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With a simple but effective touch, basements can be turned into amazing living spaces and sectional sofas play a crucial role in turning them into one! They’re so effective that they’ve rocketed in popularity, making the market offer wide and deep. This is great but it can also get confusing so we’ve personally tested the top choices on the market and made a refined selection of the very best sectionals for basement use. From unmatched comfort to unbeatable customization options and gorgeous good looks, they can instantly turn your basement into an inviting, warm and incredibly good looking place.
If you were wondering how to furnish your basement like a pro, a sectional sofa is the answer but how exactly do you go about it? With the help of our guide, of course! We tell you how to pick the right sectional sofa for basements, including how to place it and tips to pick the one that best suits your needs, as well as a few editorial recommendations to ensure you find the perfect one. Let’s begin!
Top 11 Best Sectionals for Basements
These are, in my view, the best basement sectional sofas. A combination of low-profile larger choices, reclining ones for that complete movie experience and some compact sets as well to ensure you make the most out of your space. Let’s take a look!
|Sectional Sofa||Stone & Beam Hoffman Sectional Sofa||Stone & Beam Kristin Sectional Sofa Couch||Stone & Beam Carrigan Modern Sectional Sofa||Homelegance Pecos Reclining Sectional Sofa||Iconic Home Da Vinci Tufted Sectional Sofa||Poundex Faux Leather Sectional Chaise Sofa||Rivet Revolve Modern Sofa with Sectional Chaise||Oliver Smith S295 Sectional Sofa||FDW Contemporary Faux Leather Sectional Sofa||Signature Design by Ashley Darcy Sectional||Poundex Bobkona Viola Sectional Set|
|Fabric/Material||Performance Fabric||Performance Fabric||Cotton||Faux Leather||Velvet or Faux Leather||Faux Leather||Polyester Fabric||Polyester Fabric||Faux Leather||Polyester Fabric||Polyester Fabric|
|Warranty||3 Years||3 Years||3 Years||1 Year||1 Month||6 Months||1 Year||1 Month||1 Month||1 Year||6 Months|
How to Get the Best Basement Sectional
Now that you’ve seen my personal picks for the best sets, let’s see how you can ensure you make the perfect choice.
Size It Right
In any case, getting the right-sized sectional is essential, whether it’s your apartment or patio. However, it becomes even more essential when you’re furnishing a basement as there’s the extra factor of having to carry it downstairs, instead of the general “up” or “straight”. Therefore, in addition to measuring the overall space in your basement and space you’ve allotted to your sofa, you’ll also need to measure your basement door, the height of the ceiling in the room, the height and width of the staircase pathway, the space in between your basement door and the first step of the flight and so on.
A great starting point is to draw up a floor plan, including any doors and windows the basement may have. This lets you figure out where exactly to place the sectional sofa and what size to consider. Before you actually get the sofa, tape out the sofa’s shape on the floor so that you get used to the idea of the sofa taking up space (and how much it takes up) and maneuvering around it.
Typically, smaller sectional sofas are a better option than bigger sectional sofas for basements as basements are generally low-ceiling and small in area; a big set will only serve to make the area look overcrowded, smaller and cramped. Apartment-sized sectionals (as small as 80 x 35 inches) are great options because they are smaller in size but can still seat the same number of people as a regular-sized sectional (though they will be less spacious).
If you find the size a little too unsatisfactory to work with, think of the scale. You don’t want a sofa that overpowers your room or vice versa. Find a sectional that strikes the perfect balance between both!
Since basements are generally colder spaces compared to the rest of the house (unless you have a heating system in place), leather and leather substitutes may not be great options as these materials tend to get really, really cold. Materials such as microfiber, suede and velvet (though they are a little more expensive) are better options for their warmth-retention but require constant care and maintenance. Faux leather and bonded leather are low maintenance and less expensive, so an ideal option would be to buy throws to stay warm or get a sectional sofa for basements with a combination of bonded leather and microfiber cotton fabric as upholstery.
Additionally, since basements don’t receive too much light, choose bright colors that are light shades such as beige, white, khaki, light grey, light blue and so on. These light shades will reflect light instead of absorbing them as darker shades do (5th-grade science, remember?) and can define whether your basement looks like Snape’s dungeon or The Royals living room. (You should also consider light paint for the walls and the use of a couple of mirrors to create the illusion of space).
As for the make of the sectional, consider whether you want an L-shaped, U-shaped, curved, angled, modular, love seats or chaise-style sectional; each comes with its own space needs and characteristics. We recommend getting a set that you can configure as you wish, instead of a fixed configuration like in the L-shaped sectional. We also wouldn’t recommend a U-shaped or curved sectional unless you have tons of space. Lastly, pick a sturdy frame such as solid hardwood or metal over particleboard, though the latter is less expensive. You want your sofa to last and hardwood and metal are built for durability!
Who says you have to compromise on your basement’s storage space just because you’re turning it into a living room? Get a sectional sofa with additional storage and you get the best of both worlds!
Similarly, look for sectional sofas for basements that are multi-functional and come equipped with snazzy features such as USB ports, pull-out beds, cup holders, adjustable head and armrests, and reclining chairs, especially if you’re planning to give your basement a specific purpose, such as being a lounging space or a home theater. Sofas with detachable cushions don’t just make for easy cleaning; the cushions can double up as additional seating on the floor when you have more guests than you sectional can accommodate. Also, look for configurations where the seats can go from “sectional sofa” to ottomans and loveseats as and when required.
That’s a Wrap
Hopefully, this guide has made it a little easier for you to pick out a great sectional sofa for your basement. Remember that there are many, many choices out there but out of all we’ve tested, these are some truly fantastic choices. To make any piece your own don’t forget to accessorize – add funky pillows, a cozy rug, colorful throws, ottomans, and whatever else you wish, as long as you’re not crowding the space and overdoing it! Make sure you properly check out the size, upholstery, make, frames, features, and lastly, the size (we cannot stress how important size is; size matters!).
That being said, go crazy and have fun; you’re the one who’s going to be enjoying your furniture the most, so get a sectional sofa for basement that you love. Good luck!