The Case for the Corner Sofa

The corner sofa. I’m a recent convert. In my old house we had two equal sized sofas facing each other. It was what the space dictated. They were comfortable and stylish and perfect when we had guests. Conversation could take place over the central coffee table and four to six people could sit comfortably and all see each other. (Although in design school they always said that three-seater sofas were never a good idea because no one ever wanted to sit in the middle) but I digress.

corner sofa via Real Simple

Now however I have a corner sofa. And I love it. Again, it was what the space dictated but there is nothing nicer than snuggling up with a loved one for an evening watching TV or stealing a cuddle from the kids when reading a book. And it is sociable when guests are over.  It’s more casual. You don’t have to talk across the room. You can pass the crisps without getting up!

corner sofa via Houzz

But there are even more advantages than that. A corner sofa can help to define a space, especially in open plan spaces. Put a rug under it, a coffee table in front of it and you have an instant sitting zone, distinctly separate from the dining or kitchen areas.

corner sofa via Est magazine

They also tend to take up less space than two normal sized sofas so are convenient for smaller spaces too. Tuck one in the corner and you can comfortably seat four or five people. Five if they are very good friends. An additional armchair will complete the room and add balance as in the images above.

corner sofa via Design Sponge

And imagine a room with a view? A corner sofa means that absolutely no one has their back to it!

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August 15, 2014
August 20, 2014



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    August 5, 2015

    It is a great idea with coner sofa.

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    Sarah Jess

    August 19, 2014

    I love the IDEA of corner sofas but I can’t imagine how they would ever work in my living room! Firstly, it’s only 11ft x 10ft, but most importantly it has a ‘thoroughfare’ through it, leading to another room! All the corner sofas I see seem to be placed against walls…

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      August 19, 2014

      Like I said Sarah, it depends on what the space dictates. Maybe a tiny one otherwise the room might start to look like a corridor 🙂


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