Monday, December 8, 2014

Karlstad Couch Upgraded with Tufting and Legs

With a little time and labor, bland IKEA Karlsdad furniture can be transformed with mid-century details.  We added tufting and legs to achieve the look!

Mid-Century Karlstad Couch and Chair Hacks

Some months ago we became the owners of a used Ikea Karlstad couch and chair.  They were free to us but in need of new slipcovers at least. 

I replaced the old brown slipcover on the chair with a green one (apparently no longer available) back during the summer and recently put an Isunda Gray one on the couch. Even with plans to upgrade it further, I was nervous about how...dormitory...the couch looked at that point with the nearly shapeless cushions and block legs.

Mid-Century Karlstad Couch and Chair Hacks

We purchased new legs from Do It Best and stained them a walnut color.  Mike came up with a clever stand for easy staining by drilling some holes in some scrap wood.

Mid-Century Karlstad Couch and Chair Hacks
If you've been reading recent posts, you have likely noticed that rigging up such gadgets is kind of his thing.

Since the legs do not fit into Ikea hardware, we also bought and installed the appropriate mounting plates from Do It Best.

Mid-Century Karlstad Couch and Chair Hacks

To make the buttons I bought an Isunda Gray pillow cover for the fabric, a couple of Craft Cover Button Kits, and long upholstery needles.  Those buttons were for sure the hardest part of the project.  The tips of my thumbs and index fingers throbbed for a couple of days after knocking those out!

I followed the button tufting tips from Oh Everything Handmade.  To determine the button placement I used round price tag stickers.  They were easily adjusted and helped me to envision the final look.

Mid-Century Karlstad Couch and Chair Hacks

I obviously chose to add six buttons on each cushion and am quite satisfied with the relaxed but tailored look.

Mid-Century Karlstad Couch and Chair Hacks
Mid-Century Karlstad Couch and Chair Hacks

Our total cost for this project was around $350.

If you want this look and have to buy the Karlstad furniture new (sofa for $399 and chair for $349), the total would come to about $1100.  That isn't too crazy for a couch and chair, especially considering this Winston Velvet chair...

Winston Velvet Armchair, Apple Green listed for $429 on One Kings Lane right now (marked down from $850), and the Petrie Sofa...

Petrie Sofa currently selling for $1699 at Crate and Barrel.  The quality is far different and the look is certainly not exact, but for roughly $1,030-$1,770 less, this project could be worth a few sore fingertips that resulted from upgrading our IKEA Karlstad furniture.

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