October 6, 2013
So we stopped by IKEA Richmond the other weekend to check out the new Soderhamn Sofa series recently launched. PS: never go to IKEA on the weekend, it’s a zoo out there! Go there on the weekdays, they close at 9PM (you’ve been warned).
We went with the expectations that this would be a mind-blowing design (fast-forward 5 years and it is now actually still quite popular), as it’s not the typical blocky couch or classi round arms. Let’s dive deeper into this shall we?
First thing we noticed were that the Soderhamns have very, very thin seat cushions, “this can’t be comfortable” we said. We were wrong! the seats are very cushy in fact because they use a netting-like base underneath the seat cushions, very interesting.
The sofa also feels solid and deep enough for a complete slouch for those lazy days where you don’t feel like doing anything.
The other couch perfect for perfect laziness is the Kivik sofa series in my opinion; most of the other IKEA couch series seem to suffer the same problem of not having enough seating to support your whole upper legs (I’m around 5ft 8″ or 173cm, not exactly massive).
Price and Durability
The biggest bang of this sofa though, is price! A 3 seater sofa for AU$499 – in comparison to the other series, the Karlstad is $569, the Ektorp and Kivik are both $799. Our all time favorite, the Stockholm is $1399. A pretty damn good deal if you ask us.
It makes sense at the same time with seemingly less raw materials used for its skinny frame, but it holds up pretty well.
Of course, we didn’t jump on the sofa but we did play musical chairs on it. Jokes aside, the sofa remained sturdy no matter how we sat on it so we don’t think it’s a sofa that breaks easy. No need to worry about using IKEA’s 10 year warranty.
Aesthetics and Hackability
Sofa cover wise, they come in 5 original colours as of 2013: Turquoise, Sand, Beige, Black and Dark Grey. I like it so much, I’m starting to think about what we’re going to do to make space at home! And yes, like the Tylosand and Kivik, you can lego it around to add or minus any pieces to suit your home’s layout.
UPDATE: We actually did end up getting a set for our home! Here’s a peek at what we did with it in 2016 (Yep, another hack):
(Read about the Soderhamn Hack here)
To sum it up, I think the Soderhamn is simply Sexy + Affordable + Comfy + very Modern looking. Possibly one of the nicest sofa collection from IKEA.
Comfort Works now also sells slipcovers for the IKEA Soderhamn Series too! Some of our recent work can be found below:
But that’s just my opinion, what do you guys think?
- IKEA Soderhamn Sofa Guide and Resource Page
- Mid-Century Style replacement sofa legs (which fit the Soderhamn)
- Hacking the Soderhamn Corner Sofa – Ghost Sofa Slipcovers
- Hacking the Soderhman Corner Sofa – “Armless” Armchair