Modular Lounges vs Separates; Which to Choose?

Gabe 3 Seater Sofa, Frost

Modular lounges are often the perfect all-in-one seating option for the living room. The long chaise section on one side means more room for seating, plus space to stretch out and relax.

However, what’s to make that better than multiple seats? Perhaps one sofa and some armchairs? Is one option better than the other? Of course not, but there are a few reasons that might sway you one way or the other…

Modular Convenience

There is something so convenient about purchasing one big modular lounge and being done with it. That’s not to say that you can’t utilise an extra armchair or two, but a lot of the time there’s no need for those extra seats when you have a bigger sofa.

Otto 3 Seater Right Chaise Lounge, Frost

A chaise lounge can create a contained conversation space. The sofa is naturally angled into a cosy space so it’s perfect if you’re looking to create a space for group hangs as well as stretching out alone.

Pia 3 Seater Left Chaise Lounge

There’s an air of relaxation when you work with a large modular sofa. After all, if you’re sitting on the side with the chaise section you’re encouraged to put your feet up and stretch out like a cat in a warm patch of sunlight. Or if you have friends over then there’s an extra seat on the chaise section so up to four people can all sit together.

The Coordinated Look

One big modular sofa can easily seat up to four people, but so can two two-seater sofas. In addition to the potential for plentiful seating, two separate sofas can mean creating a cohesive living room aesthetic.

Ebba 2 Seater Sofa, Dark Grey

Finding multiple separates that work together may be a bit tricky though and for that reason the simplicity of one big sofa might win you over, as might the size and shape of your living room. Not to mention, this style can feel a little more formal and put-together than one central sofa, which won’t doesn’t appeal to everyone (though it definitely works in some situations). If you’re not the matchy-matchy type, then why not explore the potential of separate living room seats? Play with colour, finish, silhouette, size, material, or anything else you like. Otto Armchair, Black

Paige Riddiford is a writer and editor from NSW with a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Wollongong. When not writing, Paige is often found reading, baking cakes, playing video games, or binging whatever's new on Netflix.