Aren’t we all always on the lookout for IKEA stores’ affordable and well designed furniture?
I know I am! And this is why, the sofa bed called ‘Solsta’ got my attention.
From the photos online, it looked like an ideal double polyurethane foam seater for small houses or flats. However, after ordering it and having it delivered, I’m slightly disappointed with its performance. But then, what else do we expect from something that is this affordable in the current inflating markets, right?
Well, after some days of use, I realised that this IKEA Solsta Sofa bed is not that bad after all and that is why, I am here to share my experience with you. Read on to decide if you’re investing in this sofa or not!
Supposedly a single person sofa, this product is now used as a double bed. The IKEA website says that it’s easy to assemble and the mattress is removable. Thanks to its colors, it only gets light strains that are easy to clean just with a simple textile cleaner, mild soapy solution, or an upholstery shampoo and is a low maintenance item for sure.
The sofa comes with an affordable price tag. It’s always nice to see ‘IKEA’ products in the market because it means long lasting quality at reasonable prices. There are many models online that are priced twice as much as this one is!
Before we talk about the actual performance, let’s first analyse how it appears to the eye. The item comes in perfect product dimensions with its perfectly colored body. It is made out of non-flammable and non woven polypropylene material. Also, it has a very comfortable back rest and comes with a soft mattress.
Quality wise, it is way better than what you get in terms of foam and carpet from other online sources. All the tools needed for installation are provided along with manual instructions that make it even more convenient to assemble. Let’s not forget that it has a great sitting capacity of about three people.
Performance (Compared to Other IKEA Sofa Beds)
I have used this sofa bed both as a single person sofa and later on, when the mattress had to be removed, as a double bed for two people with satisfying results in the first case but average results in the second.
The mattress is a bit firm for my liking and the sofa cum bed offers very little space to sleep comfortably. There have been instances when I woke up with a backache.
Also, the spring-loaded mechanism that operates the single bed within this sofa doesn’t work as well as it should and sometimes you feel like some springs are missing or that the bed is sagging.
But you can’t deny the fact that this sofa cum bed is sturdy and durable enough for such a price tag. Also, it’s comfortable to sit on which means that I don’t have to spend much time worrying about my guests staying over at my place for more than two nights consecutively.
One thing that I, however, loved about this sofa was the sleekness in its design. It is a very compact sofa that doesn’t occupy a lot of space. I have a small apartment and it fits right in with my furniture.
What Makes It Look Like The Cheapest Sofa Bed?
This sofa bed is a bit heavy, about 55 kgs–so while assembling, be careful not to hurt yourself or others by dropping the product.
Another problem with this sofa is its functionality. IKEA has marketed it as a spacious bed but while assembling, I found that the product is neither comfortable for a heavy bodied one person, let alone for two people. Lastly, the mattress and body of this sofa do not come in sync and thus you can feel some space between the two while lying down on the bed.
Pros & Cons
As mentioned earlier, this sofa bed has some pros and cons associated with it which you can decide upon by going over my list below:
- Affordable price tag
- Stylish looks that blend with your apartment’s style easily
- The mattress is too firm for comfort
- Spring mechanism doesn’t work well
- Less bed length and bed width
I can say that this polyurethane foam bed is a good buy for people who have limited means and need functional furniture at the same time. Otherwise, investing in something else might not be such a bad idea!
Honestly, for the price it comes in, I think this is a good option for anyone looking for an affordable sofa. I would rate the performance of this product 3 out of 5 and recommend you to get it if you’re tight on budget!
I hope my review helps you decide whether to purchase this product or not. Just don’t expect too much from it.