The hardest working piece of furniture in the house

If I could give you only one tip on selecting furniture for your home, my one piece of advice would be to pick pieces that are dual functioning whenever you can.

I’m talking about pieces like a Secretary’s desk that could double as a bar or storage for just about anything *bonus points for having a door that can quickly hide any mess*. A Sofa table that is display area for your favourite knick-knacks, a spot for extra lighting or even a place to eat dinner. The simple and humble step stool that can be a chic side table at the bed.

BUT, in my opinion, the hardest working piece of furniture in the house is a modular sofa. The modular sofa is the most versatile piece due to it’s adaptability. Add pieces to it or take them away to be used in another room. It works in just about every space from small condos to spacious homes. What’s not to like about that? More bang for your buck as they say.


mod·​u·​lar | \ ˈmä-jə-lər \ 1 : of, relating to, or based on a module or a modulus 2 : constructed with standardized units or dimensions for flexibility and variety in use modular furniture

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The modular sectional sofa that we bought more than 10+ years ago now is still going strong. It’s first location was our main level living room but once we finished the basement (in our previous home) it was moved down there. I love that all the pieces can be mixed and matched to adapt to just about any scenario it is needed for. The photo below shows one of it’s many functions. Here the table/ottoman is another part of the sofa but I made a cover for it. While this particular sofa was purchased at West Elm and is no longer available you can find something similar to this here.

Modular sectional sofa – from West Elm
Section once used as a day bed in front of our fireplace.
The same sofa which is now used as a Chaise.

The pieces of this modular sofa serve many uses. The smaller square piece can be used as the corner portion of the sectional, as a side chair w/ back or as an ottoman. The larger pieces have served us as a day-bed, guest bed (in a pinch), a bench to lay out clothes at the end of the bed and as a chaise. In it’s current state it is a luxury dog bed. I’m kidding! These beasts are spoiled I say…Most days I am lucky to nab a spot here. If you are wondering where the other pieces are today, the second long portion and smaller square is used in my husband’s office as a small sectional sofa.

Now can you see why I call this the hardest working piece of furniture in the house? With it’s simplicity, the durable fabric and functionality I know it will see many more “lives” as I my style continually evolves and my needs change- making this, hands down, the best investment I have made in regard to furniture.

What do you think? Would you consider a modular sofa if you had to purchase one soon?

Thanks for reading!