The furniture in our living room is nearly all from IKEA. It’s affordable and sturdy and has worked out really well for us.
When we first bought the couch, I chose this slipcover…
Wow. That’s a lot of flowers. I like the print, but I soon realized that I didn’t love sooooo much of it in one place!
Now I have white slipcovers.
Which I love.
Even with 4 kids and 2 dogs.
It’s about time to replace the current cover. One of the reasons I’ve been so happy with this couch and the white covers is that a replacement is $50. Not bad! So far, I’ve needed to replace it every 12 – 18 months. The piping around the cushion covers shows the most wear. It starts to discolor and won’t bleach white again.
Do you have tissues nearby? Because here is where my story gets sad…
A couple of months ago I picked up a new, white (Blekinge White) cover. When I started to unpack it at home, I noticed that it wasn’t bright white. It was yellowish – kind of dirty looking.
Returned it, bought another. (If you’ve been to IKEA, you know that the lighting in the help-yourself area is not the best. I shuffled through the boxes of slipcovers to try to find the brightest one.) Once I got it outside, I realized it was the same off-white as the last. ugh! I went back into the store and returned it.
I figured the store got a bad dye-lot, so I ordered one online. SAME OFF-WHITE COLOR!!!!!! Are you kidding me???
I finally made a trip back to the store and actually talked to someone in the sofa department.
That’s a bad thing about IKEA – if you call the store, they can’t connect you to a department. And calling IKEA customer service wasn’t helpful (in this case) either. Oh – and way back at slipcover #1, I e-mailed IKEA customer service to ask if they changed the color. No reply. Not surprised. grrr…
Lo and behold, the Ektorp sofa on display with a Blekinge White slipcover was the off-white cover that I have become so familiar with. booo! The girl working in the show room confirmed that the covers are now off-white. (I’m almost 90% sure that she wasn’t just acting as though she knew what she was talking about, and that she had in fact noticed that it had changed from white to off-white, and was possibly even informed of the fact.)
I am really not sure what to do next. Buy another and use it as-is? Buy another and try to bleach it white? Try a completely different color??? Try to make one myself? (scared!)
Oh, the dilemma. Curse you, IKEA! (kidding. sort of.)