Furniture Options for the Basement

Now that the basement is finished, it’s time for the best part–FURNITURE!! I’ve been anxiously waiting for this part of the process and I’m so excited that it’s finally here. I can’t wait to make that a super cozy, comfortable space for our family. And I thought it would be fun today to share some of the furniture options I’m considering for our basement! My husband and I were struggling to figure out exactly what we wanted in that space, so I reached out to Arhaus and took advantage of their complimentary design services. Did you know they do this?! I’ve seen it on their website before, but I’d never tried it. And it’s the coolest thing ever! It’s like having a professional interior designer for freeeeeeee. I was paired up with Mollie Shirley and she was AMAZING! We actually had a zoom call to chat about the space and what I wanted, then I sent photos of the finished space so she could see what we were working with. After that she sent me these amazing design boards with some great options! So just as a reminder, here’s what the basement looks like now that it’s finished:







Aren’t they all so pretty?! I actually love each design and it’s so cool to get an idea of how the basement living room could look with furniture. I even sent Mollie measurements so she knew exactly how much space we were working with, then she made these recommendations based on what would actually fit in that area! Spoiler alert- I already made my decision of which one is my favorite, but I’d love to hear from you. Which option do you like the best??!

Also if you want to give the free Arhaus design services a try GO HERE. I’m telling you, it’s the coolest thing ever!!

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  1. 11.5.20
    Betty White said:

    I think option 3 is You. I really like most of it, except for the black plaid chair. Maybe if they had it in beige plaid ?

    • 11.5.20
      Sarah said:

      Yes I love that option too! I’m not sure if that chair comes in other options actually. I’ll have to check!

      • 11.5.20
        Kimberly said:

        Number 2
        It’s comfy classy which to me describes your home, add some Sarah to this space and you will have another beautiful place to hang with the family. Good luck.

        • 11.5.20
          Nicole said:

          3 or 4 for sure!!

    • 11.5.20
      Christina said:

      Option 1!

      • 11.5.20
        Jenn said:

        They are all so beautiful but I love option 2 especially the poofs and leather chair. Option 4 is also so cool with all the color and texture. It will be amazing whatever you choose. Love the new house!

  2. 11.5.20
    cindy buzzie said:

    i think option 3 is you also.

  3. 11.5.20
    Tammy Ganci said:

    Option 3 is so you!!! It’s me too lolol I also have a farmhouse feel to my home along with some beach coastal decor as I live at the NJ shore!!! Your new home is coming out beautiful!!!
    Have a blessed day
    Love your blog friend

  4. 11.5.20
    Cindy Weltman said:

    I like option 2. I love the texture of the ottoman’s. You will be able to seat many people with this option. Love the other selections as well. Your new area will look very cozy.
    Congratulations on your new home – it is lovely.

    • 11.5.20
      Sheri Ramey said:

      I like Option 4. The full rug gives color and I love the look oh layering of rugs. The remaining pieces look cohesive with your lovely home while giving it a little more color. You actually have no bad Options though.

    • 11.5.20
      Cheryl A Terrell said:

      I love option #3 but with the leather chair in Option#2. I love your home Sarah.

    • 11.5.20
      Peggy CLIFFORD said:

      I think 1 & 4 !! A little different but comfy for downstairs !! kids fun , active space ! I ❤️arhaus

  5. 11.5.20
    Wendy said:

    I think #3 as well. It is super cute!! I love what you have done with the new house!!

    • 11.5.20
      Kama Stogsdill said:

      I like 2 and 3.

  6. 11.5.20
    Karen Varney said:

    I actually think 4 is your best option based on the structure of the couch and the darker colors since you have little ones and it will be used everyday.

    • 11.5.20
      Stella Lidis said:

      Option #3 and love the plaid chair!!

  7. 11.5.20
    Caye said:

    Love option 3, and I actually love the black plaid chair!

  8. 11.5.20
    Bridget McCully said:

    I love option 1 for me but option 3 reminds me more of your style. Where’s the chair from in option 1?

  9. 11.5.20
    Kim Green said:

    Love love love option 3!!! Looks so nice and cozy comfy!!!

  10. 11.5.20
    Debbie said:


  11. 11.5.20
    Kristina Huff said:

    I love option 3! I like the simplicity of it! But option 4 is great to! More color options 🙂 whatever you choose, im sure it’ll look great, because you have great taste! 🙂

  12. 11.5.20
    Sarah said:

    I think #3 or #4 would be best. Kinda like the leather chair in #2. Maybe combine your favorites…as long as you can get colors that go together. Good luck and have fun selecting what you like.

  13. 11.5.20
    Denise M Johnson said:

    I like 3 or 4.. I like the black white checked chair, it’s a perfect fit for this family room. Very kid friendly.😊

    • 11.5.20
      LizaJane said:

      I love all of these options! I’d say 3 for you or 4. Mollie sure did a great job! Can’t wait to see what you choose.

  14. 11.5.20
    Lois Nelson said:

    I love them all but I love the simplicity of #1
    And the caramel color leather chair is amazing!!!

  15. 11.5.20
    Marilyn Gabriel said:

    I think Option 2 would be perfect for your family to cozy up to watch TV on a Colorado winter night. I like the wheels on the chair. Easy to move. Can’t go wrong with poofs!!!

    • 11.13.20
      Elissa said:

      I like no 1 the best

  16. 11.5.20
    Ashley Robinson said:

    # 3 is my favorite! The basement looks great!! I love how you did your cabinet doors and the barn door 💗

  17. 11.5.20
    Sheri Ghee said:

    The second one is my fave, then the third one.😊 Have a blessed day 😌

  18. 11.5.20
    Holly said:

    Option 3 is cheerful and with pops of red for the kids would be fun and different than the neutrals you have upstairs. Kid and movie party friendly for kid gatherings. Think future fun.

  19. 11.5.20
    Olive said:

    Option 1!! The couch looks so comfy and the colors are perfect.

  20. 11.5.20
    Renie said:

    Tough choice yet leaning toward Option 3.

  21. 11.5.20
    Beryl said:

    Option 1!! I’m loving caramel leather EVERYTHING right now!

  22. 11.5.20
    Trish Turner said:

    Love #3, love the black plaid!!

  23. 11.5.20
    Cheryl said:

    I like option 3 for your basement space!

  24. 11.5.20
    Carol said:

    Definitely #3

  25. 11.5.20
    Deb Brown said:

    Do you have the links for option 1?
    We’re moving in a New house Thx! Love your blog!

  26. 11.5.20
    Alison said:

    Option 3, but with option 4’s couch.

  27. 11.5.20
    Heather J said:

    I love them ALL, but options 1 & especially 3 are my favorite! 🙌🏻🖤 Have fun choosing!

  28. 11.5.20
    Dorothy said:

    I am loving #3 personally 🙂

  29. 11.5.20
    Emily said:

    I LOVE option ONE because of the coziness and warmth it brings to such a bright and airy space. I also feel like it brings in the colors that are outside and in other places of your home! My second favorite is option FOUR for mostly the same reasons, but love the area rug. That chair also doesn’t quite look like something that would be cozy to curl up in or fun for a kiddo playing to hit their head on…. Can’t wait to see which you chose!

  30. 11.5.20
    Jen said:

    1 or 4!

  31. 11.5.20
    Lindsey said:

    I love option 1 for my style. But I would go with option 4 for you. I agree 3 is totally your style but I think 4 would add just a little something new without getting away from your look.

  32. 11.5.20
    Ruth said:

    I like Option 3 & maybe with an area rug would be so pretty…cant wait to see what you chose!!

  33. 11.5.20
    Amanda said:

    1 or 3!!😍😍

  34. 11.5.20
    Tammy Merritt said:

    I love options 3 and 4! Your basement is beautiful.

  35. 11.5.20
    Melissa said:

    Oh my gosh, I love all the options! If forced to pick only one, I would say option 2 is my fav. Good luck!

  36. 11.5.20
    Jen Taylor said:

    I think Option 1 would work well with the barn door & swing & also kinda continues the flow from the living room with the new recliner. But Option 4 gives you a sectional & I think that’s perfect for a basement!

  37. 11.5.20
    Wendy Davenport said:

    I love option #3 and #4, but I think #3 looks more like your style. That black and white chair is a statement piece….love it! Your new home is beautiful….I enjoy following along as you decorate. Have a beautiful day!

  38. 11.5.20
    Bev said:

    Option 3!!!

  39. 11.5.20
    Kelly said:

    You really can’t go wrong, they’re all great Sarah!! But I really like options 1 and 2 for this space… you have light woodwork, cabinets, carpet, etc in the basement so I think these options give some contrast and give a warm, rich (in color), cozy vibe. That mirror from Option 3 might be great in your office!! Have fun choosing, love all that you’re doing to make your new house a Home:-)

  40. 11.5.20
    Amy said:

    Option1. It’s so
    cozy. I love the leather chair.

  41. 11.5.20
    Joan Cronin said:

    Definitely option 4. The color contrast is stronger, the floor coverings add and anchor your space too. Trade the chairs in option 2 and 4 and you have a solid space for looks and comfort. Good luck.

  42. 11.5.20
    Gail said:

    Option 3–It just seems more you!!

  43. 11.5.20
    Joy said:

    Option 2 is beautiful! It’s also functional.

  44. 11.5.20
    Julie said:

    Option 3! It fits with your style the most and I think the chair is so cute! I love the couch!

  45. 11.5.20
    Darlene Moore said:

    I agree …… I LOVE 3 EXCEPT for the coffee table, really doesn’t fit the rest of the concept, too contemporary! Needs more of a farmhouse vibe. But everything else, including the chair is PERFECT!! It is
    so you !!!!!!

  46. 11.5.20
    Melissa V said:

    Option 1 is my fav & style. Opt. 3 is more yours. The plaid chair will help bring in the black from the doors. And the woods will help tie in the barn door!

  47. 11.5.20
    Kath said:

    I’m leaning towards #2 but I also like #4

  48. 11.5.20
    Lindsay Schofield said:

    I love option 3
    It would suit the style of your other home furnishings. 😊🏡❤️xx

  49. 11.5.20
    Tammy Fontaine said:

    Options 1 or 4: They showcase crisper, cleaner vibes. Once all is in place, a cluttered or overdone space becomes stale and burdensome sooner. Looking down the road, Options 1/4 would more easily accommodate any transitions you’d like to make whether seasonal or in accessorizing.

  50. 11.5.20
    Sandy said:

    Option 2.

  51. 11.5.20
    Candy said:

    Good Morning Sarah
    Love these options but my favourite is #3…but different tables. I would go for more farmhouse rustic but that’s me. All the best in your choice

  52. 11.5.20
    Darlene L Moore said:

    Actually now that I am looking again, the big leather chair AND Floor lamp from 2 would look great in 3, adding the white round end table. The gray chair in
    4 with the lamp from 2, adding the white
    round table would also keep it neutral.
    The lamp and coffee table I’m not really feeling ….. there it is..MY opinion!
    You will pick a fabulous arrangement, I am sure!

  53. 11.5.20
    J. Nagle said:

    3 all the way!!!

  54. 11.5.20
    Sheila K said:

    Hi Sarah, I really like option 2. I’m not a huge fan of leather, but I know it’s comfy. And I do really like that chair. Also, personally don’t think a coffee table is necessary (option3) if you have a couple smaller tables. Can’t wait to see what you choose!

  55. 11.5.20
    Bev Huffman said:

    Option Two-The furniture style marries with the space design. A lot of neutral, so a little splash of muted teal might compliment the neutrals while being gender friendly. The area would have the look of a den while still providing an awesome kid hangout space! The area was well designed, great job!

  56. 11.5.20
    Jennifer said:

    I love furniture option 1. Has that pop of color that goes well with the black doors and barn door. I know you just added this chair similar to the upstairs. It is a little different from your style but it goes well with the area you live in.

  57. 11.5.20
    Wendy Caves said:

    Number 1 and 3 the couches look the coziest and most comfortable
    Number 2 the gray chair picks up the gray in the tile by the outside door
    Number 3 I love that mirror (and the couch is cozy)
    Number 4 the couch looks super uncomfortable

  58. 11.5.20
    Donna said:

    I love Option 2, but it’s not an easy choice! Any of them is a winner!

  59. 11.5.20
    RBell said:

    Such a hard decision! I love different things in each one. Can you pull out elements from the designs to make your own with Arhaus?

  60. 11.5.20
    Hallie said:

    The black chair is you.
    The black chair accents your black accessories

  61. 11.5.20
    Sia said:

    I love Option # 1 for you it’s classy and something different for your downstairs. Option # 3 is definitely you but a little something different will be nice

  62. 11.5.20
    Margaret Passmore said:

    Option 3

  63. 11.5.20
    Maria said:

    My favorites are 1 and 4!! I cant wait to see what you choose…AND how nice to have a design assistant:)
    Have fun!!!

  64. 11.5.20
    Diane Milani said:

    Option 1.
    You can’t go wrong with any of them. 👍🏼😊

  65. 11.5.20
    Cheers said:

    Option 3

  66. 11.5.20
    Shirline Tefteller said:

    I love Option 4 the best!! But, I would use the leather chair in Option 1.

  67. 11.5.20
    Jill Thomas said:

    They’re all so pretty! My guess is option four!
    Whichever option you chose, I’m sure you will make it beautiful! Can’t wait to see!!
    Enjoy your day, too🥰

  68. 11.5.20
    Nishi said:

    I love option one, kind of flows well w your upstairs too! All are beautiful, I’m sure you’ll choose well!

  69. 11.5.20
    Shirline said:

    I love Option 4. It’s warm a homey!! I meant to say I like The chair in Option 2 not 1. You’re amazing so whatever you choose will be lovely!!

  70. 11.5.20
    Shirline said:

    I meant to say I like The chair in Option 2 not 1. You’re amazing so whatever you choose will be lovely!!

  71. 11.5.20
    Barbara said:

    LOVE option 2. Thanks for inviting us to share opinions. You are a real inspiration,Sarah. 🙂

  72. 11.5.20
    Sharon said:

    Option 1

  73. 11.5.20
    Jody said:

    I think option 2 or 3 would look best in your space. I am loving 2 the most. Cant wait to see what you do.

  74. 11.5.20
    Laura said:

    Hi, I would say number three as it is or number three with number two floor lamp and a different mirror to match the lamp…all really nice!

  75. 11.5.20
    Maureen said:

    Option 3. You want it to be a relaxing space and homey. This would be my choice.

  76. 11.5.20
    Lisa Van Den Brink said:

    I think option 1! That’s so you!
    I do like the others too! Have fun!

  77. 11.5.20
    Regina said:

    I love option 4! Adds a little color without over doing it. And it looks so cozy!

  78. 11.5.20
    Michelle Warren said:

    Option 3 looks to be more in style with what you have upstairs, but all will look great!

  79. 11.5.20
    Angie said:

    Option 4 is bringing me back but 3 looks like you. Maybe its time to mix it up.

  80. 11.5.20
    Debbie said:

    Option #2
    I like the sectional better for the back at the smaller end. My son has one with the lounge and you either lounge or sit with no back. Just a thought. I really like the other choice with option #2, especially the leather chair. A great touch.

  81. 11.5.20
    Anna Lancaster said:

    I really like 2 and 3, they would really look good there in basement. You have great taste and design. Enjoy.

  82. 11.5.20
    Jen Lindblad said:

    I love them all, but vote for Option 3

  83. 11.5.20
    Susie said:

    I luv option 2! Can’t wait to see your choice!🧡

  84. 11.5.20
    Lea said:

    Number 2 or 4

  85. 11.5.20
    Nicki Ramsey said:

    This was tough but I say option 1. Looks cozy and inviting. Neutral but warm.

  86. 11.5.20
    Julia said:

    All are beautiful but torn between option 1 and 3!!!

  87. 11.5.20
    Eileen said:

    I like #1, it I’m sure you picked #3.

  88. 11.5.20
    Kellie said:

    Number 3!!! It fits with what you’ve already done throughout your house.

  89. 11.5.20
    Abby said:

    Option 2!! 🤗

  90. 11.5.20
    Barbara W. said:

    I like 2 or 3 but I think 3 is more your style. If you went with 3, I would use the lamp and black cane front table from number 1. Love your house!

  91. 11.5.20
    Sandee said:

    Wow, all beautiful. #2 and 3 feel like you guys. Your gonna have a hard time choosing. Good luck. Can’t wait to see it all done. 😉

  92. 11.5.20
    Olivia said:

    I like option 3 the best but I would swap the side chair for the side chair in option 1. It’s such a pretty chair

  93. 11.5.20
    Kama Stogsdill said:

    I like 2 and 3.

  94. 11.5.20
    Jaime Paschal said:

    Love option 3

  95. 11.5.20
    Susan Daniels said:

    I choose option 3!

  96. 11.5.20
    Jaime Paschal said:

    Love option 3, option 2 would be my second choice.

  97. 11.5.20
    Jenn Walters said:

    Option 3 would good luck beautiful in your space. Just not a fan of the black and white chair

  98. 11.5.20
    Gina said:

    I love the carpet in your basement. What is the name/brand.

  99. 11.5.20
    Angela Jackson said:

    I like options 1 and 2. Both look comfy and cozy with a lot of class!

  100. 11.5.20
    Leslie said:

    I think option #3 is the coziest and most your style, including the buffalo check chair!

  101. 11.5.20
    Judy said:

    Option 3. Love the black and white check chair!

  102. 11.5.20
    Meghan said:

    I love them all, but especially option 1 and option 4! Excited for you and your family!!

  103. 11.5.20
    Laurie said:

    Option 3 is my favorite. Followed by option 2:)

  104. 11.5.20
    Beth said:

    I like 3! Love the “comfyness” of the chair in there. I like the added color in 4 since it’s such a large white room, but you could always add pops of color with pillows or rugs.

  105. 11.5.20
    Tristie said:

    I love option 3 ❤️

  106. 11.5.20
    Gloria Rivenbark said:

    I like #1. It’s a little different.

  107. 11.5.20
    Lori said:

    Option #2 is my favorite 😍

  108. 11.5.20
    Sharon Murdock said:

    furniture #1 –
    the best couch/chair/total package –

  109. 11.5.20
    Donna Flener said:

    I think your style is more option 1 couch an option 2 chair they seems more cozy for a basement. I would also add a rug with any option you pick.

  110. 11.5.20
    Jackie said:

    They are all nice. I love Option #3 the best. Can’t wait to see which one you pick.
    I love the carpet, too!


  111. 11.5.20
    Candy said:

    They are all gorgeous – hard to choose! But I think option 4 is my favorite!

  112. 11.5.20
    Erika said:


  113. 11.5.20
    Sherry Strock said:

    I like option 3 the best. I think this matches best with the rest of your home. I love the plaid chair, I think it ties the black doors in perfectly. Honestly, all options are gorgeous.

  114. 11.5.20
    Holly said:

    I think #3 looks a lot like the rest of your colors in your upper level (which I love!)…for some variety, I’d go for #4!

  115. 11.5.20
    Eileen said:

    Can you mix number 2 and 3?😜

  116. 11.5.20
    Liz said:

    I love option 4!

  117. 11.5.20
    Mary Ann McCarty said:

    Option 3 would be me

  118. 11.5.20
    Joyce said:

    One is my favorite but three look like you. Four is my second choice

  119. 11.5.20
    Lisa said:

    3 is the most you
    But 2 could work as well

  120. 11.5.20
    Blanca Vazquez said:

    I think option 3 is more you. Although I love them all. I love Arhaus furniture. Might be giving them a call.

  121. 11.5.20
    Lora Pritchard said:

    Option 2 blend in the mirror of 3rd opinion add cozy rug choose different lamp though you have a beautiful home God bless your family

  122. 11.5.20
    Blanca Vazquez said:

    They are all great options. My favorite is option 3.

  123. 11.5.20
    Lindsey Pennington said:

    My fav is #1 but I also like #3!

  124. 11.5.20
    Karen Sau said:

    Option 3 is predictable for you!
    Option 4 will warm up your space nicely. The perfect pieces to offset all that white, making it cosy, comfortable and relaxed.

  125. 11.5.20
    Angela said:

    Really liking option number 2. Textures and cozy vibes are it!

  126. 11.5.20

    Option 1!


  127. 11.5.20
    Dede said:

    I love 3 and 4. It just looks like you. 4 I think is alittle out of the box but it would be fun for down stairs.

  128. 11.5.20
    Kathleen S said:

    I love option 1 or 4 personally! 4 is a little busier but I still think a darker couch is the way to go! Can’t wait to see it once’s it’s done.

  129. 11.5.20
    Tracy said:

    2 or 4

  130. 11.5.20
    Gayle N said:

    Number 4 but with the brown leather couch instead!!

  131. 11.5.20
    Melanie said:

    This is a cool service. I like option 2 and 3.

  132. 11.5.20
    Erin Parker said:

    I love all of them but 3 and 4 are my favorite!

  133. 11.5.20

    I love them. But you have to remember you have moved to the country and want animals and your children outside. They are going to need a place to be country. I do love your home but I have lived in the country for most 80 years and raised our children in the country and know it will be hard to keep everything white. Looking forward to seeing it completed.

  134. 11.5.20
    Eva Holian said:

    Option 1. I loooove it and it looks like your upstairs! Unless you want something different!

  135. 11.5.20
    Sharon Neighoff said:

    I love them all but to me, option 3 looks the most like “you” and your style. 🙂
    Just my opinion, and again I think they are all great. Enjoy your new home!

  136. 11.5.20
    Vicki said:

    How fun! I’m loving option three because that Buffalo check chair looks so cozy, but option two also has that awesome vintage look leather chair that appears to be a recliner! Hard to chose!

  137. 11.6.20
    Heather said:

    I like 3 and 4. Both look comfy and cozy 😊

  138. 11.6.20
    Gina vanGreuningen said:

    Loving Option #2 and not far behind that one is Option #1. Good luck….looking great so far!

  139. 11.6.20
    Peggy Coppernall said:

    I like option 2 & 3

  140. 11.6.20
    Nancy said:

    This is all so exciting Sarah!! I like option 3 the best! Can’t wait to see what you go with!

  141. 11.8.20
    Carolyn said:

    I’m in love with the chair in number 2!! I just want to curl up in that. They are all great options but number 3 looks more like you

  142. 11.8.20
    Kathy WheelerI said:

    Option 1 with #3’s couch.

  143. 2.18.21
    Ivory said:

    One and two are my favorites. However, each one has items I just love.

  144. 4.15.21
    Jan said:

    I love 3 and 1.
    I have black/cream check & I can say it really doesn’t get old.

  145. 10.11.22
    Lacy Wahlstrom said:

    Hello – I was curious where you got your cabinets on either side of the tv

    • 10.11.22
      Sarah said:

      Hi! That was a custom built-in our contractor did.

  146. 11.1.22
    Krystal said:

    Did you diy that entertainment center/cabinetry…details please

    • 11.9.22
      Sarah said:

      it was custom built by our contractor!