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8 best corner sofas that will add style and comfort to your home

Elevate your living room lounging, with one of these tried and tested corner sofas

Ali Howard
Wednesday 12 June 2024 11:58 BST
We looked for exceptional craftsmanship and great design
We looked for exceptional craftsmanship and great design (The Independent)
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There’s nothing better than diving onto a corner sofa and getting all cosy and comfy at the end of a long day – or, indeed, at any time of the day. Beyond providing roomy comfort, the best corner sofas are designed with socialising in mind, bringing families and housemates together, whether it’s for a round of games or drinks.

Corner sofas are ideal for movie nights, too, whether you’re furnishing a dedicated media room or looking for suitable seating for your makeshift home cinema. Either way, you can pass the popcorn along that L-shape.

Although likely to be an investment piece of furniture, it’s worth keeping in mind a corner sofa essentially replaces the traditional three-piece suite, so, when looking at your budget, remember you’re getting two-, three- or even four-in-one seating here.

Some of the best L-shaped settees are luxuriously slouchy, giving us little choice but to crash in and relax. Look for designs with an integrated chaise longue or footstool, if you value putting your feet up.

You’ll also need to consider your space and whether a corner sofa is best suited to left- or right-hand configurations, as most are asymmetrical. However, some modular designs give you the freedom to position a chaise left or right, which is handy if you have a house move on the cards, or you simply like to rearrange the furniture from time to time.

Keep scrolling for our pick of the best corner sofas on the market.

How we tested the best corner sofas

We lounged our way through our list of top corner sofas, looking for exceptional craftsmanship and great design. We weighed up the quality of the materials and affordability, how easy the modular models slotted together and, ultimately, we looked for the perfect balance between comfort and support.

The best corner sofas for 2024 are:

  • Best corner sofa overall – Loaf squishmeister corner sofa: From £2,995, Loaf.com 
  • Best budget corner sofa – Dunelm Zoe velvet corner sofa: From £699.30, Dunelm.com
  • Best boxy corner sofa – Sofa.com Oswald corner sofa: From £1,830, Sofa.com  
  • Best contemporary corner sofa – Heal’s Lilli right-hand curved corner sofa: From £4,259, Heals.com
  • Best corner sofa for comfy cushioning – Swoon althaea corner sofa: £3,269, Swooneditions.com

Loaf squishmeister corner sofa

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  • Best: Corner sofa overall
  • Number of fabric options: 136
  • Number of colour options: 139
  • Delivery wait time: 5-7 weeks
  • Configuration: Large left-hand corner, large right-hand corner, XL left-hand corner, XL right-hand corner, or even-sided
  • Why we love it
    • Lots of cushioning
    • Extra scatter cushions
    • Stylish legs

As the name suggests, the squishmeister packs in a lot of cushioning, and that cushioning boasts a combination of feathers, foam and fibre. Beyond that, the frame offers comfort with luxuriously padded armrests, while the brand’s extra scatter cushions add to the pleasingly piled-up look. The sofa’s bulkiness is offset with smooth, tapered mid-century style legs crafted from solid oak. With a hefty corner sofa elevated off the floor, you get the aesthetic of a laid-back slouchy couch, but you won’t have any trouble getting out of it. This one’s super cosy and boasts excellent British craftsmanship.

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Dunelm Zoe velvet left-hand corner sofa

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  • Best: Budget corner sofa
  • Number of fabric options: 1 (velvet)
  • Number of colour options: 5 (bottle green, olive, grey, navy and amber)
  • Delivery wait time: Next day, if in stock
  • Configuration: Left-hand corner or right-hand corner
  • Why we love it
    • Mid-century-inspired design
    • Comes with two cylindrical bolster cushions

Offering incredible value for money is this chic, mid-century-inspired number from Dunelm. The Zoe features tufted, sprung seat cushioning, which gives the piece a delightful texture, while the slimline frame supports its trio of pleasingly firm, fibre-filled back cushions. The corner sofa is elevated off the floor with tall, tapered wooden legs, while a cylindrical bolster cushion at either end of the settee completes the look. In rich velvet, this one screams luxury, despite its relatively affordable price tag.

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Heal’s Lilli right-hand curved corner sofa

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  • Best: Contemporary corner sofa
  • Number of fabric options: 12
  • Number of colour options: 61
  • Delivery wait time: Delivery date offered within a week
  • Configuration: Right-hand curve or left-hand curve
  • Why we love it
    • Curved design
    • Recessed feet

With curves enjoying an interiors moment, we couldn’t ignore the voluptuous Lilli sofa, designed exclusively for Heal’s by Danish brand Says Who. There’s so much to love about this high-end modular corner sofa. The shaping of its curved frame is echoed throughout the piece, from the rounded seating to the sloping armrests and even the sofa’s circular feet in pale ash, which are cleverly recessed to give the settee the illusion of floating.

This one feels wonderfully enveloping, supportive and cosy, with foam cushioning throughout. Its rounded shaping brings even more of a sociable feel than right-angled corner sofas. Choose from a range of luxe Italian leather and velvet upholstery.

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Sofa.com Oswald corner sofa

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  • Best: Boxy corner sofa
  • Number of fabric options: 25
  • Number of colour options: 104
  • Delivery wait time: 4-6 weeks
  • Configuration: Left-hand corner or right-hand corner
  • Why we love it
    • Feels bespoke
    • Contemporary design

New to Sofa.com, the Oswald is a boxy number that boasts clean contemporary lines and a fuss-free silhouette. It’s not just about the statement shaping, though – its fibre-filled back cushions are soft and supportive in equal measure, while its cushion-free seat and chaise are pleasingly firm but ultimately comfy. We love the way the two pieces seemingly slide together, packed tightly into the sofa’s upright frame.

This one’s made to order and, as such, comes in a huge range of fabrics and colour options. Choose from cotton-linen blends, velvet, tweed or leather and plump for natural neutrals or a bright mono colour pop. The choice is so vast, it feels practically bespoke.

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Swoon althaea corner sofa

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  • Best: Corner sofa for comfy cushioning
  • Number of fabric options: 10
  • Number of colour options: 85
  • Delivery wait time: 8-10 weeks
  • Configuration: Even-sided
  • Why we love it
    • Soft and bouncy cushions
    • Discreet feet

Althaea is commonly known as the marshmallow plant, which goes some way to explaining this contemporary corner sofa’s name. Indeed, it’s a dream to sink into, with its luxuriously soft and bouncy seat and back cushions. While most corner sofas feature asymmetric shaping, this one’s pleasingly squared off – but it does demand a lot of floor space.

Its sturdy frame is made from a mix of birch and engineered board, while cushioning consists of foam and fibre, with feather-filled scatter cushions further adding to the comfort. While this is a low and slouchy corner sofa, it does feature discreet black feet, which award it a bit of elevation. There’s also a good choice of upholstery fabrics, from boucle to cord to velvet.

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Raft Columbus modular sofa

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  • Best: Corner sofa for slouching
  • Number of fabric options: 6 online but more options in store
  • Number of colour options: 88 online but more options in store
  • Delivery wait time: 10-12 weeks
  • Configuration: Infinite options, due to the modular blocks
  • Why we love it
    • Modular design
    • Comes with a footstool

Raft’s offering is the ultimate in low-down, luxurious lounging. The contemporary L-shaped modular sofa is, in fact, made up of four units, including a footstool, which allows for versatility. The columbus boasts generously deep and wide seat cushions, while the backrest cushioning is equally plump and supportive. With its low, boxy armrests and open footstool section, the settee is designed for whole-family lounging and can be enjoyed (and slumped upon) at all angles.

This one comes in various upholstery fabrics, from earthy neutrals to vibrant hues. You’d be wise to plump for a stain-resistant velvet or easy-clean chenille if kids or dogs are part of the household.

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Snug the rebel small corner sofa

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  • Best: Corner sofa for smaller spaces
  • Number of fabric options: 3 (chenille polyester, velvet, woven)
  • Number of colour options: 7 (mid grey, pine green, spice, moss, deep blue, taupe, beach)
  • Delivery wait time: Should arrive within days of ordering
  • Configuration: Even-sided
  • Why we love it
    • Comes in a choice of colours and fabrics

If you think you haven’t got space for a stylish corner sofa, think again. Bed-in-a-box brand Snug’s offering is a perfectly compact take on the classic L-shaped couch. The beauty of this modular sofa is it can be added to over time. The small rebel corner sofa is, in fact, a configuration of two 1.5-seater snugglers and one corner piece.

It comes in a choice of muted earthy tones, with neat, pointed legs in solid wood. Its seat cushioning features pocket springs enveloped in foam and fibre for extra comfort, while the removable back cushions are pleasingly firm and supportive. This one is small but perfectly formed.

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Swyft model 06 three-seater corner sofa

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  • Best: Corner sofa for families
  • Number of fabric options: 11
  • Number of colour options: 43
  • Delivery wait time: 24 hours
  • Configuration: Infinite options, due to the modular blocks
  • Why we love it
    • Open design
    • Stain-resistant fabrics

This is another sofa-in-a-box brand, and the model 06 can be transformed into a corner sofa with the simple addition of a boxy chaise, positioned left or right. We love this one for its plump cushioning and contemporary form, its pillow-like back cushions and generously deep and wide seat pads – a move away from Swyft’s leaner, more upright mid-century-inspired settees. Thanks to its open design, this one feels luxuriously slouchy and laid-back.

As with all Swyft sofas, the 06 comes in a range of earthy tones, including vine, moss and brick. The corner sofa also proves incredibly durable, upholstered as it is in stain-resistant fabrics designed with messy families in mind. Of course, it’s child’s play to slot it all together.

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Corner sofas FAQs

What sofa styles are the most popular?

Corner sofas are a trending and popular style, for both inside the house and when it comes to garden furniture. Delving deeper into outdoor furniture, rattan sofas are proving to be popular searches this year.

What sofa style is best for a small living room or snug?

According to Furniture Choice, smaller spaces benefit from items of furniture that serve multiple purposes. Sleeper sofas or sofa beds are ideal, as they can act as comfortable seating throughout the day and transform into a spare bed for any overnight guests.

While L-shaped sofas are quite popular, they’re more suited to bigger homes, particularly when you want to either fit them into a corner of a room or use them to segment a larger space.

What sofa style is best for modern decor?

Sectional sofas can often suit modern living spaces that are open-plan, as they enable you to divide a larger space and give an empty room a bit of character. An L-shaped sofa, however, does tend to create a more comfortable, warm and homely feel to a room, so you might want to stick to three-seated sofas with a chaise or ottoman attachment, if you’re going for a more minimalist decor scheme.

What homeware stores offer free delivery?

A sofa is a pretty big item to transport home yourself, so most people prefer to organise home delivery (whether you order in-store or online) – particularly as this often includes sofa setup, too.

Frustratingly many homeware stores charge for large items to be delivered to one’s home, or exclude furniture from free delivery. However, John Lewis offers free home delivery when a customer spends £50 or more – which any sofa purchase is most likely to be – and doesn’t exclude furniture from the list.

If you’re making a purchase of more than £5,000 from Heal’s, the retailer offers free delivery, too. Wayfair is another retailer that offers free home delivery based on the total cost of the order, offering free shipping for orders of £500 and above.

The verdict: Corner sofas

We loved Loaf’s squishmeister corner sofa for its unapologetic abundance of cushioning. It’s cosy but, importantly, supportive. It strikes the perfect balance between a slouchy couch and one that’s elevated and easy to get in and out of. We were also impressed with both bed-in-a-box brands, Snug and Swyft, for their L-shaped settees – both fitted together easily and looked every bit as if they’d been delivered in one piece.

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