I love how inexpensive the standard Ikea Ektorp Sofa Covers are (under $30). If you are curious about whether they fit the Pottery Barn Basic Sofa, I'm going to show you how well it fits. Ikea slipcovers definitely fit on non-Ikea furniture! So you might be able to save a ton of money from buying Pottery Barn Slipcovers.
As you guys know, I'm in love with my slipcovered sofa that I splurged on a few years ago [HERE]. I also wrote about the truth of having white slipcovered sofas with kids [HERE] and why I chose the Pottery Barn sofa over the Ikea Ektorp. My slipcovered Pottery Barn Grand Sofa of my more expensive pieces of furniture in my home (which was a deal on a floor model). I've had many slipcovers made for it with my ever-changing need to change up our space! I've been wondering if the affordable Ikea Ektorp sofa cover would fit for our sofa !
We are getting ready to start another project - renovating the loft area on the second floor. I wanted a cohesive look by purchasing another slipcovered sofa. I considered buying the Ikea Ektorp sofa cover because of the similarity, but I didn't want to spend $499 on a sofa. I know, that's kind of ridiculous considering I spent over $1,500 on my Pottery Barn Sofa.
Finding a Deal on Sofa Covers
I'm a huge advocate of finding things at a deal when I can. However, when I have an idea or design in my mind, I'm usually always looking for a specific piece. Often, I'll try to find the exact same thing on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace or my company's online garage sale intranet as my first stop for shopping for the perfect piece.
I got lucky and found a Pottery Barn Roll Arm Basic on Facebook Market Place listed for $250 with an ottoman! That is more than half off of the similar Ikea Ektorp. I was able to negotiate it down to $225. Obviously, I knew I had to replace the cover. Pottery Barn brand slipcovers can cost anywhere from $300 - $2,500 depending on the type of fabric you get. You can also get slipcovers made from other online stores for less than $375 (including Amazon [HERE]).
However, Ikea always offers a standard slipcover for under $50 typically. While the fabrics change OFTEN, they always offer an inexpensive version. This year, they offered the Lofallet beige for only $29. I mean, for that price, I wanted to test out whether the Ikea Ektorp sofa could be used with the Pottery Barn Basic.
I've also rounded up some super affordable universal couch slipcovers here that you can buy at the fraction of the cost of that of Pottery Barn's.
Affordable Slipcovers for Old Sofas
Below are a few slipcovers that caught my eye! I will say that going into your local Ikea store is WAY cheaper than buying one online. HOWEVER, just know that the under $50 slipcovers are neutral and the prices go up at Ikea based on the slipcover fabric and design. Check out my stripe slipcover sofa that I got custom made if you are the adventurous type here.
Reviewing the Ikea Ektorp Sofa Cover on a Pottery Barn Basic Comfort Sofa Frame
In this image below, this is what fitted Pottery Barn slipcovers should look like.
Here's how an Ikea Ektorp sofa cover looks like on a Pottery Barn Basic frame.
Yes, you can see it's kind of frumpy on the side, but it's not too bad. The more noticeable area is where the edges on the back are. You can see a bigger difference on the edge of the back frame:
Here's a closer view of the Ikea slipcovers on a non-Ikea sofa:
And another one:
Those are really the only two areas that don't 100% align with the Pottery Barn frame. Would I rather pay $29 over $300+ on Pottery Barn slipcovers? Yes, anyday! I can live with this little wrinkle.
Anyway, because I have little kids and I know they'll tear this sofa up anyway, I'm keeping this slipcover even if it's not perfect. Heck, I plan on buying two more in the event they tear this one up!
Could you live with those little wrinkles without a perfect match? If you just want to try it, it literally is under $30 for a slipcover from Ikea! Try it out.
If you are on the fence on whether to buy an Ikea Ektorp sofa or a Pottery Barn sofa that looks similar, check out my comparison between these two big brands that are known for their slipcovered sofas [HERE]. And if you aren't sold on either of these brands, but love the look, I've also rounded a few of my favorite slipcovered sofa that have the neutral, cottage style look (and the ability to take off the cover to wash it). However, I can't promise you the inexpensive Ikea ektorp sofa cover will fit them and that you won't have to buy the Pottery Barn slipcovers below.
And if you are wanting some truly custom made slipcovers for your sofa with an exact fit, check out my review on the ones I ordered for the same sofa!
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