My Best Friend’s Basement Remodel – On Finding Their Perfect U-Shaped Comfortable Sectional

Discovering the proper household room sectional can really feel daunting. Not solely is it a big preliminary funding however should you get it mistaken you might be STUCK with a really bodily giant mistake, observing you each day, mocking you in your poor choice. And it’s not straightforward to “change out” a sectional. At the moment will assist, particularly these of you on the lookout for particular configurations which are tough to search out readymade. My sectional philosophy is to lean exhausting into consolation whereas after all insisting on fashion and high quality. For this venture, my greatest buddy’s basement (additionally seen right here and right here), we wanted the proper U-shaped configuration which on this case was significantly particular – however excellent news, we discovered it and it’s WONDERFUL.


Right here we have now the earlier than – a well-loved household room – for 2 grownups and two younger tween boys. I really feel like all of us know this basement. It serves lots of functions for the household (film room, sport room, lecture room, escape room, and so on) and it completely works. However whereas spending a lot time down right here in lockdown, and with some financial savings as a result of canceling holidays/life, they lastly determined to make it an area they might LOVE to be in.


They cherished how comfy their couch was and the actual fact they might actually unfold out on all three sides. However they wished a more recent model (they and their canine cherished that one for 18 years) so it was prepared to provide to a different buddy’s basement so they might improve theirs. Right here have been their new sectional wants:

  1. It wanted to be U-shaped, however the place one facet is a settee with again and arms, and the opposite facet is a chaise with the intention to see the TV over your toes.
  2. The material wanted to be darkish, cozy, and actually household and pet-friendly.
  3. They nonetheless desperately wished it to be comfy, however much less overstuffed than their earlier one, extra fashionable, and streamlined.

Let’s get particular. The largest problem was discovering a “U with a chaise” sectional as their TV was off to the left of the fireside. They preferred that on one facet of the “U” there was a full again and arms (so folks might sit and lean going through the chaise/television) whereas the opposite facet was a chaise, permitting you to see the TV with out having to look over the couch arm. I scoured the web ensuring there wasn’t one readymade for them and certain sufficient there wasn’t one which match the invoice that we preferred – it was fairly particular and we nonetheless wished it to look fashionable and contemporary. So I instantly went to one in all my favourite sources, Inside Outline, and located not one however a number of sofas that may very well be custom-made into this configuration. We landed on “Winslow” and “Gaby“.


From Prime Left Clockwise: Gaby 3-Seat Left Chaise Sectional | Gaby Nook With Left Chaise Sectional | Gaby Leather-based 4-Seat Nook Sectional | Gaby 4-Seat Sectional Couch With Left Bumper

Each sectionals may very well be configured to work within the house – each stylistically and size-wise.

From Prime Left Clockwise: Winslow 3-Piece 4-Seat U-Sectional | Winslow 3-seat Proper Bumper Sectional | Winslow Nook With Left Chaise Sectional | Winslow 4-Seat Leather-based Proper Chaise Sectional

So Priscilla, lead designer, threw them in a mockup to see if that may assist our choice – the blue in opposition to the wooden seemed SO GOOD (there are SO many cloth choices).

They’re each superior and truthfully, I didn’t have a lot of a choice. The Winslow is barely extra squared off and streamlined versus the Gaby which is barely extra rounded. I used to have the Maxwell (one other couch from them) which was SO comfy and sturdy (I gave it to a Pen and Serviette makeover and there have been many instances the place I’ve actually missed it).

As you might need guessed, we have been designing this basement mid-lockdown so there was no strategy to “test-sit” these sofas then, however I knew that I might attest to the consolation, high quality, and sturdiness of the material of the one I had. Mainly, I belief them after they say a material is child/pet-friendly.

With something customized you need to stay by the “measure twice, reduce as soon as” philosophy… or in our case “measure twice, put these measurements right into a design program, and order as soon as with whole confidence”. So Priscilla plugged in two sizes of every couch – the Winslow and the Gaby principally to be sure that the clearances for strolling in addition to the fireside.


We determined to go extra fashionable/streamlined and select the Winslow. Then we had to decide on the material they usually have a TON of choices. They have been leaning strongly in direction of darkish as a result of they wished to lean into the coziness and be extra grime/stain pleasant. Whereas lots of the materials are efficiency, I feel we are able to all agree that we someway “really feel” like darker colours are extra dirt-resistant or at the very least extra “grime forgiving.” Once more, they’ve two tween boys and a pup so this room will get a LOT of use and this couch cloth and room must actually work for them.

We narrowed it down on this order:

  1. Configuration: Nook Sectional with Proper Arm Chaise
  2. Material: Heathered Weave within the colour Azure (a comfortable Heathered navy)
  3. Seat Configuration: Bench seat versus particular person cushions (we selected a bench cushion on the lengthy facet)
  4. Leg choices – We selected the wooden midcentury however they’ve lots of choices (see above)
  5. Cushion Fill: Down Various (which is tender however you don’t must fluff lots and is nice for allergy symptoms).

The couch would retail at $4,595.00 and the lead time was 16-20 weeks – and y’all it got here in time. ARE YOU READY??? We have now the complete reveal coming subsequent week (SORRY) However look! A sneak peek!

Sneak Peek Of The Completed Sectional and Room

This room turned out way more cozy, comfy (and exquisite) than I feel any of us imagined. I can’t wait to point out you the complete room reveal subsequent week (and extra of the sectional). Try their website for all their fashion choices – and sure they’ve chairs and smaller sofas, too.

And guess what?? Inside Outline is having a 20% off Customization 101 Sale which begins 5/5. So if you’re in want of a brand new couch, begin customizing it now and buy beginning Thursday for this deal.

*After Photograph by Sara Ligorria-Tramp

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