The world of design is changing by the second. People look for one particular style, and the previous one slowly dies down. It’s an endless cycle of having the most attractive living space in keeping up with the times.
If there’s one particular type of furniture that’s stood the test of time for centuries – it’s the humble sofa. Traditionally, a sofa is seen under a rectangular footprint. People have one featured in their living rooms or bedrooms, and they’re generally there to create a conversational zone.
However, there have been different variations of sofas throughout the years. While some were fads, others stuck around long enough to create their categories – modular ones, to be exact.
What exactly are modular sofas, and why should you look into buying one for your living space?
What is a Modular Sofa?
You’re probably familiar with what a traditional sofa looks like. You might also be familiar with sectional sofas. Sectional sofas are sofa sets with an added chaise to complete a more relaxing effect for the living space.
A modular sofa takes sectional sofas up a notch; they come in several compartments and can be arranged in any which way. They’re mostly placed in either the shape of a U or an L depending upon the room’s outlook.
Along with a chaise, modular sofas also come with ottomans, recliners, and other features. Customization might be the prime reason people have kept modular sofas from becoming obsolete.
You wouldn’t necessarily replace your entire living room furniture if you were to move from one space to another. However, you would have to adjust your existing furniture with your new living space. This often comes at a compromise between what you want and what you have.
With modular sofas, you’ll practically have a new sofa set each time you move!
Components And Placement
The typical components of a modular sofa are as follows:
- Ottoman – A typical ottoman is more so a stool with no back or side support.
- Center Module – A module is an ottoman with back support.
- One-Armed Chair – One-armed chairs have back support and support to one (usually the right) side.
- One-Armed Chaise – Similar to a one-armed chair, a one-armed chaise has support on the opposite side.
- Corner Chair – A corner chair is similar to a center module but with more lean towards one side than the middle.
If you combine these components, you’ll have many different sofa configurations. Such as;
- One-armed sofa.
- Simple rectangular sofa
- One chaise sofa.
Other components include recliners and motorized chairs.
Why Go Modular?
It doesn’t matter whether you have a large space or a small one; modular sofas (and modular furniture in general) can go pretty much anywhere. They can alternate from encircling your entire room to being just enough to cozy upon.
Modular furniture is incredibly diverse. With regular sofas, you may have to change the upholstery or buy a new one each time you want a different aesthetic. With modular ones, you could adjust them to fit the theme.
Similarly, they can be adjusted for family nights, game nights, parties, movies, or time alone.
As a general rule, you should never compromise on comfort. Especially not with a sofa. However, the trade-off shouldn’t be with the overall look of it. You don’t want a gorgeous but uncomfortable couch, and you wouldn’t want an ugly but comfortable one either.
Luckily, you wouldn’t need to make that compromise with modular couches and the customizable options that they provide, whether it’s reading a book on a corner chair or putting your feet up on the ottoman.
The next time you’re out shopping for a sofa – go modular!