Corner Sofa Buying Guide – Where To Start
Whether you call it your sitting room, living room, or lounge, the main relaxation area of a house is rivalled only by the kitchen as the true ‘heart’ of the home. Getting the furnishings right is crucial, and corner sofas are becoming more popular than ever due their ability to stylishly make the most of the space available. The sheer versatility of a corner sofa means there are many different options to choose from, so we’ve put together this handy corner sofa buying guide to help you decide which is right for you.
Things to consider
Before you commit to buying a corner sofa, it is essential to consider exactly how you intend to use it, which features it should have, and what size and shape would best suit the room in which it is to be kept. Once you have a clear idea of your requirements, you can decide if a single unit sofa or a modular system would be most suitable. The essential points will be covered in this corner sofa buying guide.
How will your corner sofa be used?
One of reasons corner sofas are becoming so popular is their sheer versatility. They come in an array of different shapes and sizes to suit different needs, so before you commit to buying a one it is essential to consider exactly how you intend to use it. You might want it to act as a statement piece in a large and luxurious living room, or as a clever space saving device in a smaller room in which you need to maximise seating capacity. Alternatively, a corner sofa can be used to create a defined ‘snug’ area within a room in line with the emerging interior design trend of ‘broken plan’ whereby a single space is divided into a range of defined ‘zones’ such as seating, dining or guest-sleeping areas using carefully selected furniture and décor.
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While we’re on the subject of sleeping arrangements, many find that corner sofas which incorporate a bed feature can provide a much more comfortable solution than a conventional fold-out sofa bed. This is especially useful if you find that ordinary sofa beds do not provide the level of comfort you require in your family’s sole or main sofa.
Which corner sofa will best ‘fit’ the room?
When it comes to measuring up a room in preparation for a major furniture purchase, we find a good rule of thumb is to measure once, check twice, and then measure all over again. You really can’t be too careful, so don’t forget to take into account all those tricky details such as window height and the location of radiators and power sockets.
Once you’ve got all the boring stuff out of the way, you’ll have an idea of the size and shape of the corner sofa you’re looking for, and you’ll be able to decide if you want a straightforward corner unit of equal size in both directions, or if you would like to opt for an L-shaped arrangement whereby one end of the corner sofa is longer than the other.
If you do decide to go down the L-shaped route, there are a few different ways in which this can be achieved. Of course our corner sofas can be made to your bespoke specifications as a single unit, but we can also offer modular systems which offer the possibility of alternative configurations should your needs or preferences change. Another popular option is to combine a corner unit with a compatible reclining lounger.
However, to make sure a corner sofa to truly ‘fits’ in a room, it is vital to get not only the measurements but also the look and feel exactly right. This is why we feel it’s so important to offer all of the different options mentioned above in a broad range of styles, from the latest contemporary designer trends to traditional classics such as the chaise longue or the iconic chesterfield. You can also choose from a range of fabrics including real leather, synthetic leather, cotton satin and sumptuous velvet. If you prefer we also offer regular cotton, wool, and synthetic or part-synthetic alternatives.
Our single unit corner sofas are available in a broad range of styles, from the latest contemporary designer trends to traditional classics such as the chaise longue or the iconic chesterfield. You can also choose from a range of fabrics including real leather, synthetic leather, cotton satin and sumptuous velvet. If you prefer we also offer regular cotton, wool, and synthetic or part-synthetic alternatives.
It is also possible to incorporate special features such as a reclining section or the ability to use your corner sofa as guest sleeping accommodation. In fact, many find that corner sofas which incorporate a bed feature can provide a much more comfortable solution than a conventional fold-out sofa bed.
If versatility is your main priority, our modular sofa systems are a superb choice. As the name implies, they consist of separate sections which are joined together to give you as much seating space – and as many features – as you like, configured according to your requirements. So you can choose to have a corner module together with one single seat module in either direction to create a symmetrical corner sofa, or if you would prefer your sofa to be L-shaped, simply attach differing numbers of modules on each side.
But the variety doesn’t end there. Modules are available with a reclining function, and can also operate as a sofa bed, perhaps by utilising a matching footstool. It is also possible to alter your configuration should your needs or preferences change. Brilliantly, extra modules can be added if you move to a house with a larger lounge area or sitting room, and if your new home is a little less spacious, many modules work equally well as armchairs. This gives you even more flexibility in how you arrange your furniture.
And if you’re worried about compromising style in favour of adaptability, don’t. Our modular systems come in a broad range of stunning fabrics, colours and designs, so there’s bound to be something to suit your tastes which will suit the character of your home perfectly.
To accessorise or not to accessorise?
The short answer to this is obvious – accessorise to your hearts content! And with our extensive range of scatter cushions, footrests, throws and rugs you really are spoilt for choice. Accessories can be custom made to perfectly match your corner sofa, or you can choose from a wide selection of stylish ‘off the peg’ products in a whole spectrum of colours which will complement it beautifully.
We see our accessories as the final finishing touch to guarantee that your corner sofa is not only comfortable, practical and stylish, but also unique to you, your home, and your family.
Why buy from us?
Based near Guildford, Vale Furnishers are one of Surrey and Hampshire’s leading furniture shop specialists. Since Vale Furnishers first opened back in 1960, we’ve provided countless satisfied customers with superb sofas, always keeping up with new trends but never compromising on quality. So you can be confident that all of our corner sofas will be as beautiful to look at as they are comfortable to sit on for many years to come. And with our extensive range of scatter cushions, footrests, throws and rugs, you can also accessorise to your hearts content, helping you to create a stylish seating area which is unique to your home.