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Ikea Sofa Purchase: Red Or Black Color?  
User currently offlinephatfarmlines From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1358 posts, RR: 1
Posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2045 times:

I'm thinking about purchasing the IKEA "Vreta" sofa bed. It comes in four colors: Ivory, brown, red, & black. Ivory is ruled out because the model at the IKEA showcase is rather dirty and stains probably show up better; brown is ruled out because the hardwood floor at my home is mostly a brown color, which leaves red & black.

Black seems too cliche in the furniture world and it seems everyone has black furniture, but it blends in with just about anything. Red does seem to stand out more than black, but would this be appropriate in a bachelor home? I am also concerned about the impact red furniture would have to prospective buyers if I decide to put my home on the market.

Any suggestions?

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User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8278 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2027 times:

Between the two I like the red - on the internet it looks softer than a bright red.

I don't mind black, but believe I would get tired of it over time.

Of the 4 my choice would be the Ivory, and I'd also buy some quality leather cleaner.


User currently offlinearmitageshanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3625 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2021 times:

We have both black and red leather furniture and the red is DRASTICALLY better with keeping and looking clean.

User currently offlinezippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5478 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1994 times:

Some sage advice:
  • Make sure you can put the thing together.
  • Check out the quality; some Ikea products self destruct, others are good values for the $$$
  • If you can't pronounce the funny name don't sweat it.
  • Color wise, I couldn't tell you. E-Mail Tim Gunn or HGTV for decorating input!

Best of luck.



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User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1983 times:

Black sofa for me w/ red rug underneath it (wood floor)


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User currently offlineLarshjort From Denmark, joined Dec 2007, 1473 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1961 times:

My first choice would be the ivory and buy some leather care to protect the leather, it will also make it easier to clean.

Quoting zippyjet (Reply 3):
Make sure you can put the thing together
Instructions

Doesn't look like rocket sciense to me  

/Lars



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User currently offlinefrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3766 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1897 times:

Black will stand the test of time, both fashion wise and cleanliness wise, even if it's not very original.


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User currently offlineluckyone From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 2172 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1888 times:

Quoting phatfarmlines (Thread starter):
Any suggestions?

Buy from somewhere else. Ikea furniture is not that great. The fabric attracts dirt and dust like a magnet and the pillows will sag and lump very quickly. You can find much better quality furniture for more or less the same prices with a little groundwork. Just my two cents.


User currently offlineusflyer msp From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1847 times:

It really doesn't matter because you will be

Quoting luckyone (Reply 7):
Buy from somewhere else. Ikea furniture is not that great. The fabric attracts dirt and dust like a magnet and the pillows will sag and lump very quickly. You can find much better quality furniture for more or less the same prices with a little groundwork. Just my two cents.

I concur. IMHO it does not really matter which colour you purchase because if you don't like it you will be replacing it in two years anyway.


User currently offlinekent350787 From Australia, joined May 2008, 965 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1825 times:

quote=zippyjet,reply=3]Check out the quality; some Ikea products self destruct, others are good values for the $$$[/quote]
I agree on this one. Our furniture is mostly IKEA, but we went into it with our eyes open - overall there seems to be about 3 levels of quality there. We have a Beddinge sofa bed in blue which is going well, but hasn't been in the living area on a regular basis.

We recently switched from 16 years of black leather in the lounge room to a greenish brown - good aniline leather is worth the money.


User currently offlinezippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5478 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1780 times:

Another consideration: do you have pets? Especially if you have cats the furniture can take a beating. My 2 short bus kitties shed a lot so I have to bring out the Hoover. The crappier quality furniture can actually have their lives shortened by frequent suction from your vacuum not to mention the pet dander and bur.


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User currently offlinephatfarmlines From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1358 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1727 times:

Thanks everyone for the responses. I'm on a hung jury right now with the decision. Seems alot are questioning the quality of IKEA. I've purchased many items from there and can't say i've had a problem - i've been impressed.

Quoting zippyjet (Reply 10):
Another consideration: do you have pets? Especially if you have cats the furniture can take a beating. My 2 short bus kitties shed a lot so I have to bring out the Hoover.

Not a fan of cats, but i plan on gettig a dog.


User currently offlineMika From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 2881 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1624 times:

Red! I recently got myself a 3+2 combo of 'Kivik' in bright red. Love something that stands out from the regular dark sofas everyone has just out of convenience.

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