IKEA Kivik Sectional Review and Farmhouse Decor

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Have you wondered if a more modern sofa can fit in with farmhouse decor? The IKEA Kivik sectional has square arms and a streamlined slipcover. This made me question if it would look out of place in my farmhouse, cottage style home.

The IKEA Kivik Sectional

The last couple of times we visited IKEA, I had noticed the Kivik. Sure, it was modern. But, oh my gosh, it was comfortable. I don’t mind a mix of modern with farmhouse or cottage style. I think it keeps it from going too sweet and even “cluttery” feeling. It’s a perfect blend for boho style, which I’m also favoring these days.


However, this is a large piece of furniture. I just wasn’t sure if it would be more modern than I would like!

I tried searching for pictures in different styles of rooms. Honestly, I couldn’t find anyone that had pictures of it styled the way I would want to. Maybe I just didn’t look hard enough?

Anyway, we went ahead and sold our Ektorp (gasp). See my full review of that sectional here. We had it for over three years and I dearly loved it. But I was ready for a change and wanted a more generously sized sectional.

We Bought the Kivik Sectional

The Kivik was easy to put together. The slipcover that we chose was Hillared beige. I really thought I wanted the light grey Orrsta. Unfortunately, after seeing it on a sofa in the showroom, I was disappointed. The fabric wasn’t as thick as the Hillared and it didn’t have the same finish around the edge binding. The Hillared has some linen in the fabric blend. I think it really gives a high end look.

The Hillared slipcover also comes in dark grey, which was too dark for our living room. The dark blue was very pretty. But again, not an option for what I had in mind.

We actually purchased a second slipcover, that will be going back. It is the Borred. They call it a gray-green and it would be great in a man cave (which is probably why my husband insisted we get it). But in my living room it just looked like swamp mud.

Ignore the rug that is too small. I’m still rug shopping and wanted to see how the grey worked in here. Let me know what you think!

Do We Like It?

This sectional is so comfortable! There is memory foam in the cushions and they keep their shape well. I don’t find myself having to fluff them as much as the Ektorp.

The lower arms are something to get used to. But they work really well with the “C” tables that I bought when I had my other sofa. Overall we love the comfort and size. It seems very durable so far.

But does it fit in with farmhouse style decor? I’ll let you be the judge of that. But if you want my opinion then I say yes, yes, yes.

I honestly don’t know why I’m not seeing a lot more of these sectionals on decor blogs. Comfort Works has rated it the #1 sofa from IKEA for 2019!

On the con side, I would definitely like to have more slipcover options. A white or cream one with a tailored skirt?

I daydream about making a bleached, drop-cloth cover in the future. But for now, I’m happy with the neutral color and the simple shape. I can style it a number of different ways and it looks fantastic.

Oh, and for those of you that are throw pillow addicts like me, you can fit a shopping cart full of them on this baby! They don’t all end up on the ground when everyones sits down. The depth of the couch allows for people and throw pillows at the same time! The throw pillow situation didn’t really work as well with the Ektorp.

We’ve only had the sofa for a short time. But I promise to keep you updated about how it’s holding up and different ways that I’m styling it as the seasons go by.

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  1. Hi! What size throw pillows do you have on this?

    1. Hi Bethany,
      The smaller throw pillows are 18 inches and the larger are (I believe) 25 or 26 inches.

  2. I’ve had the Kivik (main sofa + 2 chaises) for 9 years now, and it’s still great. I wash the cushions twice a year (and cover them with fleece blankets because of my dog most of the time). Because you have to take the arms off the couch to wash the frame cover, I’ve only done that once. I also have the Ektorp for a cabin, and the Kivik feels sturdier and more comfortable. Both are great deals!

  3. Love your review. You hit the nail for what I am looking for – it is the most comfortable couch! and I like a farmhouse look wondering if it works. Yes it does! thanks. Now I want to subscribe to your lovely blog! 🙂

  4. My son turned me onto the Kivik sofa, mostly because it’s the best sofa for napping! We currently have it with a cloth slipcover. Once we get into our next home, I’ll be investing in the leather version!

  5. Hi there! I’m looking at purchasing hillared beige covers for my 4 seat sectional. Do you know what I should buy, since it comes in pieces. Also the color in your photos looks so much prettier and lighter than online…is this cover more cream/or beige? Thanks!


    1. Hi Holly,
      Yes, the covers come in seperate pieces. I believe we had to buy two loveseat covers and a corner cover. But it should give you the item numbers on the website for your sofa. Otherwise, you could ask at the store or try calling them.
      As far as the color goes, I would say that it’s a sand color. It’s not as light as say, an Ivory or off-white. I feel like it goes with just about anything. However, color is subjective, so hopefully this gives you a better idea! Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Hey there. It’s the 5 seater. Pretty much two loveseats and a corner seat that connects them.
      Hope that helps!

  6. Hello! I’d love to know if you’ve washed the covers for the arm rests. I can’t figure out how to get them off and one of ours is getting reeeeeeeally dingy. Love our couch, thanks for the review. I found your blog bc I stumbled on your youtube review from January, – looking forward to reading more of your posts!

    1. Hithere! So glad to have you here. We’ve only washed the cushion covers and spot cleaned the arms. Unfortunately, the arm has to be taken off to get the cover off for washing. 🙁
      However, I’m looking into a different slipcover for the kivik, that’s easier to wash! I’ll do a post and video on that as soon as I get more info.

      Thanks so much for visiting!

  7. Hi!

    Thanks for the review! Where is your brown chair from?

  8. If you want a custom, affordable option for slipcovers check out BEMZ.COM they make custom covers out of a variety of fabrics including french linen, denim and more. You can choose to have loose fit or a tailored modern fit. I ordered cotton daybed covers from them over 6 years ago in light grey cotton and they have been amazing! Hold their shape, wash up fantastically and have barely any wear despite being abused by my three kids and all their friends. Shipping took some time but it was well worth the wait!

    1. Hi Christine. I’ve heard good things about Bemz. Good to know that you’ve had a great experience with their slipcovers! Thanks for visiting the cottage.

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