tell me how many inches are the arms of the Karlstad sofa? I would like to purchase the arm covers for my linen couch which is not a Karstad sofa. I appreciate your help!
    Thanks so much!

    • by Naomi
      Posted 2021-07-15 2:02 PM 0Likes

      Hi Dawn!

      Thanks for asking – this is actually something we strongly do not recommend doing as covers made custom for a specific sofa model will not fit another sofa model. To avoid fit issues, we’d actually recommend sourcing for a local tailor/upholsterer to create a working set of covers for you 🙂

      Best of luck and we hope you find a working solution for your sofa!

  • by Jolie
    Posted 2022-01-21 9:15 PM 0Likes

    This is so helpful- do you guys happen to have dimensions for the foam cushions for Karlstad models anywhere? I am struggling trying to determine the right size to replace them with- it seems that measuring “should” be easy, but it’s presenting a surprising challenge to me in terms of where the cushion really ends.

    • by Naomi
      Posted 2022-02-04 4:27 PM 0Likes

      Hey Jolie,

      That depends! Which seat/back cushion dimensions are you looking for – the 2-seater, the sofa bed, the chair?

      • by Matthew
        Posted 2022-04-04 10:12 AM 0Likes

        I’m looking for the cushion dimensions for the 2 seater.

        • by Naomi
          Posted 2022-04-05 10:12 AM 0Likes

          Hey Matthew,

          The dimensions for the Karlstad 2 seater (loveseat) cushions are;

          Seat Cushions: 29″ x 29″ x 4.5″
          Back Cushions: 29″ x 18″ x 3.5″

          Hope this helps 🙂

  • by Dana
    Posted 2022-02-11 10:36 PM 0Likes

    Hi- I have the Karlstad 3 Seat Couch. Is it possible to add on pieces like a chaise or turn into a sectional?

    • by Naomi
      Posted 2022-02-24 5:32 PM 0Likes

      Hi Dana,

      You can definitely do that! Just unscrew the arms off your Karlstad sofa (you might have to lay the sofa on its back to be able to access the screws that hold the arms to the frame), and then attach the chaise/2-seater/1-seater with the same screws.

      The Karlstad was designed to be a modular unit, which allows it to be combined with other components to create different configurations.

      When in doubt, just follow the Karlstad assembly manual in reverse (available in this blogpost).

      Hope this helps! x

  • by Katherine Lau
    Posted 2022-03-05 6:41 PM 0Likes


    I’m looking for a chaise lounge with only a single arm (to sit next to an existing non-Ikea couch). I came across a second hand Karlstad chaise with 2 arms and I’m wondering if I take one arm off if there will be visible attachment points.

    I had a look on Google and the Ikea website (at some of the current modular chaises) but I got no answers. Then I stumbled across this post and you look like you’re still giving advice even on the discontinued models! 🙂

    • by Naomi
      Posted 2022-03-07 10:35 AM 0Likes

      Hey Katherine, thanks for dropping by! You’re in the right place 🙂

      Yes, that’s right – the attachment points will indeed be visible.

      If you’re looking to cover this up, one easy way would be to get slipcovers for the chaise and leave both sides without arms.

      If you want to keep the arms, the best thing to do (if you’re concerned about the exposed attachment points) would be to push it really close to your other couch so that the attachment point is not as visible.

      Hope this helps, good luck!

  • by Katherine Lau
    Posted 2022-03-10 10:15 PM 0Likes

    Thanks so much for the reply – yes this does help 😊

  • by Jenny
    Posted 2022-03-12 5:55 PM 0Likes

    Do you know what size Allen wrench is used to remove the legs on this couch?
    I just got given one but I don’t have the tools. Looking online is not helping me at all… And I’ve looked on the ikea website and can’t seem to be able to buy their toolkits for assembling furniture.
    Thanks so much!

    • by Naomi
      Posted 2022-03-14 9:45 AM 0Likes

      Hey Jenny,

      Thanks for asking! According to the IKEA Karlstad assembly manual (in the article), the Allen wrench used is the 104601 wrench, which you may get second-hand on ebay. Simply search for “IKEA wrench 104601” and you’ll find a few options.

      Hope this helps 🙂

  • by Carin
    Posted 2022-03-26 12:43 PM 0Likes

    Hi, if I convert my Karlstad corner sofa to a 3 seater and a 2 seater will individual covers fit? I have 2 spare arm rests I can use.

    • by Naomi
      Posted 2022-03-28 10:26 AM 0Likes

      Hi Carin, thanks for your question!

      Yes, the individual covers will fit.

      This is due to the Karlstad’s modular design – meaning that each component is affixed individually. You may disassemble and reassemble each part (ie. 2-seater section, corner section, 3-seater section, and each armrest), and the covers all go over each component individually.

      You may also refer to page 11 of the Karlstad 2+3 corner sofa assembly manual for further guidance on how this is done. 🙂

      Hope this helps!

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