Buyer’s guide: Corner sofas


The corner sofa has quickly established itself as must-have furniture for the traditional or contemporary home, allowing us to make the most of smaller spaces and giving us a supremely comfortable spot to retire to. These are 4 things you should think about when shopping for a corner sofa:

Style

There are three main styles to choose from; corner, chaise-end and modular. The classic corner sofa comes left or right-hand facing. A Chaise-end sofa combines a standard 3-seat sofa with a chaise-longue, creating a backless seat on one side. And a modular sofa has detachable footstools (and sometimes whole chairs) giving flexibility for a style which suits you.

The Dallas chaise-end sofa from Made.com

Fabric

Your corner sofa is likely to be a focal point in your home, so choosing the right fabric is key. For practicality, think leather, tough cottons or wool as these are a little less prone to damage, while you can also add extra protection by decorating your sofa with cushions and throws. Lots of retailers offer a sofa-dressing service online allowing you to view your model in a range of colours and patterns – but remember that there can be a big difference in price from one fabric to the next.

Multi-purpose

By opting to buy a corner sofa you’ve already gone some way toward saving space, but your new seating can offer even greater convenience. Look for sofas with ottomans or built-in storage if you’re stuck for places to store books, old magazines and DVDs, and consider a corner sofa-bed if you’d like to create more room for guests. Alternatively, if you’d just like more opportunity to stretch out and relax, then recliner sofas remain a popular choice.

The Chatnap modular sofa, available from Loaf 

Budget

A corner sofa is an investment, so be prepared for a potentially expensive outlay. Be sure to get your money’s worth however, by comparing product guarantees offered by each retailer, and investigating the levels of after-sale service they provide. There can be huge differences from one shop to another. Finally, it’s worth planning for further cost even after you’ve bought your sofa. As it will become such an integral part of your interiors scheme, you may need to update other furniture items accordingly – now is the time to splash out on that new rug you’ve had your eye on!

The image at the top of this article shows the Whinfell sofa, available from Darlings.

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