A sectional sofa is created from side by side modular sofa sections. (Photo: Handout/TNS).

Whether you are looking for versatility or to create an interesting configuration, modular furniture has become a popular go-to for interior designers. Gone are the days of a one-size-fits-all approach. Enter modular, in which a room can be framed or a seating arrangement created from sections as opposed to a single unit.

Modular configurations are especially popular in urban areas, where elevator sizes may prohibit some furniture options, but they are also gaining favor for those who simply desire a more customized seating approach. Thinking of going modular? Here are some top tips.

1. Measure the space you are looking to design, taking into consideration pathways and room flow.

2. Incorporate sections that are armless if possible, as this allows for the most amount of flexibility.

3. Select modular pieces that have features such as reversible sections or removable arms that allow for various configurations from the same modular section.

4. Purchase modular furniture pieces in solid colored fabrics to avoid having to worry about matching a pattern or design.

5. Avoid sections that have connectors. It is best to have sections that are fully upholstered on both sides to maximize flexibility.

By Cathy Hobbs, Tribune News Service (TNS). Cathy is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert. Email [email protected] or visit her website at cathyhobbs.com.