Published on February 2nd, 2012 | by Jules Yap


‘Karlstad sofa’ becomes a ‘Karlstad sofa-bed’

'Karlstad sofa-bed'
'Karlstad sofa-bed'

Materials: Karlstad two-seat sofa

Description: I had a problem. I was in desperate need for sofa bed for my quests, but I didn’t find any proper model anywhere. And I liked my Karlstad sofa very much.

So I had an idea.

I transformed the left side armrest in a way that it could be taken out and added to left side for extra length. So now when needed we have 190 cm wide bed.

'Karlstad sofa-bed'
'Karlstad sofa-bed'
'Karlstad sofa-bed'

I had to add quite a lot of support structure for remaining part of the arm rest and for the part what can be separated. It took about few days to do.

~ Mikko, Helsinki

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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".

11 Responses to ‘Karlstad sofa’ becomes a ‘Karlstad sofa-bed’

  1. Graham Leach says:

    I think you should move the head pillow into the unaltered corner, and shift the seating pillows down.

    That way, there’s less sag for the head, and the pillow won’t fall off the end, which is always a problem with this kind of setup. Also, I think the armrest doesn’t look all that secure in the upright position, how do you lock it into place so someone leaning on it in the upright position doesn’t end up flipping it down by accident. It’s a GREAT hack, but looks to me like a few finishing touches would make it PERFECT.

    Graham Leach

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hack of the year!

  3. jo says:

    the monkey cushion is ugly, but the hack qualify for best 2012!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Quote” I had a problem. I was in desperate need for sofa bed for my quests,”!!

    Wonderful Freudian slip or is it?

  5. Mobler says:

    Really awesome. I have that exact sofa. I’ll try to do the same..

  6. Anonymous says:

    so clever, thanks! will save this for the future!

  7. Jenny says:

    What keeps the cushion on the end from sliding off?

  8. Thanks a great idea! And also…I love that pillow as well!

  9. taosaur says:

    Love that monkey pillow!

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