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How to Customize Sofas to Fit Your Style and Needs

Castlery|Feb 22, 2024

Modular sofas are versatile and can be easily combined to create the shape and style that best fits your room. You can add or remove modules, which gives you great flexibility and is particularly beneficial if you need to create either more seating or space in your living room. They are an ideal option for both big and small homes as they can be configured to fit neatly in any space. And, with many different modules available, you can choose the style and shape for your home depending on the configuration you want to create, as well as any sizing and functional needs.

However, there are several factors you need to consider when purchasing a modular sofa. These should all be kept in mind when making your choice.

Weigh up your space

Understanding your space can help you better understand where to place your sofa and how many people will likely need to sit on it. Also, make sure there is sufficient floor space and room to move around the couch comfortably (also known as traffic space) as well as accounting for the extra space needed for coffee tables or other accessories.


If you’re after a modular sofa that allows you to rearrange, or simply move around, go for a fully flexible style that includes armless and one-arm pieces, as well as corners and terminals that can be split to suit different occasions.


Positioned in the middle of the room, a modular sofa can act as a focal point. Alternatively placing them against the window brings in natural light, making your space look bigger. If you have a smaller living space, tucking a modular sofa in a corner is a great way of maximizing seating space without sacrificing floor or traffic space.

@hannahshappyhome uses the warm colors of her wall to complement the Owen Chaise Sectional Sofa by placing it against the walls to bring out the sofa's design and colors.

Below we aim to give you an all-round picture of how to customize your modular sofa to fit your needs, as well as some more information about a few of our leading modular options, starting with the Dawson range.

The Dawson

The Dawson Sofa range is a modular sofa designed to suit all your needs, with the wide armrest modules and deep seat ensuring relaxation in any position. Modules can be arranged to fit your home and lifestyle with ready-made combinations including the extended sofa, chaise sofa and L-shaped sectional. You can combine the different modules available to create your own work of art in your living room, as well as easily being able to change the size, proportions, shape, and function of the furniture as and when you need to.

[@Jessicacanareed] uses a simple minimalistic style and design in her room with the Dawson Sofa as the finishing touch

These foam, feathers, and fiber filled sectional sofas are incredibly comfortable, and give you that lived-in look that you can sink into. The incredible seat depth and height create the perfect place to lounge and bring the whole family together for a cozy evening.

The Marlow Bouclé

The Marlow Bouclé curved modular sofas inject warmth and a touch of luxury to your living space. The name comes from the French word boucler, which means "curly" and is a fabric made from looped yarn. It’s somewhere between the soft fluffiness of sherpa fleece and the natural texture of marled linen.

With a striking curved design and upholstered in bouclé, the Marlow Performance Bouclé Curve Sofa will dial up your living room style. The foam filled fixed seat ensures a comfortable sitting experience. Modules can be arranged to fit your home and lifestyle and the ready-made combinations include the 3-seater, L-shape sectional, and chaise sectional. Alternatively, you can combine different modules to create your own design.

@bbbuffaloe styles their natural themed home around the Marlow Performance Bouclé Curve Sofa with plants and other wooden furniture

The spill-resistant fabric is designed to last, and the sofa is easy to maintain. This fabric is ideal if you have kids or pets, as it is water and stain resistant which prevents absorption of liquid and solid particles. Of course, accidents happen but when spills occur, simply blot with a cloth to remove any particles or liquid.

The deep seat depth and soft seating is perfect for those who enjoy hosting or simply love to relax on the sofa after a long day. And if there is enough space in your living room, consider pairing the Marlow Collection with a Sacha Armchair. These complement each other in terms of style and scale to create an ideal entertaining space.

Styling your sofa

Once you have found the right configuration, style, and color for your modular sofa, the next thing you need to do is style it so that it works in its new home. A sectional sofa will work very well around a central coffee table, using the natural configuration of the segments to create a great conversation space.

Of course, a central coffee table might not be your thing and you might prefer a side table, especially if you have armless sofa sections at one or both ends. If you have a corner sofa or chaise sofa, then you might not need additional seating, but if space allows, modular units can work very well with other accent seating, such as a bouclé chair or leather armchair.

@mywellihousedecor styles her Dawson L-shaped Sectional Sofa in her Scandinavian themed home

With the right styling, a modular sofa in the correct configuration can transform your living room space. It can help to maximize space in smaller living rooms or even great seating zones in an open plan space. Browse our selection of modular sofas now and see how it might work for you.

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