We were looking for a replacement for my old lady-cave leather reclining couch (careful with those hyphens). That thing was supremely comfy but not much to look at, and we definitely needed to lighten up and modernize the look in the living room.
Shopping and Customization Options
When we came across Ikea’s ViMLE sofa series, we fell in love with the fun Orrsta golden-yellow colour and went to work on customization. Ikea’s customization tool has only a few limits, so after playing around with the options for a bit…
…we settled on a slightly more practical and cost-effective chaise lounge layout.
Payment and Ordering Process
We opted for flat rate delivery to our local collection point. We ordered our new couch on July 11 and it was available for pickup on July 17. Payment and pickup process was very straightforward. We just went over to the collection point with a UHaul and brought the pieces home.
All in all this couch cost us $799 + $79 shipping (CDN).
Assembly Usually Required
Put It All Together And What Do You Get
Apparently you’re supposed to put this together with two people, but apparently I was indisposed and my boyfriend made it all by himself. This is not recommended, but he managed to have it all set up within 2-3 hours.
The main pieces are all pre-built so it was just a matter of putting them together, and slipping the covers over. He says it was pretty straightforward. The only issue was figuring out what order to do things in. Because it’s all customizable, each part comes with its own instruction manual, so it isn’t always completely clear when to follow which instructions. There’s no master instruction manual for the entire process. Sometimes the order in which you have to build things is a little bit unclear. But luckily, it’s an Ikea couch, so if you mess up you can just take it apart and do it all over again.
Form And Function
Tell Me Everything You Know
It’s a major upgrade for us in terms of aesthetic. The yellow brightened up our living room a lot! And it’s a nice big, comfy couch. We can lay right down on it and it’s great for naps. The chaise lounge opens up and is perfect for storing extra blankets and kittens. It gets a lot of use and we’re quite happy with it.
Bonus points: the covers are machine washable! So convenient.
Quality Check Please
It’s Business Time
We’ve been using the couch daily since July. The frame is sturdy, and the parts are level, and I’m very confused by a couple of reviews stating that the parts don’t fit together. I can only assume they either did something wrong or received a faulty part and should contact Ikea. (I’m betting on the former.)
The covers have a nice canvas texture which makes cleaning easy. Polyester/cotton blend is versatile and durable. We were initially a little concerned about bringing a yellow couch into a home with black furry minions, but we haven’t had any issues. Nothing a quick run of a lint roller can’t solve, anyway.
What Does The Guest Say?
I’ll be adding the company commentary after our next guests on Friday. We’ve had people over with this couch but not since deciding to review all our belongings. Someone did say it feels like Spring, and I have to agree. The yellow is lovely!
Kitties Have Opinions, Too
Photo Evidence Attached
The girls love this couch. They regularly nap on it, and play in it, and take it apart as best they can. The back cushions are not attached, so they sometimes get knocked over by kitties trying to play behind them. The zippers are great fun, too. However they do often lose toys underneath this couch, which we have to fish out later.
Including an Arbitrary Score Out of 10
This was really a great find in this price range. We’re very happy with the style and comfort level, and think this may be one of Ikea’s best inventions yet. The only minor issue was regarding the clarity of the instructions.