When furnishing our vacation rental I was overwhelmed by how much it was going to cost to buy a sectional that was built to handle vacation family fun without the worry of breaking down in less than a year.
As mentioned in my review of the ÄPPLARÖ furniture, the Mr. is not a fan of Ikea furniture so I had written it off as an impossibility.
However, after reading ALL the reviews & blogs I could find about the EKTORP series it seemed to be the best fit for our needs.
Functional and Durable- Check
Easy to Clean- Check
I approached the Mr. with my well thought out points, and to my surprise, he didn’t put up a fight!
Maybe his distaste has worn down after we had such great success with the outdoor furniture?!
A quick Craigslist search revealed a 4 seat sectional less than 20 minutes away for a great price. I jumped on the phone and won as the first person to call.
Things only got better after we arrived…
Their entire condo was so beautifully decorated, I was swooning over everything from finishes to the decor!
The husband explained after years of slowly curating their coastal themed interior his wife no longer liked it. The sofa had been the last item she’d decided upon….they had lived on lawn chairs until then.
Being less than a year old it was in perfect condition, plus they threw in an additional slipcover!
We went over budget in almost every other part of the remodel and furnishing so I was thrilled at this turn of luck. He didn’t seem too excited to break the chairs back out but I had to fight the urge to happy dance in their living room!
It soon became obvious how much of a blessing the additional slipcover was because Ikea no longer makes the 100% Cotton ‘Blekinge White’ Slipcovers.
The older version was made of bull denim which is my favorite slipcover fabric! It’s thick, durable, becomes softer the more it’s used, and most importantly…it’s bleachable!
The new slipcover material content varies depending on which color you chose.
The new ‘Vittaryd White‘ seems disappointing for a few reasons:
It’s made of a 65/35 polyester-cotton blend, is double the price, and is an off-white vs the previous bright white color.
I’ve read reviews that the new version starts pilling after a few trips through the wash but don’t have any experience with these yet (although we will need one soon).
Do you own a newer version? I’d love to hear your feedback on how it holds up and if you’ve been able to bleach it?
The Lofallet Beige is a 55/45 blend of cotton-polyester so it has more cotton than the white but still isn’t 100% cotton.
The Nordvalla Dark Beige is 100% polyester which means it isn’t breathable although it won’t wrinkle.
But you’re not here to listen to my thoughts on all that. You’re here to find out how it’s doing after a year of hospitality, so let’s get on with it!
I have been pleasantly surprised at how well its been holding up to the abuse, frequent washings, and bleach!
Many bloggers have written about how to keep this sofa clean with kids and pets but I thought staining would be inevitable without access to make sure spills and messes are cleaned up right away.
There is a pool and spa outside the sunroom doors so there are often wet bathing suits, towels, dirty hands and feet resting on the sofa.
The summer has been 97% booked with most families staying for 7-10 days which mean we don’t have access to treat any spots until after check out.
As you can imagine these slipcovers have seen their share of activity and subsiquent wash cycles. There hasn’t been any fraying, stubborn stains, or wear to the piping so far!
With only a few hours to prepare the house between guests we wouldn’t be able to manage without both slipcovers. We remove the pieces that need treated/washed and replace them with clean ones from the other slipcover until the next turnover.
The most common areas that need treated are the armrests and the front edge of the cushions around the pipping.
A few minor spots have remained despite my attempts to treat them (see below mixture) and bleach but after applying both they fade to a faint shadow and almost cannot be seen.
TIP: For deep or hard to remove stains (marker, blood, wine, etc) treat with a mixture of Blue Dawn Dish soap (*Must be the blue kind), baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide before washing.
We haven’t had to worry about replacing the covers yet but after the summer season we will probably purchase a two of the light beige version to see if it better hides the marks and spots that currently require us to launder the cover.
Overall I highly recommend this sofa & if you can find the original slipcover version then consider yourself lucky!!