Good Questions: Armless Modular Seating a Yay or Nay?

Good Questions: Armless Modular Seating a Yay or Nay?

Gregory Han
Jan 13, 2009

Ryan writes in asking about our opinion about armless modular seating. Feel free to chime in with your opinion and help Ryan make a decicsion:
How do you feel about square-ish, armless, modular sectionals? They seem to be a little more versatile than sectionals with larger, side-specific pieces, and the openness seems inviting, but is the whole look just too clunky? I'm trying to fit both the dining table and the living area in the space (18x19 roughly), which has concrete floors and is sunken one step lower than the surrounding rooms (kitchen and hallway on hardwood floors). Does heavy-looking furniture work when it's a step down, or would you want something lighter?

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Ryan, sounds like you have the sort of space where a modular and armless sectional may work; it's difficult to tell without a photo of your space, but since the style normally has a lower profile, the seating may anchor the step down space aesthetically. We personally think this seating style looks best in an open floor plan with high ceilings, letting their hefty nature breathe within a room, so consider how it may look from above. Smaller rooms are a poor fit for larger modular sectionals, as they tend to completely dominate a room, since we prefer to see them floating away from walls, just like in the two photos you've sent to illustrate your query.

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