10 best corner sofas that help make the most of your living space

Lounge in style on seating you can customise to suit you

Riya Patel
Wednesday 01 May 2019 17:45
If you have a smaller home, a two or three-seater chaise-end sofa might give you the desired extra leg-room while remaining fairly compact
If you have a smaller home, a two or three-seater chaise-end sofa might give you the desired extra leg-room while remaining fairly compact

Corner sofas are popular for making the most of modern living spaces, either as a room divider in an open-plan space, or to fill a snug or den with maximum seating.

Many are re-configurable, with parts belonging to a wider system. You can combine these for a solution that fits your space.

This type is also useful if you’re planning on moving your sofa to a future house, or to give it a new position when you extend. Sofas that aren’t re-configurable will come in a left or right-hand version – double check that you’ve picked the right one for your space before ordering.

Corner sofas aren’t just for big spaces. If you have a smaller home, a two or three-seater chaise-end sofa might give you the desired extra leg-room while remaining fairly compact.

Do check that you can get a corner sofa into your house, especially if you have narrow doorways and corridors. Some sofas have removable arms that can help with this, and lots have detachable feet.

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Willow and Hall cleverton corner sofa: £2,355, Willow and Hall

Corner sofas are a relatively modern concept, so it can be hard to find one with traditional style. The huge 7-seater cleverton sofa seats the whole family easily. Its soft look could also fit a modern space, and there are some quality touches like the gently-fluted arms, piped cushion edges and solid wood feet. You can choose from three types of seat cushion and 259 fabric types, making this the most customisable sofa on the list. The hardwood frame is guaranteed for 25 years.

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Muuto outline corner sofa: From £5,695, Really Well Made

This designer sofa has an impressively thin profile, with a subtle plywood frame and slim aluminium legs that help the cushions appear like they are floating mid-air. It’s a good choice if you want lots of seating but not the bulk of bigger designs. The foam and feather seat cushions are comfortable, but a formal sofa like this is probably not for you if you like to stretch out and lounge for hours. There’s a choice of 17 top-quality fabrics, and more on request.

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Ikea grönlid 4-seat corner sofa: £1,055, Ikea

Best for practicality, this sofa combines various sections that you can put together as you need. This version seats four comfortably on deep fibre-filled cushions, and has one end that closes in a rolled arm, and an open footstool section at the other. The chenille covers can be removed and washed in the machine – a lifesaver if you have a young family. The back cushions are loose, and tend to slip and move after long periods of sitting. The sofa comes with a 10 year guarantee.

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DFS embrace chaise end sofa: £2,199, DFS

In pure leather, the embrace sofa offers decadence at a decent price. Wide foam and fibre seat cushions and a low back are designed for a relaxed look. The generous arms make a good headrest too. It’s a chaise-end sofa, which can be an option if you want a corner solution for a smaller space. The arms are also removable to help manoeuvre this sofa around tight spaces. There’s a good variety of colours available, and a 15-year guarantee on the frame and springs.

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Arlo and Jacob jackson large corner sofa: From £3,850, Arlo & Jacob

Slipcover sofas like the jackson from Arlo and Jacob have a less formal look, especially when covered in a crumpled linen or cotton fabric. You can be bolder with your colour and pattern choices (of which there are over 60) on a sofa like this, as removable covers can easily be replaced over time. This handmade sofa has a modern boxy look, with low arms. The bolster cushions help keep things comfortable, as do the feather back cushions, and comfy feather and fibre seat cushions.

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Ligne Roset togo modular corner sofa: £6,212, Heal’s

This distinctive French design from 1973 still makes an excellent stand-out piece. Multiple pleats and folds (sewn by hand) invite you to sink into it. Togo is a modular design, so you can combine corners, with one, two or three seat sections. Perfect for a den, it’s easily re-arranged for parties and movie nights. It’s incredibly comfortable, made with different densities of foam that keep the sofa’s shape. It’s covered in alcantara, a durable polyester mix that feels like suede.

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Barker and Stonehouse azalea corner sofa: £1,899, Barker and Stonehouse

With the style of a high-end club or hotel, the velvet azalea sofa has two long stretches of buttoned upholstery, and one open end for stretching out onto. The back is also buttoned, making this sofa attractive from all angles. The fixed back and seat are filled with foam, but the seat is not that deep, making this more of a formal sofa than one to sink into. It comes in six colours, and the frame is a combination of engineered and solid hardwood.

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Bolia scandinavia 3-seater sofa: £3,119, Houseology

Pure grey wool upholstery and cylindrical oak legs give this unfussy scandi-style sofa a special feel. Its style is modern and minimal, something often copied by lower-quality brands, but the difference here is the quality. It has been expertly handmade in Europe, and comes with a 5-year guarantee. As a chaise sofa, it’s less about capacity and more for one or two people to truly relax. The seat and cushion are foam, and there’s a choice of three finishes for the wood legs.

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Marks and Spencer copenhagen small corner sofa: From £1,439, Marks and Spencer

M&S has a surprisingly wide range of corner sofas for a high-street retailer, with a variety of fabrics for customising with too. The copenhagen fits smaller spaces particularly well, with just one seat perpendicular to the main sofa. Despite the name, its style isn’t particularly Scandinavian. Although it has slim solid wood legs, the tall back cushions are more traditional and give better support over long periods. The cushions are fibre-filled and comfortable without being too plump.

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Swoon Editions burleigh corner sofa: £2,299, Swoon Editions

The burleigh chaise sofa is a real hybrid. It has a bit of everything – deep feather-filled seat cushions, a buttoned back, and two bolster cushions you can use to get comfy when lying down. It has a low base and is comfortable for sinking into, but still has shape and style. You can choose from linen-cotton, wool, woven fabric or velvet for the upholstery and two wood finishes for the legs. Inside there’s a strong birch frame.

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The verdict: Corner sofas

The cleverton corner sofa from Willow & Hall is well-priced considering its generous size. It has a style that could fit modern or older homes equally well, and has excellent quality with a hardwood frame, and smart finishing touches like the piped edging. For a smaller sofa, the copenhagen sofa from M&S is a good value option.

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