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

The minute I sat down on the plush sofa for the first time, relaxation was reflexive as if it was tailor-made for me. And that feeling has yet to subside weeks later. The Essential Sectional comes in ten colors separated by two material categories: recycled velvet and upcycled poly. If you’re like me and enjoy the fuzzy warmth only velvet can offer, you can style your Essential Sectional in either indigo, moss, mustard, seafoam, or dusty rose. For those looking for the softness of upcycled poly, your color choice becomes oat, moon, midnight, Farro, and shadow. However, the peace of mind you get is more profound than the fabric.

Sabai The Essential Sectional

The Essential Sectional

Sabai The Essential Sectional

From the cars you need to get to work polluting the air to the clothes you wear potentially coming from the mistreatment of animals, it can sometimes feel impossible to enjoy life without these realities nagging at your subconscious. Sabai puts some of those concerns to rest. The company prides itself on delivering high-quality luxury furniture you can enjoy without the shame of finding comfort in materials that’ll damage your values. The velvet fabric and comforting pillows come from 100% recycled bottles. They prop the lovely sectional on metal legs made from non-toxic, solid aluminum. They also use fabrics free from chemical treatments and any 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 your father’s couch assembly that left your living room floor littered with disparate pages of the instructional manual and parts your dad swears are simply 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 was resting with my feet up on the ottoman by the time 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 shipment of the couch, meaning sections of the sofa are shipped to you individually, requiring you to put them together like puzzle pieces simply.

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The assembly manual was the thinnest I ever encountered when putting together any piece of furniture, and the instructional video was less than two minutes. Tightening the screws at certain angles when connecting the base to the arms using the ratchet wrench provided in the assembly proved to be a little difficult since it was hard to get a good grip in such close quarters. However, a little elbow grease and persistence helped ease those screws right into place at the cost of a minor inconvenience for a significant decor update.

Working mostly from home as a writer, comfort and support are paramount in helping me pull words out of my head onto a computer. There needs to be a level of softness where I’m able to kick back and let my mind wander down imaginary roads paved in thoughts but firm enough to keep me upright and on the right course. Sabai achieves this balance for the most part with its firm and cozy cushions but disrupts the experience with the unforgivingly sharp edges of the armrest. Too often, I’ve instinctively leaned my arm onto the armrest as I scrolled through my endless list of emails, only to have to reorient myself after a few minutes to save my armpits from being poked and prodded. I wasn’t able to try any of Sabai’s pillows, but customer reviews on the company’s site swear by them as enjoyable alternatives for arm rest.

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This armrest isn’t somewhere you’d want to rest your arm.

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Customer insights are part of what makes the Essential Sectional feel as if it was customized around each individual customer’s preferences. In previous iterations, the sectional was connected to the ottoman by a singular metal connector that gripped onto the front rail of the sofa from the ottoman leg. But, customers noticed the movement of the ottoman over time strained the metal connector, making the connective grip hard to maintain. Putting your ottoman back in place in the middle of the night because you accidentally bumped into it on your way to the fridge or bathroom is enough to mess up anyone’s sleep schedule. So, Sabai ensured its Essential Sectional sofa body was connected to the ottoman at two points—from the inner leg to the front rail and the outer leg to the arm.

This is an enduring testament to the Essential Sectional’s central appeal: a couch designed to take into consideration the customer’s entire lived experience —relaxation, moral footprint, and convenience.

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