The Sabai Essential Sectional Review – Lounging Without Guilt

OUR BODIES have a way of telling us what is essential. After a grueling leg day at the gym, that first glass of cool water is like salvation. That hug from your childhood best friend you lost touch with is a relief. The Essential sectional from sustainable furniture brand Sabai eases your mind from setup to seating with sustainability at the heart of it all.

From the moment I first sat down on the plush sofa, the relaxation was reflex as if it was tailor-made for me. And that feeling hasn’t gone away weeks later. The Essential sectional is available in ten colors separated by two material categories: recycled velor and recycled poly. If you’re like me and appreciate the fuzzy warmth that only velvet can provide, you can style your essential sectional in indigo, moss, mustard, seafoam or dusty pink. For those looking for the softness of recycled poly, your color choice becomes oatmeal, moon, midnight, farro, and umber. However, the peace of mind you get is deeper than the fabric.

Sabai The Essential Sectional

Sabai The Essential Sectional

From the cars you need to get to work that pollute the air, to the clothes you wear that could be from animal abuse, sometimes it can seem impossible to enjoy life without these realities nagging at your subconscious. Sabai puts some of these concerns to rest. The company prides itself on providing high quality luxury furniture that you can enjoy without being ashamed to find comfort in materials that detract from your values. The velvet fabric and comforting pillows come from 100% recycled bottles. They hold the lovely sectional on metal legs made from strong non-toxic aluminum. They also use fabrics that are free of chemical treatments and added flame retardants. The company promotes its products as “inviting guilt-free lounging,” but it also invites stress-free assembly.

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Gone are the days of assembling your dad’s couch that left your living room floor littered with disparate pages of the instruction manual and parts your dad swears are just extra. With the Essential Sectional, assembly took less than 30 minutes. I know because I put mine together at the start of episode four of Stranger Things 4 Vol 1 and I was resting my feet on the ottoman as Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” made its first appearance. Sabai, which bills itself as a better furniture brand, makes this possible with its modular sofa shipping, which means that the sections of the sofa are shipped to you individually, requiring you to simply put them together like puzzle pieces.

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The assembly manual was the thinnest I’ve ever come across when assembling a piece of furniture, and the instructional video was less than two minutes long. Tightening the screws at certain angles when connecting the base to the arms using the ratchet included in the assembly proved a bit tricky as it was difficult to get a good grip in gaps so close. However, a little elbow grease and persistence helped get those screws in place at the cost of minor inconvenience for a major decor update.

Working primarily from home as a writer, comfort and support are paramount in helping me get the words out of my head on a computer. There has to be a level of softness where I am able to relax and let my mind wander down imaginary roads paved with thoughts but firm enough to keep me upright and on track. Sabai achieves this balance for the most part with its firm and comfortable cushions, but disrupts the experience with the unforgiving sharp edges of the armrest. Too often, I’ve instinctively leaned on someone’s arm as I scrolled through my endless list of emails only to have to reorient myself after a few minutes to prevent my armpits from being poked and poked. I haven’t been able to try any of Sabai’s pillows, but customer reviews on the company’s site swear by them as arm-friendly alternatives.

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This armrest is not a place where you would want to rest your arm.

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Guest information is part of what makes the Essential Sectional feel personalized to each guest’s preferences. In previous iterations, the sectional was connected to the ottoman by a singular metal connector that hooked to the front rail of the sofa from the leg of the ottoman. But, customers have noticed that the movement of the ottoman over time puts a strain on the metal connector, making the connective socket difficult to maintain. Putting your bean bag back in the middle of the night because you accidentally bumped it on your way to the fridge or the bathroom is enough to ruin anyone’s sleep schedule. Thus, Sabai ensured that the body of its Essential Sectional sofa was connected to the ottoman at two points, from the inner leg to the front rail and from the outer leg to the arm.

It is a lasting testament to the central appeal of the Essential Sectional: a sofa designed to take into consideration the entire customer experience: relaxation, moral imprint and convenience.



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