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Ikea Solsta Sofa Bed

Ikea Solsta Sofa Bed

Let’s open this review by admitting that we fucked up.  After moving into our first home and being as poor as shit, we needed a trip to Ikea to buy basically terrible furniture that would last until we could replace it with proper stuff.  It seemed like a good idea at the time, but it really, REALLY wasn’t. The worst thing we bought, and we’re going to complain about this item at some length, is the Solsta sofa bed.  It cost £95, which is in that weird grey area – a hundred quid isn’t a lot of money for a sofa bed, but a hundred quid is a lot of money.  It wasn’t meant to last forever, so we gambled that it’d be fine. It fucking wasn’t. This is what the Solsta looks like, according to Ikea: Fairly generic.  But is it more of a failure as a sofa, or a bed?  Let’s find out. Sofa See those arms?  They are literally made of wood, with the tiniest bit of padding stuck on the top.  If you like leaning on bits of wood, you’ll love this, but for some reason, I found it pretty uncomfortable.  This also rules out any sort of laying across the sofa, unless you like having your back forced rigid like a hideous Swedish torture experiment. That cushion on the back is the best bit, but only because it’s a cushion and it’s really, really hard to fuck up a cushion.  The cushion that you sit on, they have managed to fuck that one up.  Because of the way it folds out to make a bed, the whole base slides forward while you’re sitting on it, and the other cushion falls down the gap at the back.  Every 15 minutes, you need to stand up and reassemble the thing. The cheap material used in the cushion just loves to fall apart and rip, so you end up sitting on an uncovered bit of foam, which is lovely.   Bed I don’t exactly live like a king, so I’m not going to get precious if a bed is slightly uncomfortable.  The Solsta is like sleeping on a bit of wood.  Exactly like it.  Because you are.  When you fold the cushions out, you end up with a 2/3 cushioned floor, and 1/3 fucking wood.  They’re surprisingly quiet about that in literally every single piece of marketing, and on the box, so the first you know of it is when you’re about to go to bed.  Magnificent. If you’re seven and don’t have a spine, then you might be able to contort yourself into a way that doesn’t result in a permanent and debilitating back injury, but otherwise, you’re absolutely screwed.  You could drop a mattress on top or something, but you may as well just bypass the bed completely and dump it straight on the floor. Instead of spending £95 on this terrible, flimsy, quick to fall apart piece of junk, go to the bank and swap your money for bag after bag of 5p coins.  You’ll sleep just as well on them, and as a bonus, you can even use the bags afterwards to annoy taxi drivers. Fucking hate Ikea, but I really wish they’d deliver the meatballs.
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Ikea Solsta Sofa Bed

Tory57 SICKLERVILLE 1 review 1 helpful vote Private message A nightmare to assemble! 1 out of 5, reviewed on Jun 21, 2013 I bought the SOLSTA sofa bed because it was exactly what I needed for my den. At the gitgo assembly was no big deal until it came to attaching the other arm onto the back of the sofa. This is accomplished by means of small metal rails that slide into each other. The rails on the second arm somehow got jammed. I pulled the arm off and repeated the procedure, but it got jammed again, and this time, there was no getting that arm off the sofa! Now I’m stuck with an off-kilter sofa, assuming that my husband won’t be able to remedy the situation Read more when he takes a gander, so my only option will be to lug this cumbersome thing back to the store and hopefully get a refund. What a hassle! And a shame, too, because the SOLSTA is comfortable to sit in, offering a lot of support with firm cushions that don’t sag. Too bad that, at this point, I’ll probably never get to see it in my den. + Comfortable, offers good support. – The assembly. Similar opinion? Write a review! 1 person found this helpful, do you? Yes
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Ikea Solsta Sofa Bed

A nightmare to assemble! 1 out of 5, reviewed on Jun 21, 2013 I bought the SOLSTA sofa bed because it was exactly what I needed for my den. At the gitgo assembly was no big deal until it came to attaching the other arm onto the back of the sofa. This is accomplished by means of small metal rails that slide into each other. The rails on the second arm somehow got jammed. I pulled the arm off and repeated the procedure, but it got jammed again, and this time, there was no getting that arm off the sofa! Now I’m stuck with an off-kilter sofa, assuming that my husband won’t be able to remedy the situation Read more when he takes a gander, so my only option will be to lug this cumbersome thing back to the store and hopefully get a refund. What a hassle! And a shame, too, because the SOLSTA is comfortable to sit in, offering a lot of support with firm cushions that don’t sag. Too bad that, at this point, I’ll probably never get to see it in my den. + Comfortable, offers good support. – The assembly. Similar opinion? Write a review! 1 person found this helpful, do you? Yes
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Ikea Solsta Sofa Bed

I bought the SOLSTA sofa bed because it was exactly what I needed for my den. At the gitgo assembly was no big deal until it came to attaching the other arm onto the back of the sofa. This is accomplished by means of small metal rails that slide into each other. The rails on the second arm somehow got jammed. I pulled the arm off and repeated the procedure, but it got jammed again, and this time, there was no getting that arm off the sofa! Now I’m stuck with an off-kilter sofa, assuming that my husband won’t be able to remedy the situation Read more when he takes a gander, so my only option will be to lug this cumbersome thing back to the store and hopefully get a refund. What a hassle! And a shame, too, because the SOLSTA is comfortable to sit in, offering a lot of support with firm cushions that don’t sag. Too bad that, at this point, I’ll probably never get to see it in my den.
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Ikea Solsta Sofa Bed

Needed smaller size sofa bed or futon for studio apartment. Saw this sofa bed on the IKEA website and then went in to check it out in the store. Was very cute, perfect size for studio space and actually liked the deep gray fabric color (unlike many other reviewers). As a sofa was sturdy, love the arms, very comfortable but then I set it up as a bed and thought I was missing something. I actually like the idea of the mattress being on the floor, and the two foam sections were quite comfortable, but a third of mattress is just the hard wood b Read more ase of the sofa, and that’s really the end your head should be at (although website shows your feet at that end – awkward!). We actually called a sales rep over to make sure we had set up bed correctly and she couldn’t make sense of it either. Extremely poor design that surprised us coming from IKEA. This could be such a perfect sleeper sofa solution for small areas but I don’t see how anyone could sleep on it as a bed. Because it was very comfy as a sofa I gave it 2 stars, but if rating it as a bed I would give no more than 1. Hope IKEA does a redesign because it could be a great, affordable sofa bed option for smaller areas.
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Ikea Solsta Sofa Bed

sal c Private message Date Purchased: May 2012 Do not buy – legs damaged carpet 1 out of 5, reviewed on Mar 24, 2017 Had the Solsta sofa for a few years and when moving out, I had the sofa removed and found 4 large patches on the carpet where the sofa was placed. Looked closer and realized that the stain marks were caused by the plastic yellowish sofa legs. The color from the plastic legs seeped into the carpet and left the four stain marks. No warning on the product that the legs may stain the carpet. The carpet was damaged and I had to compensate the landlord. The cost was even more than the sofa. I contacted Ikea and sent them the pictures of the carp Read more et stain. They replied and said it was “impression marks which is a natural occurrence”. Stain vs impression mark. They must have been looking at a different set of pictures. Definitely regret buying it. Similar opinion? Write a review! Was this review helpful? Yes

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