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IKEA Farlov Sofa – How It’s Holding Up 8 Months Later

By far, the question I am asked the most is if we like our IKEA Farlov. I get it. A sofa that looks like a sleek designer model that is ALSO slipcovered to withstand kids and pets and for $700 seems way too good to be true.

A complete review the IKEA Farlov sofa- how it holds up after 8 months with 2 dogs and a preschooler, the pros and cons of owning one, and tips to keep it looking bright white. #sofa #ikea #farlov #slipcover #furniture #livingroom

This isn’t a sponsored post or anything like that… pretty sure the peeps at IKEA don’t know I exist. (Really, for sponsored posts, I’m honest with you guys anyway.) This is just a question I thought I finally needed to address for all of y’all who have been wondering if the Farlov really is all it’s cracked up to be.

Bottom line for me: YASSS! Buuuut it’s probably not for everyone.

We’ve put it to the test for 8 months with a 5 year-old, a Yorkie Schnauzer, and a Goldendoodle puppy. Life has not been easy on our Farlov.

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A complete review the IKEA Farlov sofa- how it holds up after 8 months with 2 dogs and a preschooler, the pros and cons of owning one, and tips to keep it looking bright white. #sofa #ikea #farlov #slipcover #furniture #livingroom

So here are the pros so far:

  • Deep sitting-  I’m a leg-tucker when I sit on a sofa, so I love that I can curl up and our whole family (dogs included) can sprawl out on it with plenty of room. The bottom cushion is one long cushion (which is nice so no one is stuck sitting on a crack), and the size is about like a twin sized mattress.
  • Easy to wash-  We went with a white sofa cover because I like being able to see when something is dirty. If we had a brown sofa or a dark gray sofa, it could have goodness-knows-what gross stuff on it, and we would be SITTING on that. True story: Stella, our pup, stepped in poop outside the other day and tracked it right in on our white sofa. So stinkin’ grody. I saw it immediately and ripped that slipcover right off and threw it in the wash and put my spare slipcover right in its place. No harm, no foul.

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  • Inexpensive to change the look-  We’ve only done white so far, but I’m really tempted to try out new colors and fabrics one day in the future. IKEA only carries three colors currently, but Bemz carries lots more options.
  • You don’t have to be overly cautious-  With our last upholstered sofa, I had to keep a closer eye on Olivia if she had a sippy cup in her hand or magic markers. With this one, I figure pretty much anything can wash out, and so far it has. Robert accidentally spilled a cup of coffee all over it a few weeks ago, and it washed right out.
  • Easy to replace later-  At this stage in our lives, I know sofas won’t have a long lifespan, so in several years, if it starts to look kind of shabby, it won’t be as difficult to replace. We almost bought a $2,300 down blend sofa when we first moved into this house (because it was oh-so comfy and pretty), but I’m so glad we stuck with something more practical for our rough ‘n tough crew.

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And the cons:

  • On the firm side-  I really love a sofa that I can sink down into, which is why we almost went the pricey down-blend route before. The Farlov was very firm when we first bought it, but it softened up some after a month or so. It’s still a bit firm, but it’s more comfortable to us now.
  • Rough texture slipcover-  I’ve gotten used to it now, but the white slipcover it came with from IKEA has almost a tweed-like texture. If you like a smooth canvas fabric or softer linen, you can still get slipcovers with those materials from Bemz, but they cost more.
  • Low sitting- We have 8′ ceilings, so I feel like a low sitting sofa works for our space, and Robert and I are not majorly tall people anyway (both of us are 5’7″). But if you have tall ceilings or are over 6 feet tall, it might feel a bit squatty.

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Tips to keep it looking good:  (Some affiliate links are provided below for convenience.)

  • I usually wash our slipcovers about once a month, but if you don’t have a dog who loves to lick, a still-learning-to-house-train puppy, and a messy preschooler, you could definitely go much longer between washings.
  • Spray the cover with Scotchgard while it’s still clean to keep it protected from dirt and grime longer.

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  • I air dry our slipcover on our breakfast nook chairs and our cushion cover on our laundry room drying rack. Put the slipcover back on the sofa when it’s just slightly damp to smooth out any wrinkles and help it stretch more easily.

A complete review the IKEA Farlov sofa- how it holds up after 8 months with 2 dogs and a preschooler, the pros and cons of owning one, and tips to keep it looking bright white. #sofa #ikea #farlov #slipcover #furniture #livingroom

A complete review the IKEA Farlov sofa- how it holds up after 8 months with 2 dogs and a preschooler, the pros and cons of owning one, and tips to keep it looking bright white. #sofa #ikea #farlov #slipcover #furniture #livingroom

  • If you let it dry all the way and you end up with a super wrinkly cover (and you have company coming over because, let’s be honest, that’s the only time I care at all about wrinkles), I hit it with my Conair steamer for a few minutes.

All in all, we think this sofa still rocks. I hope that makes things easier for you, if you’re in the sofa shopping market right now.

Do you have any IKEA purchases that you’re absolutely in love with? (Or maybe just their cinnamon rolls and meatballs?) Sound off in the comments!

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52 Comments

  1. I sat on this sofa and was so surprised. The quality looks very nice! I thought it also seemed low but new legs for the sofa are easy to purchase! I am also buying it in white! I had their Karlstad sofa for 10 years, with 2 greyhounds. No problems, always washable and it is still in top condition!

  2. I recently bought the Farlov sofa in the dark grey velvet and absolutely love this couch. The bottom cushion is firm but not hard or uncomfortable. It has gotten a little softer since I first bought it. When I first saw the sofa on Ikea’s website I didn’t like it, however when a friend and I went to IKEA we sat down in one of those room displays and started talking and the next thing I knew an hour had gone by! I totally forgot where we were and curled up on the sofa hugging a pillow and we both agreed I had to get that sofa, needless to say I was quite surprised to see it was the Farlov, especially after all the bad reviews out there. This is a really good sofa. I will be getting a white cover for spring and summer from Benz. Their prices are not too high, especially for a “custom” sleepover. I just found your blog and love it. I love your style sense, I’m more of a minimal mid-century modern type, but your home is impeccable. Great job!

    1. I can only imagine the other customers walking through may think you two had been a part of sales staging. LOL! I am so glad you shared! Thank you!!

  3. Thank you so very much for this amazing review! I cant wait to purchase one! I have two dogs and its hard to have a white sofa…was it hard to assemble?

    Jamie

  4. My, what wonderful post. I don’t have a white sofa, nor a white sofa cover, only because I can not find one that I love, like yours for instance. thank for all the tips, I will keep them to use when I do find a white sofa cover. I love everything youDIY, its alway so rocking fabulous. thank you for never disappointing

    1. I’ve had my farlov for about 9 months now….I love it except I was wrong to think I could keep it clean with 3 young children. It is stained beyond saving. The good thing is I can buy a new cover in a different color. The seat cushion is difficult to rezip when you wash that part but the rest is easy to recover after a wash. It’s a gorgeous comfy couch

    1. Hi Rachele, We had a pickup truck. Don’t forget they come in boxes for you to assemble so the box may be a different size than the actual sofa. Ikea offers rope in case you have to tie down the back.

  5. We love our Farlov set (couch and loveseat), and have had them over a year. I have both ikea slipcovers (white and beige) as well as a lovely green linen from bemz. Ours too have softened up, and our teen boys love taking naps on them 🙂 I’m considering the Stocksund chair to replace a chair in our living room that is on it’s last leg…glad to see you paired yours with the farlov so i could see the beautiful result.

    1. I also love my Farlov loveseat (room too small for a sofa) and I just purchased the white color slipcover for summer. Originally purchased with the beige one. We recently purchased the farlov chair, loving that one ,too.
      We tuck a soft blanket in around the bottom cushion so I don’t have to wash the slipcover as often. It perfectly matches the slipcover and its soft.
      I’m considering getting a new bottom cushion from a nearby upholstery shop, going to see if they can add down. I personally LOVE the FARLOV, I have the restoration hardware/pottery barn look without the price.
      STOCKSUND- I have two chairs (in a different room), love them as well! Hubby and I prefer a firmer cushion and this chair does not disappoint.

      1. I’ve been thinking about getting this couch but as others have said, the reviews on the cushions being a bit uncomfortable have stopped me. So I was thinking about adding a new cushion with down topper or just a down like topper. Then I read Tonia’s comment. Tonia, did you try this? If so, how much did the new cushion cost? And does the slipcover still fit?
        Lauren, thank you for the great review.

  6. Hi Lauren:

    I am also in the toss up between a name brand memory foam slipcovered sofa and this one. I have the Ektorp sectional, and it’s been wonderful. But, after nearly 5 years of not super comfy seating, because of the shallow depth, I’m ready for one to sink into. The name brand is on sale for $1299……which is the same cost as the sofa and chair in Farlov, but my biggest issue is I’m reading really negative reviews on IKEA’s website about this not being cozy and comfy. Scratchy fabric and ultra firm cushions. I honestly reinforced my Ektorp seats with poly batting (1 pound per cushion), and it helps, but I need something that is deeper. I am just worried about hating these pieces and regretting my purchase. Especially since I am having it shipped to my home. Now that you are a year into yours, what do you think about overall comfort? We love to lounge with coffee, dog and cats quite often. I am thinking I might buy some down pillows and reinforce the Farlov for comfort. Give me your thoughts! Thank you!

    1. Hi Anne! I still really love ours. I think the negative reviews mainly are about the slipcover, which I can totally see not being a favorite. We might get a replacement cover from Bemz or ComfortWorks one day once our two cheap IKEA covers tire out. But I really like that I don’t have to freak out about spills or messes or it getting worn out from our 5 year-old and 2 dogs. Ours is definitely deep though. I’m a leg curler when I sit on a sofa, and I always have plenty of room. The bottom cushion is about the size of a twin mattress. Once we’re out of this little-kid/puppy stage, we’ll probably splurge on a down blend Pottery Barn sofa or something because it would be more comfortable for the “squish” factor. But for the price of this one, we’re very happy.

  7. So glad I found you and started following your blog! After seeing your post on your family room decorated for Christmas I fell in love with your grey chairs. I honestly didn’t know IKEA had anything that looked “farmhousy”. They are exactly what I was looking for. I made my husband stop at IKEA on his way home from work one day and buy two of them! I also copied your ceiling fan. We needed a ceiling fan with a light for our master bedroom and I wasn’t finding any I liked at all until I saw your post. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home!

  8. I was so excited to see your house on the advertisement for the lime wash. I went my the display and told my husband that I know her! Lol I watched online on your blog! ?
    Anyway, he said sure no problem when he saw the price! Maybe I can do just the orange bricks. We’ll see! Thanks for honest review of the sofa. I am wanting one but now maybe I can convince the hubs that we can live with a white sofa!

  9. Wonderful news on the great sofa! You are wise to have purchased an extra slipcover set.
    Your family room is lovely-any chance your wicker hamper side table is sourceable?
    Thanks!
    Susan (also in Charlotte!(

    1. Thanks, Susan! That extra definitely comes in handy. I don’t like leaving a “naked sofa” laying around just asking for spill accidents. The wicker side table is from IKEA too, but they stopped making it. So sad! They carry a similar one, but it’s a darker brown color.

      1. Have a link for the side table? LOVE IT – even the darker brown would be perfect for my house! Thanks.

  10. thanks so much for your review! answered all my questions. i’ve always been a huge fan of the white, washable slipcover. through the years people comment on my bravery for having white furnishings when actually it’s the easiest thing in the world … wash and go! anyway, i love the look of this sofa so when it’s time for a new one, this will be it.

  11. Thank you for this post. Where did you get your laundry drying racks? I’m in the market and have seen several options lately. Thanks.

  12. Thank you so much for this review! I’ve seen this sofa on Ikea’s website and it looks lame and not at all like something I’d like. But it looks great in your house and I loooove the depth of the cushion. I really want a wide couch next time around, and this looks like a great deal.

  13. Thank you for your review! You’re one of the ONLY reviews for the Farlov that I can find. I follow your blog and so it’s nice to hear from someone I “know”, hehe! I’ve had my eye on the Farlov since it came out, but I need to decide if I want the sectional in our family room or the sofa for our sitting room. It would be too weird to have the same sofa in two different rooms, right?! (And thanks for your cleaning tips! I have 5 kids, 7 and under, so your tips will be used frequently!)

  14. A great and honest review Lauren, which I really appreciate. I too think you did the right thing in buying this instead of the down sofa. I was at Ikea last week to buy Billy bookcases and you know what? They were out of stock. I guess those must be the most popular bookcases in the world.

  15. I love your IKEA trunk used as a side table. The trunk on the IKEA site now appears a little darker than yours. Did you paint yours?

    1. Ours is actually a different version of that one. We bought it in the gray wash, but they stopped carrying it for some strange reason. So sad because I love it!

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