The corner sofa is here to stay. A modern interpretation of the three-piece suite, the L-shape has become synonymous with open-plan and broken-plan living, since it helps to create zones and natural partitions in bigger living spaces.
They also work in smaller spaces, allowing you to maximise your floor space – they take up less space than a two seater and an accent chair, for example – while still offering ample seating. Opt for a corner sofa with a chaise if it’s less about providing seats and more about lounging. You can usually choose a right- or left-hand chaise, depending on the configuration of your living room.
Before you buy, consider where you will put whichever design you choose. Make sure it will fit into your home and be in proportion to the dimensions of the space. Try the middle of the room to make a statement, use the length of the sofa to create zones, or, for big spaces, place two facing each other to create a cosy arrangement with a coffee table in the centre.
Grey corner sofas remain hugely popular, but as this statement piece continues to take over living rooms, the choice of colours, fabrics and styles continues to grow. The following designs are proving hot favourites on furnishings website ufurnish.com, which showcases collections from more than 100 retailers.
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1. Austin faux-leather corner sofa, Dunelm
Upholstered in tactile, distressed faux-leather fabric, the Austin from Dunelm has chunky arms and pale beech wood legs for a contemporary look at a very reasonable price. Generous in size, it comes with foamed-filled seat cushions and fibre-filled back cushions for comfort. Available in a graphite grey or tan as a right-hand or left-hand corner. Dimensions: H 88.5cm x W 258cm x D 95cm. Comes with a 10-year frame guarantee.
2. Kallas right-hand corner, Swoon
An elegant frame, generous proportions and luxe detailing have earned the Kallas from Swoon an army of fans. The right-hand corner sofa is made with handcrafted natural materials, resulting in subtle colour variations that give each end product a bespoke feel. Available in a number of colours and fabric options, including: easy velvet, which is mark and crease-resistant; hardwearing, wipe-clean smart leather; and washable smart wool. Dimensions: H 88 cm x W 236 cm x D 155 cm.
3. Model 03 left-chaise sofa, Swyft
Modular sofas allow you to create the perfect configuration for your space – from two seats to 10, left or right corner, with or without an ottoman. The two-seater left-chaise Model 03 from Swyft is a combination of one left- and one right-arm module with an ottoman. The modules don’t lock together so you have the flexibility to transform your space as and when you need to. They do have rubber feet, however, to stop the modules from moving about when in use. Dimensions: W 184cm x H 71cm x D 92cm.
4. Hayes 2×2-seater, Darlings of Chelsea
The Hayes 2×2-seater from Darlings of Chelsea combines traditional and contemporary styling to offer a corner sofa with neat piping around the seat cushions and sofa back, paired with square, space-saving arms and chunky wooden legs. Also available as a sofa bed, as well as a choice of fabrics, foot colours, seat cushions (fibre- or feather-wrapped foam) and with or without contrasting piping, the Hayes ticks a lot of boxes. Dimensions: W 250cm x H 100cm x D 250cm.