If you’ve been following along, you know that I’ve been working super hard to finish our basement. I shared all about how I DIY’ed finishing our basement, and what we paid to finish the basement. Now that it’s done, the next step is furnishing it! Today I’ll walk you through our hunt for the perfect sectional sofa!
Considerations for the perfect sectional sofa:
- Shape-I knew that I wanted either a sofa with a chaise, or a sectional with a chaise. I also wanted a modern sofa with clean lines.
- Color/Fabric-I wanted something that was lighter colored, to keep things light and bright down here. I also wanted a textured upholstery which helps with hiding dirt and wear. I love the look of leather, but wanted to warmth of upholstery.
- Size- Our sofa needs to seat our entire family of five.
- Comfort- A basement sofa is different than a living room sofa. It has to be REALLY comfortable… like sink in deep, kick your feet up, and never want to get out.
- Availability- It had to be available soon-ish… which was hard to do during this COVID crisis.
Thankfully after tons of hunting, I found our winner! It’s the Conley Sofa from Wayfair!
Doesn’t it look like it was made for this basement?! I love the light color, the textured fabric, and the deep seats. This morning we all watched church from the new couch and we all agreed that it’s the coziest sofa we’ve ever owned.
OK, so let me share some of our other options with you…
Finding the Perfect Sectional Sofa:
As you can see, we had a tough decision to make! As much as I loved some of the more expensive ones, I didn’t want to feel like the basement sofa was a precious piece of furniture that had to be protected. At under $1400 it didn’t feel like too much to spend on something that most days the boys will be playing Xbox on.
Tips for Buying a Sectional Online:
- Read all the reviews. This ruled some sofas out, and helped us to consider others. This also helped us know how the sofa might hold up over time.
- Look at the “Customer Photos”. Seeing the “customer photos” helped us see something other than stock photos. Many companies also link to Instagram posts from customers. This is a great opportunity to DM the account and ask how they feel about their sofa!
- Read the measurements! We REALLY wanted a sofa with deep seats, and some of the pictures can be deceiving. Our wall could handle a sofa between 130″-160″. We SHOULD have measured our doorways as well because this sofa *almost* didn’t fit! Thankfully we were able to take off the legs and the back door to fit in down our stairwell.
- Do a google “reverse image search” to find the sofa from other retailers for the best price. Often different companies give the same sofa different names, but they all use the same stock photos!
- Pay attention to the “in stock date” or “ship by date”, many sofas take 6-8 weeks to ship, or even 10-12 weeks to manufacture to order.
- Understand the return policy. Buying a sofa that you can’t test is a little scary. Every company handles returns differently, but for most you’ll have to pay return freight shipping, which is expensive! For items like this I’ve found that re-selling them myself I can usually get more money back that paying for return shipping.
I hope that this was helpful if you’ve ever considered purchasing a sofa online! From now on you’ll find us down here!
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