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5 Things to Consider When Buying a Modular Sofa

When buying a new sofa setting it is important to consider a number of factors in order to pick the perfect one. 

Image by HereIsTom via Flickr
Image by HereIsTom via Flickr

With so many excellent choices available when it comes to selecting the perfect sofa, it can often be difficult to make the right decision, especially when it comes to modular suits. There are a number of key considerations to keep in mind in order to ensure the lounge suite purchased will be the perfect match for one’s home environment. The following tips will help make the job of finding the right sofa a straightforward affair.


Style and Décor

One of the first things to think about is the type of space the sofa will inhabit. Ultimately, finding the right furnishings all comes down to personal style. Whether it is shabby chic, ultra-modern, classic and elegant, beach shack, or minimalist, most people know what appeals to them as soon as they see it but fitting the look into a coordinated style can be more challenging. Using a website such as Pinterest to save photos of furniture is the modern equivalent of keeping a scrapbook of appealing images. This makes a great reference point to browse through when shopping for a modular sofa setting and mobile apps can allow one to compare one’s favourite examples right in the store.



Understanding exactly who will be using the sofa, the type of space it will inhabit and the intended uses will help the choices become much clearer. A single person or a couple without children will likely have very different needs than that of a big family. A retired couple who enjoy entertaining large numbers of guests or someone with a physical ailment that causes chronic pain will require different furniture again. Ensuring there are enough modular pieces to cater to the amount of people in the home is crucial, especially extended lounge pieces that allow one to stretch out fully to relax.


Available Space

It is important to measure the available space in the room where the sofa will be placed as this will determine that the size of the furniture is the right fit. Modular furnishings can be quite large and knowing exactly how much space needs to be filled is crucial in order to find a good match. Something too large will crowd the space and dwarf other furnishings and there may not be enough space to arrange the furniture in an appealing configuration.


Conversely, if the space is large and the modular sofa unit is too small then the balance will be thrown off and the sofa will be dominated by the empty space. Filling a large room with many small items creates a cluttered look that does little to help one feel relaxed and at ease while lounging.


Colour Scheme

Just like fashion, the colours of décor and furniture can change dramatically over the years. While a bright green or orange modular setting may look fashionable this season, it is better to think ahead as to how tastes and styles may change in the long-term. Certain looks will always remain classic but other fabrics, prints and finishes may become dated and seem old well before their time. The solution to this dilemma is an easy one; choose neutral colours that will suit any environment. Preferred colours include cream, beige, and off-white. The best way to bring a dash colour and personality to a lounge setting is by using accents such as cushions, covers, and throws. These can easily be updated according to evolving tastes and the changing seasons and avoids the thematic restrictions a bold, loud, and brightly coloured lounge suite will always present.



If the sofa needs to suit a family, particularly with small children and pets then it is wise to buy furniture that is easy to clean and maintain, such as leather, vinyl, or an attractive synthetic. Furniture also needs to be sturdy and practical as children like to climb, jump, and play and a sofa with delicate fabric will wear out sooner, requiring potentially expensive replacements. Purchase furniture that will be more resistant to collecting and absorbing liquids and odours or consider using one of the many protective coatings or sprays that can be applied to minimise the impact of spills and accidents.


Buying a new lounge suit ought to be an enjoyable experience. By thinking through the issues and knowing who will use the furniture and in what context, the task of finding the perfect match will be made infinitely easier.


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