The corner sofa guide
Thinking of investing in a corner sofa? Take a seat, grab a brew and join us to discover some of our favourite designs.
Corner sofas are brilliant pieces of design, expanding your lounge area to provide the utmost comfort. However, with a slightly larger footprint than most sofas, they can feel like a big investment. We want to help you feel confident in making your decision.
With over 15 years’ experience in the industry, we’ve sat on many sofas over the years. From the fabric to the construction, we know what makes a good sofa – and we think you deserve to know too.
Why choose a corner sofa?
As we see it, corner sofas have three distinct advantages over other styles. They are a very efficient use of space; they offer maximum comfort and are great for social spaces.
Efficient – corner sofas give you maximum seating area whilst minimising the clutter that a formation such as a sofa and armchairs sometimes brings. They work really well when pushed into the corner, helping to open up space in the rest of the room.
Comfortable - corner sofas really do provide an extra level of relaxation. They’re roomy enough for two people to put their feet up, making them the perfect base for movie night (or for the dog).
Social – spacious enough to accommodate a number of guests, corner sofas make a great choice for social spaces. The corner formation also helps to encourage conversation.
So, what kinds of corner sofa are there?
Modular sofas – the majority of corner sofas we stock here at Nest are modular, giving you the flexibility to build your sofa exactly as you choose.
An inherently sustainable way to choose furniture, making it modular allows you the flexibility to mix things up in the future by simply adding or removing a module. This means you don’t have the expense of having to buy a completely new piece, and it reduces your long-term material consumption too. We are big believers of forever design here at Nest and think it’s great when a piece of furniture can move with you through life, adapting to your changing needs.
You can find more details about modular sofas in our modular sofa guide here.
Chaise sofas – not quite a corner sofa but almost. If you’re not sure whether a full-size corner sofa is for you, these can be a great choice. Chaise sofas offer increased seating space and an element of division whilst also keeping to a smaller footprint than most corner sofas.
Let us introduce you to some of our favourite corner sofa designs…
Gubi Flaneur Corner Sofa
Combining low, generous Italian proportions with a Scandinavian aesthetic – Gubi’s modular Flaneur sofa puts the emphasis on comfort. Released in 2020 and already nominated for Danish Design Award, this piece has the mark of a modern classic.
The Flaneur Sofa offers infinite possibilities thanks to its modular system, all without compromising on appearance or comfort. Its low expression and rounded form make it stand out from the crowd, offering something a little different to typical Northern European modular sofas.
Ferm Living Catena Sofa
This embracing, low-slung sofa is all about comfort. Its form inspired by beanbags, the Ferm Living Catena boasts an innovative microcellular foam inner to ensure maximum comfort and durability. A celebration of “low-living”, this sofa is the perfect choice for lounging.
Yet another modular system, the Catena series comprises of six individual modules that can be combined in multiple ways to create a personalised setup.
Vitra Soft Modular Corner Sofa
What do you get when you mix legendary British designer Jasper Morrison with upholstery experts, Vitra? Something special is the answer. The Vitra Soft Modular system is inspired by Morrison’s “super-normal design” concept – coupling a well-recognised, informal form with precise, expertly crafted details to elevate this design into something extraordinary.
We love this sofa for the flexibility it offers, functioning almost like an architectural element that can be incorporated into all types of interior.
Hay Mags Corner Modular Sofa
One of our most popular sofas here at Nest, the HAY Mags is universally loved for its distinctive, minimal aesthetic. Distilling the sofa to its purest form, the Mags combines maximum comfort, minimal details and the ultimate flexibility – we think that’s a combination that you can’t go wrong with!
The huge variety of modules on offer for the Mags system means that virtually anything is possible. Corner, two-seater, four-seater, chaise – this is a sofa design that does it all.
Muuto In Situ Corner Sofa
Another sofa that has the ability to scale up and down in size, the modular Muuto In Situ can become a compact two-seater or a generous corner sofa. Designers Anderssen & Voll have carefully crafted this design to hide the connections between the modular parts, making it read as one unified piece.
Combining elegant aesthetics with exquisite support and a practical modular system, the In Situ provides comfort on a grand scale.
Gubi Wonder Corner Sofa
Designed as a place for moments of calm and reflection – the Gubi Wonder Sofa is elegantly simple and oh so comfortable. Taking classic 70s lounge furniture and updating it for the modern-day, this sofa is generous with space – its pared-back frame making the most of the plump cushions. It has also been designed to offer ergonomic support, providing a comfortable place to sit over long periods.
A modular design – maximise your comfort with a generous corner configuration or opt for something smaller, it’s up to you!
Buying a new sofa is a big (but exciting!) decision and if you’re considering investing in a corner sofa, we hoped we’ve helped a little with this guide. If you’d like any more information about the designs mentioned above or would simply like to chat to one of our team about other options – we are always happy to help. You can reach the team over email, on the phone on 0114 243 3000 or via LiveChat.