A modular sofa combines form, function, and style resulting in the ultimate design flexibility. Seating comes in a variety of sizes and styles and works in any room. You can customize them to fit your space, and they offer multiple layout options with the same pieces. Best of all, sofas are available at every price point. Keep scrolling to learn everything you need to know and shop our top picks of the versatile furniture.
What is a modular sofa?
Modular sofas, often called sectionals, are composed of individual pieces, allowing people to configure them however they want. Shoppers can choose between corner sections, reversible chaises, ottomans, and other interchangeable pieces so they'll be able to arrange and rearrange time and time again.
Why should you consider buying one?
It's a popular silhouette because the sofas are available in every size and style, from mid-century modern to traditional to boho chic, sleek, and minimalist. And since they're constructed from smaller sections, each part is much easier to move than a full-sized one-piece sofa or loveseat. That's a big plus if you move often or live up several flights of stairs in a walk-up apartment building (shoutout to the New Yorkers out there!).
Once you've decided to buy one, know that it's super important to pay close attention to the dimensions. If you have difficulty visualizing how much room the sofa's going to take up, check the specs, measure, and lay out masking tape so you can clearly see where it'll go. While many manufacturers offer apps that provide how the sofa will appear in your home, it's still best to map it out yourself. Who knows your place better than you do and you don't want to be unhappy with your buy when the door that the app didn't account for constantly swings into the sofa.
What's the difference between a sectional or a modular sofa?
Actually, there's no difference. These are terms used interchangeably to describe sofas or loveseats that can be combined in a number of configurations for practical and flexible design. Ahead, check out our top picks for the best modular sofas of 2022.
Castlery's modular sofa is a real stunner complete with rounded edges and infinite possibilites. It also comes in two fabrics: A sensible grey polyester and a lush teal velvet.
Specs: 84.4"W x 35.8"D x 26.7"H
Got tons of space? AllModern's plush, overstuffed beauty lets you sink into its cushions for movie-and-popcorn night or cocktails with your besties.
Specs: 106'' W x 27'' D x 34'' H
Is it wrong to be in love with a sofa? We think not, especially as Burrow boasts sleek lines and a compact size for peak small-space living.
House Beautiful's Senior Shopping Editor says: “I’m obsessed with my love seat because of its durability and the fact that it has a built-in USB charger. As someone whose phone is always dying, it's a major game-changer!"
Specs: 60"W x 61" D x 33" H
Don't forget, your outdoor space could use an upgrade, too! West Elm's sectional with reversible chaise is made from sustainably-sourced solid eucalyptus and mahogany. The cushions are water-resistant, and there's even a matching chair and table (sold separately) to finish the look.
Specs: 92"W x 63.6"D x 31.2"H
Available in 29 fabrics, Apt2B's mid-century modern sofa adds the right level of chic functionality to any room. Plus, there's free shipping on every order!
Specs: 84"W x 37"D x 28"H
Pottery Barn's modular set comes with a corner chair, ottoman and armless chair, but there are a variety of other pieces to make it fit your specific room size. Additionally, you have the chance to select between 20 colors and fabrics such as velvet, chenille, twill, and faux suede.
Specs: 64" W x 64" D x 27" H
For anyone who wants lots of seating but needs to stick to a budget, a large sectional from Amazon offers room for everyone with its unique u-shaped design. Bonus: It has tons of hidden storage for stashing magazines, throws, and remotes.
Specs: 112.21"W x 55.9"D x 33.86 " H
Why, you ask, is this sofa one of the company's most popular? Look at it! With touchable velvet upholstery, plush back cushions, and matching round bolsters, it's almost too pretty to use! But once you do, you won't want to get up.
Specs: 100"W x 67"D x 34"H
If you want to sink right into your sofa, Birch Lane's down cushion sectional is right for you. Cozy and soft are definitely the best words to describe it.
Specs: 94'' W x 39'' D x 31'' H
With an FSC-certified wood frame, recycled fabric, and US-certified foam cushions, you can feel good about purchasing a sofa that isn't adding to the waste stream. The company also offers a Repair Don't Replace program so you can upgrade or repair sofa parts at any time.
Specs: 62"W x 61"D x 32"H
Gone are the days of stressing about pulling out a sleeper sofa. The modular ottoman simply slides against the chaise and sofa to make a nice, big bed for your guests in two seconds flat. On top of that, the ottoman boasts hidden storage for throws and remotes.
Specs: 90'' W x 60'' D x 36.5"H
With black powder-coated steel legs and a solid wood frame, our second Castlery recommendation is a handsome pick. There are left or right-facing chaise options for maximum seating flexibility!
Specs: 103.9"W x 34.6"/65.7D" x 32.3"H
If you have a small space, this sofa and ottoman combination will fit the bill. The eucalyptus wood frame and graphite fabric offer a comfy silhouette to meld with any space.
Specs: 85"W x 34.4"D x 34"H
Burrow also has larger sectionals ideal for those with more room. It's available in three colors and three leg finishes for easy coordination.
Specs: 91.5" W x 60.5" D x 33" H
Clean lines and linen fabric give Maiden Home's sectional classic beachy vibes. It's certainly an investment piece you'll have for years.
Specs: 52-92” W x 27” D x 19” H