Know How: How To Keep A Modular Sofa Together

A modular sofa is an excellent interior choice for when you need a little more flexibility. You can use individual seat units, chaise and corner pieces to transform the sofa into the most practical shape for your room. There are also additional options with our Bertie modular sofa to add a sofa bed and storage chaise unit. While modular sofas are exceptionally adaptable, they can be a little frustrating if you find the pieces come apart. Here are some top tips for how to keep a modular sofa together, and how to care for it.

Crawford chaise sofa

Modular Sofas

Use the clips attached to each section to secure the seat units together.

Modular sofas are connecting with metal clips called ‘crocodile’ clips. These are zig-zag brackets on one side, with a triangle post on the opposite side that slots into it. The best way to connect the two pieces is with another person. Line up the brackets so that they’re straight and each person should push from each side to connect the clip. This should make a clicking sound. If the pieces don’t slot together easily, go back and make sure they are straight (aligned). Never force the clips together. NB: Keep fingers away from the brackets when you push the pieces together. Do not attempt to hold the clips in place and push them together as you risk injuring yourself. For end units, you can swivel the clips under the sofa and completely out of sight. Corner units need to be clipped on both sides to keep the sofa together.

Occasionally some other sofa frames come in pieces that need to be secured together, such as our Earnshaw corner, which is connected with a different kind of clip. These clips work on a lift-and-hook basis. Take the cushions off the sofa to minimise the weight. Work out which side goes on top and lift it into position above the opposite two brackets. When it is lined up, push it down to secure the two pieces together. When the frame is fully connected, put the seat cushions back.

Crawford modular corner sofa

Top tips for caring for a modular sofa

  • Unclip the pieces before you try and move the sofa
  • Never drag the sofa – always lift it to protect your floor and the sofa brackets
  • Make sure the sofa is properly connected before you sit on it
  • Ensure the sofa is on an even surface
  • Avoid sitting on the arms units
  • Don’t force the clips and risk bending them. They should fit together easily, so if there’s any resistance, check that nothing is preventing them from clicking together.
  • Don’t sit on the sofa if the units are not clipped together.

Read our guide for more information on sofa care.

crawford large pink modular 3 seater sofa

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