Know How: How to Choose Between a Left or Right-Hand Facing Corner Sofa
You’ve done your sofa research using our comprehensive Sofa Buying Guide to make your comparisons, and you’ve set your heart on a new corner sofa. But wait, which way should it face? And what does LHF, and RHF mean? Here we explain the differences and whether you should go for a corner sofa left or right-hand facing.
What does LHF and RHF mean?
‘LHF’ is an abbreviation of ‘Left Hand Facing’ Corner Sofa and ‘RHF’ means ‘Right Hand Facing’ Corner Sofa – but here’s the important bit: when you’re looking at the sofa front on (not from a sitting position). The LHF or RHF refers to the longest piece of the sofa.
Here’s a visual representation from a standing position looking towards the sofa:
Right Hand Facing Corner Sofa
Left Hand Facing Corner Sofa
If the corner sofa doesn’t state left hand facing or right hand facing, it means that the corner sofa is equal in length on both sides and will be the same whichever corner it is placed in.
Here is an example of our equal corner sofa:
Corner Sofa Left Or Right-Hand Facing
Choosing between a corner sofa left or right hand facing is all about balance in the room, along with measurements of course (your corner sofa has to fit). The longest part of the corner unit needs to be up against the longest part of the wall; alternatively, if your corner sofa is going to be freestanding away from a wall and cutting across the room, you need to make sure to allow plenty of space to move freely past it.
When planning to purchase a new corner sofa, we recommend creating a mock up of your room using some paper to try the sofa in a few positions before you make your purchase – it can be very frustrating to have your new sofa delivered only to find it doesn’t fit.
Choosing between a corner sofa left or right hand is particularly useful if you have obstructions in the walls such as radiators, doorways and windows: by having different lengths to the corner sofa sides, it gives you more flexibility when it comes to the placement and the freedom to have your favourite design without compromising on the overall size, i.e. you can still choose a large corner sofa, but choose which side needs to be the longest to accommodate any obstructions.