The best corner sofas will do wonders in maximising your living room space. Slot one into the corner of a room for minimal impact, or use one as the dividing line in an open-plan living room/kitchen area. Either way, the best corner sofas inevitably end up being the most hotly contested lounging space whenever it’s time to relax in front of the TV.
It pays to do your research before investing in a corner sofa, and not least because a good one can cost upwards of £1,000. Obviously, you’ll want a size that works for your family and fabric that suits your lifestyle, but it’s also worth thinking about a design that will go the distance if you decide to change your home decor in the future. For those really wanting to max out the available space, you may even want to consider a corner sofa that transforms into a sofa bed or one that offers built-in storage compartments.
To help you narrow down your search for the perfect corner sofa, we’ve outlined some key things to consider in our handy buying guide below. But if you want to skip ahead and check out shapes, styles and price tags, scroll through to our pick of the best options a little further down the page.
READ NEXT: Our pick of the best mattresses
The best corner sofas: At a glance:
How to choose the best corner sofa for you
What size and shape should I choose?
Your room dimensions, layout and family setup will play a big part in determining the size and shape of the corner sofa you opt for. As well as allocating space for each family member, it’s worth thinking about the number of visitors you have on a regular basis. A compact two-seater sofa should serve you well for occasional use in a conservatory, but if you’re looking to host movie nights for extended family and friends, you might want to consider maxing out your options when it comes to seating arrangements.
There are two main types of corner sofa to choose from: a chaise-end sofa with a long seating section that juts out at one end, and a more traditional L-shaped sofa that looks like two sofas squished together. Bear in mind that designs are based on right or left-hand configurations (when you look at the sofa face on), so double-check that the unit will slot into your lounge correctly before buying. Modular sofas offer the most flexibility; they come in sections that you can piece together or take apart depending on what you need at the time.
READ NEXT: Best upholstery cleaner
What kind of fabric is best?
Corner sofas are available in a range of fabrics and can vary in price quite dramatically. The cheapest fabric tends to be polyester or a polyester-mix, while wools, twills and leathers cost far more. Deep-pile velvets are super-soft and sumptuous but are pretty high maintenance – something to note if you’re a serial snacker or share your sofa with sticky-fingered toddlers. Fabrics that have been treated with substances such as Aquaclean are a sensible option for families because stains can be easily removed with water. It’s always worth ordering a few fabric swatches to get a feel for the material. Thankfully, most companies will send out a selection free of charge if you want to get a first-hand feel of them.
How are corner sofas delivered and how long does delivery take?
Corner sofas are typically delivered in two or three separate boxes and will need to be part-assembled. The delivery team may or may not help with this, although it’s usually a relatively straightforward process. As well as measuring the dimensions of the sofa, you’ll also need to ensure that the boxes will get through your door frames. Some retailers offer free delivery; others charge as much as £49. Delivery can take anywhere between three days and 12 weeks, depending on the order, so you make sure you read the terms carefully before confirming your purchase.
How to dispose of my old sofa?
Retailers such as John Lewis and Furniture Village offer a collection service for your unwanted items, which can be picked up at the same time as your new sofa is delivered. Providing your old sofa is in relatively good nick, it will be recycled or reused with any money donated to charity. Or you can always try and recoup some of your costs by selling your old model on eBay or Gumtree. You can opt for a collection-only sale if you don’t have suitable transport to arrange delivery. Freecycle is a great way to donate items to people in your local area while avoiding a trip to the tip.
Bear in mind that coronavirus regulations may affect these, and other, furniture collection services.
READ NEXT: Our pick of the best single, double and king-sized beds
Best corner sofas to buy
1. John Lewis & Partners Oliver Corner Sofa: Best modular corner sofa
Price: From £1,679 | Buy now from John Lewis
A modular sofa is a great option if flexibility is your priority. Made up from several separate units, they can be configured to suit your living space and lounging style. The Oliver Corner Sofa comprises two medium armless units, one corner unit and a pair of arms. It’s solidly designed too, with a hardwood birch frame, foam and fibre seat cushions and a fibre back support.
There are plenty of fabrics to choose from, in a whole range of colours and patterns, as well as a dark or light wood leg finish. However, fabrics are categorised in different price bands, from Band A (£1,679) to band D (£2,317), so you may have to pay more depending on your aesthetic preferences.
Delivery is estimated to take up to 15 weeks, and when your order is ready for delivery, John Lewis will contact you to arrange a date and time. Bear in mind that, while chosen room delivery is available for sofas, you’ll have to assemble the Oliver Corner sofa yourself.
Key details – Size options: 4 units; Configuration: Right or left-facing; Fabrics available: 123 options; Delivery time: Within 11 weeks; Guarantee: 15-year frame guarantee; Dimensions: 85 x 231 x 86cm (HWD)
Buy now from John Lewis
2. John Lewis & Partners Barbican Corner Sofa: Best large corner sofa
Price: From £2,689 | Buy now from John Lewis