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Best Modular Sofas for Comfort, Style, and Flexibility

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Updated October 31, 2023

If you’re the kind of person who looks around the room occasionally (or frequently—we see you) and wonders how it could be better rearranged, upgrading to a modular sofa could be a smart move. With so many more options in terms of shape and positioning than even the best sectional sofas, a modular couch lets you transform your living space pretty much whenever you want to. Below, you’ll find our picks for the best modular sofas out there.

What to consider when buying a modular sofa 

There are a few aspects to consider when getting a modular sofa, including the following.

Price

Modular sofa prices range from affordable to high-end, and while you’ll want to go with what’s appropriate for your budget, do be sure you’re getting what you need. “When purchasing a modular sofa, you should look beyond the price tag and discern the value that the piece brings into the space,” says Artem Kropovinsky, interior design expert and founder of Arsight, an award-winning interior design studio based in New York City. “The couch's essence should resonate with the room's aesthetics and functionalities.”

Size

“In terms of size, don't view the sofa as a standalone entity,” says Kropovinsky. “Instead, see it as a harmonious component of an evolving space, one that allows the room to breathe.” However you arrange the room, though, you will of course have to ensure that your new couch fits in the space in whichever arrangement you prefer. “Measure your space and consider the potential configurations the sofa offers,” advises Brad Smith, interior designer and CEO at Omni Home Ideas.

Configurability

“Modular sofas offer a high level of customization,” points out Mariya Snisar, head of interior design at Renowell. “I’d suggest thinking about how you want to arrange the pieces. Do you prefer a traditional L-shape, a U-shape, or something more unconventional?”

Functionality

“Think about storage, sleeper options, or other features you might need,” suggests Smith. “Are you looking for a lounging space, a formal seating area, or a combination of both?” adds Snisar. “Some modular sofas come with features such as recliners, chaises, or built-in storage. I suggest choosing one that aligns with your lifestyle and requirements.” 

Longevity

“Investing in a high-quality modular sofa is essential for longevity,” says Snisar. “Look for reputable brands and check for details like the frame material, cushioning, and stitching.” Smith suggests looking for couches with a sturdy frame, ideally made of solid wood or metal. Kropovinsky, though, points out that, “Longevity is more than rugged durability. A valuable piece ages gracefully over time, akin to a timeless wardrobe piece that remains stylish.”

Materials

“Look for durable and easy-to-clean fabrics or leathers, especially if you have pets or children,” says Smith. The best couches for durability also either feature tightly-woven or performance fabrics. 

Our top picks for the best modular sofas

Most comfortable modular sofa: Castlery Auburn Performance Fabric Armless Curve Sofa

“This couch boasts a gently-curved silhouette, dressed in performance fabric,” says Kropovinsky. “It's backed by a three-year frame warranty and a one-year warranty on foam and fabric.” With a pocket spring-filled seat and foam backing, you can rest easy knowing it feels as good as it looks.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 126 inches x 54.9 inches x 30.1 inches 
  • Materials: Engineered wood with plywood frame; foam, fiber, and pocket spring-filled seat; plastic legs
  • Fabric: 100% polyester
  • Configurations: Multiple, including options for built-in tables
  • Color options: Chalk bouclé or performance basalt
  • Price on publish: $2,949

What we like:

  • Stylish
  • Comfortable

What we don’t like:

  • Can’t remove the covers

The bottom line: 

An eye-catching statement piece that also lives up to its primary purpose of being a cozy place to sit.

Most comfortable modular sofa
Castlery Auburn Performance Fabric Armless Curve Sofa

Castlery Auburn Performance Fabric Armless Curve Sofa

Best reclining modular sofa: Homebody The Couch

“The Couch by Homebody isn’t just customizable, it’s also built from sustainable materials, offering comfort and style,” says Kropovinsky. “Assembling is a breeze, and they even give a 100-day trial.” Available in elegant linen or luxurious velvet, the couch only needs two inches of wall clearance in order to recline, so you can take full advantage of your space.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 45.5 inches x 39.7 inches x 37 inches (single unit)
  • Materials: Cushions are filled with sustainable down
  • Fabric: Linen or velvet
  • Configurations: Multiple, using between two and seven pieces
  • Color options: Seven
  • Price on publish: $3,740

What we like:

  • Luxurious
  • Can be placed close to the wall while still able to recline
  • Kid- and pet-friendly materials, which can also be taken off and washed

What we don’t like:

  • Might need some help with assembly, due to the weight

The bottom line: 

A luxurious, sturdy couch that will welcome you in while repelling stains.

Best reclining modular sofa
Homebody The Couch

Homebody The Couch

Best modular sofa for small spaces: West Elm Urban Build-Your-Own

Even after scouring the best online furniture stores out there, we still find ourselves coming back to West Elm for the sheer range of colors, fabrics, and other options available with its sofas. This particular couch is recommended by Smith, who describes it as, “compact, yet stylish.” While you certainly can make it gigantic if you add enough sections to it, its two-seater version is ideal for a smaller space.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: Varies by piece
  • Materials: Solid oak and engineered hardwood frame; poly fill or down and feather blend fill
  • Fabric: Basketweave, linen, velvet, chenille, twill, canvas, or bouclé
  • Configurations: Multiple, with up to nine different-shaped pieces to play with
  • Color options: 40
  • Price on publish: $899-$1,899

What we like:

  • Huge number of color options

What we don’t like:

  • Some people might find they sink a little too deep into it

The bottom line: 

A neat, good-looking sofa with endless customization options, which can also be pared down to fit small spaces.

Best modular sofa for small spaces
West Elm Urban Build-Your-Own

West Elm Urban Build-Your-Own

Best budget modular sofa: Rivet Revolve Modern Upholstered Sofa

“This is a modern loveseat that sports square armrests and simple lines atop tall, tapered legs, for a minimalist look to match most decor styles,” says Snisar. Admittedly more a sectional than a true modular, it nevertheless gives you the option to rearrange things by moving the sectional chaise to either end of the couch, which can be an absolute lifesaver when moving a couch from one space to another. It’s also a bargain compared to most modular couches.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 80 inches x 34.6 inches x 35.4 inches 
  • Materials: Hardwood frame; solid beech legs
  • Fabric: Polyester
  • Configurations: Two
  • Color options: Denim or linen
  • Price on publish: $1,046.21

What we like:

  • Inexpensive

What we don’t like:

  • Not as many customization options

The bottom line: 

A more wallet-friendly sofa, and lacking some features because of it, but still worth checking out if you’re on a budget.

Best budget modular sofa
Amazon Brand – Rivet Revolve Modern Upholstered Sofa with Reversible Sectional Chaise, 80"W, Linen

Amazon Brand – Rivet Revolve Modern Upholstered Sofa with Reversible Sectional Chaise, 80"W, Linen

Best modular sleeper sofa: West Elm Harmony Modular Sleeper Sofa

Today’s sleeper sofas are designed for comfort as well as style. “The Harmony Modular Sleeper Sofa transforms your living space into a guest room seamlessly,” says Kropovinsky, by folding out to reveal a queen mattress made of gel-infused foam with a soft, breathable cover. In terms of what makes it a modular sleeper, you can add other pieces from the Harmony Build-Your-Own page, extending it in any direction as you see fit.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 85 inches x 43 inches x 37 inches (without additional sections)
  • Materials: Engineered hardwood frame, solid wood legs; fiber-wrapped high-density polyurethane foam cushions
  • Fabric: Basketweave, linen, velvet, chenille, twill, canvas, or bouclé
  • Configurations: Multiple.It can be modified by adding pieces from the Harmony Build-Your-Own selection
  • Color options: 155
  • Price on publish: $2,379.15-$3,099

What we like:

  • Truly insane number of color options
  • Reversible cushions with zip-off covers

What we don’t like:

  • Couch itself is spot-clean only

The bottom line: 

A comfortable sleeper sofa that can be added to or extended as required simply by adding new sections to either end (or both).

Best modular sleeper sofa
West Elm Harmony Modular Sleeper Sofa

West Elm Harmony Modular Sleeper Sofa

Best leather modular sofa: Pottery Barn Carmel Lounge Square Arm Leather Sofa

“While it's pricey, the Pottery Barn Carmel Lounge sofa is a statement piece with endless leather color tones,” says Elizabeth Vergara, owner, principal designer, and lead project manager of Vergara Homes. “The leather is also very durable, so although it’s expensive, it’s an investment piece and easy to clean! Additionally, this couch is fabulous for a kid-friendly household.” Shopping tip: If you’re looking for a non-modular option, Pottery Barn’s Turner Roll Arm Leather Sofa made our list of the best leather sofas.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 112 inches x 45.5 inches x 31.5 inches
  • Materials: Solid birch wood and engineered wood frame; down-blend wrapped cushions
  • Fabric: Top-grain leather, aniline-dyed
  • Configurations: The chaise can be moved to either side, while the seat has the option of bench or multi-cushion on purchase
  • Color options: 40
  • Price on publish: $5,698 - $6,298

What we like:

  • Huge number of color options

What we don’t like:

  • Expensive

The bottom line: 

An elegant leather sofa with a wide range of color options.

Best leather modular sofa
Pottery Barn Carmel Lounge Square Arm Leather Sofa

Pottery Barn Carmel Lounge Square Arm Leather Sofa

Best modular sectional sofa: Sundays The Movie Night 4-Piece Modular Sectional 

As with several sofas on our list, this couch blurs the line between modular and sectional. But what it lacks in customization, it makes up for in comfort and kid/pet-proofing. “The Movie Night 4-Piece Modular Sectional by Sundays is designed with stain-resistant fabric, ensuring durability,” says Kropovinsky. “Customers love it for its comfort, style, and quality.” 

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 135 inches x 36 inches (90 for chaise) x 32 inches
  • Materials: Multi-density foam and feather-fiber blend
  • Fabric: 36% polyester, 26% cotton, 16% linen, 22% viscose
  • Configurations: Multiple, with three seats and a chaise that can all be easily swapped around
  • Color options: Nine
  • Price on publish: $5,180

What we like:

  • Moisture-resistant and stain repellent
  • Cushion covers can be machine washed

What we don’t like:

  • The arms, back, and frame need to be treated gently

The bottom line: 

An extremely soft and comfortable couch with just enough customization options to let you fit it exactly to your space.

Best modular sectional sofa
Sundays The Movie Night 4-Piece Modular Sectional

Sundays The Movie Night 4-Piece Modular Sectional

Best low modular sofa: Rove Concepts Porter Sectional

“I really like this low, modular couch—it has a chic appearance and opens up the space,” says Vergara. “The Porter Sectional is a simple yet stylish sofa, with a boxy design and a low profile. The square armrests can serve as side tables, and the elevated backrest provides good support for leaning back. The high-density foam cushioning is both comfortable and firm, and the detailed pipe stitching adds a touch of modern design elegance.” If you’re considering a non-modular design, the Rove Concepts Dresden Sectional Sofa made our list of the most comfortable couches

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 116 inches x 38 inches (69.5 for chaise) x 25 inches high
  • Materials: Kiln-dried hardwood frame; polyurethane foam cushions
  • Fabric: Modern felt, plush weave, plush velvet, bouclé
  • Configurations: Two (chaise can be moved to either end)
  • Color options: Seven
  • Price on publish: $3,570 (retail), $2,499 (member)

What we like:

  • Deep seats encourage laying back and relaxing

What we don’t like:

  • Not as many customization options

The bottom line: 

A low, stylish couch with limited customization but deep, comfortable seats.

Best low modular sofa
Rove Concepts Porter Sectional

Rove Concepts Porter Sectional

Best customizable modular sofa: Allform 3-Seat Sofa with Chaise 

Allform specializes in customizable modular furniture, whether you’re looking for a loveseat with a chaise that’ll fit in a small room or an eight-seat corner sectional for an open floorplan. This made it hard to narrow down the best choice to a single sofa—but the three seater with chaise option was a great example that’ll suit most spaces. The chaise is moveable to either side, and you can select up to seven fabric options (and two leather options) and three leg finishes. 

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: Sofa: 90 inches (width) x 34 inches (height); Chaise depth: 61 inches. Arm depth: 38 inches
  • Materials: High-grade polyfoam and fiber cushions, pine wood structure, tempered steel Flexolator grid system
  • Fabric: Available in either performance fabric or top-grain protected leather
  • Configurations: Multiple
  • Color options: Light grey, sand, dark blue, charcoal, teal, amber, red, whiskey (leather), dark smoke (leather)
  • Price on publish: $2,245

What we like:

  • 100-day trial period
  • Free and fast delivery
  • Each sofa is treated with an eco-friendly stain resistant protectant 
  • High-performance fabrics exceed heavy-duty durability standards 
  • Excellent customization options that allow you to create any size modular sofa and any configuration 

What we don’t like:

  • If you don’t like sleek, modern styles, this may not be the option for you
  • Brown and black color options are only available in leather 

The bottom line: 

Allform stands out for offering a huge range of customizable modular designs for big and small spaces, stylish and durable fabric options, a generous 100-day trial, and free delivery. 

Best customizable modular sofa
Allform 3-Seat Sofa with Chaise

Allform 3-Seat Sofa with Chaise

How we selected the best modular sofas

To make our selections, we turned to our panel of expert interior designers, who have years of experience between them in choosing and placing couches of all kinds. We also ensured that all of our picks had overwhelmingly positive customer reviews.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Are modular couches worth it?

“Modular couches are worth the investment for their exceptional adaptability and space-saving capabilities, providing a versatile seating solution that you can customize to suit various room layouts,” says Snisar. “Their durability and potential for expansion make them a valuable addition to any living space.”

Are modular and sectional sofas the same?

“Modular and sectional sofas share similarities, but they’re not exactly the same,” says Snisar. “A modular sofa consists of individual pieces that you can arrange and combine in various configurations to suit your room's layout. A sectional sofa, on the flipside, often comes in predefined sections (like L-shape or U-shape). You can’t customize it as extensively as a modular sofa.”

How do modular sofas stay together?

“Modular sofas typically stay together through a combination of connectors and gravity,” explains Snisar. “They often feature specialized hardware, such as clips or brackets, designed to secure the individual modules together. These connectors attach the pieces at key connection points, preventing them from shifting or separating during use. Their weight and the placement of the modules themselves, along with the friction between them and the floor, contribute to the stability of the sofa.”

Why are modular sofas so expensive?

“The flexibility, craftsmanship, and often the additional features (like storage or sleepers) can drive up the cost,” admits Smith. Snisar, though, still recommends giving them a try. “I firmly believe that the investment in a modular sofa is well worth it, for their adaptability and space-saving prowess and versatility in function,” she says. “The ability to expand or reconfigure seating arrangements makes them invaluable for hosting guests or adapting to changing room layouts. Their durability and high-quality materials ensure they stand the test of time, making them a smart long-term choice.”

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