Hackers Help IKEA sofa

Published on October 4th, 2007 | by Jules Yap


can anyone id this sofa?

fabe bought this sofa back in 2000 and now needs to get a new slipcover but he can’t identify which model it is.

IKEA sofa

“we’ve been to a variety of websites and the ikea store, but no one has been able to identify which model it is. and because it is an older model that wasn’t continued, we’re wondering if anyone has a new slipcover (bemz and eBay seemingly did not).”

here are the dimensions:
cushion depth –> 27 inches
arm depth –> 38+ inches
height –> ~26 inches
length –> ~88 inches

it looks somewhat like the ektorp but the dimensions are off. anyone?

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39 Responses to can anyone id this sofa?

  1. Lena Aahlby says:

    Hi – I am desperately trying to ID a discontinued IKEA sofa bought in Belgium in Oct 2000. The number is 976.475.40 but what is the name? Am ultimately after a replacement cover.

  2. Victoria says:

    Hi, I have an Ikea sofabed model 884.208.00, and I am not sure if it is an ektorp range. Can anyone tell me please. Thanks

  3. Bella says:

    Hey, does anyone know when the Vingaker was discontinued? Trying to find a cover for it is near impossible!

  4. Anonymous says:

    ok this sofa is Vingåker i have the same one and have literally jus ripped off he label where the ikea person wrote the name down for me. shame no one has a cover for it

  5. Anonymous says:

    unzip the seat cushion and the model name is often stamped on the side of the foam

  6. Anonymous says:

    I also have a discontinued model of Ikea 2 seater leather sofa. The leather started to peel off and it looks ugly. I noticed that the leather is sew onto the sofa and I’m not sure if there is a slipcover sold anywhere. I can’t find the model in Benz. It’s a high back 2 seater leather sofa with 2 side arm rest, anybody know the model? please let me know and where can I get slipcover for it. Many thanks

  7. Anonymous says:

    great thanks guys, gonna go to bemz.com now!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for mentioning about that bemz.com now carries backamo covers! I’m getting one right away!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Bemz.com carries Backamo covers now. I am planning to order one for mine today. (Have to decide on the pattern first–lots to choose from!)

  10. Anonymous says:

    i will need the slipcover info too… please share it if anyone finds anything…

    thanks alot!!!


  11. Anonymous says:

    If anyone have a backamo cover for sale, not blue, preferbly brown or grey don’t hesitate to contact: dave (AT) arthistory (dot) cc

  12. Anonymous says:

    I have exactly the same in red. It’s from IKEA and the model is “BACKAMO”. In this model, you have three kind of textil housse; 1) DEJE, 2) FINSTA and 3) PUKAVIK. Good luck :-)

  13. Anonymous says:

    If you want to spend the money..And I mean spend the money Pottery Barn has a sofa that is called the charleston. It is the exact same and they have covers. But like I said a cover from there can run about 1000 bucks or better. It is very disappointing that they have kept the Ektorp for so long and not the backamo. It truely is a comfortable couch..Not to mention when I bought it I had to wait for it as it was a special order…Good Luck

  14. Anonymous says:

    Backamo. I have the exact same one and also want new slip covers, but alas, not to be found. Now I’m thinking of dye-ing them as they are still in good shape, just faded.

  15. Anonymous says:

    It believe it’s the Ektorp model. I just gave my queen-size Ektorp sleeper sofa to my daughter. She’s been trying to find a replacement slipcover for it. It seems that IKEA has changed the Ektorp model rather than discontinuing it and bringing out a new model name. I purchased the sofa around 2000 and know I purchased an Ektorp. The dimensions are now smaller and the arms are now lower. They are the same height as the back of the sofa on the one I gave my daughter.

  16. Christin says:

    this is a backamo couch…i have the same one

  17. Anonymous says:

    I sent many emails to Ikea about replacing the slipcover for my Backamo sofa. They sold me on the great idea of replaceable covers then abruptly discontinued the model and stopped selling the covers. All I got back in answer to my emails were auto responses. So now I’m sitting on my faded and worn sofa, still gnashing my teeth about the way Ikea treated me. Needless to say, I avoid Ikea like the plague and now make my purchases elsewhere. Ikea, that’s Swedish for sh**!

  18. Steven says:

    Hey. I have an Angby 2 seat sofa, this looks very similar but, it looks like a 3 seater and has more pillows.

  19. Anonymous says:

    I have a backamo sleeper sofe in beige- just called the Seattle store and got the dimesions from the 2000 or 2002? catalogue.
    Pottery barn has slip covers for their Charlston sofa that looks darn close to the Backamo. Pricey and may not be exact dimensions because IKEA doesn’t seem to use “standard measurments”sleeper sofas.
    The pottery barn is a queen size mattress and dimensions listed online are 91 long by 36 deep by 37 high. The pillow backs are 26 inch squares.

  20. rt says:

    I am searching for the same slip cover for a 2 seater sofa… found it to be Angby, see the following website:
    Kind of pricey though.

  21. fru mju says:

    try bemz.com, they do slipcovers for IKEA sofas. good luck!

  22. Anonymous says:

    I also have a Backamo sofa and was very upset at Ikea for discontinuing its covers 1 or 2 years after I bought it! Still check on the web once in a while but no success… Good luck and I’d love it if you dropped me a line if you do get any good news.
    But it’s a really comfy sofa so I think I’ll try to have one made…
    Sandrine ([email protected])

  23. Anonymous says:

    I have one too. The number of the sofa is 200-125-30 and the number of the cover is 800-254-50. My cover was “beige” (it’s the french word for the color ).

    I hope that will help you?

  24. Anonymous says:

    I had buy one sofa of this type 5 years ago. But I still have a bill and the number in is 200-125-30.

    I hope that will help you :)

  25. Anonymous says:

    Hi Fabe,

    I, too, am looking for a slipcover for a Backamo couch. I will let you know if I find a source. Will you please share any additional info when you learn anything new?

  26. Beth Wolden says:

    I don’t know if you sew at all, but if you rip apart the seams on the old slipcover and use the parts as a pattern you can pretty easily make a new one. Slipcovers aren’t too complicated. You just have to make sure you document where all the pieces go so you don’t get confused.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Why not just look at the old Ikea websites from those years in the Wayback Machine (http://www.archive.org)?

  28. Fabe says:

    Thanks Jules for posting this. After doing a little research on the names Megan provided, we found that sofa is definitely a Backamo. We found someone else with a nearly identical picture on a Dutch blog (http://cashproductions.blogspot.com/2007/01/bye-bye-backamo.html)

    Sadly, Bemz and eBay do not seem to have covers for it and we don’t want to have a custom cover made for it (considering the cost of custom slip covers). Our other thought was to replace it with another IKEA sofa, but we visited IKEA and tested the new sofas — and none of us were thrilled with their current line.

    Because of this we’ve got a bit of a conundrum.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks to everyone for your feedback thus far.


  29. Anonymous says:

    I still have the Swedish cataloge from 2000 in my parents home. I´ll get in in a few weeks (October 20)and get back to you. Don´t loose the hope!

  30. Caro says:

    Oy. I feel your pain! I have a 2000 Varnamo- it has your base, with Ektorp back pillows, and a slipcover has been totally impossible to find. If you do get a lead, I’d love to hear it!
    carolinef (at) gmail (dot) com

  31. Anna at D16 says:

    I don’t think that’s a Tomelilla, the arms look totally different. Also, the 88″ length would indicate that it’s a 3-seater, yet it only has 2 seat cushions. The 3-seater Tomelilla has 3.

    For reference:

  32. wildmary says:

    I think it’s a Tomelilla too.
    I have one and confirm what pennskaftet thinks : Ikea doesn’t produce them anymore since last year :/
    but maybe they still sell slipcover for them…

  33. Khy says:

    Tomelilla is right. Used to have one. The pillows are crappy. ;o)

  34. Pennskaftet says:

    I think it looks like a Tomelilla-sofa. I could be totaly wrong, though. :)
    I had one Tomelilla-sofa, but I think that IKEA do not produce them anymore… :P

  35. GeoWulf says:

    Maybe they can post a picture where I can actually see the sofa. It’s kinda hard to identify that it is a sofa, let alone what model.

  36. Steph says:

    is it a sleeper sofa? Ektorp had a sleeper sofa model a few years ago that was different dimensions than the normal Ektorp.

  37. Megan says:

    Looks like either a Backamo or a Vingåker. My bet is on the former as its shown in that colour but the front skirt is slightly different. How sad is it that I have catalogues back to 1999 on my bookshelf!

    My catalogues are European, so dimensions are in cm, but the Backamo is 226cm x 94cm by 90cm and the Vingåker is 202x87x84.

    In 2000, the Tomelilla was 218x98x80

  38. Anonymous says:

    I would call an older, established IKEA store and ask if they have any old catelogs from 1998-2002 and maybe they can fax you the sofa pages or figure it out for you. Ask to speak to someone, preferably a manager, who’s been at the store that long. I worked at the Baltimore store (though not in the sofa dept. so I don’t recognize this) for 5 years and got calls like this a lot. Baltimore’s number is 410-931-5400 and the sofa dept. is ext. 1906

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