Modular Sofas 101

How to Choose the Right Modular Sofa

Choosing the right modular sofa can be trickier than it appears. With this helpful guide you can make sure that you find the perfect modular sofa for you.

How to choose a modular sofa?

Choosing the right modular sofa is all about balancing your needs against your budget. Being the de facto modern sectional option, modular sofas can command a premium price, but their versatile form means they also return an incredible amount of value.

The best part about choosing a modular sofa? You can always add more pieces later as your space or family grows! You can make a small loveseat out of two individual pieces then expand up to a small sectional couch as needed.

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Ready to shop? Here are some things to consider before smashing that 'buy' button on that new leather modular sofa.

  • Measure twice, buy once: Begin by measuring your space to ensure the modular sofa fits. Consider the room's dimensions, including any doorways or pathways. Modular sofas come in individual pieces, which makes them easier to move, but each piece can still be large and bulky.
  • Function first: Determine how you'll use the sofa. Is it for lounging, hosting guests, or accommodating sleepovers? Your intended function will guide the size and configuration you need.
  • Layout: Modular sofas offer various layouts, from classic L-shapes to sprawling sectionals. Opt for a configuration that complements your room's layout and serves your lifestyle.
  • Upholstery: Choose upholstery that matches your preferences and practicality. Consider factors like durability, ease of cleaning, and how it complements your existing decor. Many modular sofas offer chic, high-end upholstery options like linen, which look incredible but might not hold up for a family.
  • Quality check: Examine the frame and construction. Sturdy materials like hardwood and durable joints indicate quality. Upholstery quality should also be considered. A leather modular sectional can be higher quality than a standard fabric.
  • Versatility value: Consider if the modular sofa can adapt to changes. Look for options with detachable cushions or convertible modules that suit different occasions.
  • Budget awareness: A modular sofa is not a cheap sectional couch, so be sure to plan accordingly. Determine your budget and explore options within that range. Remember, investing a bit more in quality often pays off in long-term satisfaction.

By navigating these steps, you'll discover a modular sofa that resonates with your lifestyle, enhances your living space, and becomes a cherished part of your home's narrative. It's about finding that balance of style, comfort, and practicality that truly speaks to you!

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Alex Back is the founder and CEO of Previously, he was the co-founder and COO of the popular furniture brand, Apt2B, which was acquired by a large US retail furniture chain in 2018. He worked to integrate Apt2B, one of the very first online furniture retailers on the Shopify platform, into the operations of the 100 year old larger business entity and was deeply immersed in the business operations of both online and brick and mortar retail for 4 years before leaving in 2023 to start Working in various parts of the furniture industry since 2004, he has 20 years experience in retail sales, e-commerce, marketing, operations, logistics and wholesale manufacturing and distribution. He has worked extensively with partners such as Costco, Bed Bath and Beyond and Amazon and his work has been highlighted in many publications such as Forbes, CNN and HGTV, among others. Alex is delighted to bring his experience and authority on couches and the furniture industry to this platform, along with many of his industry colleagues who are helping him keep the audience informed and engaged on a daily basis.
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