My boyfriend and I are exploring our options as far as living together goes. He owns an apartment that is pretty tiny. Luckily, our Swedish friends have solutions to most of our issues!
We do struggle with the couch. We would only have a width of about 220 cm (approx. 86″) for a couch, whereas a three seater usually measures around 250cm (98″).
I was therefore thinking about getting a couch and replacing the armrests. For example, this beauty.
I know that the legs are usually incorporated into the armrests; that’s why the KIVIK seems like a decent choice for this hack.
However, has anyone ever done something like this before? I couldn’t find a similar project through the search. Can anyone tell me whether this can be easily done? I would love any advice from experienced hackers 🙂
Thank you so much in advance!
As far as sizes go, IKEA sells sofa beds with a chaise that will fit your space. The SANDBACKEN and BRÅTHULT measure 212 cm wide.
Given the small apartment, a sofa bed is not a bad option. I know not everyone likes using a sofa bed as a regular sofa. But it’s worth considering.
Minus KIVIK armrests, it still won’t fit
The KIVIK 3-seater with chaise which you linked to, is, unfortunately, a little too big for your space, even without both armrests. It would be 232cm wide (280cm – 24cmx2), according to the measurements below.
Why not consider the 2-seater KIVIK instead? It’s 190cm wide, just 30cm shy of your space. A 15cm margin on each side is not too much.And add an ottoman for the chaise lounge feel.
Or take a look at the other smaller 3-seaters (without a chaise) like the SÖDERHAMN, HÄSSELBY, or even the modular VALLENTUNA.They will fit!
If a chaise lounge is a must-have, then I would suggest the NORSBORG 3-seater with chaise. The good thing is the legs are not embedded in the armrests. So you can pretty much do away with the armrests.
You can just buy the 2-seater section and the chaise lounge section and NOT get the armrests at all. No waste.
However, you do need to sew or hot glue on some fabric to close up the exposed edges on the sides of the frame.
NORSBORG 3-seater with chaise (and armrests) the width is 231cm.
NORSBORG 3-seater with chaise (without armrests) the width is 201cm.
Alternative armrest ideas
But if an armrest-less sofa looks kinda odd to you, try this idea on for size.
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