We finally bought a new couch for the living room. The Ektorp sectional with white slipcovers. Did you know you have to assemble it yourself?

When I sat down to write this post it just dawned on me that this is the first time we’ve bought new living room furniture in about thirteen years.

White Ikea Ektorp Sectional

Sure, we bought a sectional for the basement when we moved to this house. And we picked up a couple of accent chairs about four years ago.

But a brand new couch? We haven’t done that since 2002!

(Our last couches – the over-sized love seats below – were a second hand purchase from friends.)

large black wall clock taupe living room

So why the new couch?

Well the last couches were sort of a hold over, if you will. We needed more seating and they were the perfect price and a great size for the big living room. But when we swapped the living and dining rooms late last year, they just didn’t quite work as well. Pair that with the fact that we watch movies as a family in the living room often and tend to leave the basement family room as more of a kid/teen hangout these days, something larger was definitely needed upstairs.

So Dean and schlepped about sitting on many different sofas and sectionals trying to find ‘the one’ over the last few weeks. Dean had his eye on a rather nice leather one, and then another nice cloth one. But given their price tags I wasn’t convinced.

We still have kids in the house. And their friends. And our friends. And family. I was not up for spending thousands of dollars on a couch that could easily be ruined by stains and spills.

So we revisited Ikea and the Ektorp sectional.

white slipcovered sectional, oversize clock, board and batten wall, chandelier, large coffee table

We became convinced that now was the time to buy another less expensive couch. And the removable, washable slip covers? A total selling point. After it was temporarily out of stock for a few days (what?), we ordered it and waited impatiently for delivery. Hilariously enough, we had no idea that we would have to assemble it when it got here! #gofigure #itisIkea

Ektorp sectional in boxes after delivery

Ektorp Sectional Cushions

It was at about this point that Dean wanted to send a social media shout out to Ryan Reynolds to come and help. (If you’ve not seen the Ryan Reynolds Ikea Crib Assembly video, it’s hilarious. Excuse his language though.)

Unpacked unassembled Ikea Ektorp sectional

Anyway, we actually didn’t have too much trouble assembling the sectional and it fits so well in the space. And that corner is now useful instead of an empty hole! white slipcovered sectional, oversize clock, board and batten wall, chandelier, large coffee table

Now I just have to get Dean to center the clock. And we have to figure out what to do about the ceiling light fixture because although it seems centered from this angle…

Living room angle with chandelier centered

You can see it totally isn’t from this one. It is in the center of the room, but since the sectional is to one side the chandelier doesn’t center on the coffee table. And the fireplace isn’t centered either.

Non centered light photo

Living room with blanket ladder, chalkboard wall, electric fireplace, tv

Sigh. One thing always leads to another. #ifyougiveamouseacookie

But I am happy to have more seating in the living room again. It’s so cozy.

And just for reference, this is the opening on which a set of barn doors is going to go. (What’s another project?!)

Opening where barn door will go

White Ikea Ektorp Sectional

Ektorp Sectional with White Slipcovers for the Living Room

Do you have any seating issues at your house? Have you purchased a couch in the last few years?

This post was NOT sponsored by Ikea. Dean and I bought the Ektorp Sectional with our own money. 🙂

P.S. See this post for why we switched from the white slipcovers to the grey slipcovers!

white slipcovers are NOT easy to keep clean

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  1. We’ve been eyeing up the Ektorp for the very same reasons! It looks absolutely gorgeous and will be so cozy to curl up on for movie nights!

    1. The choice of Ektorp is still my favorite – even with (and maybe especially because of) the change of slipcovers.

  2. Funny we have just bought two new sofas to replace the ones bought yes as you said in 2002 . They are the first no kids ones but we did sort of consider the dog . Pale grey fabric had replaced dark brown leather so no eating on the sofa without a tray . Yours look great and the washable covers sound good but a brave choice in white x

  3. I love it! The new couch looks great in your space. Please give us an update on how easy or not, it is to take the cover off and clean. I love your home. Decorated simply but with gorgeous pieces!

  4. Shannon,
    Your new couch looks great. I love the fact that you can remove the slip covers to wash. That is the perfect solution for a white couch. Isn’t it the truth how one project can lead to many others. Once the clock and the chandelier get centered, you will forget how aggravating it was to reposition these two things. Enjoy your new couch, movies and of course your beautiful family.

    1. Thank you so much, Carol. Yes, one thing always leads to another. Just like the story, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie! lol

  5. We bought a new sectional just last year to fit in our wonky-shaped living room – we also needed more seating. We went with a grey cloth – and just love how cozy it is!

  6. I love the new couch. I have small dogs that are inside, so I just don’t know about white, but it looks great in your space.
    Of course , it is great you can wash the covers.

  7. Hi there,
    I love your blog. Please tell me, is your fireplace freestanding? If so, please tell where you purchased it.
    Thank you and Have a Blessed Dayl.

  8. We bought the Pottery Barn basic slipcovered sofa. One day when we don’t have dogs, I’m changing out the espresso for white slipcovers. One day…
    The best bargain by far was a $300 sofa on line, brand new, extra slipcovers available. Took a chance, and it is the most comfortable sofa we’ve ever owned. Company appears to be out of business. Was called cottagefurniture.com I think.
    If anyone hears anything about them, I’d sure like to know. Put off buying extra covers till it was too late. Ours are holding up fine after many years. Just can’t change colors.

    1. Oh my! That is a good find! 🙂 Sorry I’ve not heard of them. I’m due to take off the white slipcovers to wash them. Must get some oxiclean first I think though. 😉