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IKEA 2017 Stockholm Sofa

Following the release of IKEA’s 2020 catalogue, comes about new collections and products, some being things we haven’t seen before, and others being refreshingly new iterations of old classics.

There’s certainly a whole lot that we could talk about from IKEA’s new catalogue, but to make things easier, we decided to put together a list of our all-time top 10 favorite IKEA sofas.

To help us narrow down our top picks for 2020, we chose to focus on these criteria in our IKEA sofa reviews:

  • Popularity: How long has it been on the market?
  • Variety: How many sizes and styles are there to choose from? How does it fit in different rooms and spaces?
  • Aesthetics: How pretty is it?
  • Comfort: Which is the most comfortable Ikea sofa?

Dishonourable mention: the Knopparp “sofa”. A little fabric on a frame does not make a sofa. Even an outdoor lounge chair has more integrity this metal monster.

10. Stockholm

Coming in at 10th place is this stunning sofa from the IKEA’s Stockholm collection. It looks absolutely beautiful with its contemporary style that visually conveys comfort.

As the IKEA sofa with the deepest seating depth, the Stockholm is practically made for lounging which is wonderfully comfortable, but not great for those who prefer more upright seating.

It comes with original velvet slipcovers in dark orange, dark blue, and grey, which amps up the luxury and has most certainly set the bar high for all the other sofas during our IKEA sofa reviews.

The collection includes a 3-seater sofa (with 2 seat cushions), a 2-seater sofa (with one seat cushion), a woven rattan chair with cushions, and a marshmallow-shaped pouffe.

Status: Available!

9. Gronlid

A relatively new player on the scene, the Gronlid is all about comfort. It sports thick, extra plush cushions that make you feel like you’re sitting on square clouds. Thankfully, they are also very supportive to prevent you from being sucked into the couch.

Mixers and matchers would be pleased to hear that the Gronlid has all the footstools, corners, and lounges needed to really grow the sofa. Though it’s size and clunkiness takes up space rather fast.

Compared to it’s direct rival (the Ektorp), the deeper seating is well welcomed for a more relaxed sitting session. It goes well with the cushy cushions and makes the Gronlid one of the ultimates in IKEA comfort.

Status: Available!

8. Farlov

Elegant and fancy-looking, the Farlov’s design isn’t what you’d be expecting when walking into an IKEA showroom. Low banana shaped armrests with generously sized cushions give it an classy yet traditional feel rivaling the looks of some of IKEA’s more upmarket competitors.

Sadly, the series doesn’t have any variants – just the armchair and sofa version but both are plenty comfortable. Deep seating with plush cushions make it very appealing to lounge and sprawl out on.

While the lack of choice is disheartening, the Farlov sofa is still oddly flexible. The lumbar cushions help support the back when more upright seating is wanted and can even be propped on the low-sloped armrests for great napping time.

Status: Available!

7. Karlstad

It’s been almost 10 years since the Karlstad came into existence after the popular Karlanda was phased out. Over the years, the range grew to include 2 types of armchairs, 2-seater, 3-seater sofa, sofabed, corner sofa, 2 chaise variants and a footstool, which is basically every iteration of living room seating you might even dream of.

Has there been any other sofa that has made such a huge impact on the DIY scene? The Karlstad is just a square armed sofa, right?

Technically, yes, but over the past decade, people have been coming up with many ways to reinvent, refresh and hack the Karlstad to suit their personal styles and tastes. This is why it scored so highly in our IKEA sofa reviews, because of its popularity and flexibility, and could arguably be one of the best IKEA sofas out there.

Status: Discontinued.

6. Soderhamn

Soderhamm Corner Sofa Liege Biscuit
Soderhamm Corner Sofa in Liege Biscuit fabric

We’ve written about the Soderhamn quite a bit on our resource page and IKEA sofa reviews, and we’ve even hacked it to resemble a designer piece.

This collection is modular, so you can just go with the regular 3-seater (armrests optional) and build up to a larger sectional if you have a big space. With just the chair/one-seat, sofa, corner and chaise pieces, you can mix and match to build the sectional of your dreams in your space.

Though it certainly comes close to being one of the most comfortable IKEA sofas (by comfortable we also mean “sleep-inducing”). It’s a lot more suitable for a casual family room rather than a formal living room due to its deep seating depth and low height, but a major plus point for this range is how it looks – quite a departure from the traditional sofa styles we see from IKEA.

Status: Available!

5. Norsborg

The marshmallow-like cushions and almost cloud-like shape make the Norsborg look like a dream to sink into after a long day at work.

It’s only been two years since this range was introduced and it seems like it’s sticking around for a while, and is especially popular due to its flexibility.

A popular combination is in a U-shape, and for smaller homes, a 2-seater plus chaise combination gives you the L-shaped section easily.

Status: Available!

4. Kivik

We love the Kivik in its various incarnations. It used to score the highest in our IKEA sofa reviews, but in recent light we found that the seat cushions have been updated to be a lot firmer.

Subjectively, we’re not big fans of the comfort – which is why it’s dropped from 1st to 4th place.

Comfort aside, it’s a pretty and practical sofa: wide and deep seating, modular configuration so you can switch up your look whenever you want.

Washable slipcovers make keeping it clean easy, and the wide armrests balance out the look, you can even sit on the armrests in case you run out of seating space.

Status: Available!

3. Friheten

After the massively popular Manstad sofabed was discontinued, a few models with similar mechanisms rose up to fill the void in our hearts. The one that has persisted and came out on top was the Friheten, an L-shaped sofabed with storage under the chaise and a hidden bed compartment.

Even though it’s not the most comfortable IKEA sofa, it definitely earns its points for its versatility as a sectional sofa, the roomy storage compartment, and the pull-out bed that can transform your sofa into a double bed for guests.

In late 2016 the Friheten added a younger sibling to the line-up, a 3-seater sofabed (sans chaise and storage).

Status: Available!

2. Ektorp

Where do we begin? The classic round armed design makes the Ektorp a favourite among those who want a traditional style, and it’s clearly popular with the relaxed, modern farmhouse homes.

The slipcovered style with the long skirt and corner pleats play a big part in how the sofa is perceived as a more classic sofa, but IKEA did sell leather Ektorps, complete with exposed legs and a skirtless, upholstered look.

We’ve also hacked the Ektorp, and aside from its timeless style and versatility, the comfort factor puts the Ektorp amongst the top for most comfortable IKEA sofas out there.

Status: Available!

1. Vimle

“Why isn’t the Vimle in this list?”

You guys are right, and it deserves to be here with many good reasons.

Firstly it looks great. There’s a good reason why square arm sofas do well – it’s timeless and never gets old – hence it works well for almost any living space.

Secondly, you need to sit on the sofa and realise it’s super comfy (not as comfy as the reviewed Gronlid sofa but very close. The frames are exactly the same, only the arms (and seemingly cushions) are different.

Lastly, it’s very practical because the ottoman and chaise comes with storage AND each part can be easily combined together to form a giant sectional, just like the Norsborg.

What’s not the love about the Vimle?

Status: Available!

Image credits: Vimle, Gronlid and Stockholm from IKEA

Did you agree with our list? Let us know what you think in the comments. And if you want to check out our in-depth reviews on these sofas and other models that didn’t make it on our list, search them up on our blog!

Also, pro tip to those who fall in love with everything about a sofa except its colour – you can buy IKEA sofas un-slipcovered.

Just ask an IKEA employee about this “hidden feature” which will allow you more material, color, and style options to choose from when ordering custom slipcovers. Check them out below!