Giving credit where credit’s due (Dear Ikea people: thank you for the Ektorp sofa)

Posted by on Apr 12, 2012 in Living Room | 0 comments

Have I ever mentioned how much I love having slip covered furniture?  I love having slip covered furniture.  With two cats, a Sweetie who works in construction, and my bad habit of “working from couch”, our furniture gets a lot of abuse love.

So, about once a month, I wash our furniture.  And furniture washing day is an exciting day indeed!  I usually reserve furniture washing for bonus days off (holidays, snow days, birthdays…  that sort of thing.)  (Yes, I’m JUST that much fun!)  Often I’ll just wash the cushion covers (since that’s where most of the wear-and-tear takes place.)  And then, about twice a year, I’ll really roll up my sleeves and tackle it all (getting the base slipcover back on the sofa is quite the ordeal, let me tell you, so I save washing the whole kit-and-caboodle for days when I’m feeling particularly spunky.)

Here’s what furniture washing day looks like chez Sweetie and Joy…

Ektorp chairs washing day

Loki is a huge help, of course.

Ikea Ektorp sofa washing day

And our bar stools become cushion-cover drying stools.  (I’m a wee bit terrified to put the covers in the dryer.  Did that once.  Things have been a little snug ever since.  Never again!)

White ikea Ektorp sofa washing day

Yup.  That’s right.  Furniture washing day creates cushion chaos in our living room. But it’s so worth it when everything dries.  Ah, hello, clean sofa.  :)

Ektorp sofa cleaning day

And hello clean chairs.  Yes, don’t worry, I love you too.  :)

Ektorp chairs in white

So yes.  Ikea people?  Thank you for giving me the option of a) having white furniture and b) washing said furniture.  I emphatically give Ektrop a hearty two thumbs up!  White furniture is the scariest kind, but, because of you, I’m no longer afraid.  (Although spaghetti sauce near the sofa still makes me a bit twitchy…  I may no longer be terrified of white furniture, but I’m not that crazy.)


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