This post was most recently updated on October 18th, 2019
Are you considering buying the IKEA Vimle sofa? This initial IKEA Vimle sofa review was written after a few months of use, but I recently added the video below to provide an update after almost 2 years. Do we still love it just as much? Check out the video, then read on for everything else you need to know about this IKEA sofa review!
IKEA Vimle Sofa: Initial Review
Find out how comfortable it is, whether it sags, what I really love about it, and some drawbacks you should consider.
Today, I’m sharing my initial thoughts on this new-ish IKEA Vimle sofa and love seat. Tomorrow, I’ll also post about our IKEA Farlov chairs. Please note, these posts are not sponsored by IKEA. I simply wanted to share my initial observations with you because I know purchasing furniture is a big decision!
If you follow me on Instagram (find me here), then you probably noticed we’ve been building a summer home. This was an exciting and all-consuming project over the past year.
To keep costs down, we bought almost all the living room furniture from IKEA, including a Vimle sofa, love seat and ottoman in the Orrsta black-blue fabric, as well as two Farlov chairs with white slipcovers.
I had a decorating plan for this room from the beginning. I knew I wanted a nautical or coastal cottage feel, but without it feeling kitschy or theme-y. To create an understated nautical feel, I decided on crisp navy blue and white furniture to accent the white-washed shiplap walls. The IKEA Vimle sofa in the Orrsta black-blue fabric fit perfectly into my design plan.
IKEA Vimle Review: My 3 Criteria
When I searched for a navy blue sofa for the cottage, I had three criteria.
First, I wanted it to have modern lines. Coastal cottage style is tricky to pull off without it feeling fussy or overdone. So I wanted the furniture to be simple and streamlined. I searched for a sofa with clean edges, not an over-stuffed, curvy profile.
Secondly, it absolutely needed to be durable. Because this is a second home, we don’t plan on replacing the furniture for many years. If ever. Also? We have 3 kids. Two of them are 8-year old twin boys. Enough said, right? I dreaded the thought of a having a sofa with saggy seat cushions that I couldn’t replace.
Thirdly, the sofa had to be affordable. We didn’t want to spend too much on furnishings for a summer home. So I started my search at IKEA because it’s sofas are so budget-friendly.
I’ll admit, I was a bit skeptical that I’d find something that I’d love.
Before considering the IKEA Vimle Sofa, I toyed with the idea of buying a slipcovered IKEA Ektorp sofa. This was probably just because most design bloggers I follow seems to have one. But it really wasn’t streamlined enough for my taste or design plan. And, also, I was concerned about saggy seat and back cushions after a few years of wear and tear – something I’d read complaints about in the past.
Ruling out the IKEA Ektorp, my sister suggested buying the IKEA sofa she has in her TV room. She’s had it for a few years, and she raves about how comfortable and durable the seat cushions are. It has IKEA’s high resilience foam cushions. Her’s is called the IKEA Kivik sofa. This model is gorgeous, but I felt it would be too large for our space. So I decided to search IKEA’s web site for other sofas with high resilience foam cushions.
IKEA Vimle Sofa: Advantages
To my delight, when I searched for high resilience foam cushions on the IKEA web site, I found the IKEA Vimle sofa. The IKEA Vimle hit all the right notes.
IKEA Vimle: Aesthetics
Unlike the IKEA Ektorp, the Vimle has a modern profile with simple, clean lines. The fabric is also really nice and heavy, with a very slight cross-weave texture to it.
And, yay, it also comes in a gorgeous, navy blue shade called Orrsta black-blue. This sofa also comes in other colours. And, the nice thing is that you can easily change up the fabric covers if you tire of it. It’s a bit trickier to change than a slipcover like the Ektorp, but it is certainly possible.
I am really happy with the durability so far. The seat cushions are super firm and comfortable, and exactly as described by IKEA: highly resilient. They easily ‘bounce back’ when pressed, and they don’t sag or wrinkle at all after sitting on it.
The IKEA Vimle is also very comfortable and cozy. The seat cushions are firm, with a good, comfortable depth. The back cushions are softer, allowing you to sink into them comfortably. This sofa doesn’t come with toss cushions, but that’s fine by me. I rarely use the matching toss pillows that come with a sofa anyway. This Orrsta black-blue fabric looks great styled with some cute coastal toss pillows.
Just like most IKEA furniture purchases, the IKEA Vimle is budget-friendly compared with other sofas on the market. We purchased the sofa, love seat AND ottoman for less than the cost of one sofa that we were considering at another major retailer.
IKEA Vimle Sofa: Minor Drawbacks
I absolutely love this sofa but it does have a couple of very minor drawbacks.
A minor complaint about the IKEA Vimle sofa is the assembly. I’ve put lots of IKEA furniture together in the past, so I knew what I would be facing. But, I was still a bit intimidated by the number of boxes. Oh em gee, the boxes! It’s not hard to put together, but, you really need to put aside some time to do it.
Once I unboxed it all and got everything organized, the process went smoothly. I did it by myself, but it would be helpful to have another person hold the larger parts. I think it took me about 5 hours spread over a day or two for both the sofa and the love seat. That was with coffee and wine breaks 🙂
As mentioned, the fabric is really nice. But, because it has a cross-weave texture to it, it does hold a bit of lint from wool throws and sweaters. This shows up on the navy fabric which is a bit annoying. But it’s nothing I can’t fix with a roll of a lint brush now and again. I don’t think this would be as noticeable on one if the lighter fabric options (if at all).
This section was updated after almost 2 years of use: One other minor complaint with the navy blue fabric on the IKA Vimle sofa is that it has faded slightly. We do have a VERY large window in this room (see video above) which makes it difficult to avoid any fading at all. I don’t think this would be as much of an issue with typical sized windows. However, if you are concerned about fading, it might be best to choose a lighter fabric.
I hope this review of the IKEA Vimle sofa is helpful! If you have any questions about it, shoot me a comment. Also, my friend, Erin, has another good review of the Vimle on her blog. She added the chaise piece, and has some good insight about assembling it. And, she also compares the Vimle to the Ektorp in her IKEA sofa review.
Tomorrow, I’ll review these IKEA Farlov chairs:
P.S. Wondering about those cute striped poufs I paired with the Farlov chairs? It’s one of my most asked questions! Find out about them here: The Blue Striped Poufs Everybody Asks me About: Where to Buy Them!
Have the best day.