Reviewing the New IKEA FÄRLÖV Sofa Series – Back to Basics

The Farlov Sofa showed up as a tiny blip on our radar when sent us a link of it on the Ikea USA website in January this year. There was no indication of when it would be available in our local store and there wasn’t much news on it online either. Even now, the first image on Google is a tiny, low res product photo from Ikea Egypt.

Ikea Farlov, is that you?

Imagine my surprise when I dropped by Ikea to buy a squeegee (as you do) and spotted this shiny new fresh face among the Ektorps, Kiviks and Norsborgs.

Overview

The Färlöv series has 5 family members so far:

1) Armchair
Ikea Farlov Armchair

2) 2-seat / Loveseat

Ikea Farlov 2-Seater

3) 3-Seat / Sofa

Ikea Farlov 3-Seat Sofa

(looks like they pulled a Kivik on us again – 2 sofa models that look similar but the 3-seater is just wider than the 2-seater)

4) Sectional Sofa in either the 3+2 or 2+3 Configuration

Ikea Farlov Corner Sectional Sofa

5) Footstool / Ottoman with storage

Ikea Farlov Footstool

Comfort

It looks like it should be something you can just sink into, and I tried to do that, I really tried. I only realized why when I came home and looked at photos of the Färlöv sofa on the website – the cushion in the showroom was flat, what we in the slipcover business call a standard box cushion. Meanwhile the photos on the Ikea website show that the Farlov’s seat cushions are supposed to have a slight dome-shape. The Farlov hasn’t been out for long, so even I know that the cushions aren’t supposed to flattened so quickly, especially in comparison to the other show units.

I’m awarding some points for the sheer depth of the sofa itself. Like the Soderhamn, it has a large back cushion layered with a smaller lumbar pillow. Very tall people will love this sofa because you can sit all the way inside when you read your Hemingway and Tolkien novels.

The sofa cover’s material though, is something my mother would like (and I say this with love). It’s a blend of cotton, polyester, and 16.5% linen, so it’s not bad for an Ikea slipcover!

Rating: 7/10

Aesthetics

Only two fabric colours are available at the moment, namely Flodafors Beige and Flodafors White. Whoever designed this clearly thought that if someone wanted a traditional slope armed sofa, they’ll only want traditional colours for their slipcovers, so white and beige it is!

Just… no. You know Ikea designers, we’re always yelling at you for coming up with crazy fabrics for your Klippan, but a little creativity would have been nice for the poor Farlov, but no, you put it in the beige/white corner.

And then I remembered why the Farlov sofa looked so familiar. A slope armed slipcovered sofa with corner pleats and double layered back cushions? Why, that sounds like…

Restoration Hardware's Belgian Classic Slope Arm Slipcovered collection
Restoration Hardware’s Belgian Classic Slope Arm Slipcovered sofa!

The Ikea Farlov sofa series is a DUPE for Restoration Hardware’s Belgian Classic Slope Arm Slipcovered collection. Slightly different armrest shapes, but the general look is there. Okay, I take it all back now. The RH sofa starts from US$2095 and that’s probably just with a basic poly-cotton slipcover.

Another close relative is the Pottery Barn York Slope Arm slipcovered sofa collection, which starts from US$1499 in the loveseat size.

*Those* throw pillows with *those* slipcovers?

The current Farlov sofa cover options are lackluster, but the sofa’s shape and style is pretty on point and classy. I especially like the banana-shaped armrest fronts like the super chic Ikea Holmsund sofabed.

Rating: 8/10

Price

Currently, the Färlöv armchair is priced at AU$449 on Ikea Australia’s website, but it’s US$399 for our American friends. This puts it on the pricier end of the Ikea sofa spectrum and on par with the Stocksund armchair, another favourite among those who love the traditional style of their sofas. Meanwhile, the Färlöv 3-seat sofa is AU$899 in Australia and US$699 in the US. It’s almost twice the price of the people-pleasing Ektorp sofa.

That being said, it’s incredibly affordable compared to the Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware sofas mentioned in the previous section. If you’re a fan of the modern farmhouse trend but don’t have an Amex Centurion card, then the Farlov is your best bet.

Rating: 8/10

Durability

I’ve said it already, but it bears repeating. The seat cushions for the Färlöv sofa and armchair in the showroom paled in comparison to almost all the sofas on display. I use the word “almost” because I’m still refusing to sit on the hideous Vallentuna. The foam insert was already flat – how is that even possible? We can only hope that the slipcover is super durable.

On a separate note, we’ve been seeing a rise in the the use of polyester-cotton blended with other materials in Ikea’s slipcovers, resulting in what feels like a thicker, sturdier material. We already saw the exit of the well-loved Blekinge White, could this be a sign of things to come?

Rating: 6/10

Hackability

Slipcovered? I’m already imagining this with a ruffled back cushion for someone’s walk-in wardrobe. Or give it some contrast piping to emphasize the armrest fronts and seat cushion.

From the Farlov assembly instruction manual

Legs? I didn’t check the bolt size but it’s likely the same old bolt that’s used in many of the Ikea sofas, so it’ll be easy peasy to DIY some velcro and put a snug fit velvet slipcover on the Farlov armchair, then swap out the original legs for our replacement sofa legs for a super sleek look. Done and dusted!

Rating: 7/10

Overall Conclusion

Verdict: 7.2/10 – Not too shabby(-chic)!

The Farlov series from Ikea is for those who want to graduate from the basic Ektorp. While it’s a little pricier than many other Ikea options, its traditional shape is timeless and slipcovered style makes it easy to keep clean and really go the distance.

Have you checked out the Ikea Farlov sofa yet? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

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  1. Mayra
    Mayra at |

    I too saw this series at Ikea and it looked upscale and elegant compared to other series. Our local Ikea only had the sectional on display and many people were flocking to it. I like the Ektorp’s style but the seat cushions were not as comfortable as the older versions and I liked the Stocksund sofa, which seemed more comfortable. Well, your review is on point with the seat cushions for this series, as they felt flat or uncomfortable, although they didn’t look flat. The seats were not as comfortable as you would hope after reading the description from the Ikea website. It is a beautiful looking series for sure! I’m liking it but I haven’t decided between style over comfort. I wish the seat cushions were more comfortable.

  2. Dida
    Dida at |

    Couldn’t the cushion issue be solved by getting a cut piece of memory foam??? I have had the Karlstadt sofa for 8 years….this looks cozier and not as boxy…I love the design but at this price point a tweek to the cushion is totally doable!

  3. Karen Sommers
    Karen Sommers at |

    Love the style. I really wanted a similar style before recently Purchasing Ektorp 3 seater. I also purchased 2 sets of Blekinge White slipcovers from EBay. I wanted a durable cotton and needed “inexpensive”. I hope to purchase Linen covers soon. 😉 I really would have preferred the style of Farlov. I am sad to hear the cushion is not comfy. I read a review on Instagram by @withlovedani (https://instagram.com/p/BRE7Lp4DofB/) which echoed the cushion issue. She also did not like the IKEA fabric and plans to purchase a linen slipcover. I know IKEA is trying to “responsibly” source their cotton. Maybe hard to do? I would much prefer pre-shrunk natural fibers for washable slipcovers. I think natural fiber washable slipcovers along with classic styling and value have made Ektorp a popular choice. I hope IKEA returns to natural pre-washed fabrics. I also hope that IKEA returns to better cushion quality. I noticed that my Ektorp cushions are not reversible. I had read that Ektorp cushions are reversible – so I guess this is another recent change. Overall the Ektorp was still a good value for a sofa with washable slipcovers and the ability to purchase new slipcovers at reasonable prices as desired. Hope to purchase a linen slipcover soon!

  4. Karen Sommers
    Karen Sommers at |

    Do you plan to make slipcovers for the Farlov? Thank you.

  5. Chris
    Chris at |

    Hey Dida,

    Indeed it could – would have to get the foam custom made though, which might end up being a couple of hundred extra.

  6. Chris
    Chris at |

    Hey Karen,

    We do indeed plan on adding the Farlov to our collection of slipcovered sofas! Not quite yet though as it’s still brand-new, but maybe in a few weeks time. I think we could drop you an email if you’d like once we launch this?

  7. Bel
    Bel at |

    Well, after your review and the one mentioned above on Instagram, I took the plunge and bought it yesterday. It’s not out of the box yet, we are moving so it might not get put together for a week. Our store didn’t have a floor model out, so I couldn’t try it. They did fetch me the fabric samples and, at least with the small pieces I got to see, I like the texture and it didn’t feel awful enough to cover it with a sheet! At least, in sample size. I have wanted the Ektorp for a while, but my husband is 6’1″ and all legs. He said he felt like he was sitting on doll house furniture. I read many reviews of the Ektorp that were owned by tall people and they said they didn’t have an issue, but I also just kept thinking it was a little more “country” (using that term very loosely) than I wanted. When I stumbled upon the Farlov (not sure how I ended up finding it, it wasn’t on IKEA’s website) I fell in love! I thought I could try wrapping batting around the cushion insert if I need it plumping. Or maybe I will try the foam cushion as suggested. I am going to give it a great effort to make it work! I will be looking for slipcovers if this turns out to be too scratchy! Thanks for your review! It really helped me a lot!

  8. Bel
    Bel at |

    Edit: The Farlov was indeed on the IKEA website, I meant, I didn’t find it looking on there, I stumbled upon it through my online quest for furniture for our new house!

  9. Claire
    Claire at |

    I seem to be in the minority here – husband and I thought it was so comfortable in the store that it took great effort to get up and carry on with our shop! I easily could have gone to sleep on it. We’ve just assembled our own and find it very comfortable so far too.

  10. Amy
    Amy at |

    I would love for y’all to do this in a linen or velvet. It’s a gorgeous sofa and you did a great review! I will just have the bench seat refilled with a better material! Thanks! Let me know when you make the slipcovers!

  11. Chuck Lau
    Chuck Lau at |

    Will do Amy! Hope you’re subscribed to our newsletter 🙂

  12. Jennifer H
    Jennifer H at |

    Hello! I’d like to be added to your contact list once you decide to make a farlov slipcover.
    Do you have a timeframe in mind when this will be? I’m so happy to have found your website. Have a great day, thanks!
    Jennifer

  13. Chuck
    Chuck at |

    No problem Jennifer,

    We’ve added you into our contact list and due to the popularity of the Farlov, we’re anticipating its arrival within the next 6 months or so 🙂

    Usually adding a new model could take up to a year or more, but the Farlov seems to have quite a demand.

    Exciting times, you have a great day too!

  14. Heather
    Heather at |

    Just tried it today and think it’s super comfortable. We are replacing our beloved ekeskog and I was thrilled to see another deep comfy sofa that doesn’t show leg (I have nothing against legs just matching is an issue:)). Please do the dark slip cover in the picture I would love to have one if it isn’t too expensive to ship to Canada!

  15. Chuck
    Chuck at |

    Great to hear that Heather!

    We’ll definitely try to get covers in soon – but I think IKEA would be coming up with the dark-coloured slipcover not too long from now, so do look out for that as their prices are quite hard to compete with!

    Hope this helps!

  16. Patricia Williams
    Patricia Williams at |

    I would purchase this sofa if I knew you would be making a dark navy velvet cover for it. Is that being considered?

  17. Chris
    Chris at |

    Hey Patricia,

    Unfortunately we’re not considering a dark navy velvet at the moment, we do have a very nice indigo if I could tempt you into it? Alternatively, check out our Kino Navy as that’s gorgeous – I expect it’s exactly what you’re thinking of when you say dark navy.

    Had you have a chance to check out our samples? Here’s the link: https://comfort-works.com/en/fabric-samples/fabric-samples-24

  18. Emily Loverin
    Emily Loverin at |

    Thank you for the review! Need something to stage our rental house for sale and use afterwards in the basement for the kids. I was on the fence, but with different slipcovers on the horizon, I’m going to test it out this week in the store.

    Not sure how to sign up for the mailing list??

  19. LMH
    LMH at |

    Hello, I would buy this sofa if I knew I could get a washable linen blend slipcover for it. Is that on your radar?

  20. Chuck
    Chuck at |

    Hey Emily!

    No worries – sorry if the subscription box isn’t very intuitive, you can actually head over to https://comfort-works.com/en/

    Scroll all the way down to our photo and you’ll see the box to “Stalk Us” 🙂

    Hope that helps!

  21. Chuck
    Chuck at |

    Hey there!

    We’re definitely trying to get some new machine-washable linen blends in, is there any colour in particular that you’re after? 🙂

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