A Corner or Regular Sofa: Which One to Choose?

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Corner sofas tend to be larger than their regular counterparts but that’s not the only difference between them. Read this article to find out which type of furniture suits you best!

When selecting a sofa, some consumers can’t decide whether they want a regular or a corner one. Both types of furniture provide a superb level of comfort and never go out of fashion. Both have their respective pros and cons. Read this article to find out which of these two types of sofas suits you best!

The Reasons for Buying a Corner Sofa

A corner sofa has a corner partway along it. Some of the seats are at right angles to the others. There is a joining seam where two cushions meet on the corner units. Such a sofa looks and feels like the direct opposite of the bench-style seat cushion with its smooth, clean lines. Most furniture pieces of this type are L-shaped so one edge is shorter than the other. The most popular options are a one and a three-sided corner sofa or a two and a four. However, both edges might be of equal length.

This type of sofa is great for families who love to spend time together. You can lie down and stretch your legs while your kids are playing on the other segment. Or, you can invite friends to watch a movie and enjoy a lengthy conversation on a sofa.

Compared to their regular counterparts, corner sofas look more modern. They are better suited for contemporary homes rather than classic ones. They enable you to maximize your floor space or create several zones within a larger living area with a natural partition.

Such a sofa enables you to make the most of every inch of the room. If you push it right into the corner, it will provide you with a lot of seating space without making the room feel crammed. If you place two regular sofas at 90-degree angles to each other, this won’t look as aesthetically appealing and feel as comfortable. Some might say that the break between sofas gives you the chance to decorate it with a small side table, a floor lamp or a plant. But you can easily put these nice objects somewhere else.

Some consumers think a corner sofa might occupy too much space because of its luxuriously deep seat cushions. That’s not always true. If the space in your living room is limited, you can easily find a compact sofa with narrow cushions.

As was said above, most corner sofas have a long edge and a shorter edge. They can’t fit just any random spot in the premise. The good thing is that many manufacturers normally make the same corner sofa model available in two variants: in left or right-hand configurations. Nevertheless, before ordering this piece of furniture, you need to think carefully about where you’ll place it. You should take into account such interior elements as the door, the windows, the fireplace, the TV, built-in shelving and so on. Plus, you should assess the width of your doors, corridors and stairs to make sure the corner sofa fits there.

Arguments for Purchasing a Regular Sofa

Compared to a corner sofa, its regular counterpart is much more flexible. The latter won’t dominate the premise as much as the former. You’ll be able to freely move it around the room every few months. Each time you replace your two- or three-seater, it will give the space a completely new look.

If you opt for a regular sofa, it should be easy for you to introduce other types of furniture into the room, such as coffee tables and armchairs. Plus, you might want to relocate the sofa from your living room to other parts of your home, such as a study, a conservatory or the kids’ playroom. A corner sofa will hardly fit into a compact space.

If you’re planning to move to a new house or apartment in a couple of years, you might prefer a regular sofa. You can be sure you’ll find the place for this furniture item in one of the rooms. The situation with a corner sofa might be a bit trickier. When you inspect and measure your new home, it might seem to you that your corner sofa will fit there nicely. But when you finish decorating the room, you might suddenly find out that the unit doesn’t look stunning there. Its proportions might be wrong for the room and you might fail to foresee that in advance.

Regular sofas are perfect for those who have small families and don’t invite guests that often (or invite them frequently but the guests are not too numerous). When large corner sofas stay empty for a long time, they lose a certain part of their charm. A snug two-seater sofa is ideal for creating an intimate atmosphere in the room. It’s not by chance that it’s also known as the love seat.

Some might say regular sofas are “boring”. But that’s not true. For instance, a recliner sofa also belongs to the regular type. It can spoil you with an unparalleled level of comfort after a long busy day. Besides, regular sofas are indispensable for small guest rooms. They allow you to double the sleeping space quickly and easily.

If you buy two regular sofas, they can substitute a corner one when you need it. On other occasions, you can find another configuration for them.

Last but not least, regular sofas are usually cheaper than their corner counterparts.


Hopefully, you found this article informative and now you have a better understanding of which type of contemporary sectional you might want to buy for your home. Corner sofas are incredibly comfortable and ideal for large families. On the flip side, they don’t give you too much flexibility: once you find a place for the unit, you might not be able to relocate it to another position or another room as freely as its regular counterpart. A regular sofa occupies less space and doesn’t dominate the room as much as the corner one. You’ll be able to move it around the house as frequently as you wish.

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