Modular Sofas 101

How to Use a Modular Couch

Need to know how to use your modular couch? Follow this simple guide for how to use a modular sofa to make the most of your new, deep comfy couch.

How do you separate a modular sofa?

A modular couch can often be a big, oversized sectional sofa, which might make the task of separating it feel daunting. But if you plan accordingly and follow these steps then you'll be able to disassemble even your biggest U-shaped sectional couch without a hassle.

  • Assessment approach: To begin, familiarize yourself with the sofa's assembly. Identify the connecting mechanisms and components that hold the modules together.
  • Clear the space: Create ample space around the sofa for maneuvering. This ensures a hassle-free separation process without obstructions.
  • Gentle maneuvers: Carefully lift and detach the cushions from each module. Set them aside to prevent any hindrance while separating the main sections. Cushions don't detach? No sweat! Just make sure to lift from the wooden frame and not from the cushions, otherwise you might rip a seam.
  • Connector consideration: Depending on the sofa's design, you might encounter various connectors like clips, hooks, or Velcro attachments. Unfasten these connectors following the manufacturer's instructions. Sometimes these require you to lift one end of the module before it will come free.
  • Collaborative approach: Modulars can be as big as a conversation pit couch, so if your sofa is sizable or heavy, enlist a helping hand. Having an extra set of hands ensures a smoother separation without straining yourself.
  • Rearrange and reassemble: Once you separate the modules, you can rearrange them to suit your needs. Follow the reverse process of connecting, securing, and aligning each module.
  • Refer to manual: If your modular sofa came with an assembly manual, consult it for manufacturer-specific instructions on separation and reconfiguration.

By navigating these steps with precision and care, you'll gracefully master the art of separating and reassembling your modular sofa, whether it's a big L-sectional couch or simply a sectional for small spaces.

How do you move a modular couch?

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One of the major benefits of modular sofas is that they're usually much easier to move, whether you're just rearranging your space or you're moving to a brand new home. But it's still wise to use best practices to protect yourself and your sofa.

  • Measure and plan: Before you start, measure both your deep comfy couch and the doorways, hallways, and passages it needs to navigate. Create a clear path to avoid obstacles and ensure a smooth journey.
  • Disassembly: Depending on the couch's design and size, you might need to disassemble some modules. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for safe disassembly, and keep track of screws and connectors.
  • Cushion care: Remove cushions and store them separately. This makes the couch lighter and easier to carry, plus it prevents damage to the cushions themselves.
  • Teamwork triumphs: Enlist a few friends or hire professional movers to make the process smoother. Clear communication and coordinated efforts minimize the risk of accidents and ensure everyone's safety.
  • Slide and glide: Is your modular couch still too bulky when disassembled? Slide furniture sliders under the legs. This reduces friction and makes moving much easier, especially on carpeted surfaces.
  • Protective measures: Wrap the couch in blankets or furniture pads to prevent scratches, dings, and other damage during the move.
  • Choose the right vehicle: For transporting, choose a vehicle large enough to accommodate the couch and secure it properly to prevent shifting during transit. You might need to rent a box truck depending on the size of your sofa.
  • Patience pays: During unloading and placement in your new space, follow the same steps in reverse. Take your time and ensure each module is positioned and secured properly.

By adhering to these steps, you'll tackle moving your modular couch with finesse and ease.

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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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