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4 steps to choosing an amazing modular sofa

Modular sofas and sofa beds are perfect for contemporary homes. Easy to assemble and effortlessly adaptable, a modular sofa ticks all the boxes when it comes to 21st century living.

In this expert guide to investing in a modular style sofa for the first time we’ll take you through:

  • How to narrow down the options to find the right modular sofa design for you
  • Which fabrics will be your saving grace if you have kids or pets at home
  • How to measure up your room to make sure your new furniture fits in place

So, if you’re intrigued by the idea of a sofa that slots together in segments, here’s everything you need to know about buying a modular sofa for your unique living space.

Think about your lifestyle

Often when we shop for a new sofa or sofa bed we let our heart rule our head – falling in love with a style based on looks alone. And, curtailing any thoughts about practical day-to-day living. Before you know it, you’ve ended up with a sofa that’s completely the wrong style, colour, or size for your living room. Not the long-term investment into a practical new sofa style you set out to achieve.

That’s where modular sofas really come into their own. In these styles, each element is individual and fits perfectly with the other pieces in the range, giving you the freedom to design a set-up that complements your unique home life. From the size and style of the sofa itself – all the way through to its shape and design.

The Minety, for example, comes in seven sizes and four possible configurations including corner modules and ottomans with hidden storage inside. And, it’s available in over 130 fabrics. So, you’re guaranteed to find a colour and texture to make your heart sing.

Product featured: The Minety 2 seater modular sofa/sofa bed shown in Cotton Shadow from £935 and £1,115

The Minety comes in multiple combinations so you can design the perfect fit for your home.

Make sure it measures up 

Modular sofas and sofa beds consist of individual units that slot together to form a complete sofa. So, it’s important to consider the finished article when measuring up for size. And, not just each unit individually. After all, there’s nothing worse then discovering the sofa you’ve ordered is too big when delivery day rolls around.

So, use masking tape or newspaper to map out the area your modular sofa will sit in. This will allow you to see (ahead of time) how much space the sofa will take up when it’s in position. And, it will also help you gauge its size in relation to other furniture in the room.

Product featured: The Westbury 2 module sofa/sofa bed shown in Linen Cotton Dove from £1,450 and £1,623

Laying newspaper on the floor is the perfect way to test if The Westbury will fit around your existing furniture.

Try your fabric before you buy

With over 130 different fabrics to choose from, deciding on just one can prove tricky! So, if you’re torn between multiple styles, ask for free samples to be sent to you at home. Not only will seeing the fabrics first-hand allow you to compare the colour in natural and artificial light, it also lets you see how the fabric matches up to your other furnishings and accessories. Don’t forget, your modular sofa is likely to be the biggest furniture piece in the room. So, finding a fabric you can live with for years to come is top priority.

The other thing to consider when it comes to fabric is rub count. This tells you how hard-wearing your fabric is, which is especially important if you come from a household where pets or children are likely to climb on (or rub against) the furniture. In these instances, we recommend choosing a high rub count fabric, which can withstand a little rough housing before it shows signs of age. Similarly, if you’re prone to spillages, a machine washable material is probably your safest bet.

Fabric is another area where letting your heart rule your head is easy. But, your decision might come back to haunt you if you don’t fully consider the practicalities of your choice. So, make sure when you’re browsing our website, you select multiple fabrics to see how your sofa could look in the different materials we offer. But, bear in mind that the image you see on screen is only indicative. And, we always recommend requesting a sample before placing your order.

Product featured: The Ablington 3 module sofa/sofa bed with ottoman shown in Country Linen Zinc from £2,473 and £2,645

With 130 different fabrics to choose from you can order The Ablington in a colour and material you love.

Give style a thought

Modular sofas might be a practical solution to contemporary living. But with multiple designs available, you won’t be short on choice. After all, today’s modular styles are far from a one size fits all affair. Instead, they cater to fans of different time periods, and offer unique design details.

The Deverill, with its valance trim, provides period charm aplenty – perfect for more traditionally themed interiors. But, it still has all the ingenuity of a modern day modular sofa style. Or, there’s The Ablington. Beaming with contemporary design influences, it’s a gorgeous style sofa by anyone’s standards.

These mindfully handcrafted creations come in all shapes and sizes, with something to suit lovers of contemporary design and traditional trends equally. So, even if you live in a 16th century listed cottage, in a converted church or at the top of a castle turret, the beauty of modular sofas is they cater for everyone.

Product featured: The Deverill love seat sofa/sofa bed shown in Herringbone Dew from £820 and £1,005

Modular sofas don’t automatically mean modern sofas – styles like The Deverill, with its valance trim, are ideal for more traditional homes.

So, if there’s one thing we hope you take away from this post, it’s that modular sofas definitely aren’t one size fits all. With all the customisation options available, and the multiple configurations possible with each style, a modular sofa can give you a completely bespoke look for your home.

To see the full range of modular styles available visit our website. Or, if you have any questions, contact our Customer Service team on 020 8939 3800 or at

Kind regards,

The Willow & Hall team

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