Corner sofa buying guide

Have you got your heart set on buying a corner sofa that’ll fit perfectly under your stairs or stylishly divide your living and dining room? Use my tips to make sure it works well for your space.

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1. Measure up

The best corner sofa decisions are based on accurate measurements, as well as an appreciation for the effortless chic corner sofas can bring to any room.

But before you start choosing the style, it’s always a good idea to measure your room so you can realistically work out how much space you have for a corner sofa.

Top tip – don’t forget to measure your doorways; it’s essential your sofa will fit through your front door and your living/dining room etc. door.

When shopping online for a corner sofa, look out for the handy diagram that contains a breakdown of all the measurements, including height, width, depth, seat height, seat depth and arm height.

Given the fact corner sofas aren’t a rectangular shape, there are lots of different dimensions to factor in.

And, as obvious as it may sound, when you’re plotting if the corner sofa you like will fit in the space you’d like it to go into, make sure there’s enough room between the sofa and the rest of your furniture.

If you find you have limited space, don’t worry, there are plenty of corner sofas that are a less chunky, or you can opt for a chaise sofa.

2. Choose your angle 

As we all know, corner sofas are traditionally L-shaped, but what many people don’t realise (until they start shopping around for a corner sofa) is that they can be right-hand facing and left-hand facing.

Left hand facing

When you look at the sofa front on, the longer side of the sofa falls to the left.

Right hand facing

When you look at the sofa front on, the longer part of the sofa falls to the right.

3. Select your style

Corner groups, lounger sofas, modular sofas; corner sofas aren’t just available in one standard option, making it even more enjoyable when it comes to shopping around for the best corner sofa for your needs.

Corner groups

Don’t have arms on both sides and tend to have this wording in the description, ‘2 corner 1.’ This refers to how many seats are before the corner and after the corner. For example, '2 corner 1' sofas have 2 seats before the corner and 1 after.


Ideal for smaller spaces that don't have quite enough room for a traditional corner sofa, loungers or chaises are a great option that still give off that corner sofa vibe. They range from 2 seaters to 4 seaters with an extended cushion to lounge on.


These are made up of sections, making them easy to deliver, so if you’ve followed our advice up above and measured your doorways and found they are a little on the narrow side, then you may want to opt for a modular sofa.

The beauty of modular sofas is that you can usually customise them by buying additional units to make your sofa fit the space you have - small or big!

4. Break the mould

Did you know it’s possible to get a corner sofa that also doubles as a sofa bed? In fact, we can go one better than that – sofa bed corner sofas with storage...

It’s what you’ll get if you choose the Sisi Amalfi 3 Seater Sofa Bed with Right Hand Facing Storage Chaise, which provides you with seating, sleeping and storage space – all in one! What’s more, it’s available in both fabric and leather options.

Decided on the best corner sofa for you yet?

Get looking through the different options available and remember to think about the more practical factors once you’ve whittled down your wish list to a much smaller shortlist.

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Ashleigh Ellis

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Director of Upholstery & Furniture

at ScS

14th February 2023

Having been a part of the ScS family for over two years, Ashleigh is intricately woven into the fabric of the upholstery world, a legacy she inherited from a lineage of Manufacturing Directors within her family. Ashleigh's journey spans manufacturing, upholstery suppliers, and furniture retail across 23 years, and her expertise is only enriched by her lifetime of passion and knowledge. Balancing her professional life in Doncaster, she's a proud mom to two teenagers and two playful mini sausage dogs. To Ashleigh, upholstery holds a special place in her heart which is why she actively advocates for inspiring younger generations to consider the upholstery manufacturing industry. Her dedication and first-hand insights breathe life into every sofa she encounters.