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5 Ways to Embrace Modular Design

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Whether you’re looking for versatility or want to create an interesting configuration, modular furniture has become a popular choice for interior designers. Gone are the days of a one-size-fits-all approach. Enter modular, in which a room can be framed or a seating arrangement can be created from sections instead of a single unit.

Modular configurations are especially popular in urban areas, where elevator dimensions may preclude some furniture options, but they are also gaining popularity with those who simply want a more customized seating approach. Are you considering going modular? Here are some top tips.

1. Measure the space you want to design, considering paths and room flow.

2. If possible, include sections that are armless as this allows for the most flexibility.

3. Select modular parts with features such as reversible sections or removable arms that allow for different configurations of the same modular section.

4. Buy modular furniture in solid colored fabrics to avoid having to worry about matching a pattern or design.

5. Avoid sections with connectors. It is best to have sections that are fully upholstered on both sides to maximize flexibility.

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A sectional sofa is created from modular sofa sections next to each other. (Handout/TNS)

A sectional sofa is made from a selection of modular sofa pieces. (Handout/TNS)

A long sofa is made of a series of modular sections. (Handout/TNS)

A low sofa is made of two modular parts. (Handout/TNS)

A double chaise longue is created from two modular sofa sections. (Handout/TNS)

A low sofa is made of two modular parts. (Handout/TNS)