Just so you know, this post doesn't end well. You see, our Klippan 4-seater couch from Ikea used to have a white cover on it--the one we purchased with it when we bought the couch last year. In less than a year, the cover had rips and tears in it that appeared after washes, so it was rendered too embarrassing to use anymore. For awhile, the Klippanator sat naked. Coverless. Which didn't look horrible from a distance, but up close--and especially when you sat down on it--it was all wrong. It felt thin and...not right. Did I mention Ikea discontinued this sofa? Yes. They did. Just our luck, the 4-seater and all of the slipcovers are no longer made.
Thankfully, there is still a great company, Comfort Works, that specialize in slipcovers--Ikea slipcovers at that. And they make them for the Klippan! We selected a swatch that was very close to our Lounge sofa (Ash is the color we selected in the top left corner) in the family room and it arrived yesterday. Right away I knew something wasn't totally jiving.
It was a little darker than I expected. But we slipped it on anyway--which, by the way, this cover was significantly easier to get on than our Ikea-bought cover.
And the texture of the fabric was seriously stunning.
But, and this a big BUT, after 6 minutes of staring at it and wincing, I knew what the problem was. The cover that we chose has cool undertones and our wall paint and area rug have warm undertones.
So, the light gray that we thought we were getting, actually looks blue in the space. Even more blue than it appears to be in these photos (how rare that something in our house looks better in photos!). I am still wincing about the whole thing.
For now, we are seeing what the exchange process is like. Comfort Works has so many different options and a white leather cover is looking might fine (and safe!) right about now.
*Hangs head.* Life lesson, I suppose. We aren't giving up! Not yet.