Over the years, some of our furniture got replaced, with either free or second hand furniture, and we ended up building two pieces of furniture ourselves- a loft bed and a shoe box/couch.
The thing is...
Much as I like our shoe box couch, there were some flaws in the design. Namely that it was first built into a shoe box, and only after that turned into a couch, so the dimensions of it are not the most comfortable for me- once the cushioning is on it, it ends up being just a little bit too short for my tall legs- I end up feeling like I am partially falling off when I sit on it... My kids like it, and it really is an awesome shoe box... but in my opinion, it is more shoe box, less couch. And I still needed something else to sit on.
We got a hand me down reclining upholstered armchair that my sister inherited when her grandmother in law passed, and it served us well for a while, but its age showed, and it fell apart completely. My kids loved sitting on it, and to be honest, so did I, and it made me sad that it was destined for the trash.
|I think we could all agree- there's no place this belongs more than the trash|
I decided that if we were going to get a replacement, I wanted to see if it could be a couch, but a couch that actually would fit in to our very small home, and the very specific dimensions we had available. And if it could turn into a bed that we could use for any potential guests? Even better.
It was a long shot, but I sent out feelers asking if such a thing existed- a love seat that opened up into a bed... And I was told that there was- the Ikea Solsta!
I first looked to see if we could find one second hand, but it wasn't happening- probably everyone loved theirs so they kept it until it died....
I thought about it a lot, discussed it with my husband, and decided that we would buy it new.
Eeek! Our first piece of furniture since our wedding that we actually were buying new!
Yes, it is much cheaper than other furniture available out there- but it still was a lot. Approximately $200 dollars, plus the price of delivery. But for us, we felt it was worth it. Especially since it was wider than the arm chair we had, so our kids wouldn't need to squish into a small area to sit together like they would do on the arm chair. And that it fit our dimensions perfectly.
The added bonus, of course, being that it opens up into the bed.
Before we got it, I read reviews.
I heard that the biggest flaw is that when it is opened into a bed, one third of it is actually made of wood and not padded. so it isn't actually soft. But we decided to get it anyhow. Since the real reason is to have the couch, and the bed is just the bonus. There are ways to make it softer, like padding it with an extra blanket, and if you put your feet there instead of your head, it isn't the biggest deal, in my opinion, so...
This morning at 6:30 am my order arrived.
Fortunately (or unfortunately) Rose woke me up at 5:45 so I was already up when it arrived. As Mike was just leaving for work when it arrived, I decided to put it together myself.
Yes, I did it myself. I didn't pay extra for assembly, because I figured- how hard could it be?
The instructions that came with it weren't so clear, but I googled it, and found videos showing how to assemble it (with the note that it is possible to put it together backwards- so I made sure that I didn't do it backwards) and then it was clear.
It would have been easy if I didn't have 4 kids climbing on top of me as I was trying to screw it together...
|Imagine putting together furniture, with this going on...|
Fortunately, within 45 minutes of it arriving, I brought it down into the living room, and put it all together, kids climbing on it/me and all.
And now, voila- we have our couch.
This is really exciting for me and for the kids. We already love it!
We're going to be keeping it covered with a couch cover, because we don't want it to get ruined too quickly.
Are you a fan of Ikea? What have you bought there?
If you generally buy second hand furniture, or get hand me downs, are there any pieces of furniture that you bought new? What was it, and why did you get it new instead of second hand?