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October 25, 2013

Ikea Solsta Sofa Bed and Lack Coffee Table Review

solsta ikea sofa bed review

The Soltsa sofa is a bargain buy from Ikea. Some unexpected expenses came up while Chris and I were getting ready to move into our house so we decided to get this sofa for $169 instead of the larger Karlstand sofa and chaise (also from Ikea) that we wanted for $699. The Soltsa, although smaller, still suited our needs pretty well. It pulls out into a sofa bed, which we really needed since we’ve decided not to have a guest room.

solsta sofa bed from ikea review

We haven’t slept on the bed part but it also seems a little stiff. For a one night stay I don’t see that being a problem but if you have a house guest for a week they might end up with some back pain.

The sofa wasn’t as easy to put together as I thought it would be but we were still able to complete it in less than an hour. We were initially disappointed in the sofa because it felt very stiff when we sat on it. By the next day we were completely used to it and the stiffness wasn’t a problem.

This might not be a good couch for you if you have pets that shed, however. When our family pets came to visit (Doesn’t that make it seem like the dogs drove themselves here? That would be awesome.) the sofa became covered in hair. It was pretty easy to take off but I can see that as being very annoying if you have to do it on the regular.

lack $20 ikea coffee table review

Chris and I had absolutely no problems with the Lack coffee table we got for $19.99. It took less than 15 minutes to put together and feels incredibly sturdy. It isn’t a miracle worker though. You can tell it is a cheaper table and it can get dusty easily. For $19.99 we are really satisfied. The bottom shelf holds our board games! We need to get around to playing them again.

lack coffee table review from ikea

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Overall we enjoyed both of our first purchases from Ikea. For people like us that are looking for an inexpensive way to furnish our home, we got exactly what we needed.

What do you guys think? Have you purchased any furniture from Ikea?

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  • Alisha

    I have the same coffee table as you and its great I also have the smaller one (which i think was only 12 dollars) as a side table beside my couch with some picture picture frames and other odd things on it but overall they really help to bring the room together and its a nice inexpensive table to get to fill up the room

    October 29, 2013 at 7:22 pm Reply
    • Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

      Pictures really change how rooms look! It makes everything homey.

      Kindness is the best accessory,

      January 12, 2014 at 9:38 am Reply
  • Melt

    Hi! I am also looking for an inexpensive sofa and saw the Solsta online. There is no Ikea store nearby me so I cannot try it out. Is it comfortable enough to use as a sofa? I sit and read for class for hours on the sofa. Do you think it would be comfortable for that? I have another option for an actual sofa but its about $350. Not bad but of course the Solsta is much cheaper. I would appreciate your alive as the reviews of the Solsta are not great. Thanks!

    January 10, 2014 at 1:30 pm Reply
    • Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

      It was hard to get used to at first since it is a bit stiff but now I really like it. If you prefer something firmer than it’s great but if like softer sofas than it wouldn’t be for you. I hope that’s helpful!

      Kindness is the best accessory,

      January 12, 2014 at 9:40 am Reply
  • Melt

    Sorry alive=advice! Didn’t catch the autocorrect!

    January 10, 2014 at 1:31 pm Reply
  • Joe Koppe

    I am curious how the couch/sofabed help up over time, particularly the arm rests. Also, when you say stiff, do you mean just firmness of the foam? How well and how long did the sofa cushioning hold up for you?

    October 5, 2014 at 12:15 pm Reply
    • Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

      The cushions feel just as good a year later. Nothing different about the arm rests. Yes I do mean it’s a lot more firm than I had expected. I’m more of a “squishy” kind of sofa girl. It’s pretty impossible to clean though if you have pets. I’ve just given up on keep hair off because my vacuum doesn’t cut it. I have a second sofa now and use this Ikea one as more of a love seat.

      October 5, 2014 at 8:14 pm Reply
      • Joe Koppe

        have you ever ended up using the bed portion…im curious about the hard shell portion and its comfort or should I invest in a separate air mattress…

        October 11, 2014 at 8:40 pm Reply
        • Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

          It works for me and my guests but I think someone with back problems or older folk wouldn’t do well with it since it is very firm.

          October 28, 2014 at 8:12 pm Reply

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