It’s a couch & it has a hidden pullout that converts it into a bed.

I cheated a bit and actually went into Ikea to look at this before I bought it.  Don’t worry, I still bought it online.

Pro tip; if you go to ikea they open half an hour before their official opening time, so that you can grab a coffee or a cheap breakfast before you shop.  Also, you can learn a bit of Swedish while you are there.  They were gearing up for winter so I kept seeing the word vinter.  I deduced that vinter is coming…

I love the way that Ikea does the flat packing thing, so all of the components for the Friheten come in three boxes.  Two of them weighed around 100 pounds though so I opted for online purchase and delivery.  I have a pretty small suv, Toyota Rav4, so I was tempted to see if I could squeeze it all in my car, but I checked online and delivery was under $40.  Plus the intent of this blog is to see if I can find the best couch while shopping from my own couch, or floor since I currently don’t have one.  They promised 6 day shipping and delivered on time.

What attracted me to the Friheten is that it doubles as a sleeper.  I got to try it at the store, but I really needed to sleep on it before I could decide if it turely fits the definition of an alternative couch.

Pros

  • Can be used as a couch
  • Can be used as a bed
  • Easy to convert from couch to bed
  • Amazing budget friendly price
  • Storage under chaise

Cons

  • It’s an IKEA product so you know you will have to assemble it.
  • It is firm, but not thick enough for heavy people
  • You wouldn’t want it as your main bed
  • In a large living room it would probably feel out of place as it isn’t that large

Friheten Video Review

IKEA Friheten Materials and Build

It is a 3 sectional sleeper, and you can choose to put the chaise section on the right or the left side of the sofa.

The fabric is going to be polyester, unless you choose to pay an extra $100 for Bomstad black, which is 25% cotton and 75% polyester.

The couch is a mix of particleboard and plywood.

The seat cushions and pillows are made from a fairly dense, 2 lb/cu.ft polyurethane foam.  This is the type of foam that you would usually see at the foundation of a mattress.  The cushions are on the firm side, but they aren’t supportive enough for heavy people.  You can feel the wooden structure if you apply a good deal of pressure to the cushions.

Who Should Buy a Friheten?

This couch will double as a bed for the days when you just can’t drag yourself off the couch, or if you have guests.  The ideal purchaser is one who is either just starting out, think first apartment, or for a guest bedroom, if it doesn’t have room for a queen sized bed.

At this price and the shipping/ease of moving it I could see this couch making the move from apartment to apartment, up and down stairs etc.

It is likely too small for the main couch of a family; however, I could see it getting a good deal of use in a child’s bedroom.  It isn’t a luxury couch, so an established family with a large living room wouldn’t want it as their main seating option.  

If you are on the heavy side, you should probably pass on the Friheten.  The foam padding in the cushions isn’t that thick, so a heavy person would bottom out and feel the wooden structure.

How do I Assemble a Friheten?

 

As an IKEA product, you expect a good deal of fun putting it together.  As surprising as this is, I was able to put together the sofa 99% by myself.  I had some help flipping and moving it, otherwise I did it myself.  I only got stuck on one step and it was really my fault.  I didn’t have the main couch cushions lined up exactly right when I tightened one of the 2 screws.  So, I had to go back and loosen one screw to realign the other screw.  Usually, this wouldn’t be a big deal.  However, the screws have what I call a hat so the hat came off and the screw was still in there.  It was a really small issue, but I could have saved 10 minutes or so had I been more carful.

Speaking of time, it took me about 2 hours to assemble and shoot a video about the couch.  Expect it to take you about an hour alone and maybe 45 minutes with 2 people.

Assembly can really be broken down into three main sections.  First, you have to choose which side you want the chaise to go on.  Then you have to assemble the other couch section.  Then you install the couch extension, which is used when you want to convert the couch to a bed.  I have a step by step assembly section in my video review above.

How BIG is the Friheten?

Size Bed Dimensions Couch Dimensions Weight
Twin 55″W x 81″L 26″ x 59″ x 90″ 275 Pounds

Friheten only has one Size

They currently offer these colors:

Bomstad Black (additional $100), beige, brown, dark gray, dark orange

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I don't like it?

IKEA offers an amazing 365 day trial period. If you don’t like it and it isn’t found to be dirty, stained, damaged or abused they will give you a full refund.

Can you feel the seam when you turn it into a bed?

Yes, but it isn’t that bad.  Plus, there is enough room that you can put yourself in the right position where there won’t be a seam.  

Is the cover removable?

Unfortunately, no.  You can purchase a slip cover if it gets stained.

How long have you had the Friheten?

I purchased it in October of 2018.

Does it get hot?

No, the foam isn’t very thick so it doesn’t tend to get hot.

 How do I buy an IKEA Friheten?

If you live by an IKEA you can pick one up in store.  It has 3 boxes that weigh a bit less than 300 pounds total.  It will easily fit into a truck or large suv, but I don’t see how it would fit into a sedan.

Your other option is much simpler, just log on to IKEA’s site and search for the Friheten or sleeper sofas.  For a dual purpose couch and bed it is going to be difficult to beat this price.  I was really tempted to pay the extra $100 for the Bomstad black, but I didn’t think it would go with my living room.

rana@altcouch.com

Time of order: Oct 29 2018 – 4:58pm EDT
Delivery address Same as billing address

Delivery method: Large Item
*Estimated delivery: Nov 04 2018 9:00am – 9:00pm
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