The Ektorp sofa has been one of IKEA’s most popular furniture pieces, hands down. Today I am going to go over the difference between the IKEA Ektorp sofa vs. the IKEA Uppland sofa.
Most people either love or hate IKEA but for those who love it, they know about the Ektorp sofa. It is one of IKEA’s best sellers in the realm of furniture and possibly the most talked-about sofa they sell.
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Has IKEA discontinued the Ektorp?
Yes, sadly the Ektorp has been discontinued. It is slowly being fazed out. I believe you can only purchase it online right now, it has been out of stock at my local IKEA for a very long time. They do however have the Uppland in stock.
Right now the only color the cover comes in is the Lofallet beige. All of the other covers are not available anymore for purchase from IKEA.
The good news is they are available online through Amazon! Check out the colors and grab one now if you are thinking of getting one. They probably won’t be there long.
The differences between IKEA Ektorp sofa vs. IKEA Uppland sofa.
There are several key differences between the two sofas. If you look at the reviews online people love this sofa, at least most people.
Taller people didn’t love the Ektorp so IKEA listened and made some changes.
In this photo you can see my Uppland, I got it in the Loveseat size. The artwork hanging above is also IKEA and the floor is stained concrete which was a great DIY project.
Size – Ektorp vs. Uppland
IKEA decided to make the Uppland deeper in the seat to accommodate people with longer legs. They also made it taller so those with longer torsos have support on their shoulders.
Now if you are like me then you didn’t have an issue with the smaller sofa, LOL. Short people do love deeper and taller though. It’s easier to cross your legs and lean your head back to binge on Netflix.
Here are the dimensions for each sofa:
Another difference between the two sofas is the way the cushions are made.
The Ektorp is made entirely of foam. The Uppland cushions are made of springs as well as foam. Because of this design change, the cushions on the Uppland should hold up longer because of the addition of springs.
Slipcovers – IKEA Ektorp vs. IKEA Uppland
Because of the size difference, the slipcovers are also made differently. The Uppland covers are bigger than the Ektorp.
Another difference in the slipcovers is with the cushions. On the Ektorp the cushions have fabric on both sides. Therefore, you have the ability to flip over the cushions if someone spills something.
On the Uppland the underside of the cushion is not fully covered in fabric. It’s a mesh material so you cannot flip them over.
Is Uppland more comfortable than Ektorp?
Which is more comfortable? Well, that is really subjective. What one person thinks is more comfortable can be very different than what another person thinks.
However, with the addition of springs, the cushions should hold their shape longer than the Ektorp. So in the long run the Uppland should last longer.
Will Uppland covers fit an Ektorp?
There is no way the Ektorp covers will fit the Uppland because the Uppland is bigger. Can the Uppland fit the Ektorp, well yes but there will be extra fabric so it will look funny.
If you have some sewing skills or know someone with sewing skills then you could probably do some magic to make them fit.
What colors do the Uppland covers come in?
The Uppland comes in 7 different colors. I have it in Remmarn Light Gray. It’s a really pretty light gray with a gentle weave pattern.
It also comes in a darker gray called Hallarp Gray. It’s basically the same as the Remmarn Light Gray just a bit darker.
You can get it in Totebo Light Beige and Hallarp Beige. What are the differences between the two? Totebo Light Beige is actually a tad darker and is more cool-toned which Hallarp Beige is slightly lighter but definitely warm-toned.
Blekinge White is the white color that it’s available in and if you love color then you will love the two most colorful options, Totebo Dark Turquoise and Virestad Red/White.
Final thoughts on the IKEA Ektorp sofa vs. IKEA Uppland sofa
It’s no doubt that the IKEA Ektorp has always been a best seller for IKEA but will the Uppland do just as well? I think the obvious answer to that is yes. If you checked out my friend Mellisa’s post then you can see how much she loved the Ektorp.
I think IKEA took the best features of the Ektorp and kept them. Then they took the worst features and improved on them. That way they can market to a larger audience.
Will people love the Uppland as much as the Ektorp? My guess is yes, they absolutely will. Why wouldn’t you? It’s really still the same sofa, just slightly larger and with a better construction for the cushions.
In the end, I believe the Uppland will be a huge hit and continue their wonderful sales in the furniture business.
For more IKEA related posts:
- IKEA Ritva Curtains: My Favorite Inexpensive White Curtains
- The Lagkapten/Alex Desk, My favorite Ikea Desk
- 13 Stunning IKEA Hacks You Will Want to do This Weekend
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