Tuesday, March 29, 2011

New Living Room Chair: Ikea Jennylund

We needed chairs in our living room, our guests ended up sitting on the floor, or worse yet, WE ended up sitting on the floor ;)
So we needed chairs here was our criteria:
  • Inexpensive, with all the landscaping that needs to be done this spring we simply didn't have the money to go to a furniture gallery and buy two chairs.
  • They had to fit into the "neutral" scheme of the room. But our couch is beige and we didn't want beige chairs too.
  • They needed to be small because we didn't have enough room to fit two huge club chairs.
  • They couldn't have high backs or they would block too much of the window.
It's a bit of a Goldilock's story, not too big (they'd block the window), not too small (Lee couldn't fit into them), they had to be just right :)
These White Slip covered Jennylund chairs were, just right, better then just right they were darn near perfect for what we needed.

Another important part was that they had to have a matching ottoman. The distance from the chairs to the coffee table is too far to put your feet up (even if you have miles of legs like Lee). So to solve this we bought the Bromma Ottoman also from Ikea.

And the best part is, both chairs were bought off of Craigslist for . . . $140 for the pair. They were in great condition structurally but the slipcovers were in terrible condition. So two Slipcovers later ($60 each) and we have two chairs for less then $300 (each chair would have been $369 new).

After the chairs were in place all that was needed were some pillows. I wanted beige pillows to carry the beige over to that side of the room. I found the Striped fabric at ARDENE'S here in BC. The fabric was Super expensive (at least I found it super expensive at $25 a yard) so I only bought 1/2 a yard and bought a cheaper beige ticking for the back. I added a band of the beige ticking to the front, and covered three buttons to complete the look.

p.s. making fabric covered buttons is super easy, all you need is a little kit, bought from the any sewing store (less then $3.00 for 3 buttons).

There's our latest addition to the Living Room, Looks like we'll be able to do a Living Room Reveal sooner then later, we're missing some accessories and a little organization :) but we're well on our way to a finished living room.


  1. The chairs are such a great deal and I love the striped pillows.

  2. I'm in love with the chair, the pillows, the ottoman, well everything!!!!!
    So beautiful and happy!
    Hope your having a great day!

  3. I'm so excited to see the reveal!

  4. Where did you get such perfectly-fitting slipcovers? They look great!

  5. Those chairs look beautiful! I've actually been saving up for one of those myself for our living room. We are lacking in the chair department as well. =[

  6. I've eyed those chairs too - I love them! I would like white ones also but I'm hesitant to have white with three kids!

  7. Ikea chairs on craigslist... that rocks!! I love that were able to get new slipcovers for them and they may as well as been brand new chairs! They look wonderful in your home!

  8. Good job! Everything looks beautiful, and is coming together nicely.
    You are such an inspiration, Ashley!

  9. Thanks Everyone :) We're super happy with them :)
    Roxanne-Just in case you were wondering :) the slipcovers wash up Fantastically! We've already had a weekend blunder, followed by tears, followed by amazement out of the washing machine :)
    Dana- They Slipcovers came from Ikea, they are made to fit perfectly :) The Jennylund chairs had "expensive slipcover" Ektorp's Armchair Slipcover is on sale for $25 :)

  10. They look fantastic! Great score! I have always loved the shape of these...Great little pillows as well! Hope you have a great day!

  11. I love it! I am currently looking for the same type of chairs to go in front of our window. I love those chairs from Ikea, but yes, they are very expensive. You are lucky that you were able to find them for such a great deal, I'm jelous! :)

  12. How lucky you were to find such great chairs. Love them!

  13. I love the new chairs, and what a deal!! Great job on the pillows. I love the nesting tables between them too.

  14. Love that you scored these off Craigslist. I went to Ikea and liked the Jennylund, but didn't LOVE it for the price. If I can find a hand me down, I might be swayed.

  15. Congratulations on finding those twin chairs on Craigslist. They look soooo right at home!

  16. Loving those chairs and the price. Gotta love CL!


  17. LOVE your house. I am in awe of your decorating ability. So my master bedroom is huge and has a little corner niche for a sitting area. What do you think about putting these 2 chairs and the ottoman in a bedroom for a sitting area? Do you think they would be too casual?

  18. Thanks for sharing this post. It's good to know that you don't necessarily have to sacrifice comfort when shopping for affordable living room chairs such as the one in the photo.


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