An IKEA Slipcover Made Me Do It

IKEA and Susie Harris @ Bienvenue put me on Cloud Nine too!
It all started with Susie Harris at Bienvenue being on Cloud Nine. Susie used an IKEA Ektorp sofa slipcover in Blekinge White to cover her not IKEA red sofa. A lightbulb moment. Maybe an Ektorp slipcover would fit our family room couch with the blue green black beige multi coloured, sure it will hide dirt, and yes I love all those colours but did I have to have them all on one piece of upholstery what was I thinking moment? I have been dreaming of a new white slipcovered couch, but it wasn't in our budget and our couch and a matching chair are still in great condition. Our couch and the Ektorp are similar shapes. We discovered that the attached back cushions were actually inserts in an attached and zippered cover. If we took the back inserts out, the slipcover just might work. Susie was kind enough to answer my questions and off I went to IKEA (50 km door to door and 35 minutes) for a $59 white slipcover. It fit, a bit short but I will do something to fix that later. Thanks Susie!

Then the moving began. You know how moving one thing inevitably means moving something else? I decided to use the white couch in the living room, a room used for conversation and reading. The natural light in the living room is minimal. Dark wall colours make it look like a cave so the walls in here have to stay light. I'm hoping to make this more of a dual purpose room, relaxing/visiting and a sort of library/reading room.
 After: New slipcover and moved to living room.
Before below: Without slipcover in the family room 
I'll be rearranging lots more in this room. I would like to totally rework the shelf accessories and mirrors. Maybe they don't work there?? I like this area rug, but it doesn't have to be used in this room. The table to the right of the couch in the living room is now a computer table in the family room, so I'll need to find tables for in here. Confused yet?    This is the Liz Claiborne fabric I have for drapes in the living room. I have extra and could make pillows.

Using the white couch in the living room meant moving my leather sofa to the family room, where we watch tv and spend most of our time. The leather couch is very comfortable and one of my favourite pieces in our home. The large ottoman (not shown) will be getting a slipcover, not sure what colour, and will go in front of the leather couch. I like a touch of blue in all my rooms and will be adding some here too. I recently recovered two floor pillows in an outdoor fabric blue and white stripe (see striped pillow in the top photo). 
After: Leather couch moved to family room. Lamps from our bedroom.
(The walls are not pink, bad lighting at dinner time and in a hurry to keep moving, and the spots must be on my camera)
Before: Our leather couch in the living room

Lots to do still, but at least we figured out the big pieces. I want our home to have a lakeside and farmhouse feel, a bit of beach at the lake and farmhouse all wrapped together somehow. I will be posting photos and asking opinions as I go along too.

Thanks for stopping by and if you have any ideas I would love to hear them in the comments.


  1. What a great idea ... I have those attached cushions too and assumed I couldn't use a slipcover.

    I LOVE your blue drapery fabric.

  2. The new slipcovers looks just fantastic! You can't go wrong with a sturdy white slipcover. :-)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Ohhh you so make me want to dash out to Ikea to see if there'd be a slipcover for my sofa too! How wonderful it fit as well as it did on yours!


  4. The new slip covers look great! I can't believe the price. I am going to have to try this. Thanks for sharing the info. Have a great weekend, Lori

  5. I love this idea! I am going to try it for my loveseat. Thanks for sharing!

  6. The slipcover looks amazing. Don't you love getting a stroke of genius like that. Have you seen Life in the Fun Lane blog, as she decorates with a lot of white furniture and white slip-covered things. I think if that were her room she would likely either remove the carpet or put a plainer one down (I notice she has a white one in her living room). The drapes are gorgeous - love that blue!

  7. That looks super! I was just at IKEA today. I am so glad that I have one just 15 minutes from our home. How can you beat the price of that for a slipcover? I don't think it would slipcover my present sofa, but I am on the lookout for two Ektorp loveseats on craigslist that I can buy white slipcovers for.

  8. How lucky can you get - your sofa looks so fresh and crisp now!
    And congrats on 100 followers!


  9. Oh how lucky are you that it fits! your couch looks great!

  10. I really love your makeover & the slip covers are magnifique!!! Great job & isn't it true how when you move one piece & put it somewhere else it, just creates a musical chairs kind of situation. In my house, I'm always borrow one piece of furniture from Peter to pay Paul, but Peter never gets paid back! LOL I mailed out your Fabric Flower Brooch a couple of weeks ago & hope you enjoy it when it gets there. Canada always seems like it takes awhile to get things there...let's hope your's is quick!
    Smiles Friend,

  11. Wow! What a difference a slipcover makes! Of course now you HAD to change everything else I totally understand that! It all looks stunning. I love the leather sofa in the family room and the wall grouping above it.


  12. Oh wow that blue pattern is gorgeous!

  13. I love love love the changes! How great that you got that slipcover (and such a good price too!), and the furniture looks great switched around!!

  14. I have one question: do you drive your hubby nuts like I do to my hubby, with the moving of everything, LOL!?
    That slipcover rocks!
    You living room looks SO very cozy!
    I sewed one for my loveseat in my Music Room, and would have much rather bought it!
    Thanks for coming by tonight and saying hi!
    Blessings, sweet friend!

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  16. Wow. looks great! I laughed when I read this post, because I tried the same thing. You'll have to stop by my blog and see. Mine didn't fit quite like yours.

  17. I just visited for the first time...and I just love your blog...not sure how I found you. I love your slipcover and think all the changes you made are great. Love your living room every way you had it.Very impressed. I also like the feel you are going for...just love it. I am becoming a new follower so I can come back many more times for a visit!

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  19. Your blue drapery fabric is awesome. I like your slipcover and I noticed one thing that all the changes you made are great and best for inspiration. Great job.

  20. Nice !
    Yeah I know exactly what you mean when it comes to moving stuff around, most of our furniture
    have been on a housetour several times.
    Visited Ikea yesterday to pick up some things
    I just realized we couldn´t live without !!!!!


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