When we moved into the new house we had the movers deposit our living room sofa in the basement "playroom". This may have been ambitious on our parts because 5 months later the room is still a disaster and the sofa is still on vacation you could say. That left us with a love seat and a large arm chair for both the living room and the upstairs playroom/ family room. Since there are six of us and together those seat maybe 5 of us if we pile on, this quickly lost its appeal (never really had any actually) so we started looking for a new sofa for the family room. We wanted something a bit more modern than our current comfy roll armed sofas, yet because we are all ill mannered hooligans with sloppy dispositions and most of us are well under 10, we also wanted something appropriate for our slovenliness (read as sturdy and inexpensive so when we wreck it it won't hurt quite so much).
My original plan was to trick out an IKEA KARLSTAD, but then I decide to possibly go a bit bigger. We wanted to maximize the seating space with the smallest footprint while still keeping the price low. We eventually settled on the IKEA SÖDERHAMN modular sofa after a long, arduous test visit to IKEA with all 4 children. It's comfy, modern, adaptable and priced well. Plus you get a maximum amount of seating space with a minimal amount of floor space filled. Perfect. We chose the nubby Replosa black and I worked out a plan for the parts. When we moved in, there were 2 corner closets in the room and we decide not to wait for them to be removed to find sofa. A few days on the floor was enough. Because the room was still not ready for a really, big sofa and because the beauty of the modular sofa is that we can add on, we started small.
Instead of going with the standard configurations (because I never can just do it the easy way) I decided to test out my own 2 step plan and hope it worked out. Step one: attach a corner unit to a chaise. This gave us more seating space than our old sofa with a smaller footprint plus a chaise area. I like the chaise because it could replace the ottoman my children abused. Feet up yet fixed position so it's not roaming the room bring used for illicit purposes. Those 2 pieces fit together really well and the price is even better. Corner units inexplicably cost $200 in all material options plus come with an extra back cushion. Since the Replosa black is the most expensive model this saved us quite a bit over the single seat piece and the extra cushion allows for a full back cushion over the sparser look the sofa offers regularly. The size is great, especially if you have a smaller space, but with 4 kids, a bit more is better. Step 2: add one more corner unit between the 2 pieces extending the sofa to a full 9 feet long. Once the rooms 2 corner closets were removed and we had the full expanse of the long wall available, we wanted a bit more room. Instead of spending several thousand dollars on one of the sofas I had been looking at outside of IKEA, we managed to pull this huge sofa off (with a back up slipcover in turquoise if we feel like changing things) for just $750 (plus $170 for the extra slipcover) If we had gone with a similar size using the ikea standard configurations it would have been around $1,000 (plus $350 for the extra slipcover) with less pillows. Every other sofa we loved was in the several thousand dollar range and did not make me feel great about what I knew would be happening on the sofa daily with 4 messy children. The SÖDERHAMN was just the perfect solution.
Here's another less than stellar shot of the sofa right now. I had about 10 seconds of empty sofa availability, so it was the best I could do. Did not get to tidy on or under, so it could look better, I know. But it's summer vacation and I am never, ever alone and the sofa is really only empty around 1 AM. The extra large back pillow normally would be on the opposite end, but currently, it's location against the wall prevents head bumps by over-zealous sofa users. Theclosets have been removed from the room and the walls patched up for the most part. Once the patching is completed, we will be painting the room in a nice pale blue which I think will look lovely with the black sofa and our beloved rug. I've also just added several blue GRENÖ Pads from IKEA that I bought for the basement playroom, but just look too perfect on the SÖDERHAMN, so they are staying put. I love those outdoor cushions. We have at least 6 from last year's choices in the living room and bedrooms.
How is our lovely, large sofa? We love it. It's really comfortable, holds all if us with room to spare. The 2 extra cushions really help make the sofa more functional for us and I like that we could split it up into a long sofa and a separate chaise if we want. If it gets a bit messy we just vacuum it and it looks brand new. The nubby, black material really holds up well and is easy to spot clean. PLus I like how it makes the sofa look fuller than the other options. It's a super sofa for right now. If we ever want to, I also like that we have options for customizing the legs or covers through places like PRETTYPEGS, BEMZ or ComfortWorks.