When it comes to modern home décor tendency, modular sofas have become an extremely common selection and the established alternative to the classic three piece suite combination of a sofa and two armchairs. However, as they are more complex to manufacture and are priced on a segment-by-segment basis they often end up being priced for more expensively than an equivalent corner sofa or traditional loveseat. So just why do modular sofas come with these additional costs?
The first port of call when it comes to understanding why a higher cost tag is justified has to be the manufacturing process itself. Typically the five key stages of sofa manufacturer are design, upholstery, top cover, frame construction and finish. As each of these stages demands a very different set of skills sofas have traditionally been manufacturer in either artisan workshops or mass-manufacturing facilities where specialised teams work together to fulfil each step of the operation. Consequently from concept to completion, each facet of a sofa demands a set investment of time and financial resources.
When it comes to modular sofas, this process necessitate to take place on a segment by segment basis, effectively breaking a single piece down into three to four separate smaller sofa-like articles. Not only does this demand a higher level of throughput but it also increases the likely-hood of defect which itself places a cost upon the business. With a diversity of segment options to design from corners to benches to chaise segments, it’s also extremely important to accurately forecast demand to assure that modular sofas may be sold as a completed arrangement without excess inventory building up which requirements to be cleared at a discount.
Additional featuring can also make modular sofas far more-pricey than standard units. For instance, many modular sofas now feature a built in smartphone or tablet docking station which adds additional cost to the production procedure as the product requirements to go through additional safety checks when sold as an electrical appliance. Even when no additional featuring is included, the associated costs of a modular sofa can still stack up if a costly fabric or leather top cover is utilized, purely due to the greater surface area of building a sofa from three to four separate upholstered and covered segments. In brief, there is a great deal that can quickly increase the price of modular furniture in the blink of an eye.
Yet, maybe the final reason why modular sofas to tend to be more costly is that they are typically sold to the market as a richness product which is most suitable for large, open plan urban apartments that tend to be occupied and owned by wealthier consumer demographics. As an object of great appreciation and superb design, it’s also worth mentioning that many of the world’s leading furniture designers, architects and interior planners favour modular sofas as the design purists selection within an industry which is increasingly plagued by a race to the bottom in terms of value.