Corner sofa living room layouts: Practical tips & ideas

Corner sofas are one of the greatest sofa creations there are. They enable you to make more of your space and, if you get them right, look as though they were made to perfectly slot right into your home.

Measurements are everything when it comes to selecting a corner sofa, so too is positioning. Take a look at these corner sofa ideas to make sure your corner sofa investment is 100% spot on.

Key considerations for adding a corner sofa to your room

1. What size do I need?

While this may sound like a bit of an obvious point, it’s a critical factor in relation to corner sofa-buying. If you’re planning on tucking your sofa right into a corner, then it’s essential it fits into that corner like a hand in a glove.

Measuring the space where you want your sofa to go is just the start. You’ll also need to know what ‘2 corner 1’ and ‘1 corner 2’ means. The wording indicates how many seats are before the corner and how many seats are after the corner. (Tip: Chaise sofas are ideal for smaller rooms, while corner group sofas are the largest corner sofa you can get).

2. Do I need a left or right-hand corner sofa?

You may not have realised this until now, but you can get right-hand and left-hand facing sofas. Chaise sofas (slightly extended two-seater sofas) are available in both options.

Left-hand sofas mean that the long part (the chaise part) of the sofa is on the left-hand side if you look at it face on. While right-hand sofas have the chaise section the right-hand side.

3. What shape is my room? 

By this, we mean what are the dimensions of the room where you want your corner sofa to go?

If it’s a large square, great, or a large rectangle, even better. But if it’s an odd shape or is on the small side, then it may be best to position your sofa right against a wall and make use of handy additional furniture items that double up as space-savers, e.g. a storage footstool.

Tip: if you’re after a recliner sofa, you’ve got to have plenty of room behind your sofa to be able to kick back and relax.

4. Where is the window? 

Not sure about putting your corner sofa in front of your window? Providing you don’t mind not being able to walk right up to your window, it’s perfectly ok to do this. Not only will it really show off your sofa in the natural light, you’ll be able to use it for more things other than TV-watching, e.g. reading, because there’s plenty of light shining in on you.

Putting a corner sofa near your window will instantly frame your window, instantly making it even more of a focal point. If space permits, give your sofa a little breathing space by pulling it away from the window.

Tip: Choose a low-backed corner sofa to avoid blocking your view, such as the Floyd or the Monty.



5. Where are the radiators?

Bunching your corner sofa right up against your radiator will block the heat that comes out. It can take its toll on your sofa over time too. You can position your sofa in front of a radiator, but make sure you pull it away a few inches, just like with your window.

6. Where are the doors?

You may have your sights set on having a corner sofa, but if your living room’s on the smaller side, so much so that the door to the room opens in on to or extremely near to your sofa, you’ll end up with cramped living arrangements. Your door will effectively act as a barrier, making your room feel smaller. It may also be difficult to enter the room and navigate your way around the door and your sofa. Map out your doors before you start shopping around!

7. What other furniture have I got?

Ideally, you want to plot out your sofa, as it’s undoubtedly the main piece of furniture in your living room, and then map out the rest of your furniture around it. For smaller rooms, your sofa will no doubt be the focal point, with space for a small coffee table, footstool or side table. For larger rooms, you can really have some fun by planning your décor, e.g. a matching chair, rug, TV unit, coffee table, side tables and footstools, around your sofa and really spacing these items out.

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Corner sofa living room ideas

Corner sofas are a bit of a tricky shape to think about, but that doesn’t mean you’re limited when it comes to positioning them. Here are three of the most popular suggestions:

Put your corner sofa in the middle of your living room

If you’ve got the space, this is a great option for making the most of it! Making your sofa a central piece of furniture lends itself well to open plan living; you can use it split your room into two different zones, with the sofa effectively acting as a barrier.

Put your sofa right in the corner 

Because that’s what corner sofas are made for, right? Take full advantage of the L-shaped design by pushing your sofa into a corner, maximising the space available to you and enabling your sofa to really come into its own. From there, work outwards with the rest of your other furniture from the sofa.

Put your sofa alongside your window

If you can get away with doing this without blocking your window, then this option is great for creating a window corner seat that’s far more comfy than a standard window seat! Don’t forget about measuring how high the back is so that it’s not an obstruction, and make sure you have enough space to open and close your windows, as well as your curtains. 

Corner sofas are more versatile than you may initially think. And if you get the dimensions and positioning right, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be a real show-stopper of a furniture investment.

For more best practice advice on sofas read, ‘7 on-trend sofa styles – revealed.’

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Published: 4th February 2022