We are getting excited to build the movie room in our basement. Currently the TV is in our dining room while we renovate but watching a movie from a wooden chair just isn't that comfortable. When we move the TV back to the basement, we're going to get a new couch/sectional so we can watch movies the way they're supposed to be watched - in comfort!
When we wrote about the great beam debacle, we were debating making a wall around the old support beam like this:
We were worried we'd never fit a couch down the stairs so we looked into options that could fit around small corners. It was then that we found out about a cool product...
No, we're not just mispelling "sectionals"! Sactionals are modular couches made by Love Sac. They sell two pieces - bases, which work as ottomans or seats, and sides, which work as the back of a seat/couch or as arm rests. You can pretty easily rearrange all your bases and sides to make dozens of different configurations! Here are some examples.
We kind of fell in love with these sactionals! The idea of being able to reconfigure them on a whim is really appealing. We could make a guest bed, make one long couch if we have a party in the basement, or make a double chase for watching movies. My favorite is the playpen! On top of that you can take the fabric off any cushion, base, or side and machine wash it. Plus it would have fit through our weird basement entrance but we changed that up so it's not really a problem anymore. But after doing the research on this sectional option, we were still interested in considering buying one for the basement. The problem with these Sactionals? They're pretty expensive. Like $2,500 for the Metro 5 series we wanted with 6 bases and 8 sides (which would make a 2+2 sectional with an ottoman). They said they sell their floor models at a discount and we happened to really like the fabric they had in-store so we asked if they could put us on a list.
A few months later
We have been renovating our basement and everything has been torn up and under construction when last week we got a phone call. It was the Love Sac store, the floor model was about to be changed out and it would be up for sale. We were the only ones on the list so they called to offer it to us! After we asked a millions questions and got prices for all sorts of options we were left with this decision - We could have $1,000 off the retail price for the floor model if we bought it that week. Yikes! We didn't even have anywhere to put it and it wasn't the ideal time to spend money on a couch. But with such a good deal and our love of that floor model, we begged some friends to let us store the sactional all boxed up for a few months until the basement is finished and with an ok from them we went to the Love Sac store to make sure we still like the sactional and possibly to buy it.
It didn't go well. Problem 1) Mike didn't really like the feel of the sactional this time around. Because the backs can also be armrests they sit strait up (as opposed to angled back) and they're not as tall as a back rest usually goes. With some extra pillows and angling the cushion he could get comfy though. Problem 2) The cushi0ns were tuffed unlike most of the other Sactional cushions. That meant the covers couldn't be taken off to wash, which had been one of the biggest selling points. The floor model was also missing some of the buttons from the tuffs, was this a sign of how well it would wear? The employees said it was easy to fix if the button came off.
We still really liked how modular it was and we hadn't found any great alternatives that would fit in the spaces so we were ready to pull the trigger. That's when we came across problem 3) The price rang up as $2,150, not $1,550 like we were told over the phone. Apparently the person we talked to over the phone was still pretty new and was ringing up something completely wrong.... like not even close. Not even a sactional, just the covers! It's amazing what $600 does to tip the scales of "should we buy this". To the manager's credit, he was super nice and said he would call the corporate office to see if he could give a bigger discount but we'd have to wait a few days until the offices open. We weren't expecting them to come back and say they were going to give us an extra $600 off because an employee told us the wrong price, though.
While we waited to hear back from Love Sac, we decided to explore different options since that that support beam won't actually be an issue for bringing couches down the stairs. A lot of the other sectionals we found were around the same price range as the discounted Sactional and even more were the wrong size. We were looking for a couch that was no more than 100 inches on the left side. With our online research one option stuck out as a good deal - Karlstad by Ikea.
The Karlstad 2-3 sectional in Isunda Gray with an ottoman comes out to $1,150 - a thousand dollars cheaper than the reduced price of the floor model Sactional. Now, traditionally we haven't thought much of Ikea's sofas so we didn't have high expectations but it was suprisingly comfortable! Mike even liked it more than the Sactional. The covers are all removable but dry clean only. That's kind of a pain but at least they can be cleaned! We were a little bumbed to find out you can't make this sectional modular even though they sell the love seat and sofa separately. Mike thinks he could hack it and add feet to make each section free standing so we could turn it into one long couch if we ever want to. Hmmmm. On top of all that, we won't have to buy it until the basement is done and we're ready for it. There were a lot of pros for the Karlstad.
We don't really like the legs so we'd either stain them like YHL did, paint them, or put on different legs completely.
So, if we don't get the Sactional now this whole purchase will be on the backburner until this winter when the basement is done.
Do you have any experience with Sactionals or Karlsatad? Any advice on this decision of ours?