Modular Furniture: What Is It and Why Is It Becoming Major?
Modular, according to Merriam-Webster, is an adjective describing something that is constructed with standardized units or dimensions for flexibility and variety in use. From modular kitchen cabinets to modular sofas, many options are on the market for a hassle-free, simple alternative to traditional furniture.
Modular furniture consists of universal parts manufactured in factories, and then usually sent directly to the consumer for them to complete the assembly. Good teamwork, isn’t it? At first, modular furniture was mostly seen in offices, with clean-looking modular desks and other office essentials. However, slowly yet surely, modular furniture is becoming more and more preferred in homes as well. Simplicity, adaptability and affordability are factors that influence today’s designers and consumers to choose modular furniture over regular furniture.
Somehow, in a world filled with technology and innovation, simplicity strikes to be an important factor to consumers. And when you think about it, all the technological advances and innovative processes are all put in place for what? For simplified lives. With new technological items appearing on store shelves everyday, it is only normal for simple products to replace traditional ones. Companies must follow the consumer’s wants and needs, and what the consumer wants and needs, nowadays, is simplicity. Forget the hassle, the long-time wait, and the conventional. A simple shopping and buying process, as well as a simple product is what 2020 consumers dream of.
From the simple assembly to the product’s simple style, modular furniture wants to streamline furniture as a whole and offer a new way of doing things; a new way of living. With most modular furniture companies being DTC (direct-to-consumer), it is no wonder that simplicity starts right at the moment the consumer lands on their webpages. All the consumer must do are a couple clicks to get what they want, delivered straight at their door. There is no hassle to go directly to the furniture store, wait in line, get the product you want, pack the boxes yourself in the car, drive home, and then unpack and do it all yourself. Many modular furniture companies are not entirely DTC, like IKEA, yet they still focus on offering a seamless, simple customer experience.
With infinite ways for planning your space, modular furniture is great as it adapts to your environment and to your preferences. It is no wonder that tastes and lifestyles evolve and change over time; after all, we change as people. It is with this in mind that modular furniture wishes to adapt to consumers’ flexible minds and lives. For example, Cozey offers the possibility of adding a seat (for additional costs) to any existing Cozey sofa at anytime. This way, the consumer does not have to think too far along, and pick the sofa they want ATM.
Same thing goes for a modular kitchen: the consumer is entirely free to decide what goes where and change the layout whenever they feel like it, or need to. This aspect of modular furniture, adaptability, is undoubtedly a major game changer. It allows the consumer to be flexible with their choices and self. It is only normal that tastes change over time, and it’s great that modular furniture evolves along the same line.
There are two ways to look at modular furniture’s affordability. Firstly, modularity allows you to move around, from apartment to apartment, without ever really having to replace your entire piece of furniture. For example, you can buy a modular 2-seater sofa for your first apartment. And then, when you move out to get to a bigger apartment, or a house even, you can take that same sofa with you and simply add a seat, so that it becomes a 3-seater. And why not add an ottoman to it? In short, it prevents you from buying a whole new couch, making you save tons of money!
The other way to look at modular furniture’s affordability is through its manufacturing and selling process. Modular furniture is usually shipped in standardized boxes at much cheaper rates than traditional furniture. Moreover, many modular furniture companies are strictly online, being direct-to-consumer, and are therefore directly linked to their manufacturers. This allows them to offer products at much cheaper rates than retailers. And, if these companies only sell online, then they don’t need to rent a brick and mortar space, leading to savings that they can pass on to their customers. Pretty good deal, huh?
Modular furniture offers many more advantages like customization and so on. But like we said, the factors that differentiate it the most from traditional furniture are simplicity, adaptability, and affordability. With a shift in consumer preference towards these three components, modular furniture is assuredly becoming major and conquering many houses. Will it conquer yours?