I ADORE small, one-day projects that require minimum effort but deliver maximum visual results One of the biggest and most impactful changes I’ve made recently was adding legs to our IKEA KIVIK sofa, and making it a little smaller. If you want to see how adding legs to a sofa to gain height is actually super simple, read on! Here’s what it looked like before:
I’ve noticed something weird…people don’t like sitting on a sectional together. Even though our sofa (in its original format, see above) could hold 8 people comfortably, and we could jam even more on there, people like their space. Even if there is room on the sofa, if it means that someone would have to sit next to someone (gasp!), they will stand. The world is weird. So…we downsized.
This enormous living room has lots of space to stretch out, but we decided to add more singular seating and less grouped seating. Meaning we took our sofa from a U shape to an L shape. Around the same time that we made the switch to a smaller sofa, we also added legs to it. Aaron and I are both quite tall (I’m 5’9″ and he’s 6′), and my Dad is 6’4″. When he came to visit most recently, he was having trouble getting in and out of the sofa because it was so low to the ground. Pair that with my height and Aaron’s height, and we knew that we wanted to do something to make things fit us a little better.
Adding legs was SO easy. The longest part of the project was staining them and making sure we could find legs that I liked. Originally, I wanted to get some furniture legs from a box store that resembled the turned style of the coffee table, but the expense for the entire sofa would have been too high. We just got some brackets and unstained square legs from Amazon (definitely the cheapest option out there) and screwed them into the wood on the existing sofa.
The result? A much less behemoth sectional that doesn’t completely consume the room. Tabby is a big dog (80lbs), and we still don’t run out of space with her sprawled out. The extra space lets us have a little bit of room to spread out and add what I’m calling ‘singular’ seating too. Before, our sofa was jammed up against the walls and didn’t leave us with a ton of room to move around. We added these barstools a few months ago (they are seriously SO comfy, guys) when the sofa was still in its original format, but there just wasn’t enough room to walk around.
Taking the sofa to a smaller footprint meant that we had room to use the barstools and a little bit of room to dance around behind them. Someday I’d like to replace our very damaged countertops with something a little nicer (and definitely a bit more overhang for the barstools), but that’s a few years down the road.
Across from the new (smaller) sofa, we’ve accumulated a few more books, added some plants, and generally just filled it out. Don’t mind the baby gate or the back stretcher, I just forgot to move them before I took pictures and my daughter proceeded to take EVERYTHING out of these drawers about 2.5 seconds after I took this picture.
The left side still houses one of my favorite lamp purchases of all time, our unknown but un-killable plant that I’ve talked about over on Instagram, but has a new friend: our Xbox. We really don’t have much time for gaming these days, but it’s our entertainment device in the living room since we don’t have cable. Netflix and Youtube for the win!
The right side has lots and lots of books, another one of my favorite lamps, and a few meaningful knick-knacks. I think I’m learning that through the years I’m enjoying more ‘maximalist’ style than ever before, so I enjoy having some extra goodies on either side of the TV. Someday I’d like to build a gorgeous wall to wall bookshelf that centers around the TV, but that’s for another day!
This forsythia wreath lives on our back door, and I love the bright pop of color it gives to the room. Around Christmas, we change it out for a red berry wreath my Mom gave me that I have fond memories of from my childhood, hanging in various places around the house (usually on the kitchen door to the garage).
The mantle houses some really special art – one side is a patent-style print of a piano that I got from an Etsy shop called NeueStudioArtPrints. I seriously love this shop. You’ll notice prints like this all around the house (I may have loaded up on them a few years ago), and they are all SO nice. Super great paper, wonderful print quality, etc. Go check them out!
If Etsy prints are a little bit outside your budget, no sweat! I’ve assembled a list of a ton of free printables you can take advantage of!
On the other side lives a sketch my sister had made for me when she was in France a few years ago. We both went to the same cafe in the arts district, just two years apart. She got one of the artists to paint some girls having lunch at the cafe to symbolize her and I. I seriously love this thing, and it will always be a part of my home.
I’m super happy with the updates that we’ve made in here. It still feels a little empty sometimes, though, so I’m thinking about getting a rug to layer in. Since we’d need something at least 9’x12′, it’s going to have to be something that we save up for. I’d also love to plank one of the walls with some sort of accent to break up all the grey.
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Saturday 12th of November 2022
Hi Catherine. I read your comments about reinforcing the area of your sectional that connects to the corner piece.
I have a 5 seat Kivik sectional and really want to add taller legs. I am just not quite understanding how/where you attached a support board (for adding legs) to the sofa end that connects to the corner. Do you have a pic or would you be able to tell me more? Thank you so much!
Tuesday 4th of January 2022
Hi Catherine I'm looking at getting a corner 4 seater Kivik sofa but also would like to add taller legs as you have done. Just wondering how many legs you used for the L-shape 4 or 5 seater? Is there enough support using the existing leg placement locations? Thinking particularly of support at the corner where the two sections meet. Thank you!
Wednesday 12th of January 2022
I would say probably 13 or more legs - I used the original locations of the legs and just attached a plate for the new legs. With that being said, I found it a little wobbly in some places over time, mostly where I tied two of the longer sofas together, and used a bridge wood piece to make things more stable. I hope that helps!! I'd love to see how yours turns out!
Sunday 30th of May 2021
Hi there! I’m thinking of doing this too, but my kivik couch is pretty old and a bit saggy in the middle. Did you put legs in the middle? I see that IKEA now has supporting legs for furniture (though they are for cabinets I think). Would you recommend that?
Monday 31st of May 2021
Hi! Great question! I actually found it to be a little too bouncy and saggy once the littles started jumping on it, and installed a big board underneath that I could screw new legs onto - it has worked out really well! There isn't a ton of structural wood under there, so I had to get a little creative on where to place the big board, but I found a few good places, and it's been completely sturdy ever since.
Thanks for reading and asking!
Thursday 21st of January 2021
Hi! Did you put legs where the longer pieces attach to the inside corner piece? And how were you able to?
Thursday 21st of January 2021
Hi Alice! The answer is...kind of. I put legs pretty much everywhere I could, but didn't span the distance where two pieces would attach. The corner pieces have places for legs already, and I just attached the mounting plate to that existing wood. That being said, we made an enormously long couch in our next house from two IKEA sofas butted together (I only used one set of arms), and the middle did need support that it normally would have gotten from the arms. To fix it, I added a long wooden board that spanned the distance between the two sofas that I drilled into the wood, and added a few legs along it (back far enough from the front of the couch that you don't see them). It's not a perfect solution as two toddlers and a 100 lb dog have now stripped the screws out of the wood from jumping on it, but it works well enough! 15 ft sofas are INSANELY expensive, so I'm happy to have my little hacky IKEA one until I win the lottery :)
I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any follow up questions :)
Friday 13th of November 2020
How many legs did you add to your L shaped sofa? Did you add them at every cushion or more on the ends and the corner? Thanks!
Wednesday 30th of December 2020
Hi Amy! Great question! I added one at every place I could drill support into. Since we had an extra-long sofa, I ended up needing to brace the center section of one of them, since it was never intended to be built as large as we made ours. I just used a scrap piece of wood to give me something bigger to drill into, and attached the leg to that! I think in total we added 14 legs, but we have a MASSIVE couch. In short, add as many as you can - I'd rather it be too sturdy than not sturdy enough!