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Published on November 19th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Karlstad Sofa Gets Retro Update

Materials: Sofa, Karlstad cushion, tapered screw in legs, upholsterer’s twine, upholsterer’s needle, 32 buttons

Description: First, we replaced the Ikea sofa legs with ready made, screw-in replacement legs from Uncle Bob’s workshop. We, then had an upholsterer use an extra Karlstad throw pillow as fabric to cover 32 buttons. He also sold us an upholsterer’s needle.

After deciding where I wanted the buttons to be on each side of the two back sofa cushions (8 on each side per cushion) with a tape measure and light pencil mark, I began tufting using this tutorial.

This method makes only two holes in the cushion fabric per button pair. Twine is threaded through one button, then folded in half and both ends are threaded through the needle. The needle is pressed straight through the cushion from one pencil mark to the corresponding mark on the other side. Another button is then threaded on one end of twine. Then, both ends are brought together to tie a slide knot that allowed me to adjust the space between the buttons. This requires at least 20 inches of twine per button pair for gripping.

Don’t be afraid to really pull the buttons close together. After drawing them together with the slide knot, I tied a couple of extra knots and left the twine ends hanging until I had finished the entire pillow and was sure the tufts were all uniform. The ends were then snipped and tucked under the buttons.

See more of the tufted Karlstad.

~ Michelle Carter, Texas


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10 Responses to Karlstad Sofa Gets Retro Update

  1. Vera says:

    Great and simple idea!
    I was stupid when I sold it…)

  2. Molly says:

    This looks great – just a tip to others out there – we bought this sofa to replace our old Ektorp, and we noticed that the ektorp had tapered legs that were just a tad fatter than the ones here. They’re not as awesome as these, but they were close enough and were free for us since the Ektorp was too beat up to even donate. I needed more for an ottoman and offered a guy who was selling his ektorp on Craigslist $5 to swap his Ektorp legs for my Karlstads. Just in case anyone wanted to save even more!

  3. Anonymous says:

    may i ask how long did it take for you to get the legs from uncle bob’s workshop? thanks.

  4. Anonymous says:

    what height legs did you use?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Just saw this, looks great! Can you tell me which finish and wood type you selected for the legs from Uncle Bob’s? Many thanks.

  6. Anonymous says:

    That is AMAZING.

  7. Anonymous says:


  8. Beautiful, although the sivik covers are more cat claw proof!

  9. OMG. ….. I was thinking of doing something very similar witht he same sofa!

    The Karlstad is the most comfortable sofa they have!

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