I recently posted about my living room makeover and my fabulous new Ikea couch. We had been wanting a new couch for a long time but didn’t want to hand over the dough. For a sectional, the cost can range up into the $1,000-$2,000 range. Yikes! Not ideal at all. After shopping around for about 2 years, I finally ended up on Ikea’s website.
My style has been changing so much lately, so I was really looking for something simple with clean lines. When I found the Karlstad couch from Ikea, I knew it was a perfect match. It gave me a neutral shape for my traditional/modern/eclectic style. I can dress it up or dress it down and it will match just about anything.
There was just one slight issue… the legs. Not so much my style. Before I purchased the couch I did some heavy duty research. I read you could simply pick up a few legs from Lowes and use some new mounting plates and it’s all peachy. Well… then I kept reading and understood thats not exactly the case. Yes, it’s possible, but not 100% sturdy. Not sure how true that is, but I didn’t want to risk it. Since we are going to be using this couch in our main living space, I wanted it to be super sturdy.
I eventually came across Uncle Bob’s Workshop. His shop makes custom legs specifically made for Ikea couches. They screw right into the couch without any mounting plates needed, which means they are just as durable and sturdy as the legs that came with the couch. They come pre-stained and you can order all sorts of stains and shapes.
Before I placed my order, I created a photoshop mock-up to make sure I would like the look.
These legs are a little different than the legs I chose from Uncle Bob’s. I realized after I made this mock up that I wanted the legs to be even more simple. I was very happy with my decision. When I got the legs in the mail a few weeks later, they were exactly what I was looking for.
Here is my exact order (stain, shape, height, etc.):
5-1/2″, Square, Full Taper/Pyramid, Dark Brown, Taper 4 sides
The next step was to take the existing legs off the couch. All we had to do was lay it on its backside and take off the old legs and screw in the new ones. It’s as simple as that!!
Below is the before and after. In my opinion, the new legs make the couch look like a completely different couch. More of a West Elm feel rather than Ikea feel;)
To see my full living room makeover, click here.