Following the release of IKEA’s 2021 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 the new catalogue, but for starters, we decided to start with an update of our all-time top 10 favorite IKEA sofas.
To help us narrow down our top picks for 2021, 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.
A relatively new player on the scene, the Gronlid is all about comfort. It sports thick, overstuffed 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.
Despite coming in last place in this list, we’re still big fans of the Gronlid for how comfy it is, though IKEA US was apparently not as much of a fan as we were. It’s been slightly “adjusted” into a newer model called the Harlanda to better accommodate the western market but the good news is that the Gronlid still remains available pretty much everywhere else.
Status: Replaced by Harlanda in the US. Available elsewhere!
Coming in at 9th place is this stunning sofa from the IKEA’s Stockholm collection. Specifically, the Stockholm 2017 version. 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 absolutely comfortable, but not great for those who prefer more upright seating.
It even 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 in 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.
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 nap times.
We love the Kivik in its various incarnations. It used to score the higher 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 in the rankings.
Comfort aside, it’s a pretty and practical sofa: wide with deep seating, and a 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.
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.
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?
Well 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, flexibility, and last but not least: budget-friendliness.
For the money, it could arguably be one of the best IKEA sofas out there.
As the couch that ended the Karlstad in 2015 (until it was later brought back), the Landskrona had big shoes to fill. We say it did a pretty good job at it too!
While not as affordable as the Karlstad, one look at this couch will let you know it conveys some visual punch – especially in golden brown leather. A clean silhouette with sharp lines and beautiful tufted cushions seal the deal as one of IKEA’s classiest couches.
With comfort on par and an included chaise to sink into for nap time, it’s easy to see why the Landskrona has won the hearts of so many IKEA fans – us included.
Those looking for the Landskrona in the US will find it better known as the Morabo, which has ever so slightly different dimensions but is practically the same thing.
Status: Replaced by Morabo in the US. Available elsewhere!
Where do we begin with IKEA’s cult-favourite? The classic round armed design makes the Ektorp a hit 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. That was once upon a time.
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: Replaced by Uppland in the US. Available elsewhere.
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 lasted through the years 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).
The Vimle deserves top stop on the list for 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.
A quick tester of this sofa will make you realize 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.
To top it off, 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. You can even get it as a sofa bed or expand it with a sofa bed module. Talk about functional.
What’s there not the love about the Vimle? It can do everything!
Status: Replaced by Finnala in the US. Available elsewhere!
Image credits: Vimle, Gronlid, Landskrona, 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!