Published on February 5th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Mid century leather karlstad sofa & ottoman

Mid century leather karlstad sofa & ottoman

Materials: Leather Karlstad sofa & ottoman, round full taper furniture legs

Description: Really simple hack. I love the mid century modern style sofas, but I wanted to buy new. There are a few good options out there but they are really expensive!

Mid century leather karlstad sofa & ottoman

To get a similar look to Crate & Barrel ‘Petrie’ leather sofa & ottoman in leather ($4998) I found a guy on etsy who makes mid century legs for the Karlstad series! Goodbye boring block legs, hello to mid century peg legs!

Karlstad leather sofa & ottoman $1148 plus taxes
Uncle Bob’s Workshop legs x 8 $83
including shipping for legs $1231 is where to find the furniture legs

~ Jaimie, Seattle, WA

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Jules Yap

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16 Responses to Mid century leather karlstad sofa & ottoman

  1. Caz says:

    I love what you did with this furniture.
    I would love to buy this sofa and replace the legs, but I have concerns about the quality of the leather.
    Please can I ask how this holding up after a couple of years use?

  2. Emeka says:

    The other chair pictured is a George Mulhauser lounge chair by Plycraft!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I make these mid century style legs that fit the Ikea karlstad, they are finished and ready to screw in, they are available in a choice of colors and other styles of legs.

  4. Jeremy Stark says:

    You can get those exact same tapered furniture legs online at Home Depot unfinished for about $5.00 a piece. Just for anyone whom (like myself) is interested in doing this for less.

  5. What color are the legs you purchased from Uncle Bob’s?

  6. Alex says:

    Do you know the hex screw size to remove the bolts from the standard legs? I bought a used sofa (didnt come with tools) and am trying to replace my legs. IKEA is so mysterious about their tools sizes.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I third (or fourth) Uncle Bob’s Workshop. We did Poplar in a Natural finish for a light-wood look. We’ve had them for about 6 months and love them! Sooo easy to install-they just screw right in, no tools required. Price was very fair and he does custom finishes!

  8. k2yhe says:

    I can also plug for Uncle Bob’s Workshop. About two years ago, we purchased our first set of legs from him for our sofa and they worked out so well that we bought another set for our chaise. The style of the legs is absolutely spot-on for the lines of the Karlstad! And that you need no tools to install them is fantastic!

    Pics of our Karlstad legs can be found here:

    and here:

  9. Julie says:

    I did the same hack, except my Karlstad has the dark gray tufted wool. Uncle Bob’s Workshop is fantastic. I got the legs in the dark brown stain and they look great with the dark gray. The legs fit the Karlstad perfectly.

  10. Eva says:

    Just wanted to add another plug for uncle bob’s workshop! I ordered these same legs for my Karlstad and they’re awesome! The screw threads of the legs matched up perfectly with the couch. They’re great quality and definitely a worthwhile upgrade!

  11. Heather says:

    We ordered some replacement legs for our Karlstad and they didn’t fit. I am guessing the Karlstad comes with metric lag bolts instead of the U.S. standard since the issue was not the lag bolt diameter but rather the thread count. I would like to confirm before ordering custom new legs. I agree the square legs have to go!

  12. Anonymous says:

    big improvement, i am not fond of those standard square legs the karlstad comes with either. i’ll be getting this same sofa in the grann white leather soon – my local hardware store carries tapered legs, but if they don’t fit the karlstad, i’ll be purchasing some from this site.

    love the chair too, please share where you got it from!

  13. this is EXACTLY what I wanted! thanks for posting!

  14. Carson Brown says:

    Love the hack, but _what_ is that chair in the second photo? Looks amazing!

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