Ahh, the Karlstad. It’s a staple sofa at Ikea and has been kicking around for decades. I actually Googled “Karlstad” and “history” however was sadly unable to find out just how many decades the sofa has been around for. A long time. Okay? Okay.
Here she is, just floating in outerspace:
At any rate, I love my Karlstad. I think it’s super comfortable and it’s nice and long, which is also great when you are Viking-sized, like I am. The slipcover thing is fantastic – especially when you say, just maybe, dump a plate of spaghetti and meatballs on your couch. I mean, not like that happened or anything and then have to wash your entire sofa. You just strip off the covering, stick it in the washing machine, and boom! Good as new (thank you OxiClean).
The one thing I didn’t really like about the Karlstad sofa was the legs. Chunky blocks of blonde wood aren’t really my style so I immediately went looking around for better options. People have tackled the issue before, but I wanted to put in new legs. And look!
Here is what the legs looked like before:
Look at the after.
Isn’t it a great transformation? Here it is from a wider view (in its somewhat rumpled and poorly-lit glory. I was late for work and shooting photos like a crazy person).
You can find those legs from Uncle Bob’s workshop on Etsy.