Is Modular Furniture Right for your Outdoor Space?

The marvels of modular seating

At Frontgate, we design our modular outdoor seating to excel in style, comfort, efficiency, function and versatility, all while beautifully withstanding the elements. That may sound like a big ask, but we believe you shouldn’t settle for anything less.

If your current patio furniture is falling short of your expectations, perhaps it’s time to consider a modular seating collection. Here are six things you may not know about this overachieving outdoor option.

1.

A “SECTIONAL” ISN’T THE ONLY SETUP

When you hear “modular seating,” you might picture an L- or U-shaped sectional, often anchored by a chaise at one end. But that’s just one possible configuration.

Every element in a modular collection is designed to pair with the others to create multiple seating arrangements. But it’s also styled to stand on its own, if desired, as an individual piece. So the configurations possible from one collection might include a simple loveseat with two arm chairs, a three-seat sofa alongside a chaise or, yes, a sprawling sectional with enough seating for a family reunion.


2.

IT FITS LARGE, SMALL AND ODD-SHAPED SPACES

Because modular seating collections include so many different components, you can mix and match to create an arrangement that fits the shape, size and needs of your outdoor space – so you never have to settle for a layout that’s just “good enough.”

Narrow spaces, for example, are notoriously difficult to furnish. But with a modular collection, you can plug in additional center chairs to extend the seating options. For small spaces like balconies, many modular collections build expansive comfort and style into streamlined frames and seats. (Our Small Palermo Center Chair, for example, is just 23 inches wide, while the Palermo Center Chair is 33 inches wide.)

Even expansive outdoor patios have their design challenges – like defining dining vs. lounging spaces. Modular seating excels here, too, as a well-placed sectional functions beautifully as a room divider.


3.

SPACE-SAVING IS BUILT IN

Modular furniture is inherently space-saving, with seating pieces that clip snugly together and corner seats that transform dead space into coveted real estate. But some collections even offer tables that focus on conserving every inch. There are side tables that nest, end tables that fit between seating pieces and bases that extend beyond seat cushions to create side tables.


4.

THE PIECES ARE MULTIPURPOSE

Ottomans are the all-stars of many modular collections: Connect one to a chair, and you’ve got a chaise; give it some space, and you’ve got additional seating or a coffee table. Likewise, you can combine a few chair pieces to get seating for three or a nap spot for one.


5.

THERE’S A STYLE FOR EVERYONE

While “modular” calls to mind modern design, many collections have traditional features like sloped arms and wicker construction. So those with classic tastes can stay true to their style or inject a little something unexpected, like the contemporary lines of Palazzo or the curves of Pasadena II.

What’s more, most Frontgate modular collections offer multiple finish and upholstery options so you can create a style that is truly yours.


6.

IT’S BUILT FOR EASY REARRANGING

Outdoor modular pieces have significantly more manageable dimensions than outdoor loveseats or sofas, so you don’t need to call a mover to help rearrange the layout. Line up the seating components for a Friday-night movie under the stars, for example, then simply reconfigure them around a fire table for Saturday cocktails. For hosting on a larger scale, modular pieces easily spread out to create multiple conversation areas that encourage mixing and mingling.

Of course, this marvelous level of flexibility means modular seating transitions beautifully to a new home – simply add or delete pieces to find just the right fit.


Not sure where to start? Our team of experts has all the answers – and tips for creating the outdoor space of your dreams.

February 14, 2020

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