The main parameters that consumers pay attention to when buying upholstered furniture are comfort and style. More and more people prefer to design rooms in a modern style, combining it with elements of classics or eclecticism. Familiar furniture is a thing of the past, and its place is taken by practical designer modular sofas.
Modular sofas are made up of individual modules that differ from each other in size, function and shape. Composite modules can also differ in width, seat depth and back height. There are designs in which one side has a high transforming back, and the other consists of poufs and is a fairly low element.
It turns out that modular sofas in their mechanism have different blocks (modules) that make up the main structure.
The demand for modular designs is growing every day. A wide assortment allows each customer to find a model that meets his requirements. Practicality, functionality and originality of execution make the modular sofa one of the most demanded interior items.
Features and Benefits
The location of the modular structure is not always limited to a strictly defined configuration. In most furniture showrooms specializing in the sale of modules, buyers are escorted to the designer. The specialist helps to determine the design, functionality and dimensions of the model so that it fully meets the client's requests.
Some modular kits can be composed of more than 50 different elements that are connected to a common structure. It would be more correct to call such a sofa a modular system, which can also consist of a pouf with pillows, an ottoman, an armchair, a table, a storage for linen and everything that its future owner may need.
The modular system can be composed in dozens of different ways, which allows you to regularly and easily change the layout of the room, adding variety to the interior. Bending in any direction, changing the length and width - all this is possible due to the modular design.
Modular systems are distinguished by their configuration and geometric design. The presence of built-in shelves, tables and storage compartments determines the belonging of the future model. Some sofas are designed for living rooms, others are more appropriate in the office, while others are a great addition to the bedroom and replace the bed.
The basic set of a modular system contains certain elements:
- Straight. They consist of one seat, from which you can get a sofa of any length;
- Corner. Used as corners and help reshape structures;
- Ottoman or chair bed. Serve as additional sleeping places;
- Armrests... Divide the sofa into segments, may contain storage rooms;
- Poof - independent seat.
Modular sofas differ in the type of construction, it can be rigid or loose. With a rigid structure, the modules are connected initially, the structure is used in its original form. This model is called sectional. According to the project, which was drawn up by the designer, the structural elements are firmly fixed during assembly. A rigid sofa cannot be disassembled or redesigned.
Composite modular systems, in turn, have free module mounts. The component parts are not connected to each other, the shape of the sofa can be changed at will, without much effort. You can gradually purchase additional modules for such a sofa.
Poufs, armchairs and ottomans are used as separate pieces of upholstered furniture, disconnecting them from the general structure.
The non-standard shape of interior items always attracts attention and looks unusual. So, radius sofas have become a trend in recent years. The seat, curved in an arc with a slight or pronounced curvature, gives the interior lightness and airiness.
The radial modular sofa helps to highlight the central area and emphasizes the space in it. The shape of the structure depends on the bending angle or radius, which ranges from 10 ° to 180 °. The number of modules affects the size. A radial sofa can contain armrests, storage sections and other additional details; the rounded shape does not deprive it of its functionality.
With an ottoman
Many manufacturers refer to a modular sofa with an ottoman as stand-alone models. An ottoman can become not only an additional seating surface, but also a full-fledged berth during the transformation of the system. For composite models, you can change the position of the ottoman and its geometry. An additional plane becomes an excellent part of a comfortable sleeping module.
Modular sofas look great in any room, be it an office, a cafe or a cozy living room, so they are distinguished by purpose:
- Shelves for storing bed linen are out of place in a modular system designed for a bar.
- If this is a sofa for a bedroom, then it is necessary to take into account the option of placing the sleeping module and choose the most optimal decomposition mechanism, for example, "dolphin" or "euro-book".
- An office sofa should provide high-quality upholstery and a large number of seats.
The types and number of modules depend solely on the purpose of the sofa.
For the living room
The modular sofa looks stylish in any interior. The high level of comfort and functionality makes it an indispensable piece of furniture in the living room. An empty corner in a small room will be perfectly filled with a corner modular design.
An L-shaped folding sofa with a sleeping place will save space in a small room and can be a wonderful bed for guests. Some models allow you to comfortably accommodate up to five people on one sofa. In a large living room, you can place more unusual designs of sofas, with their help you can divide the space of the room into several zones.
The interior in the office is the business card of the company. Therefore, it is very important to give the room a respectable look.
Upholstered furniture in offices is subject to more stress than at home. The main task of an office sofa is a comfortable location for clients. In order for the sofa to serve for a long time and retain its presentability, designers use special upholstery materials.
They are distinguished by high water-repellent and wear-resistant properties.
The leather sofa in the office looks stylish and laconic. Such a sofa is very practical and will last long enough with proper care. Budget options include modular eco-leather systems.
Taking care of skin substitutes is much easier.
When choosing fabric upholstery, preference is given to models with a Teflon coating or a special dirt-repellent impregnation. Materials such as flock, jacquard and tapestry are considered durable and durable. The color scheme and design of the office modular system may depend on the individual preferences of the customer or the style in which the room is decorated.
For the bar
Bar furniture should also be durable, practical, resistant to various influences, durable construction and the presence of additional fasteners that increase the service life.
It is better to choose the frame of the modular system for the bar from wood or metal. Eco-leather is perfect for upholstery, it does not absorb odors and is easy to care for. Teflon fabrics and jacquards also look ergonomic. The design of the sofa should be chosen taking into account the stylistic direction of the institution.
If pillows are available, it is better to give preference to small sizes so that visitors can comfortably accommodate.
Regardless of the layout of the room, you can easily choose a modular system with any geometry. Manufacturers offer a choice of elements of various shapes:
Furniture stores offer the buyer to assemble their own configuration from the available modules.
If the client wants to purchase a more complex structure, then the designer comes to the rescue. With the help of the virtual designer, you can design round and zigzag sofas, but with a straight section where a sleeping module can be placed. There will be room in the project for all kinds of additional sections that the client wishes.
The designed "constructor" can be of any size. Composite modular structures can change shape depending on the wishes of the owner. Sectional sofas, in turn, have a design already defined during assembly.
They often have an L-shaped or straight shape, but in rare cases they are round or semicircular.
For a more detailed look at the design options for a modular sofa, see the following video.
Modular sofas differ not only in a variety of shapes, sizes and installation variations, but also in a wide range of materials that the manufacturer uses when creating modules.
Frame and filling
The main part of the sofa that takes up most of the load is the frame. The most reliable materials for the manufacture of the frame are oak, beech and pine. But the metal frame is no less practical.
There are several types of filler for modular sofas:
- Spring loaded;
The spring mechanism, in turn, is divided into dependent and independent. The dependent filler is a set of interconnected springs, when under pressure on one of them the entire block of the module bends. With an independent system, the pressure is applied only to the applied springs, the rest remain in their original state.
The following are used as the main springless fillers:
- Synthetic down;
- Polyurethane foam.
Each material has its own advantages. But polyurethane foam is distinguished by increased strength and reliability. It is more often found in modular systems of unusual shapes, since it is easier to give polyurethane foam its original geometry.
Frameless sofas challenge standard designs. Thanks to their unusual appearance, you can easily create a relaxed and cozy atmosphere in your living room or office. The peculiarity of this type of modular systems lies in their name.
The absence of a frame allows you to create a lightweight structure that retains its shape well. The frameless sofa modules consist of an inner cover filled with expanded polystyrene. The second cover, called the outer cover, is made of water-repellent fabric.
The choice of material and its colors for upholstery should be made taking into account the color scheme of the entire room. Elements of a modular system can be either one color or combine several shades.A sofa in neutral colors will perfectly complement a bright interior design, but calm tones, on the contrary, will allow you to experiment with choosing a color for a modular sofa.
High-quality leatherette and natural materials extend the service life, most buyers prefer them. Suede, jacquard, corduroy, flock, artificial or natural leather are the most popular upholstery materials.
Modular leather systems will add solidity to the room. But the skin requires careful care, otherwise it will quickly ruin its appearance. Owners of genuine leather sofas will have to arm themselves with special cleansers.
For those who are not ready for regular care, artificial leather is suitable.
Jacquard as an upholstery material in a classic style looks sophisticated. Folk has increased durability. The material is unpretentious in maintenance and has a soft and velvety surface.
Stains and dirt from the flock can be easily removed with conventional cleaning agents. Pet owners prefer this material, it does not leave marks of claws and teeth.
The size of a modular sofa depends on the design features and the number of additional elements. Before buying, you should make measurements of the space and decide on the desired functionality of the sofa. The amount of space used depends on the type of block connection. Different types of models have their own dimensions.
For example, a module transformable from a landing to a berth has a disassembled length of 2.4 meters and a width of 1.5 meters.
In small rooms, there is a risk of overloading the interior with a large sofa. For such rooms, a U-shaped or corner sofa is suitable. The standard sizes of such models vary: depth from 90 to 100 cm, bed width from 130 to 160 cm and length from 180 to 220 cm.
This modular system is a great solution for small apartments.
It is easier to choose a modular sofa for spacious rooms. Its size will depend on the number of seats and additional elements such as a minibar, a built-in table and even a home theater.
Modular sofas equipped with modern gadgets are not uncommon. This modular system is also called "smart". The presence of wireless charging, a music center, a control panel for lamps is referred to as unique options. But every day more and more manufacturers are equipping their products with such functionality.
A sofa is a key element in any interior. After determining the functionality, dimensions and upholstery material, it is important to choose the color correctly. Designers have developed five basic concepts that will help you choose the color scheme of the modular system for any interior:
- Combined. A contrasting color combination is an interesting design move, for example, in a room with purple walls, you can place a green sofa.
- Monochrome... The color scheme of the structure coincides with the main colors in the interior, differences are allowed in shades. A combination of peach walls and soft orange upholstery.
- Colored... A bright colored sofa in a neutral room. You can also pick up multi-colored modules by intelligently combining colors.
- Neutral. Gray or white upholstery in harmony with the main colors of the interior.
- Neutral in a colorful interior. A black or white sofa is a beautiful and stylish object with bright colors of other interior items.
In a modern, minimalist interior, a modular sofa can become a focal point. Multifunctionality and the absence of unnecessary details are the main features of both minimalism in the interior and modular systems. Hidden storage systems, simple but comfortable functionality of modular sofas will be a great addition to a minimalistic style.
The Scandinavian style also favors free space and practicality. We can say that the Scandinavian style is a unique combination of loft style and minimalism. The furniture in this interior is characterized by quality and environmental friendliness, and the sofa is the key object. A modular system with simple lines and shades of gray, green, mustard and red will bring Scandinavian style to life.
Modular Provence-style light-toned systems bring the atmosphere of an old French home to any space, be it a living room, bedroom or kitchen. Natural materials, pale colors and a simple design of the modular sofa will preserve a light rustic touch, which will create an atmosphere of comfort and warmth in the house. In the Provence style, preference is given to natural shades: light blue, lavender, milky white, peach and beige.
The oriental style in the interior looks very exotic: hieroglyphs, unusual patterns - a comfortable, but at the same time extravagant setting. It is difficult to imagine a complete picture of an oriental interior without a suitable sofa, which plays an important role in the interior of the room. In an oriental style, a modular sofa should be characterized by a low rise, bright and rich colors and a large number of pillows with embroidery and intricate ornaments.
Modular sofas look ergonomic in almost any space. But there are a few restrictions on interior design. Modular furniture fits perfectly into modern interior design - hi-tech, modern, loft and minimalism. But in country or retro style, as well as in some classic directions of interior design, a modular sofa will look like an extraneous piece of furniture.
Before buying, an objective assessment of the interior in which the sofa will be located is required.
A modular sofa can seem too bulky and awkward or, conversely, small and inappropriate if the space was measured incorrectly. It is necessary to take into account not only the length of the walls and doorways, but also the free space that will remain after installing the sofa. If the design provides for transformation and a folding sleeping module, then these parameters must also be taken into account.
A correct assessment of the ratio between the dimensions of furniture and the room will allow you to choose a modular system that fits perfectly into the interior.
When choosing a sofa with a sleeping module, preference should be given to models with an orthopedic base. When unfolded, the structure is most often a square or rectangle. Such modules are suitable for daily healthy sleep. But quite often there are radial modular sofas, which, when disassembled, have the shape of a circle or an oval, with suitable dimensions of a berth, they are also comfortable for relaxing.
The owners of modular systems write about the benefits they received after purchasing sofas. In customer reviews, it is emphasized that the sofa can be installed in any room and the elements can be used in various variations.
The most positive comments are left by the owners of small apartments. Modular furniture gave them the opportunity to save space thanks to the spacious storage compartments and the compactness of the chosen model.
The presence of a sleeping module and compartments for storing blankets and pillows is a big plus for them. The ability to independently develop the design of the sofa and, over time, supplement the structure with additional modules also made a positive impression and served as a weighty argument for the purchase.
Most of the positive reviews refer to modular sofas made in Italy. They, according to buyers, are distinguished by their multifunctionality, versatility and original design. Italian sofas are of excellent quality, most manufacturers use natural materials, which guarantees reliability. These models are in great demand among buyers.
Beautiful examples in the interior
The modular corner system is ideal for a Provence style living room. The interior, made in beige tones, creates a feeling of comfort and lightness, and the sofa located in the middle of the room visually divides the room into a dining area and a relaxation area.
This interior is decorated strictly according to the canons of the Scandinavian style: woody shades, soft lines and minimalism inherent in this direction... A modular sofa becomes a bright accent in the interior.
This is a comfortable area for relaxation and meetings with loved ones.
The absence of corners and hard lines, graceful silhouettes and curves in combination and minimalistic design create a unique atmosphere that will smooth out conflicts and tension, having an impact on a psychological level and calming.
The sofa looks amazing in a minimalistic interior, and the simplicity of its functionality is amazing. A slightly futuristic shape gives the interior an organic look.