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Published on January 15th, 2015 | by Jules Yap


EKTORP with Custom Dyed Slipcovers – 2 colors!

One post about two EKTORP getting custom dyed slipcovers. Love the bold bright colours! ~ Jules

Tiffany’s indigo

custom dyed slipcovers for IKEA EKTORP

Materials: IKEA Ektorp 2+2 sofa with white slipcover

I’ve always been a white slipcover girl, but now that life is full of the wonderfulness of kids, pups and husbands, I had to move on. I wanted the comfort of the fantastically affordable ektorp 2+2 sofa, WITH the feel of the 100% cotton slipcover, but in a color that IKEA didn’t offer, so I dyed the slipcovers myself, and it was a success!

I used 12 bottles of RIT in Navy Blue, which is actually a beautiful indigo color. And indigo is such a fantastic color to have in the home! I did the entire process in our top loading washing machine. I used 5 bottles to do the base cover, and 7 bottles to do the 11 cushion covers. I let each load sit in the dye bath for 45 minutes, then ran the cycle through to the end. After that, I washed each load with detergent twice, so that I could be sure no dye remained.

Next up: our white slipcovered ektorp chairs!

More details here. Enjoy! :)

~ Tiffany

Tina’s fuchsia

custom dyed slipcovers for IKEA EKTORP
custom dyed slipcovers for IKEA EKTORP
custom dyed slipcovers for IKEA EKTORP

This was a white cover for an IKEA Ektorp chair that I dyed fuchsia. I was so nervous about getting the color right and that the dye would stain my washing machine. The color turned out exactly the way I hoped and my washing machine didn’t permanently stain.

I used liquid RIT dye that I purchased at Albertson’s grocery store. RIT has a great website with recipes for many custom colors. My exact color wasn’t on their website, so I guessed a bit. I knew the slipcover was about 7lbs (shown on specs on IKEA’s website) and so I bought 3 bottles. My mix turned out to be 2 bottles of purple and 1/2 a bottle of cherry red. 1 bottle of RIT is good for 2 lbs. of fabric.

I set the washer to the largest load setting. First I washed the new slipcover then I removed it from the washer. I then filled the washer with hot water, added 1 cup of salt, 2 bottles of purple dye and half a bottle of cherry red. I stirred this with an old broomstick for about 2 minutes before I added the wet cover. Then I manually stirred the cover around in the dye for about 5 minutes before having the washing machine agitate the cover for 30 minutes, then let it drain and rinse and spin.

Put the cover back on the chair while it is still damp and let air dry. It will also tighten as it drys.

Enjoy your custom chair!!!

~ Tina Stiff

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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".

12 Responses to EKTORP with Custom Dyed Slipcovers – 2 colors!

  1. Heather says:

    So I purchased a white ektorp chair and cover and ottoman! I have been wanting to tie dye this cover for 2 years! I am thinking this weekend is the weekend I am going to bite the bullet and take my business to my furniture and make myself the best livingroom furniture on the planet!! If I get enough nerve to actually do it I will post the pictures!! A Crazy Eyes Tie Dye Chair would be so freakin amazing!!!! My daughter has been the one talking me out of it for years!! I keep talking myself into it!! Love to tie dye everything I can get my hands on!!!

  2. Tina says:

    Hi everybody, this is Tina owner of the fuchsia chair post above. I just wanted to mention that I haven’t noticed any fading on my chair and it’s been six months.

    * Thank you Jules for the feature! :)

  3. Lynn says:

    I am concerned about using hot water to dye the slip covers. Did the covers shrink?

    • Tina says:

      Hi Lynn, I didn’t notice that mine shrunk. I did not put them in the dryer and I put them back on the chair frame still damp.

  4. JG says:

    Those look fantastic. I love the colors. A word for anyone else wanting to do this. RIT dyes are easy to find but they do not adhere to the fabric, which means after time, they can fade or can have some of their color stain other fabrics. Using a fiber reactive dye (for a cotton cover) ( for example: Tulip, Dylon, or Dharma dyes if in North America) and then properly rinsing will give a much more permanent dye job.

  5. I have the Kivik section sofas and dyed mine almost the exact color using RIT. Much cheaper than buying new covers which end up costing as much as a new couch. White became too hard to clean with a kid and cat. It looks great to me.

  6. Jan Hardy says:

    And most dyes you can buy fade after a few months.

  7. Jan Hardy says:

    I’d be afraid of messing it up. Too expensive for me to risk something like that. You would need a huge washer to accomodate that much fabric.

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