IKEA Sandbacken Sofa Review

Here we have a sofa bed that was designed to bring maximum comfort to you whether you are sitting or sleeping. This sleeper sofa has soft back cushions and a resilient seat with elastic foam that allows you to both sit and sleep comfortably. 

The best part is that when it is bedtime, it quickly converts from sofa to comfy bed and you can finally dream on and let go of the tension and stress of the day. You find that when you get this sofa you get to sit comfortably thanks to the resilient foam and springy seat. Unlike other sofas, it doesn’t easily give in when you sit on it.

 At first, you will feel a firm setting that will obviously need a few bounces to break in. Once that part is done the sofa is yours to overuse and abuse. I say overuse and abuse because this sofa is capable of retaining its shape the moment you stand up. 

In the long run, the sofa is less likely to lose its shape even after the heaviest is usage. It also comes with an ottoman which can use as an extra seat or as a comfortable extension of the sofa.



When it comes to looks this sofa may have a bit of an odd design. The frill it has gives one that feeling as if it is a sofa with bangs. It may look good but you still don’t know how to take it. All in all, it is a beautiful sofa that will add a flair of life to your home. 

The fact that it is a sleeper sofa definitely added points for it on my end. It is a sofa and a bed at the same time and the best part is that now you don’t have to give out your bed when guests come over. The ottoman is a nice touch because it allows you to take a simple nap in the case that you actually don’t want to sleep. 

If you want to place the ottoman on the right or left side, or detach it from the sofa and use it on its own all that is possible. The ottoman has an extra storage space under the seat for blankets or other things that you want close at hand.


When it comes to size, it is very important to note that this sofa is designed for medium-sized rooms going up. It could probably fit in your room but a problem comes that it needs allowance and after all that, it may crowd up the room leaving a very unsettling feel. 

So as a sofa bed obviously you know that at some point the sofa has to stretch out and become a bed and if your room isn’t as big enough that may turn out to be a big flop.

So to clear up on those problems here are the measurements for this sofa; Width: 83 1/2 “,  Height: 27 1/8 “, Min. depth: 30 3/4 “, Max. depth: 58 5/8 “, Seat depth: 27 1/2 “, Seat height: 13 “, Bed width: 55 1/8 “, Bed length: 78 3/4 “. So from those, I am certain you can match up and see the way to go. 


When it comes to comfort I have to say this sofa definitely takes the medal. Let’s start off with the general look of the sofa. It has these armrests. The height of the armrests is pretty good but they are quite lean and non-existent, so you cannot have a person sit on it during a family get-together nor can you rest your head on it comfortably for a 5-minute power-nap even. 

You will find that the arms are too lean to fully support your head so that will make them a tad bit uncomfortable and could probably cause some neck problems when you wake up. The mattress has high resilient foam that makes it quite firm.

The best part is as you rest or sleep this sofa’s mattress is going to follow up on your body and support every contour and angle so no aches and stiff necks when you wake up. 


Like all Ikea products, this comes with a ten-year warranty. The materials used in its construction are generally the best out there. The cover is strong and even though it is not waterproof or stain resistant it will not fail you no matter how many washes you decide to take on it. 

The cover has a lightfastness level of 5 (the ability to resist color fading) on a scale of 1 to 8. This cover has the ability to resist abrasion and has been tested to handle 25,000 cycles.

A cover that withstands 15,000 cycles or more is suitable for furniture that should withstand everyday use in the home. According to industry standards, a lightfastness level of 4 or higher is suitable for home use.


Going for $429 I would say that this is a good deal for a sofa. Given that it is a sofa and a bed at the same time you could probably save off for a while on getting a bed either for you or for the guest bedroom. It’s a comfortable sofa for sitting and sleeping and for such a price I would say that it is a very good deal. 


Well, final thoughts are always the hardest. I think this sofa comes at a fair price given the services it is guaranteed to offer plus the durability that comes along. Getting a sofa is generally a risky thing to do because you never truly know if it is the one for you.

However, I do recommend this sofa if you are looking for a start-up sofa. I mean it is a sofa and a bed at the same time. You can save up for more later on and get yourself and full-on bed.

Elissa Smith
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