12.10.2015

Ikea Kivik Review




Ikea Kivik Loveseat Chaise Combination Living Room

We have owned our Ikea Kivik loveseat and chaise combination for almost 4 years.  When we bought it their wasn't much information or reviews out there for us to go on because it was relatively new to the market.   So if you are in the market for a new couch and you have been looking at this particular couch here is my opinion (not sponsored) based  on our 4 years of living with it.  First I will explain our reasons for buying this couch and then I will highlight the good and the bad in a pros and cons list.  You will see that it is kind of a love and hate relationship, I can imagine we have all encountered this type of relationship at some point in our lives.

KIVIK Loveseat and chaise IKEA KIVIK is a generous seating series with a soft, deep seat and comfortable support for your back.
Ikea Kivik Loveseat Chaise Combo

A few years ago we wanted to buy a more stylish, bigger, comfier couch for our growing family.  But like most growing families with only one income our dreams are bigger than our budgets.  We started researching high and low and comparing prices, sizes, materials,etc...  We saw a few couches before we made our decision and finally agreed that Ikea had what we were looking for at a price we were comfortable with.

Pros
  • Comes in different sizes and combinations, so we chose the love seat and chaise combo that fit our space perfectly.
  • Also comes in different fabrics so we chose the color and texture we wanted.
  • The covers are removable and washable so with two little ones this was a huge seller for us.
  • The cushions are made of memory foam which makes them super comfortable, we have all had our share of naps on it.  
  • It is modern with clean, straight lines that fit our style.
  • The price was right!  When compared to others we liked, this one came in hundreds if not thousands less.
  • With regular re-fluffing of the back cushions they look good as new every time. 
Cons
  • We moved and it fits in our living room but with the chaise combination it leaves us with only one furniture placement option, in front of the window (this is not the Kivik's fault though).
  • Which brings us to another problem because the light coming in from the window is fading the fabric and turning our grey couch into a purple spotted couch.  Thankfully Ikea sells covers separately at an affordable price. 
  • We sometimes have to disassemble it with the tools provided to remove a slipcover we need to wash.  
  • We have to wrestle the slipcovers back on because they are very tight and the seams don't line up straight after putting it back together.
  • I have to fix the back and seat cushions everyday because they become deformed and slide forward from sitting (not a huge deal but doing so multiple times everyday is a bit annoying).
  • The chaise cushion always sticks out a few inches from the couch, even though it is supposed to sit still with the Velcro but it doesn't work.
  • The couch weights a lot so I cannot move it by myself to clean under I have to wait for my husband so that we can move it by dismantling the chaise from the loveseat because it's impossible to move in one piece.

Ikea Kivik Loveseat Chaise Combination Living Room
Cushions become frumpy after use


Ikea Kivik Loveseat Chaise Combination
After fixing doesn't stick out as much
Ikea Kivik Loveseat Chaise Combination
Before fixing chaise sticks out a lot

Ikea Kivik Loveseat Chaise Combination Living Room
After a little fluff and puff good as new again


Ikea Kivik Loveseat Chaise Combination Living Room

We've had the sofa for quite some time and overall I have to say we are pretty happy with the choice we made almost 4 years ago.  It fit our style and most importantly it didn't leave us couch poor.  Fast forward 4 years the couch still looks good, it's still comfortable and it hasn't broken or become soft on us.  Sure from the long list of cons you would think I hate it but the reality is we still love it and we agree it was money well spent.  The pros outweigh the cons for us considering how much we spent and that this couch is pretty bad ass to withstand the abuse it gets from two rambunctious kiddos.  I mean my kids jump and play on it all day, they spill food and drinks on it and we are able to just remove the covers and wash them even if it's a pain to put them back on.  We aren't planning on replacing it anytime soon because we have bigger (more expensive and important) things to worry about replacing.  It doesn't fit perfectly in this house as it did in our old one but nothing ever is perfect, we just try our best to make things work when their is no major need to replace them.  If you want more details on our living room you can visit this post from Our Home Tour Page.      

31 comments:

  1. Thank you for your thorough review!

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  2. Thank you for your thorough review!

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  3. Which fabric cover did you get and how well did it hold up?

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    1. Hi Adam,
      Thank you for your question. The cover I used is called sivik grey, they don't carry it anymore. It has a woven like texture and has held up great after all these years even after washing them. The instructions recommend dry cleaning only but I threw them in the machine wash on gentle cycle and they survived. They are a little bit tougher to put on though. I hope that helps.

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    2. Hi Adam,
      Thank you for your question. The cover I used is called sivik grey, they don't carry it anymore. It has a woven like texture and has held up great after all these years even after washing them. The instructions recommend dry cleaning only but I threw them in the machine wash on gentle cycle and they survived. They are a little bit tougher to put on though. I hope that helps.

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  4. I've heard that if you put the covers on while still slightly damp they will go on easier.

    Thank you for your review as I too am thinking of purchasing this couch for the same reasons you pointed out.

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    1. Hi Sheryl,
      Thank you for the tip, I will have to try it! I'm glad the review was of some help :-)

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  5. How did you disassemble the couch?

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    1. Hi Katie,
      the couch comes with an allen key to assemble and disassemble it.

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  6. Thank you for the review! My husband and I are looking to purchase for a lot of the same reasons. :)

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    1. Hi Cassie, it's a great looking, comfy, affordable couch. Glad you agree with my points of view!

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  7. Hi! Is it possible to use the covers to change the colour of the couch? or are the covers only for some specific part of the couch only? This was really helpful as I am thinking of buying this couch.
    Thanks :)

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    1. Hi Amanda, When you purchase a cover (whatever color you choose) it will include a separate cover for each section. Ex. The love seat cover will include seven pieces, two arm covers, two top pillow covers, two bottom cushion covers and one body cover. So it is easy to give your entire couch a new look with different color covers. I'm planning on purchasing new covers in a different color for mines to give it a new look soon! Thank you for stopping by, I hope you get to enjoy your new couch soon!

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  8. Thank you for the review and in so many ways I share your view as I own the same couch combination. What I did though to make move the hand rest between chaise and 2 seater....so then it looks more centralised (if u know what I mean).

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  9. Hi, thank you for the review. Did you find that the couch started to sink in after repeated use?

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    1. Hello,
      It gets lots of use everyday, my husband and I like to cuddle on the chaise together to watch TV. My daughters jump and play on it too and it still looks the same, no sinking! I hope that helps!

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  10. Thank you for your review....very helpful ๐Ÿ˜Š do you know if you can have the chaise on either side? Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. I'm glad you found it helpful, to answer your question, yes you can change the chaise to whichever side whenever you want to. Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Really appreciate this review!! I am getting this couch secondhand and was wary of it, but feel more confident now. My only other question is, does it feel low to the ground for you? I am 5' 9" so wondering if it might feel a little short for me, to get up and off of it. Thank you!

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    1. It is pretty low, but there are several DIY tutorials to raise it.
      http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2014/01/home-improvement-custom-couch-or-arm-chair-legs.html
      http://www.snugglebuguniversity.com/2016/04/the-day-my-couch-grew-up-ikea-kivik-hack.html
      Good Luck!

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    2. Oh, amazing! Thank you so so much!

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    3. It is low but it's never been a problem for us. My husband is 6'1 n isn't bothered by it, I think it's more of a personal preference thing, my mom is about 5' and she isn't a fan of the low height.

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    4. Caroline thank you for sharing the tutorials to raise the couch!

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  12. Thanks so much for your thorough review and helpful follow-up answers to your readers' questions! Much appreciated!!

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  13. thank you so match I read it with google translate from Saudi Arabia .. :)

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  14. Does the entire sofa disassemble (arm rests, backs, etc)? I am looking to put this sofa into our basement which has a 32" x 80" door located in a hallway. We've struggled to find a sofa that fits.

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  15. Thanks carmen for your review. I just got a sofa for
    Our fairly small living/dining room. It feels HUGE. I may remove the arms. The pillows feel so bulky. If it werent such a hassle I would return it. Plus the pillow covers aren't fitting well does this change over time??

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    1. Hey Mari,
      Thanks for stopping by. I'm sorry that the sofa isn't working out the way you wanted it to. I made a point in the cons about the slipcovers being a little ill fitting (they still are) but it's not a huge problem for us. I've now had the sofa for 6 years which is the longest I've owned any piece of furniture and overall I think it was a good purchase for us at the time. Sooner or later we will be replacing it for something that fits our space better but for 6 years I think we got our money's worth. If I were you I would try removing the arms and see if that feels better, let me know how it works out for you guys.

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  17. Thank you for the review.
    I don't need my husband to move my couch. :-)
    At the bottom of the legs I stuck round upholstery felt of good quality. Just sliding !
    And now my dearest husband can move the couch while I lie on it. :-)

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