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Should you Buy the IKEA Friheten Sofa Bed?

IKEA Friheten Sofa Bed - Review

What a luxury it was to move into my new Melbourne home recently and have a spare room big enough to use as an office and guest bedroom. With most of our friends and family in Sydney, we’re expecting a few interstate visitors from here on in, so making this zone function and look good was imperative. Keep scrolling to read my IKEA sofa bed review.

Updated: See 6 more sofa bed designs here – all for under $1000!

IKEA Friheten Sofa Bed in Charcoal Grey

I gave the office component of this space a makeover recently, so the bedding aspect was all that remained to make the room feel complete.

I’d been on the hunt for a sofa bed the last few weeks. Truth: as soon as we got approved for this place I began looking for furniture to fill it with. That’s what occupies my mind most of the time, actually; thinking about what decor I can buy, where it can go, and what pieces in my home it’ll work with. That’s what a decorating addict does and I won’t apologise for it! I searched high and low for a decent IKEA sofa bed review, couldn’t find it, so decided to turn my own thoughts into one!

The biggest issue I faced on the search for the idea sofa bed was coming across a whooole lotta ugly. And I mean ugly. I think you’ve seen the types I’m talking about; puffy arms, chunky cushions, thick bases that go all the way to the floor. It felt like nobody had invented a new sofa bed since 1992, and I really didn’t want that typical two-seater that folds out with all the springs and steel.

IKEA Friheten Sofa Bed Review

The IKEA Friheten Sofa Bed

A friend of mine actually purchased the Friheten Sofa Bed for his living room. This was when I was living in Sydney a few months back and I was really impressed with how it looked. So it was always a frontrunner unless something better caught my attention. Clearly nothing did, because I purchased it this weekend just gone (and no, IKEA did not give me the sofa. Trust me, I asked and they declined lol).

I went into Richmond IKEA when the doors opened at 10am, purchased it, organised delivery and was back home within half and hour. The sofa bed got delivered the next day and my partner Gavin and I put it up a LOT quicker than some of the other IKEA furniture we’ve purchased in the past. And there were no arguments – bonus!

IKEA Friheten Sofa Bed - Chaise Lounge Storage

What’s good about the IKEA Friheten Sofa

  • It comes in a variety of colours – five to be exact – and the fabric is pretty soft
  • It folds out easily – not in the traditional sofa bed style (you’ll see what I mean in the pictures)
  • There’s no creaky metal bits and pieces like in sofa beds of the past
  • The chaise can go on either end of the sofa (so it’s versatile if you move house)
  • The chaise lifts up so you can store bedding or anything else inside
  • One end features no arm, which means it works well in small spaces (your eye glides over it)

What’s bad about the IKEA Friheten Sofa

  • You might find the three large boxes the sofa comes in hard to transport
  • You won’t fit the boxes in a standard hatchback car, so delivery or a ute is your friend
  • The boxes are heavy and you’ll need two people to put the sofa together
  • It’s not going to win awards for the comfiest night sleep. It’s firm. But it’s fine for a few nights

IKEA Friheten Sofa Bed - Review on The Life Creative IKEA Friheten Corner Sofa Bed Review

 

The Verdict

If you want something that’s suitable for a few nights of rest, or to sit on during the day (which I do when I need a break from the computer) the Friheten is ideal. Your guests aren’t going to declare they’ve had the coziest of sleeps on it by any means, but if you put a mattress protector on top to thicken the base of the bed I think it’ll work a treat. I give it an 8/10.

>>> The IKEA Friheten Sofa retails for $699. Click here to discover more.

Have you encountered an awesome sofa bed or do you own this one? What did you think of our Ikea sofa bed review? Drop me a comment below and share your thoughts with me and other TLC readers! 🙂

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  • Reply
    Charmaine Campbell
    24 June, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Lol, you asked, pity they declined! You were home within half an hour???????????? How is that possible?

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      Chris Carroll
      25 June, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      I know right, Charmaine!? I usually spend HOURS in there, but on that particular morning I was a man on a mission, so there was no time for distraction lol!

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        Prarthna
        12 November, 2017 at 3:28 am

        Hi
        How would u say ur experience was after 2 years of use? I’m planning to buy this but I’m not so sure abt the quality, does it last for 2-3 if basic use??

        • Reply
          Chris Carroll
          14 November, 2017 at 8:37 am

          Hey Prarthna. I had mine for three years. Got rid of it the other day only because I didn’t have the room for it anymore. It stood the test of time in my place, I loved it. I think for basic use it definitely lasts.

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    designlady94
    24 June, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    A bit blocky for me (I have the sofa set with the puffy arms 😉 but it looks very sleek and slim. Love the storage component!

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      Chris Carroll
      25 June, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      Yeah the storage component is awesome. I’ve told the cats if they don’t behave they’re going in there haha

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    Jaki
    25 June, 2015 at 7:26 am

    Hehe, had to giggle that they wouldn’t give it to you;) We have been looking for a sofa bed(2 actually) for about 2 years. I agree, they are mostly some king of ugly. We did look at the IKEA ones, but with so much vary feedback we walked away. This has definitely helped, I think we will give one a go. Thanks Chris.

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      Chris Carroll
      25 June, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      I am so glad it’s helped Jaki. It’s actually very nice. I am looking at it right now and it’s sleek and streamlined. IKEA, if you’re reading this… send me some cushions? lol

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    Aja
    25 June, 2015 at 9:17 am

    We recently went through the same process when we moved into a 3 brm house (with the third bedroom too small for a double bed) We have family in Sydney and Melbourne so also needed to be able to host when required. As I’m in the process of taking my loungeroom in a more mid century direction I went with the Doze sofa bed from Freedom. Its very sleek and not ‘sofa bed’ looking at all. However the lack of arms means I can’t sloth on it as much as I’d like – I’ve decided that what I REALLY need now is an Arro Home ottoman to help make it more comfortable 😉

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      Chris Carroll
      25 June, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      Arro Home is divine Aja. I am working with them on the blog shortly. Can’t get enough of them. I’m not familiar with the Freedom sofa bed range; I’ll have to check it out. Also, Mid Century modern is my fave design aesthetic, so you’re onto a winner there! 🙂

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    Penny Diekman
    30 June, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Hi Chris, we are thinking of buying this sofa bed from Ikea, wondered if you had any problems with making the bed? I’ve been told that with some sofa beds there is no way to “tuck” the sheets down beside the mattress. Would love your feedback.

    • Reply
      Chris Carroll
      30 June, 2015 at 7:39 am

      Hey Penny – good news on that front. The edges all allow you to tuck into the base of the sofa bed, so a sheet should hold pretty well 🙂

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    Jasmine
    24 August, 2015 at 12:27 am

    I just bought this yesterday for my living room, exactly same color. I’m excited to style it!

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      Chris Carroll
      24 August, 2015 at 8:55 am

      That’s awesome Jasmine. I think you’ll really like it. I’m surprised by how often I sit on it in my spare room/office moreso than the sofa in the living room!

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    giddygirlie
    27 August, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    What’s your impression about this sofa for daily use? We are considering it for the living room so that we have a place to let friends sleep over (or just stretch out for a really good movie night) but the sofa in the Ikea showroom was really beat up. The cushions were already pretty flat and so it felt like sitting on particle board – very hard on the buns with very little cushioning. We’re upgrading from the Klippan so it’s not like we’re accustomed to featherbed luxury! 😉 I’m just worried that if this is our daily sitting couch that it won’t be comfortable for us and then when the time comes to share with guests the cushions will be flat and unappealing. We don’t host any week-long visitors or anything, mostly our 10 year old nephew who is perfectly fine with a sleeping bag on the floor so anything else is an upgrade. Not too worried about the firmness of the mattress for guests, I’m more concerned about MY comfort on a daily basis! 😀

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      Chris Carroll
      27 August, 2015 at 12:11 pm

      That’s a toughie! I have friends who have it in their living room and it’s still looking good. I too sit on mine a fair bit – almost daily (albeit not for ages) – and it’s fine on the tuccus! From the get go, though, I thought it was ‘firm’, so I don’t think it’s a ‘curl up with a blankie for hours’ type of sofa. Hope that helps 🙂

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    Maria
    20 September, 2015 at 2:14 am

    Would it be possible to assemble it without the arms on either side? My space is only 83″ wide, and fully assembled, it is 90″ (I’m in the US, so operate in feet and inches – sorry!).

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    Lumina
    30 September, 2015 at 3:58 am

    We have this couch. We didn’t put the arms on either side.

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    praveenarao
    15 October, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Hi,

    We are planning to have in our living room too. I am concerned about stains. Did you wash them ever? Did you or your friends had any tough time with stains?

    Thanks,
    Praveena

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      Chris Carroll
      15 October, 2015 at 5:13 pm

      That is a great question Praveena but not one I can answer unfortunately. I am yet to create a stain on the sofa (hope I don’t jinx it lol), so I don’t know how well it cleans up. Perhaps the IKEA website will have instructions for cleaning it?

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    meenakshivs
    15 November, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    I just bought this piece of shit today and I’ve been at it trying to assemble it for over a couple of hours. The problem is that the threads just don’t line up! It is so frustrating to try and piece them together when they want you to keep flipping the thing around and it obviously won’t hold the pieces together because the fucking threads don’t line up!

    • Reply
      Chris Carroll
      18 November, 2015 at 2:47 pm

      Oh no – this sounds brutal! I honestly had little-to-no hassles putting mine up. Sorry to hear you struggled with yours. :S

    • Reply
      Frank
      23 April, 2016 at 5:27 pm

      I’d have respected your view more w’out the swear words.

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      Jimmy Tuazon
      15 March, 2017 at 12:49 am

      I didn’t have a problem assembling mine at all. The threads will line up, but it’s up to you to get the bolt level and aligned with the threads in the hole. This is not a product issue, I can assure you.

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      Lucas Penick
      17 July, 2017 at 12:20 pm

      You really need two people to assemble this. I did it by myself, three times actually — twice because I changed my living room setup to switch the short side of the sofa, and then set it up again after I moved — but it’s very frustrating to assemble alone. But then I get some joy from completing challenging tasks on my own, so it was my choice to tackle it this way.

      If you can help it, plan to have a mechanically-inclined friend assist!

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    Melbournians Furniture
    20 November, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Who going to buy such sofa bed that will too difficult to handle and could be the cause of discomfort. And if it’s costly then more tension as soon it will be useless. I think it’s not perfect for a house where family live together but yeah….a single person its good not best.

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    Raya
    21 November, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    I just bought the sofa bed without the return. The sitting portion is so hard it feels like cardboard. Went back to the store and sat on the models and they all felt fine. The salesperson said another had been returned and it could be a manufacturing issue. I am waiting for a return call from after purchase customer service. VERY disappointed.

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      diane howarth
      3 December, 2015 at 11:08 am

      I wish I had read your review before we bought it.raya.we got the same one yesterday and yes its like sitting on a rock.have you heard back from them yet ??

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    Marion Duboquet
    28 November, 2015 at 2:28 am

    Hi there! I am planning to buy this sofa bed to use it as a bed every nights as I have a small flat. What do you think about it? It is really uncomfy? Or would you suggest an other sofa/suggestion? Thanks in advance

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    Martin Kopp
    13 December, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Curious to know your recommendation on a mattress topper for this sofa/bed. Size and type?

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    Danbobbbb
    10 January, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Please don’t. If you sleep on this thing every night, it will surely deteriorate th was padding and you wash definitely feel the wood bars under the cusions. I have this and the padding broke down after 8 months.

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      Tomasz Banas
      6 June, 2017 at 11:15 am

      I just called IKEA as we had the problem wtih this sofa. I was informed they revamped this on January 2017 and started selling new model that looks the same.

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    Atom
    20 January, 2016 at 5:26 am

    I loved this couch when I got it but it has been two years now and I am already looking to replace it. It was never really comfortable to begin with, but over time it gets worse and worse. Plus, I’ve had to move with it twice. Even though we were very thorough in disassembling/carefully moving/reassembling, the couch has never been the same since. The arms are always at an angle and the sofa bed rolls away from the rest of the couch.
    I really wish Ikea would make a higher end version of this because I love the design but it doesn’t work well as a heavy use couch and sofa bed.

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    Ashley
    8 February, 2016 at 3:00 am

    I had the manstad– the predecessor– and found it the most comfortable sofa bed I ever slept on. It’s firm (but that means no bouncy sagging springs and back pain)– the key is to get a really good, thick featherbed mattress topper– size is US full. Then you can get a sheet that goes directly in that and zips on like a pillow case– and you just fold it and it fits right in the storage chaise. When it’s time to go to bed, just pop it on, along with a diver and pillows, and you’re good to go– so so easy, and no making and remaking the bed every night. I’m currently buying a studio and need a sofa to be my “evey night” bed and am deciding between this and an American leather mechanism from pottery barn that costs 10x as much– only downsides to this frighten for me are that its a bit hard and uncomfortable as a sofa, and I find it a bit ugly. But for ease of use and as an every night bed, and multi function (sofa, storage, movie snuggler) I really don’t think you can beat it, even at the very high end shops.

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    Zareen
    10 February, 2016 at 5:03 am

    My sofa bed rolls away from the couch. Did I miss something during assembling?

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      Lesley
      8 May, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      Mine rolls away too. Did you ever figure out why?

      • Reply
        Nina
        31 May, 2016 at 10:32 am

        Yup — there are two hooks on the bottom and it hooks to the main piece. Push it back in and wiggle until it hooks. 🙂

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    Natasha
    16 February, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Debating this vs the Lugnvik! Would like to have it as a light usage everyday couch. Might have overnight guests every 6 months who stay for a couple of weeks. Will this hold up?

    Also a bit tight on space. Could I use it without the armrests? Do the legs go under the armrest or under the couch itself?

    Would love your feedback. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Chris Carroll
      22 February, 2016 at 11:43 am

      Hey Natasha. The armrests are part of the package, so it won’t hold together without them. Honestly, it’s more than OK as a guest bed every few months. That’s what I use mine for in my office. A lot of readers are commenting here that it is not comfortable, though I did admit that in the post. It’s not something I’d be happy to curl up on every night, but for a guest sofa bed I think it rocks. One of the best designs I’ve seen in a while (especially for the price).

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    Natasha
    22 February, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Thanks Chris. Just bought one today! The regular one without the chaise though. I hope it’s not too different. I don’t have too much room. Thanks for the feedback!

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    teg122
    29 February, 2016 at 2:38 am

    Hi Chris, I noticed you mentioned that you have cats. Are yours interested in the material or is it too tightly woven to scratch? We are looking for a sofabed this style. In the past, our cat scratched furniture with the exception of those with microfiber like fabric, which is what is making us a bit uncertain about the Ikea model. Thanks!!

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      Chris Carroll
      2 March, 2016 at 7:48 am

      Hey Tammy. Yeah, it’s a tight weave. My cats have actually stayed well away from it. I mean, they sleep on it, but they’ve not attacked it like they have my living room sofa (which was over double the price lol).
      We do have a scratch pole beside the IKEA sofa bed, which might help.

      You know how cats can be though; totally unpredictable and they always seem to go after the things we love! But mine have been very good with this sofa. Hope that helps.

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    Natasha
    2 March, 2016 at 1:03 am

    Hi Chris, I have cats too and I was wondering if the weave of the fabric makes it difficult to remove fur. Some fabrics I find it vacuums right off, but some fabrics the fur almost gets woven into it! Let me know.

    • Reply
      Chris Carroll
      2 March, 2016 at 7:46 am

      Hey Natasha,

      I’ve been very lucky with my cats. They’ve stayed away from it. It’s not a chunky weave so I don’t think they enjoy it. My living room sofa, which I spent a lot more on, they try to claw all the time lol.

      When it comes to fur, the cleaning is easy too. I just vacuum it and it lifts off easily. Hope that helps 🙂

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    Rob
    9 March, 2016 at 3:45 am

    I bought this sofa in the Bomstad black version (the fake leather). It’s incredibly uncomfortable to sit or sleep on. The fabric versions might be slightly better, but I would seriously not recommend you buy the fake leather version. I am regretting it!

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    Sarah
    2 April, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    I slept on this for a few nights when I was staying in Seattle. I slept just fine but I can sleep anywhere really, especially for just a few nights. I’m moving in June and I definitely can’t afford a 2br where I am going to be living so I will most likely get this for my couch and a place for my guests to stay! Hopefully I don’t get one with the issue mentioned above about being hard as a rock :/

    • Reply
      Chris Carroll
      2 April, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      I have it for my guests and it’s fine Sarah. I mean, it’s not like sleeping on a cloud, of course, but for a few nights here and there I think it’s completely suitable. Plus, I think out of all the sofa beds out there on the market, it looks the best (and that’s gotta factor into the purchase too. Well for me, anyway) 🙂

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      Renie B
      22 May, 2016 at 4:34 am

      I’ve slept on this bed multiple times when visiting friends in Chicago. With the addition of a feather mattress topper, it’s been the most comfy guest bed I’ve ever slept on, and mitigates the joints in the cushions and hardness. I’m getting it for my guest room!

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    Weeza
    5 April, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Aside from the bed comfort how comfortable is it to sit on? Is it good for everyday use?

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    Sarah
    22 May, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    We’ve had a Friheten (the same grey as the one pictured) as our main sofa since Feb 2014 and it’s still going strong. We bought it as as we had a one bed apartment at the time and needed something easy to use for the occasional overnight guest without the hassle of a traditional sofabed which requires unfolding. The Friheten was the most elegant solution available without spending a small fortune and considering we’ve now had in over 2 years, has also proven itself to be great value. We’ve moved house once in the time we’ve had it and not had any major issues with assembly – the most inconvenient thing (as with all large furniture pieces when you move) is transporting it. I’d definitely recommend it for spare room/study use – as others have mentioned it is comfortable but quite firm, so if you like to sink into something cushy it’s probably not for you.
    It’s worth noting that the guys at the excellent ComfortWorks (an Aussie Textile Workshop) make custom covers specifically for the Friheten with lots of different fabric choices – great for anyone who fancies a revamp or if you like the shape and function of the Friheten but want outside the limited Ikea colour range. They also have links to instructional videos for anyone who needs a video tutorial for assembly:
    http://comfort-works.com/en/friheten-sofa-covers/friheten-snug-fit-slipcover-401

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    Ria
    28 May, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    $699? At ikea it retails for $799 and the black colour is $899 currently?

    Is the current ikea sofa is a newer version than yours $699?

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    PleasantPlainer
    16 June, 2016 at 2:01 am

    Did anyone find any info anywhere (or can they share) on how best to clean this thing? We bought one used on CL. The seller told us their dog laid on it, occasionally and only during the day (did not sleep on it). Alas, we found after we set it up (easy!) it has a pretty strong odor of dog. Also some very minimal stains that we’d like to clean. Any thoughts on this particular model or Ikea similar fabrics generally. I see nothing on Ikea site nor in instructions on cleaning. Any good products you can recommend? Is steam cleaning ok for this fabric? Will that remove the odor and minor stains? Thanks!

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    Jae Dollason
    28 June, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    This couch is at the top of my list, but I’m wondering how it holds up with every day use overtime? After two years or so, can you tell a difference in the two cushions when the bottom is pulled out to make a bed for guests? The hardness doesn’t bother me a bit, but I think that would.

    • Reply
      Chris Carroll
      10 January, 2017 at 9:19 am

      Ours is going pretty well, but it’s not our every day couch. It’s only used occasionally and as a spare bed sometimes.

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        Jae Dollason
        10 January, 2017 at 10:03 am

        Thank you!!!

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    Jean Bustamante
    13 July, 2016 at 5:09 am

    Can two of this be attached, so to make a large wide u shape couch, with a chaise at both ends?

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      Chris Carroll
      13 July, 2016 at 10:02 am

      Hey Jean. I’ve never seen this done, and I don’t believe it would work because the end without the chaisse on it is not the same as the end with the chaisse. There would be nothing to connect the pieces together. I hope that helps.

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        Cplus Here
        13 November, 2016 at 4:23 am

        This would work. You’ll just put the chaise on opposite ends, and you’ll have a little dip or divet where the two sofas touch because the lower armrests will be butted up against each other right there — but it shouldn’t look bad. The side low arm rest is not removeable because it’s how the base is bolted in on that side.

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    L L
    13 July, 2016 at 6:55 am

    Hi there, Can anyone tell me what size sheets they use for this sofa bed?
    Also, I have a pretty large SUV – would the boxes generally fit in there, or do you recommend delivery?
    Thanks!

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      Chris Carroll
      13 July, 2016 at 10:01 am

      Hey LL. I’ve tucked in a fitted queen sheet around the edge of the sofa bed and it’s worked just fine. Where you tuck the sheets in is not super-deep, but it will still hold throughout the night. Hope that helps 🙂

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    Tanya
    10 February, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Hi we bought this sofa bed about a month ago and I’m really happy with how modern it is. It is for our spare room/games room so isn’t used for hours on end….BUT my only question is…how do you get your bedding and what size do you use???? I have queen sized fitted sheets and I couldn’t tuck it in on the side where the back is. I have just bought a memory foam topper for it, so that should make it cosy for sleeping on, just the bedding is my issue….any thoughts???

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      Chris Carroll
      19 February, 2017 at 10:30 am

      Hey Tanya. The bedding can be an issue, yes. I tend to use a flat sheet (queen size) and just tuck it as best I can. Because you’re right; on on edge along the back of the sofa, you can’t tuck the sheet in all the way in. A fitted sheet isn’t really going to work that well. Love your idea of the memory foam topper – I’d run with that and put a fitted sheet on that.

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    Joy
    13 February, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Has anyone tried to switch the side of the chaise from one end to the other? Would this be difficult to do? I’m looking to purchase this sofa and there’s one on CL for sale but the chaise is on the opposite end of where i’d like it. Thanks for any help you can offer!

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    Mickie
    12 March, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    After spending a frustrating half hour trying to put fitted queen size sheets on the sleeper, my husband and I decided that the designer of this sofa bed didn’t consider how this would be done. I’d love to know if they tried to put on a fitted sheet and how long it took them. I think the flat sheet idea is probably the best solution. Consider this issue when deciding to purchase!

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    Nora
    22 March, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Do the handles that release the “bed” part tuck into the sofa or are they always hanging out?

    • Reply
      Chris Carroll
      23 March, 2017 at 10:43 am

      Hey Nora! They tuck away nicely so you only see them when it comes time to convert it from sofa to bed. Hope that helps 🙂

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    Chelsea
    10 April, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Do NOT buy this sofa. We bought it and it is terrible to sit on or lay on. You can feel the frame of the sofa when you lay on it or sit. Around the edges as well as where the chaise meets the rest of the sofa. This will definitely be returned, which sucks because t is SUPER heavy. Laying on it now and it feels like laying on a pillow with two by fours underneath. 🙁

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    Garner
    25 April, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Chris.

    One thing that concerned me was that the size of the bed does not seem to correlate to standard fitted sheets. Did you find that. Or did you forgo fitted sheets. I would like to use fitted sheets if possible without them being too sloppy or too tight.

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      Chris Carroll
      25 April, 2017 at 12:27 pm

      Hey Garner. Yeah – I hear you! I didn’t really consider the sheet situation when I purchased it. I tend to just stretch a queen fitted sheet over it (and admittedly, it looks a bit clumsy). The other thing I have done, which looks better, is to use a flat sheet (double or queen) and tuck it into the sides.

      For me, it’s only used when guest stay for a few days, so I don’t worry too much about the sheets. Guest seem to be cool with the setup 🙂

      Hope that helps!

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    Charlie
    25 April, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    I have had this sofa almost 2 years. It’s developed a small tear along one of the seams (mine is the faux leather) but otherwise in great shape. It isn’t the most comfortable as you say, but a great design. I find myself pulling the bed out just to be lazy and watch TV sometimes, it is so easy to do and you can spread out.

    When I have guests I use King sheets, they work fine and you can tuck them in most of the way around. Although it doesn’t necessarily look great it works.

    I put this together myself so it is possible, it is a lot easier I’m sure with two people. As far as switching the sides, yes it is possible and you can download the instructions online. However you basically have to take it fully apart and put it back together again. Make sure you get the tools with purchase or plan to buy some.

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    Sam
    9 June, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Hi guys,

    Does ther sofa comes with cushions? I have called Ikea and they told me I need to payn £27 per cushions wich add up £81 to the total price. This seems really weird to me. Did you have to buy them?

    Thanks

    • Reply
      Chris Carroll
      9 June, 2017 at 9:06 am

      Hey Sam. In Aus the sofa comes with the three back cushions. It seems reeeally odd that you’d have to pay extra for this.

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    Claire
    17 June, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Hi Chris! Now that you’ve had the sofa for a while, have you found the seat cushions to sag or soften? I know you just use this as an office sofa, but it seems to be one of the big complaints people have with this design.

    Thanks!

    • Reply
      Chris Carroll
      18 June, 2017 at 9:38 am

      Hey Claire. Honestly, no sagging. The only issue I have had with it over time is the cats scratching it, but that’s their fault not IKEA’s lol. I don’t sit on it every day though, so perhaps if it is for daily use in a living room it’s going to sag. I can’t be sure though. I still use it when guests stay and I still think it’s awesome. 🙂

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    Jude
    7 July, 2017 at 8:44 am

    We bought this for our study/guestroom as our old one was worn out. My parents were coming to stay and they are in their late 70s, so we bought a mattress topper to make it slightly softer. My dad said it was comfortable ( they were here for a month) I have also slept on it ( husband snores!!!) and find it really comfortable. Our dogs and cat find it comfortable too.

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    Megan
    17 August, 2017 at 3:58 am

    I have had this sofa for a year and a half and love it! I actually came across your blog because I was looking if anyone had hacked it to make it bigger by adding a second chaise to it on the other side. I would love to make it more like a giant sectional. Do you have any ideas about that?

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    Tammy
    23 September, 2017 at 11:41 am

    I have this sofa and have been having problems with it lately. I’ve pulled the part out to make it a bed but when you sit on this collapsible part it gives away!! It’s unpredictable and causes you to fall off. Anyone else have this problem and a fix?? Im afraid to sit on it when it’s bed now.

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    Pat
    29 January, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Chris, I love those pillows you’ve chosen. Especially the black&white patterned on in the first pic. Where can I find one for my Friheten?

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      Chris Carroll
      30 January, 2018 at 9:07 am

      Hey Pat, thanks a lot. The black and white patterned cushion is from IKEA as well. It’s been one of their staple designs for years so I’m sure you’ll see it in-store when you go 🙂 Thanks for reading the blog!

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    IronPearl
    24 March, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    The Friheten Corner Sofa Bed I just purchased emits a very strong toxic like smell. The strong smell fills the entire apartment. I have had windows open, put pillows outside, used 8 baking soda boxes to try and absorb gassing off fumes, but not helping. Anyone else have this issue. Purchase March 2018.

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      Bur
      12 April, 2018 at 2:21 am

      Same for me ! Assembled mine 2 days ago, still smelling strong. Has yours improved yet ? How many days did it take to improve ?

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    Josh
    3 May, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Hi there, I’m currently looking for a sofa bed and came across this. I’ve heard sofa beds aren’t really good for long term use (sleeping on it every night). However, due to my current situation of needing space and having a bust double bed, I found that a sofa bed may be quite handy. Would you recommend this for a full time bed granted it had a mattress/mattress topper on it?

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    TN
    29 September, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Good review. Did it come with the two back support cushions? Or Do you have to order them separately – it’s really not clear from the ikea website!

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