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  1. Nanci
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    We purchased the three seater in black in Spring 2010. We loved it until we realized that the chaise cushion always looks like it’s 5 inches longer than the base. Then the first spill occurred. We were told by the sales person that the covers were washable when we asked. We know who we are and the only reason we want cushion covers that come off is to wash them. We used cold water on a towel and the color came off of the fabric as we blotted the spill. No lie. We took the cover off and found it says dry clean only. We are heart broken and looking for a cost efficient solution to this problem. I will contact Ikea to see if they have covers that are washable. We liked the black so much. Most likely I will not purchase from Ikea again.

    1. Henry Chandra
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      Nanci, very important to make sure you go through the care labelling when purchasing off the shelf. Poly-Cotton are generally the best possible combo for uphosltery fabric and will also be very color fast. The good news is, there’re a lot of cheap ‘AS-IS’ covers from IKEA can be purchased via Ebay, you might want to explore this option. CHeers, Henry@CW

  2. Stephanie
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    I prefer the dry-clean-only covers because they are more stain resistant than the washable covers. I use the home dry cleaning kits from Woolite or Dryel to freshen the covers, and dry cleaning fluid to spot clean the covers.

    1. Henry Chandra
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      Stephanie, are you referring to those ‘towels’ you throw inside the dryer along with the covers? unfortunately it’s not something that’s readily available on most people’s local supermarkets – but hey, lucky you if you can get them easily.

  3. Lisa Wahlestedt
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    I am writing to warn people about this sofa. I think it is the most uncomfortable thing I have ever sat on. Not fun to put together either. Got the teno gray covers and they itch. Its so bad I wrote IKEA and asked them to haul it away for free.

    1. Henry Chandra
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      I have to agree with you on the teno gray, they do kinda feel like a coffee sack don’t they.

      Now, I don’t mean to sound like we’re trying to sell you anything, but did you know you can order them without the ‘default’ IKEA covers?

  4. Hubs
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    I recently purchased the kivik and while it was love at first sight in the showroom when I brought it home I was disappointed at the lack of comfortability. The seats are too low where you can’t even rest your head on and the cushions are also stiff and hard. Stylish yes. Comfortable. Not so much.

    1. Henry Chandra
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      I think the worse part is actually the sinking cushions on both the seats and backs; caught myself rotating them once a week cause i feel like i’m being sucked into the center of the sofa :\

  5. Emily Kate Siciliano
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    I was so glad to find reviews of the Kivik series, since Ikea has not instituted this process on its own website. I wonder what they’re afraid of. Ok, so I do not own a Kivik sofa. I am very interested in buying one, but my significant other is bulky at about 250-280? Lbs. and has a prosthesis which makes him kind of fall into the sofa with a lot of pressure- I know the frame is not solid wood, and so I’m looking for info and opinions from owners on stability and strength. I like the cushioned arms, and length, does anyone have the Dansbo dark grey upholstery? Wondering if this one is itchy. Thank you!!

  6. Diana B
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    I love my Kivik sectionals in Tranas Lt. brown (covers no longer available at Ikea). They are very comfortable. I put two one seaters together as a couch. I have house guests who love sleeping in them.

    1. Henry Chandra
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      That’s pretty cool, we have 2 chaise lounge stuck together at home in front of the TV; can’t get any cozier than that for a lazy movie nights 😀

  7. Genie
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    I managed to get a few fantastic outdoor
    shelves from Screwfix a little bit ago and they
    are awesome! I am able to put plants on top of or
    plastic bins of the kids toys as well as placemat settings for the outside table.
    Really like them.

  8. Cristina
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    Hi Henry! I’m looking into getting precisely the two Kivik chaises to put together in front of the TV – but my husband is worried about the no armrest thing… Personally I think the Kivik armrest is so low, we won’t miss it, but I’m wondering what your experience has been?

    1. Henry Chandra
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      Cristina, why would you need armrests if you can lean over and snuggle up 🙂
      The kivik chaises dont really come with armrests though, you might need to get a 2 seater/3 seater if you want them, don’t think they’re sold separately also.

      Alternatively, you can get the 1 seater + footstool, i think it might be more versatile(has storage compartment) in case you want to break them apart etc.

      Personally though, the only time armrests are useful if they’re on an armchair, we have 3-4 scatter cushions on all over our sofas in our office and i think they make much better armrests compared to the fixed ones (some like it low, some high, some wide etc, so i guess it all comes down to preference also).

      Have you seen our colorful photo shoot on the kiviks?
      Speak soon!

  9. Brooke
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    I bought this sofa when i bought my home. It is very bulky and the assembly took forever. I recommend getting it delivered and set up. Also, I agree w/ the above mentioned review… the armrest is simply too low! And i feel like the enitre sofa needs to have feet that way its not so low to the ground. Very uncomfortable

    1. Henry Chandra
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      Brooke, We get this feeling svery single time we assemble an ikea sofa ourselves, 4 hours later you look back and thought, maybe that $50 assembly fee isn’t too bad after all heh 🙂

  10. Amy
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    We just bought the Kivik sectional (chaise + couch) and it is gorgeous. Unfortunately, it is about as soft/cozy as concrete. This is not the couch for you if you’re looking for comfort. I even added a ton of soft throw pillows and still felt too hard for my taste. Now it must go back!

  11. Paul
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    My wife and I bought the Kivik sectional couch about 3 years ago. Although a little stiff, we liked the support that this offers when compared to our other high end plush couch that we tend to sink into. Unfortunately, we noticed that the Kivik couch started to sink a bit. Flipping cushions a few times, it was not helping. I finally lifted up the couch to look at the springs underneath, and to my astonishment, many of the individual springs had come undone. After further review, it looks like the springs were connected to a plastic clip, and fastened to the wood frame with some long staples! Obviously, the staples don’t hold up to weight and will continue to be a problem. I am not sure if IKEA would fix them properly, or whether it is worth my time to take it back to the store if repair is not guaranteed. I may have to look at fixing it myself. Anybody else have this issue and know of the proper fix?

  12. Pui
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    I am so glad to find your site as I have been searching for reviews for ikea sofas that are in the current market but none has been as good as your site! I am a huge ikea fan as I like scandinavian style furnitures but lacked the funds. I am moving into a new apartment in 2 or 3 months time and have been searching for sofas online and in store for past 2 months. Really liked the Kivik series yet concern if it will hold up for a good 5 years? Ektorp was comfy but i find the seat depth a bit too short, while the soderhamn seat cushion seems too thin.

    Anyone who owns a Kivik care to share their opinion?
    Or if you have to vote btw Kivik vs Soderhamn vs Ektorp for comfort and support, which is your pick?


    1. Chuck Lau
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      Hey Pui!
      We actually own a Kivik chaise, 1 seater, 2 seater so we’re pretty huge fans of the Kivik 🙂

      Mainly for its large cushions and would definitely recommend it – ours has held up 5 years in terms of structure, but with regards to the fabric that’s of course another story.

      The Soderhamn is surprisingly comfy but to each their own; the team here has definitely had many NERF gun wars over this as the Soderhamn may look super nice, some of us think that it can be a lot more comfy and would hands down pick the Kivik over the Soderhamn. We’ve tried the Ektorp but can’t say much about it as we don’t exactly own one – but it is definitely as comfy as the Kivik, so it comes down to whether you prefer a more contemporary look or a traditional one 🙂

      Hope this helps!

  13. laurel Miyake
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    Does anyone have a leather Kivik sectional? We need to replace a lovely but falling apart leather couch we bought 4 years ago at Macy’s. We were told it was real leather, but turns out it’s bonded and starting to chip and peel. We’ve got 2 young boys, so we don’t want anything too expensive just yet. We love Ikea for their rooms and our offices, but we’ve never bought a couch there. I’m curious if the leather covering changes the way the seats feel, the cushion’s comfiness, and anything else. thanks much!!

    1. Chuck Lau
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      Hey Laurel!

      Just thought you should know that the leather that IKEA uses is bycast leather as well, so we’d recommend heading down to IKEA nonetheless to test out the couches for their comfort 🙂

      With the leather couch that you have though, it’s also possible to get custom made slipcovers made for them – ever considered that? If you are, do let us know and we’ll be able to help out.


  14. Debbi
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    I am wondering if the Kivik storage footstool holds up well?

    1. Chuck Lau
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      Hey Debbi,

      We’ve had our Kivik Storage Footstool for the past 6 years and it’s still holding up well structurally 🙂

      There was definitely a need to change the covers every couple of years but that’s pretty much it really.

      Hope that helps!

  15. Jordan
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    Hi all,

    I have a 3-seater Kivik and am interested in adding on to it with a chaise or loveseat. Do you know if that is possible–to take one of the sofa armrests off to add a new section?


    1. Chuck Lau
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      Hey Jordan!

      The Kivik is a modular couch which allows anyone to easily lego/combine each piece with another Kivik piece so yes, you can definitely add it on with a chaise, loveseat, or an infinite number of 1 seaters even 🙂

      Hope this helps!

  16. Samantha
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    I was thinking about buying 2 chaises and 3 single seaters so I can put them together and take them apart and move around the room. But I’m concerned that when I put them together like a sofa they won’t stay together (don’t want kids falling in between when sitting on them) Do you have any experience with this kind of setup?

    1. Chuck Lau
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      Hey Samantha,

      These modular pieces from IKEA are typically connected by a clamp underneath the sofas (single seaters and chaise), so you don’t have to be afraid of them moving apart 🙂

      It’s only when the clamps are removed then you’ll have to be extra careful, but as long as the pieces you want combined are properly clamped – all should be good.

      Hope this helps!

  17. Peter
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    I bought the 3 seater and it is the most uncomfortable thing I have ever sat on.
    It felt ok in the shop but after a while it aches my butt.

  18. Kiarash Ghasemi
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    not an easy one to assemble!…The instruction is too confusing that you can hardly assemble it yourself and the screws do not align tight enough due to the bad manufacture. you need to consider an extra 90$ for assembling guys if you want to buy this type.

  19. Sheresa
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    I purchased the Kivik 6 seater sectional March 2016. I love the look and color (Danska Gray I think) but comfort is lacking. As in other review we find ourselves sinking uncomfortably towards the back end of the sofa regardless of where we sit. I too have tried rotating/flipping the cushions weekly to no avail. Irritated at the thought of being “stuck” with this beautifully uncomfortable couch indefinitely I went online and saw their return policy is 365 days! With approximately 90 days to go I’m sending it back with hopes of finding something more comfortable!

    1. Denise Juergens
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      Hello Sheresa,
      Thank you for this review, much needed and greatly appreciated. I am considering the Kivik 6 seater sectional. However, I am concerned about the sinking issue as well as the color(Hillard Beige) and it not working once I get it in my home. Did you have any issues returning yours? I presume they charge a freight and restock fee?
      Thank you,

  20. Fiona
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    I would like to purchase the 5 seater kivik corner sectional. The website states the right sofa part to be 116 inches and the left to be 101. I would really like to construct it the other way around though to fit my space. Has anyone done this or knows if its possible? As its modular I can’t see why not, but live in Caribbean so need to ship it, hence discovering it doesn’t work the other way around would be a bit of a disaster. I have called Ikea twice – first time they said ‘no, these are the dimensions’ and second time they said ‘looking at the assembly instructions it SHOULD work’, but I was really looking for something a bit more concrete! Anyone?

    1. Chuck Lau
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      Hey Fiona,

      Not sure which IKEA you called up but they don’t sound very sure of their own products;

      The Kivik series is a modular sofa, meaning you can definitely configure them in a way that fits best for you. This is simply because the armrests have their own covers, the main bodies would have their own covers so whether you wanted the right or left side to be longer it’s entirely up to you 🙂

      Hope this helps, feel free to let us know if you have any further questions about the Kivik!

  21. Lori
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    Hi there, Am considering purchasing the Kivik loveseat with chaise but am wondering if I need to use the arm rests at all? Are they necessary for the structural integrity of the sofa? I am trying to converse space so if I don’t need to attach them at all then I won’t. I would appreciate any feedback! Thank you! Lori

    1. Chuck Lau
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      Hey Lori!

      The armrests aren’t necessary for structural integrity, but they are much needed for aesthetics as there’s a connection between the armrests and the main body. These connections (nuts and bolts) would be exposed if you decide to leave the armrests out.

      The alternative could be to just get 2 Kivik armchairs and the chaise instead, which should serve the same purpose and cost a bit more – but everything’s fully covered 🙂

      Hope this helps!

  22. Lori
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    Thank you Chuck! So very helpful 🙂

    1. Chuck
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      No worries Lori,

      Have a good one!

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