Published on February 19th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Sater 2.5 seat sofa to leather chair

Materials: Sater 2.5 seat sofa (leather), assorted hand tools

Description: My roommate and I bought an IKEA Sater 2.5 seat sofa, and after about 6 months of normal use (never more than 2 people sitting on it, it snapped in half, folding like a hinge, with the frame resting on the floor. We lost the receipt, so we couldn’t get a new one from IKEA :(

We put it up on cinder blocks for a few months, but when we moved apartments, I couldn’t bear to throw it away, so I decided to chop it in half, reconnect one of the arms to the cut-end, and create an awesome chair.

I used a jigsaw, handsaw, utility knife and screwdriver to carefully peel back the leather, cut the appropriate boards and remove half the spring assembly. Once that was done, I took the vertical armrest off of the cut-end and began to secure it to the good half of the new chair. Because the legs are part of the vertical armrest, the process was that much easier.

I used steel mending plates (rectangular and L-shaped plates with screw holes) to brace all the new joints. I also used about a dozen 1″ wood screws. Most of this process was freehand and improvised, but all the materials cost less than $40 at a local home improvement store.

Once the frame was assembled, all that remained was to stitch the leather back up (I’m still working on this, as you might notice from the picture). If you do this right, the new chair will be big enough for two, and you can either keep the side pillows or discard for more seating room.

This isn’t a project you’re likely to try unless your Sater has snapped like mine did, but I thought this was a cool hack nonetheless. Better to spend $40 and a Saturday and end up with a chair than to throw a whole couch in a landfill.

Thanks for looking!

~ Wes, Baltimore, MD, USA

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

9 Responses to Sater 2.5 seat sofa to leather chair

  1. Judson says:

    I was at home in Melbourne, Australia searching this sofa on google & when I saw your picture come up, I yelled out in excitement thinking ikea had brought out a matching armchair!! LMAO
    Great work, you should email the pic to ikea as I honestly believe this would sell more than the sofa!

  2. Anonymous says:

    You will be happy to know…i saw your picture and was wondering where i can get myself one of those! lol

    Glad u didnt throw it

  3. Anonymous says:

    Let me know if you ever want to sell that modified chair/sofa. I have a Sater couch, but would love to have a matching chair. My email is patrickjpence (all one word) at the yahhooo. I am a serious inquirer. I live in MD

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wow, very impressive. I’ve been looking for a Sater chair to go with my sofa, as my flat is a bit small for two sofas. Ikea really should have made a chair and your “concept” chair shows what it would have looked like. It’s alarming to think, though, that my lovely sofa could implode at any moment and I reckon I will sit down much more carefully from now on. Cheers, from Scotland

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hey, do you think there’s any way you might have some “during the hack” photos?

    Or of not, maybe you can tell me if the base of the Sater is solid wood or something I can use a staple gun on?

    (just need to repair the leather on the base… cat issues)

    Thanks and congrats on the awesome hack!

  6. Erin says:

    Oh, I’m so glad you posted…I’ve been toying with cutting a foot off my Klippan sofa and wasn’t sure I could. I’ve got nothing to lose because it is just too big for the space. Thanks so much for showing me the hack can be done and really look nice. I’m definitely going to try!

  7. bonincontrus says:

    this looks awesome! You have inspired me to try the same thing with a similar piece….from another Baltimore Ikea hacker. White Marsh Ikea could almost be my second home LOL

  8. Hampdenite says:

    Very cool hack! –Don’t envy you hand-stitching leather though.

    (And when I saw this picture I thought “Gee, why does this make me think of my Hampden living room?”)

    Haha, greetings to both of you from yet ANOTHER Baltimoron Ikeahacker.

  9. Anonymous says:

    that’s pretty intimidating project to take on, but major kudos.

    -greetings from another baltimoron ikeahacker reader.

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