Modular Sofa Buying Guide

Posted on October 14 2020

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As a kid, I remember my parents buying a new set of couches for our growing family. Their main options were standard 2, 2.5 or 3 seater sofas or sofa-beds (in a flouncy floral fabric apparently). Modern sofas allow you to customise your furniture to your family and lifestyle, so it is worth trying to understand your options. Now there are so many options to suit any home; it can get a bit confusing, so before we go any further we need to get our heads around some of the terminologies that define the types of pieces used to build a modular sofa.


 Getting to know the lingo

First, there is the corner piece, sometimes called the wedge piece. It is typically a 1-seater piece with a back on two adjacent sides. It will have locking features on two sides which are used to attach the other pieces you have selected.

Paige Corner Piece
Paige Corner Piece.


Many people now opt to have at least one chaise piece within their sofa because it can allow for more seating or greater comfort. A chaise can be either left-hand facing (LHF) or right-hand facing (RHF). 

An LHF chaise will have an armrest on the left-hand side when you are looking at it from the front (below).


Paige LHF