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Know How: How to Choose Between Corner Sofas vs Normal Sofas

There are so many styles of sofa you can choose from for your home, for instance, chaise, sofa bed, modular, corner, two-seater, three-seater, etc. Sometimes all this choice can be a little overwhelming. Here, we take a closer look at the two most popular sofa styles and compare the pros and cons of corner sofas vs normal sofas.


Corner Sofas

Corner sofas are distinctly more modern in style and naturally suit contemporary homes.

Corner sofas allow you to maximise your floor space, or create different zones within a larger living area with a natural partition.

Like all sofas, corner sofas come in a range of sizes, with various depth seat cushions. If you have a particularly small or narrow living room, then either one of our compact corner sofas would be ideal. If you have the benefit of more space and you’re less restricted, look at large and grande corner styles, with luxuriously deep seat cushions.

Harriet corner sofa

Our corner sofas will always have a joining seam(s) where two cushions meet on the corner units. If you prefer the smooth, clean lines of a bench style seat cushion, you’ll only be able to achieve this look with a normal sofa. Whereas, if you prefer to have separate cushions that cup to each individual person’s shape, then a corner sofa or normal sofa with individual seat cushions could be perfect for you.

The type of sofa you choose is not solely down to the shape and style of your room; it’s also about comfort, which is completely subjective from person to person. Read our Sofa Comfort Guide for more information on different cushions fills and advice on how to choose the most comfortable sofa for your space.

Of course, if you’re searching for a modern sofa, but don’t want a corner style, there are plenty of models to suit, such as our Dixon and Bertie.

Harriet sofa

Normal Sofas

Normal sofas follow the standard shape, but they come in many sizes and variations; some have slim frames, wide frames, scroll arms, T-arms, castor legs, button backs, high backs, low backs to name but a few. You perhaps have slightly more flexibility about where you’re going to place your furniture with a normal sofa as they can look very effective placed at an angle or opposite one another, which is less feasible with a corner sofa.

philo medium grey sofa

Traditional Sofas

For more traditional style homes or those with a period property, we would suggest sticking to a traditionally shaped sofa which will complement the internal architecture of the house. Traditional shaped sofas like our Oliver and Louis are ideal for period properties since their designs derive from furniture that was built during the same era as the property, albeit with a modern, comfort update. Take a look at the types of traditional sofas available, with classic features like scroll arms and castor legs.

If you are still undecided on which type of sofa is best for you, how about having a read of our blog: how to choose between a corner sofa or two sofas?

Helena sofa

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