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Searching for the perfect sofa is no easy task. Plus when you're making a big purchase, you want to know it'll suit your needs for years to come.
And that's why modular sofas are great because they can not only provide hours and hours of comfort, from family movie nights to afternoon lounging, but they can also adapt to your needs.
Whether you're moving home, need some extra seating, or just fancy a springtime refresh, modular sofas are designed to shape-shift based on what you need right now.
And if you're looking for a new modular sofa, you've landed in the right spot. We scanned the internet and spoke with interior design experts to give you the low-down and share some of the best sofas available online.
Meet the Experts
At Living Cozy, we work closely with furniture brands and industry professionals to create comprehensive guides to help you find the perfect pieces for your home. To write this article, we spoke with a number of interior design and modular sofa experts including:
Allison Thibault, Principal Designer at Kaleidoscope Design Studio.
Georgina Borneman-Street, CEO & Principal Designer at Cobalt Blue 1802.
Lowe Saddler, Design SEO Editor at Hunker.
Jessie Minor, Designer at Eco Methods Interiors.
Courtney Robinson, star of HGTV's newest series, Sister Fixers, and Principal designer at Materials + Methods Design.
Kyle Hoff, Co-Founder and CEO of Floyd.
Edgar Blazona, Founder and CEO of BenchMade Modern.
What is a Modular Sofa?
A modular sofa is a regular sofa but with much more flexibility. Modular sofas are made up of individual pieces (or sections) that can be arranged in a number of configurations, including U-shaped and L-shaped styles.
"A modular sofa is a sofa with many options. It is comprised of several individual chair pieces that can be joined to create a variety of configurations. They can be made into your typical L or U shape configuration, but they can also stand alone as individual pieces. Their versatility is endless."
"Modular furniture is a great option for the customer who needs flexibility. The pieces can be reconfigured over time; they transition from your city apartment to your first home seamlessly,"says Steph DeAngelis, Design Advisor at Maiden Home.
"Modular sofas and sectionals are comprised of individual sofa pieces that connect to each other; you can start out with a two piece sofa and graduate to a seven piece sectional over time," continues DeAngelis. "The pieces are also great to navigate tricky hallways or tight doorways - because they are moved individually, you aren’t stuck with moving a bulky sofa from home to home."
Whether you're looking for a small loveseat that's perfect for a home office, or a 3-seat sofa or 8-seat corner sofa for the whole family, Allform will have something for you
Allform makes modular sectional sofas and each piece can be customized to fit any space with ease. Its sofas are designed with a modern aesthetic and made in the USA from premium and durable materials — kiln-dried hardwood frames and cushions filled with premium, plush filling for your relaxation and comfort. Allform will also ship most fabric sofas in 1-3 weeks.
We tested out the Allform sofa and found it to be really comfortable with medium-to-firm seats. Its modularity and flexibility is also a great selling point as the sofa can adapt and evolve with your needs. "One of my favorite things about the Sofa is the seat depth," says our reviewer Matthew Gattozzi. "My wife and I love to sit back on the couch, drink coffee, and read on the weekends. The Allform is perfect for that."
Watch: We tested and reviewed the Allform sofa in our studio in Austin, Texas. Check out an overview of the sofa with interior designer Bri Ussery below:
Allform uses soft but stain-repellent fabric available in seven color options including statement-making shades of red and blue and two leather sofa options. You can also customize your leg finish with three options. If you want to try before you buy, Allform also offers free fabric swatches and a 100 day free trial with full returns.
"Allform’s parent company, Helix, is all about personalizing your sleep experience and we wanted to bring this level of customization to sofas. Allform sofas are modular so that our customers can customize them to their space or needs," says Allform co-founder and CEO, Adam Tishman.
"Modularity is also essential to making the delivery process painless when compared to traditional furniture processes. Our sofas can be moved and assembled by one person, although helping hands are welcome. Modularity also gives the ability to add on to your current sofa, so it can adapt to the changes in our lives," adds Tishman.
Made to order by expert furniture makers in North Carolina, the Jones Modular is visually stunning, incredibly comfortable, and its individual, down-filled pieces offer endless configuration possibilities.
Crafted with easy-to-use connector clips, the individual pieces can be attached and reconfigured at any time. You can also add new pieces as and when your needs change.
"The Jones Modular Sofa acts as an artistic centerpiece in the home. It features sculptural pillowy comfort matched with crisp modern detailing," says Hannah Rice, Design Advisor at Maiden Home. "The design of the Jones plays with proportion in a way that creates a unique contemporary profile, and really makes it a showstopper in your space."
Maiden Home cuts no corners when it comes to the construction of its sofas. The Jones features a precision-cut Kiln-dried hardwood frame "that'll never twist, warp or crack." Its spring down features a foam wrapped spring system enclosed in a down and feather jacket making The Jones an incredibly soft modular sofa, perfect for evenings cozied up at home.
The Jones is also available in over 50 upholstery styles ranging from neutral shades of gray, cream, and white to eye-catching Emerald and Merlot. It's also available in leather. Fabric seat and back cushions are fully upholstered and reversible for easy maintenance.
Well-known for its Mid-Century modern inspired modular sofa designs, Burrow was founded in 2016 and sells its products directly to consumers to remove all retail markups and over 70% of standard shipping costs.fl
"Burrow wasn’t the first company to design modular furniture. But, we were the first to take a modular approach and combine it with premium materials to build long-lasting, quality products," a company spokesperson told Living Cozy. "And we were the first to engineer a modular design around our customer's experience, rather than a warehouse pallet or shipping container."
The Range is a modern classic with clean lines and plenty of customization options. Out of the box, the 3-Piece Range Sofa can be configured in three ways, and with the flexibility offered by additional modules, there are near limitless alternate arrangements. We shipped the Range to one of our contributors and found it to be incredible versatile and comfy.
The Range has a universal modular design system and a standard connection between each module so you can add modules in any direction and customize in any way you please. You can also use modules as individual seats to complement your family sofa.
Burrow prides itself on quality and the Range frame is built with sustainably sourced hardwoods and its cushions use a combination of medium-density foam, shredded fill, and fiber wadding "to give that immediate sink-in feeling with enduring comfort." The cushions are covered in stain-resistant, kid and pet-friendly fabrics that can be cleaned easily.
Each Burrow sofa has customization options including leg finish and choice of fabric color — you also have a few upgrade options like integrated tables or an attachable ottoman. Burrow's sleep kit also enables you to transform the Range into a sleeper sofa.
The Range's flexibility makes it the perfect sofa for modern life at home. Burrow also has plenty of other living room furniture pieces you can use to complement its sofas including shelves, credenzas, coffee tables, pillows, and throws.
Detroit-based brand Floyd has made a name for itself through its sustainably made, modular furniture. And The Sectional is a modular sofa designed to be customized to suit the way you live.
Whether you want to start out with a two-seater and gradually add sections as your needs shift, or would like to start out with a U-shaped five-seater, the options are almost endless.
The Floyd Sectional's deep seats allow plenty of seating space — making it a perfect lounger — and its low profile and clean lines give it a Mid-Century feel. Each sectional piece is upholstered in a textured, tightly woven, stain-resistant fabric and heavy-duty alligator clips underneath each piece keep your seats together but make it easy to rearrange when you need to.
At any time you can choose to add to The Sectional by adding a corner piece, an armless middle unit, and a left arm or right arm, or left facing or right facing chaise depending on your living room needs.
"Nine seat section options offer endless configuration opportunities so you can create a sofa that spans a great room, or something that better suits a small space," Floyd Co-Founder and CEO told Living Cozy. "The modularity continues with an optional walnut or oak ply table featuring sleek chamfer detailing that perfectly accompanies The Sectional as either an in-line unit or a coffee table. While flange stitch pillow add-ons lend a classic vibe and additional comfort," added Hoff.
Optional pillows can be added to level up your lounging on The Sectional. Floyd also makes a modular coffee table that can be added as an in-line unit or stand on its own as a living room.
Another wonderful sofa from Inside Weather, The Bondi is one of the most customizable sofas on the market. Every seat block is alike and can be used in the middle of your sofa, on the end, as a corner piece. Likewise, every slatted solid wood panel is identical and can be used as either an arm or a back.
The Bondi is a welcoming place to relax after a long day or the perfect place to spend a weekend afternoon. It’s oversized cushions offer a super deep (41”) lounge area. "I find the couch to be very comfortable. I lay on it for hours at a time without getting the cramp in my neck that I used to get with my old couch," says Cassandra Brooklyn who reviewed the Bondi Sofa for Living Cozy.
The Bondi is constructed with a solid ash hardwood frame is FSC Certified and Inside Weather’s signature down alternative is 100% recycled. The Bondi also features 100+ fabric options including performance velvet, Mod Chenille, and pet-friendly options. And no need to worry about spillages as every cushion and pillow features easy-clean removable covers.
The Kova is a modular sofa from Albany Park. Founded by former NFL linebacker Darryl Sharpton and his wife, Jessica, Albany Park aims to make sofa buying incredibly simple and affordable.
Albany Park’s most customizable and flexible piece, The Kova can be rearranged and its modules can combine into almost any configuration that fits your home and lifestyle. The Kova comes in a range of sizes from a two-seater upwards and you can add new sections at any time – from ottomans and consoles (perfect for storing blankets) to armless and corner pieces to give you more space.
Deep 30” seats and 100% feather blend seat cushions combine for cloud-soft coziness and make the Kova a perfect sofa for evenings snuggled up with a book or your favorite Netflix series. You might never want to leave your sofa again.
Each Albany Park sofa comes delivered in easy-to-move boxes, so you won’t have to worry about navigating through tight hallways and doors to get your new sofa in the perfect spot.
The modular Like Butter collection from BenchMade Modern gives amazing versatility for endless configurations. Each BenchMade Modern sofa is made to order and crafted in the United States. The Like Butter collection was designed with relaxation in mind and features a low back and high arm offering you the perfect space to sit back switch off.
"The U-Shaped Sectional is one of my favorites, as its unique design is perfect for lounging with a group, and everyone has plenty of space," BenchMade Modern founder Edgar Blazona told Living Cozy. "As with all of BenchMade Modern’s sofas and sectionals, you can customize the Like Butter collection even more by choosing from a huge range of performance fabrics and leathers and selecting the leg stain."
Brand: Interior Define Price: 2-Seat Sofa from $1,790
The Tatum is designed to adapt to how you live—today and tomorrow. You can rearrange the Tatum into almost limitless configurations and add new sections at any time choosing from corner, armless, ottoman, and storage ottoman pieces.
Because Interior Define’s furniture is made to order, you also have unique customization options that you can’t always get elsewhere. The Tatum collection is available in 100+ fabrics and also gives you the choice of standard (24”) or deep (28”) seats. You can also choose to add storage space within your sofa to help ensure your living space is clutter free.
The Aero is a truly customizable modern sofa from Inside Weather, designed with flexibility in mind.
Every component of the sofa is truly modular and adaptable so the Aero can always shape itself around your changing needs at home. You can move and switch elements like the chaise, side tables, and arms.
The Aero's low profile look makes it a modern classic and it truly offers a chance for you to create your own modular sofa with so many customization options including a range of figurations, frame finish, base style, arm and pillow style, and more.
You can also choose extra seat depth with option 28" lounge depth seats (standard is 22"), and have your pick of 100+ upholstery choices that are all hand-stitched in California — including kid and pet-friendly performance fabric possibilities. Choose from a wide range of grays, blacks, and navy shades, or bright yellows, oranges, and reds (ad more) to add a pop of color to your living space. The Aero also looks great with a few throw pillows to complement your chosen color scheme.
We shipped the Aero Sofa to one of our contributors to test and review. "The modern design and color of the sofa is a welcome addition to my new home," says Sasha Weilbaker. "The linear design of the cushions and arms fit the modern aesthetic I was looking for, and pairs well with the furniture I already own and love."
This sofa is designed and crafted consciously in the United States. The frame is made from FSC & SFC Certified kiln-dried solid wood and baltic birch plywood and the pillows are made from 100% recycled down alternative (one sofa = roughly 200 recycled plastic bottles). And for every order placed, Inside Weather plants one tree via the National Forest Foundation.
The Trevor is a modern and stylish modular sofa from AllModern.
Its solid and manufactured wood frame is wrapped in sofa, durable and spill-proof fabrics, offering super cozy seating for your whole family — with some reviewers of the Trevor Modular Sofa noting how comfortable it is.
The Trevor features timeless design elements like square track arms and a high back for a that creates a modern silhouette. It also features removable and reversible cushions and in an L-shaped configuration offers plenty of space to spread out.
If you're looking to give your patio or outdoor space a refresh, AllModern also has a wide range of outdoor furniture available.
Designed by acclaimed American designer Eric Fields (part of the design team behind Beats by Dre, Nest, Roku), the Node is a modern, sectional sofa that adapts to your life and your space.
The Node can contract and expand as you need it to by simply adding or removing sectional pieces. And it's designed with stain-resistant, resilient woven fabrics that can stand up to everyday life situations — kids, pets, parties, you name it.
Its design also features handy, modern elements such as power and USB outlets built directly into the sofa, so you can work, play, relax, watch, and recharge all in the comfort of your couch.
Close your eyes and picture your dream sofa... There's a good chance it shares a lot in common with Lovesac's Sactional sofa.
Lovesac's design philosophy revolves around super comfy and flexible seating, and the Sactional is one of its most-loved pieces. Made up of as many individual pieces as you need, Lovesacs says the Sactional is the 'World's Most Adaptable Couch."
"They have many fabric options the client can choose and their “Sactionals” come in 6 different main configurations," says Thibault. "They also have a wonderful Built to Last, Designed to Evolve philosophy. As a result of this philosophy, the quality of the product, and its adaptability, the company estimates that with every couch purchased, 4 couches are saved from a landfill."
With design options ranging from two and three-seaters upwards, you can configure your Sactional to your needs by adding any as many armless sectional pieces (known as 'inserts') and sides as you need. You can even combine sections to create an extra-deep sofa.
The Sactional is possibly the comfiest sofa we've featured and is perfect for your movie marathons and is flexible enough to fit every environment, even as your needs change. Its machine-washable covers make it easy to keep your sofa clean and if you want to mix up your color scheme, you can replace the covers without needing to buy a whole new sofa.
The Sactional can also be converted into a sofa bed in a matter of minutes, making it perfect for families who need a bit of extra guest spaces every now and then.
Brand: Anthropologie Price: 2-Seat Sections from $1,198
The Bowen is a completely customizable modular sofa that offers endless design possibilities for your living space.
Anthropologie offers a huge range of sofa types in the Bowen range — from armless sofas and corner chairs to chaise sectionals and one-arm sofas — so you can build your dream sofa or seating arrangement for your home. You can even adapt and rearrange the sofa on a regular basis so it always fits your needs.
Each piece of the Bowen range is handcrafted in the USA and is available in dozens of fabric choices including Belgian linen made from organic flax and velvet from a South Carolina textile mill with a 200-year-old velvet-weaving heritage that originated in France.
The Beta modular sectional sofa from Article is made from a number of individual pieces that can transform to meet your needs.
Its low profile (the armrests are just 22" high) and clean lines help it to fit into almost any room style and the super-deep 45" seats also make the Beta a perfect place to sit back and watch a movie or indulge in your favorite game. There's no need to worry about spillages either, its tightly woven fabric is easy to clean.
The Beta is made from a Kiln-dried hardwood frame, its seat cushion is high resiliency foam with Polyester and its back cushion is Polyester fiber and feathers. After delivery, some assembly is required but it should only take approximately 15 minutes to put together.
The Arya Collection is made up of a number of modular pieces that can easily be figured into your dream sofa.
Crafted with contemporary design and minimalist values the Arya Modular collection features a plush back and seat elegantly curves inwards and offers a deep seat that gives you plenty of space to sit back and relax.
"All of their [Rove Concepts] modular pieces are designed to perfectly fit together no matter how you style it, and they're exceptionally comfortable thanks to the high-density cushioning," says Georgina Borneman-Street, CEO & Principal Designer at Cobalt Blue 1802 in Los Angeles. "For a nice mid-range sofa, this one comes in a ton of color options, and the microfiber leather is super easy to clean which is a nice bonus."
Built to last, each Arya Modular Collection piece is made from a Kiln-dried hardwood frame with doweled joints and reinforced corner blocks. Each piece is also available in a range of custom fabrics allow you to put your own touch on your new sofa.
People tend to buy modular sofas because they are looking for flexibility and pieces that can move, adapt or grow with them.
"Modular sofas are a great option for the long-term because of their adaptability," says Jessie Minor from Eco Method Interiors. "You can adjust the size easily if you move, so no more selling your old couch to buy a new one to fit your space. They are also great if you like to freshen up your space by rearranging your room. With so many options, you aren't committed to the sofa only fitting on one wall."
"Modular sofas are a great option for the long-term because of their adaptability."
"People (whether they’re homeowners or apartment-dwellers) are really craving flexibility," says Lowe Saddler, Design SEO Editor at Hunker. "Yes, the more typical couches are still great. But if you need to rearrange your living room in a flash — maybe to accommodate kids who are learning remotely, maybe because you need to create a comfortable WFH setup — this is the way to do it. You can get a custom feel without necessarily spending the money typically associated with a custom piece of furniture."
What's the Difference Between a Sectional and Modular Sofa?
Sectional and modular sofas are very similar, but the biggest difference is the flexibility offered by a modular sofa as they are designed to be rearranged and moved to suit your needs.
"A sectional couch typically comes in the standard "L" shape, with on side of the sofa jetting out into a chaise. Modular couches are specifically built in a way that allows you to move them around in various positions, while still fitting together perfectly," says Borneman-Street.
"Modular sofas are specifically built in a way that allows you to move them around in various positions."
The Los Angeles-based designer also says that modular sofas typically have a deeper, low-profile base which "makes for a really comfy seat you can sink into."
Sectional sofas, on the other hand, have a more standard build with the "L" shape either being on the left or the right side. "The tricky thing we see here, someone may buy a sectional sofa fit for their current space, only to realize that it won't fit in their new space," she adds.
How Do Modular Sofas Connect?
Modular sofas come as individual pieces or sections that are usually connected by hooks or clips that hold each piece together.
Why Are Modular Sofas So Expensive?
If you're looking at picking up a new modular sofa, you might notice that it can be a little more expensive than a traditional sofa. Often, the price is higher for a modular sofa because of the additional manufacturing work needed to create a bunch of modules that all fit together in a range of configurations rather than producing a one-piece sofa.
"With modular pieces (and sofas in general) you tend to pay for quality. The manufacturing process may be a bit more involved, certain parts could be more costly to produce, and occasionally some components are made to order," says Saddler.
"Consumers should definitely think about the long-term benefits of modular sofas when considering this type of purchase."
Though modular sofas might be a little more expensive, it's also worth thinking about the benefits that come along with making a bigger investment. "Modular sofas are typically more expensive than traditional 2-3 seater sofas because of their flexibility, scale, and custom capabilities," says Courtney Robinson, Principal designer at Materials + Methods Design.
"Consumers should definitely think about the long-term benefits of modular sofas when considering this type of purchase," continues Robinson. "For instance, if you know that you may relocate in the future or repurpose your space, the flexibility of a modular sofa is perfect."
Modular sofas are also positioned as a little more of a luxury product than a normal sofa and can come with some additional features like electrical plugs or USB ports and these can increase the costs. Modularity and brings functionality, for example, you could use a middle section of a sofa as an armless chair to create additional seating space.
Ash is the founder of Living Cozy. He's been featured by publishers like MyDomaine, Realtor, Real Homes, Architectural Digest, The Spruce, Homes and Gardens, and more. As a writer his work has appeared in publications like FastCompany, TNW, and Entrepreneur.