Published on August 31st, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Baby Karlstad corner sofa

Materials: 2 seater Karlstad, 3 seater Karlstad, 2 x brackets, drills and screws

Description: We have a small space in our lounge and wanted to put a corner Karlstad sofa. The problem was that the corner sofa available at Ikea was too big. We decided to make a smaller version of the Karlstad corner sofa.

Essentially this sofa is created by butting up a 2 seater sofa next to a 3 seater. We only wanted one arm on the 2 seater, obviously, so as the sofa legs are attached to the arm piece, we had to ‘hack’ our own solution to this.

We found corner brackets which would fit into the lounge and also fit to attach to the feet. We drilled 2 holes in the brackets for the bolt and dowel from the feet to go through. Next we screwed the brackets into the corners of the base on the side where the arm was missing. Then it was just a matter of attaching the bolts on the feet to the brackets with one nut each.

Et voila! With the addition of an extra Karlstad throw cushion for the corner, we have a corner sofa in the perfect dimensions for our small living room (205cm x 260ish).

One of the not-so-obvious benefits of our design is that we can pivot the 2 seater around in front of the 3 seater and make an almost full sized bed :)

~ A, Australia

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14 Responses to Baby Karlstad corner sofa

  1. Barbara Giardelli says:

    God bless you all Ikea hackers!!! World is a better place thanks to you

  2. Hannah says:

    What size corner brackets did you use?

  3. Melissa says:

    I’m trying to figure out if I can turn my Karlstad 3+2 into two separate sofas. I’m thinking of removing the corner piece and then tracking down a Karlstad armchair to steal the two arms off of to add to each open end of the sectional pieces. Does anyone know if this would work? I’m not sure if the dimensions of the Karlstad armchair had the same dimensions as the full couch. I see them pop up regularly on Craigslist though, so I don’t think it would be too difficult to acquire one despite being discontinued. I’m just looking for some information as to whether my plan would work. Thanks!

  4. Jason says:

    Hey, would one be able to do the same thing buying a sofa, corner piece, and just a lounge chair instead of doing this hack? I want a corner piece, but can’t fit a 3×2 sectional, but would be able to fit a 3×1. My thinking is to buy the sofa, buy the corner piece, and buy just the lounge chair and take off the left armrest of the lounge chair and attach it to the corner piece. Is that possible? I know you can attach it to the chaise lounger, so I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Just find it odd that there are no images of this type of “hack” anywhere, since it seems like the same as what you did, but “official”.

  5. hilary says:

    Does anyone know if it is possible to connect two Karlstad chaise lounges together? I would like to create a two person chaise; i do not need a sofa. Thanks!

  6. David says:

    I completed a chair+sofa+chaise today – without this post, it would not have been possible! Thanks for sharing the bracket secret! I found them at Home Depot.

  7. Nice way of making the most use of that baby sofa. I didn’t think you could mount it up swivel-style, though; that seems like a good idea to copy.

  8. Pradeep says:

    Can you tell me where you found the corner brackets please…

  9. Anonymous says:

    I wish you didn’t have the blanket thrown over the sofa in the picture. It covers up where the two pieces meet.

    It looks to me like the arm of the 3-seater is thicker than the back of the 2-seater. They must look a little odd where they connect, no?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Would this work with 2 2-seater sofas?

  11. Sofas Dublin says:

    I had a Karlstad sofa few months back but I stopped using it as it was too big for my living room and there was not enough space to put it with a bed. I had never heard about baby Karlstad sofa before. I wish I could find it that time. Anyways, thanks for sharing.

  12. Jose A says:

    OMG! Where were you 2 years ago when BF and I were really wanting the Karlstad corner sofa, but was way too big. Thanks for this idea.

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