17 of the Best Modular Sofas You Can Buy in 2022, According to our Reviewers and Experts

17 of the Best Modular Sofas You Can Buy in 2022, According to our Reviewers and Experts
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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.

Here's what interior designer Allison Thibault had to say about modular sofas:

"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."

Jones Modular Sofa
Jones Modular Sofa from Maiden Home

"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."

17 of the Best Modular Sofas to Buy Right Now

1. Allform

Allform Modular Sofa
Allform 3-Seat Sofa

Brand: Allform
Price:
3-Seat sofa from $1,595

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:

Learn more and shop now: allform.com

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.

Read full review: Allform Sectional Sofa review

What we liked: 

  • Comfortable deep seats
  • Modular design so you can add/remove sections any time
  • 100-day free at home trial
  • Stain-resistant fabrics
  • Fast and free shipping

Shop now at allform.com

2. The Jones Modular

The Jones Modular Sofa

Brand: Maiden Home
Price:
From $2,600

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."

The Jones Modular L Sectional

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.

Review: Read our review of the Jones Modular Sofa here.

"After living with the sofa I would highly recommend it to someone looking for a modern and comfortable couch that won't wear out quickly," writes Zoe Roscoe, who reviewed the Jones for Living Cozy. "It’s been about 6 months since the sofa was delivered and it’s just as comfortable as the day it was delivered."

What we liked: 

  • The sofa is delivered in sections so it’s easy to move into a walk-up apartment or tight space.
  • Down-filled cushions make the sofa ultra-comfortable.
  • The removable back cushions make the sofa extra deep and comfortable for a night's sleep.

Shop now at maidenhome.com

3. Field

Burrow's Field Collection features a universal modular system

Brand: Burrow
Price:
From $1,495

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 Field is designed to accommodate a wide spectrum of styles and offers plenty of customization options. We shipped the Field to one of our contributors and found it to be incredible versatile and comfortable.

The Field is built on a grid-based modular platform, and has 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 an attachable ottoman. Burrow's sleep kit also enables you to transform the Field into a sleeper sofa.

The Field'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.

Read full review: Read our full Field sofa review here

What we liked: 

  • Straightforward and super fast delivery.
  • Easy assembly and Burrow’s modular platform means it's easy to take apart and adapt to our needs.
  • The seats are just right — not too soft and not too firm.
  • Its polyester-based performance fabric is comfortable and easy to clean.

Shop now at burrow.com

4. The Floyd Sectional

Floyd Sectional Sofa
3-Seater Sectional in Off-White.

Brand: Floyd
Price: From $1,540

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.

The Sectional in Mineral with The Modular Table.

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.

Review: Check out our Floyd Sectional review here.

"If you want a sofa for evenings with Netflix or weekends spent relaxing, the Floyd Sectional is it," says Heather Bein, who reviewed the sofa for Living Cozy. "Plus, you can’t beat the ability to continue to grow (or shrink!) this sofa as your lifestyle evolves. This is a sofa with staying power."

What we liked: 

  • Countless configurations available, as well as build-from-scratch customization
  • Easy to assemble, add, and reconfigure
  • No tools required for assembly
  • Stain and odor-resistant fabrics

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.

Shop now at floydhome.com

5. Bondi

Bondi Modular Inside Weather
Bondi 3-Seater Sofa

Brand: Inside Weather
Price: 2-Seat Sofa from $1,750

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.

Bondi Modular Inside Weather
The Modular Bondi Sofa features deep 41" seats

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. 

Review: Read our review of Inside Weather's Modular Bondi Sofa here

What we liked: 

  • The high level of customization means you can get exactly what you want
  • It’s sustainably made in the United States
  • Cushions are removable to create a deeper area
  • Pillow and cushion covers can be quickly removed and easily cleaned
  • Free fabric swatches help you determine the perfect color and fabric style for you
  • 365-day at home trial

Shop now at insideweather.com

6. Kova

Kova L-Shaped Modular Sofa
Kova L-Shaped Sofa

Brand: Albany Park
Price: From $1,190
Discount: Use code COZY10 code to be 10% off sitewide on all Albany Park purchases $1,000+.

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.

Kova Pit Modular Sofa
The Kova Pit Sofa

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. 

We shipped the Kova to one of our contributors who noted, "the Kova sofa is a perfect fit for my space and lifestyle. Its comfort and durability leads me to believe I won't need another sofa for quite some time.

Review: Read our full Kova review here

What we liked: 

  • Comfortable, not too overstuffed so that you're sinking, but just firm enough so you can relax
  • Great size, the couch is pretty deep with 30" seating
  • Easy to configure with modular options to add more sections

Shop now at albanypark.com

7. Like Butter

Like Butter Sofa
Like Butter Sofa

Brand: BenchMade Modern
Price: From $3,647

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.

Review: Check out our BenchMade Modern sofa review here

Like Butter Sectional with Chaise
Like Butter Sectional with Chaise

"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."

Shop now at benchmademodern.com

8. Tatum

Tatum Modular Sofa
Tatum Modular in Performance Plush Velvet

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. 

Tatum Modular Storage Ottoman
The Tatum has added storage options

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.

Shop now at interiordefine.com

9. Aero

Aero 4-Seat Sectional.

Brand: Inside Weather
Price:
3-Seat Sofa from $1,568

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.

Aero 2-Seat Sectional
Aero 2-Seater Sectional

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."

Review: Check out our Aero Sofa review here

What we liked: 

  • Highly customizable in its configuration, depth, upholstery, add-ons, and color.
  • Sustainability is a pillar of the Aero Sofa’s material selection. One sofa equals approximately 200 plastic bottles, keeping plastic out of our water sources and diverting virgin plastics from use.
  • The sofa’s water-resistant covering underneath the upholstery makes for long-lasting, stain-resistant furniture that can withstand life’s messes.

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.

Shop now at insideweather.com

10. Beale Four-Piece Sectional

Beale Sectional

Brand: Arhaus
Price: $8,649

This four-piece sectional features a chic, minimalist silhouette that will slide seamlessly into most living spaces. It's also impossibly comfortable, with luxe goose-down seat cushions complemented by reversible memory fiber-padded backrests.

“I can't wait to come home to the Beale modular sectional sofa from Arhaus. Not only do I love the versatility it offers, but also the custom size options are great for any room. When I lay on it, I feel like I am laying in a cloud. It is the perfect sofa for napping, watching a movie, or reading a book,” says Amanda Sacy, design manager at Juniper Holiday + Home.

Shop now at arhaus.com

11. Arya Modular

Arya Modular Loveseat

Brand: Rove Concepts
Price:
From $1,629

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."

Arya Modular Sofa with Open End

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.

Shop now at roveconcepts.com

12. Todd Side Chaise Sofa

Todd Side Chaise Sofa

Brand: Castlery
Price: $1,599

If you like the look of the Arya Modular Sectional, but you're not too keen on the price point, then you'll love the Todd Side Chaise Sofa. This beauty offers a gorgeous minimalist silhouette, two pretty hues, and right- and left-facing orientations for custom comfort. Its modest size also makes it ideal for small spaces.

“Todd Side Chaise Sofa by Castlery is a modern, budget-friendly, easy-to-assemble piece, and it comes in a minimum size of 84" to fit in small spaces. The light gray is a great option if you want to ensure a timeless look. Castlery allows you to order free swatches to get a sense of the feel in advance as well,” says Karen Gutierrez

Shop now at castlery.com

13. Pratt Modular

Pratt modular sofa by Allmodern

Brand: AllModern
Price:
From $1,130

The Pratt is a modern and stylish modular sofa from AllModern. Its solid kiln-dried pine wood frame is sourced from New Zealand and wrapped in tear- and stain-resistant fabric to withstand the demands of everyday life at home — perfect for families with kids and pets.

Pratt Modular Sectional

The Pratt features timeless, Danish-inspired design elements that creates a modern silhouette. Its firm seats are upholstered in premium pet and family-friendly polyester. The Pratt 3-Piece comes with two corner sections and an armless chair for the middle. It's also available as a corner sectional and has reversible options, so you can reconfigure your living space at any time.

If you're looking to give your patio or outdoor space a refresh, AllModern also has a wide range of outdoor furniture available.

Shop now at allmodern.com

14. Node Sofa

Node Modular 3-Seat Sofa

Brand: Coddle
Price:
3-Seater from $1,499

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.

Node Sectional 4-Seater

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.

The Node ships to you in one box and can be assembled in just 4 clicks (without the need for any tools). The Node's flexibility means you can start out with an armchair or two-seater if you have a small space in your living room.

Shop now at coddleme.com

15. Sactional

The Lovesac Sactional

Brand: Lovesac
Price:
From $2,470

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."

7-Seat Sactional

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.

Shop now at lovesac.com

16. Bowen Modular Sofa

Bowen Sofa with Double Chaise

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.

Bowen Sofa with Chaise

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.

Shop now at anthropologie.com

17. Beta

Beta Summit Gray Right Modular Sectional

Brand: Article
Price:
3-Seat Sofa from $2,499

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.

Beta Quartz White Corner Sectional

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.

Shop now at article.com

Modular Sofa FAQs

Why Should You Consider Buying a Modular 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.

The connector clips on a Burrow modular sofa.

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.

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