Oh, those amazing modulars. Remember the pit groups introduced in the 1960s and still going strong in the 1970s? They were big, bulky and brazen-looking.

At the time, these modulars groups were meant for use in the family room. The intention was for a casual atmosphere and rugged use. The look was "let's play" for children and adults alike.Consumers found these modulars to be very flexible, but they wanted more from them. The more that was needed was style. So furniture manufacturers responded: modulars were renamed sectionals and became the right look for every style. Although contemporary was the first style evolving from the original pit group, sectionals today fit into every motif. The frames and upholstery applied to these pieces run the gamut from contemporary to traditional or to early American.

One reason for the popularity of sectionals is their versatility. They're called sectionals because they come in sections so that one can buy just enough pieces to fit the room. They are great problem-solvers since they are changeable and can be arranged and rearranged any number of times and ways to accommodate individual needs and space. And when the urge to remodel creeps up, just a little regrouping of the sections often does the trick. A section that sits in between other pieces and is the width of one occasional chair can be pulled out and used as a solo chair. So what if it does not have arms? Actually, the armless look is rather chic.

Still another advantage is that when moving from one home to another, the sectional will have a better chance of fitting into the new location due to its flexibility and versatility. And so now, although sectionals have been around for more than 20 years, their popularity is still strong.