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To L With That — How to pick the perfect corner sofa

An L-shaped sofa can set the whole tone of a room, and if you want to make the right investment there’s no point cutting corners. You need to choose a sofa that’s comfortable, durable and defines your living space — and is a dream to sink into after a long day. If you’re shopping around or looking for inspiration, a corner sofa should be on your shortlist, ticking all the above boxes. But should a corner sofa be top the list? Stretch out your legs and find out…

1) Grand stretch in the evening...

Ask any corner sofa convert for the number one benefit and they'll tell you, as Frankie says… "relax".  L-shaped sofas can add a more social feel to a room — more than one person can stretch out, for reading or having a movie night, and the right angle means you have a more natural seating position for chatting to family and friends. And for a date night in, it's perfect for snuggling up with that special someone, as lazing together really does feel like a time-out. Even if you're by yourself, sinking into the corner and putting your feet up is the ultimate in relaxation after a long day. Who says "nobody puts Baby in the corner?"

2) Sense of space

In practical terms, corner sofas don’t clutter a room as much as a regular sofa and armchairs, so you can open up a lot more space in the middle of the room, making it look bigger. But your L-shaped sofa won’t be limited to the corner — if you have an open-plan living space, it can really set a scene in the middle of the room, creating the illusion of distinctive areas. You’ll soon realise that no space is wasted with a sectional sofa.

Image source: house22_dublin

3) Get creative

If you’ve been sold on the first two points, you’ve still got some dynamic possibilities ahead. Corner sofas come in a range of different styles, so consider which type would suit your home.

  • Chaise

Corner sofas with a chaise end are better suited to a traditional room space, and they take up less space than a corner sofa with two arms. And they really do make a movie night way more relaxing — just don’t drift off and spill your popcorn!

tan corner saddler chaise sofa in a customers home

This image was taken by Curly Cailin, who purchased the Saddler Sofa by Alexander & James from us

  • Corner with armrests

A corner sofa with armrests may take up more space, but it offers a very classic look, and it can also accommodate more people. And if you’re really leaning into the relaxation aspect of a corner sofa, this one can accommodate a recliner at each end, and the middle. 

  • Modular

If you've got any hidden interior design talents, here's your chance to indulge your creative side. A modular corner sofa is perfect for an open-plan living area, as you can change the sofa's size to suit the space. — you can create a NYC loft apartment feel in your living room with some well-positioned modular pieces and a flash of inspiration!

4) The right fit

Before your final decision, make sure your dream sofa measures up — it has to be the right fit for your living space. Remember your room should comfortably take a corner unit, don’t be tempted to squeeze one in. If you’re sure it will fit the space, it’s time to get specific. Take some masking tape or newspaper and map out the size and shape of the furniture on the floor, and then take a photo. Walk around the room and see how the space will flow. You’ll get an idea of what will and won’t work — and you’ll avoid any disappointing surprises later on! If you have some extra space, why not add an occasional chair to the room? It can add a splash of colour contrast, and give you a chance for more ‘me-time’, away from the kids using you as a climbing frame.

a picture of an empty living room

5) Colour & material

Once you’ve narrowed down the shape and size of your new corner sofa, you’ve got a few last important choices to make — what colour, and what cover? For material, your main choice is between leather or fabric, which we’ve covered in a previous post. Fabric sofas feel soft, warm and cosy, while protected leather is more hard-wearing and ages well, and is easy to wipe clean if you’ve got kids or pets to keep an eye on. 

Colour is your last chase to make a statement — whether that’s the colour of the sofa itself, or complementary cushions. Mix sizes and shapes of cushions so your sofa doesn’t look too formal, and think carefully about the colours — a well coordinated set of cushions can transform a room with a relatively small budget. Wioleta Kelly is one of Ireland’s leading interior design influencers, and knows the value of a comfy and bold cushion set-up:

Image source: wioleta_kelly

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