Last updated: August 6, 2021

Do you have less space in your living room but still want to create enough seating for guests? Then you should think about buying a corner sofa. The purchase of a corner sofa should be well thought out, as a corner sofa is a real eye-catcher. What quality features should a corner sofa have? What different types of corner sofas are there for you to buy?

Answers to the most frequently asked questions can be found here in the large corner sofa test 2021. We present various corner sofas to help you make your purchase decision. In addition, you will find helpful tips and tricks on how to optimally position and clean your corner sofa in our guide. Regardless of whether you choose a corner sofa with a seating function or a sleeping function, we will tell you about the advantages and disadvantages of the different types.




Summary

  • A corner sofa is usually a long-term purchase. You should therefore take enough time to think about how you want to use the sofa and how it should look.
  • In addition to the countless design options, a basic distinction is made between corner sofas with a pure seating function and corner sofas with a sleeping function, where there is also the option of a permanent sleeper.
  • Corner sofas can be the ideal purchase for a smaller budget and little space, so that you can still offer enough seating without having to sacrifice comfort.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a corner sofa

Who is a corner sofa suitable for?

In principle, a corner sofa is suitable for anyone looking for a new sofa. However, in order to enjoy your new sofa for a long time, it is important to think about what you are actually looking for before you buy.

You should be aware that a corner sofa can become a real eye-catcher in a room and should therefore be coordinated with the rest of the furnishings. Think about what you will enjoy for a long time.

A corner sofa sets accents in every living room. (Image source: pexels.com /
Isabelle Taylor)

However, you should be aware that not every design will fit into your own four walls, no matter how much you like it. Things like size, design and shape are important factors when buying a corner sofa.

A corner sofa offers more space than ordinary two- or three-seaters. For a family with several members or people who like to receive guests, a corner sofa can be a good choice. The comfort that a corner sofa can offer should not be underestimated either. Connected reclining elements of a corner sofa turn it into a cosy reading corner or ideal for relaxed TV evenings.

The corner sofa is a very popular sofa design, which is why this piece of furniture is also available in a wide variety of sizes, designs and shapes. The large assortment does not necessarily make the purchase decision easier, but it guarantees that everyone will find a suitable corner sofa.

What size and shape should I buy a corner sofa in?

A corner sofa takes up a not inconsiderable part of the room. The size and the desired shape are therefore two of the first factors you should think about.

You should measure the room and the place where the corner sofa will later be placed precisely to avoid any unpleasant surprises after the purchase. Be aware of any doors, windows, boxes or sockets that you might be able to obstruct with the sofa.

You should also bear in mind that the furniture often looks smaller in the showrooms and the large sales areas of the furniture store than it does in your home. It is therefore essential to take measurements.

You should also think about the shape you want beforehand. Corner sofas come in two different shapes:

  • L-shape
  • U-shape

It should also be noted here that corner sofas are available both without and with reclining elements. You should also plan the way the sofa will fit into the room. Not every sofa fits through every door.

How much does a corner sofa cost?

The price range of corner sofas is extremely wide. Before buying, you should therefore think about a fixed budget to which you will adhere.

Of course, the final price always depends on the desired features, such as the size, the material and the desired features. For example, small corner sofas are already available for around €200 at discount furniture stores.

In the luxury class, a corner sofa can cost several thousand euros. It all depends on what you want and what your budget allows.

If you want a corner sofa with a sleep function, you could find one for €250 and up. However, you should be aware that there are enormous differences in quality. Especially with a corner sofa that will also serve as a permanent sleeper, i.e. as a bed, it is important to pay attention to the quality of sleep. You should plan for a larger budget of at least 400€-700€.

Don't forget the possible costs for delivery of your new piece of furniture if you are not able to transport it yourself.

What quality features should I look for before buying a corner sofa?

With such a wide price range, there are of course huge differences in quality to consider. Here is a short list of the most important features:

Quality feature Information
Processing Check the processing of the seams. Seams that run neatly and are stitched close together promise good quality.
Frame Solid wood would be desirable. But other wood materials are also fine. In any case, you should avoid cheap constructions made of styrofoam or even cardboard.
Odours Unfortunately, new products are often accompanied by unpleasant odours because the materials are often treated with chemicals. Penetrating, pungent odours, however, indicate poor quality and could even be harmful to health under certain circumstances.
Noises Do a seat test. Not only to test whether the couch offers the expected comfort, but also to identify annoying noises that could indicate poor workmanship.

There are also various quality seals that promise quality. Look for them when buying and ask your salesperson.

What are the alternatives to a corner sofa?

Although a corner sofa has its advantages, there are of course various alternatives. You can simply buy an ordinary sofa without a corner section. Here you also have the opportunity to get hold of a matching stool to extend your sofa.

If the space in your home and your budget allow it, you can also opt for two individual sofas. Another option is to choose one or more multifunctional armchairs instead of a sofa. A sofa bed can also be a sensible alternative.

Decision: What types of corner sofa are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, we distinguish between these types of corner sofas:

  • Corner sofa with seating function only
  • Corner sofa with sleep function

In the following, we explain the different types and their respective advantages and disadvantages. In this way, we want to help you find the corner sofa that suits you best.

What distinguishes a corner sofa with a pure seating function and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

You probably won't be short of corner sofas to choose from. But whether you will find the right one for you is another question.

If you have a limited budget, limited space and don't need another sleeping option, a corner sofa without additional functions is probably just the right thing for you, so that you can still offer your guests enough seating.

Advantages
  • Available for a low price
  • Many seating options
  • Wide choice
Disadvantages
  • No sleeping function
  • Cannot be enlarged
  • Possibly poorer quality upholstery

If you are one of those people who like to lie on the couch in front of the TV, read a book in peace or simply put your legs up in the evening, then it certainly makes sense to choose a sofa with an attached reclining element. This reclining area is also known as a reclamière or ottoman.

The following list gives you a brief overview of the most important advantages and disadvantages of a corner sofa with a pure seating function:

What distinguishes a corner sofa with a sleeping function and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

In contrast to a corner sofa with a pure seating function, a corner sofa with a sleeping function has the obvious advantage that it can also serve as a sleeping option.

However, you should distinguish whether you want to use the sofa as a permanent sleeper, i.e. whether you want it to serve as your bed at the same time, or whether you only want to use it occasionally as a place to sleep for a guest.

A permanent sleeper is particularly advantageous if you only have limited space in your flat, but you don't want to do without a couch. This is especially true of student flats, one-room flats or rooms for children and young people, which often only offer space for a bed OR a sofa. A corner sofa as a permanent sleeper could provide relief here, so that there is room for both in the room.

Advantages
  • Additional sleeping option
  • Can also serve as a permanent sleeper
  • Space-saving
  • Often additional storage space in the bed drawer
Disadvantages
  • Higher prices
  • Large differences in quality
  • Possible conversion from sofa to bed
  • Possible moving of adjacent pieces of furniture

There are even folding systems that allow the corner sofa to become a bed with a real mattress, as you can see in the following video.

However, you should be aware before buying a permanent sofa that good quality can be reflected in the price. However, good quality is of enormous importance here in order to ensure a good quality of sleep.

Below you will also find the most important advantages and disadvantages of a corner sofa with sleep function at a glance.

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate corner sofas

In the following, we show you which criteria you can use to compare and evaluate corner sofas. This will make it easier for you to get an overview and decide on a suitable and effective model.

In summary, these are the following criteria:

  • Comfort/upholstery
  • Colour
  • Material
  • Back and seat depth adjustment, headrest adjustment
  • High-tech features
  • Bed base/storage space

In the following, you can read about the respective criteria and find out why it makes sense for you to purchase a Modfell based on the criteria or not.

Upholstery

In principle, there are two options to choose from when it comes to upholstery. Either you want a firm or a soft padding.

A characteristic of soft upholstery is that the sofa adapts and you sink in a little when sitting. Younger people prefer this type of upholstery, while older people usually opt for the firm upholstery because it makes it easier to stand up.

Also worth mentioning are the different types of sofa upholstery, which include:

  • Spring core
  • Cold foam
  • Box spring
  • Spring wood slats

Colour

The colour of the corner sofa has not been dealt with much so far, but it is not insignificant in the decision-making process.

The possibilities here are endless, but in most cases they provide an important criterion for decision-making, as the colour is often already decided in advance.

Of course, the colour depends on your individual taste and the colour scheme of your interior. Neutral tones such as grey, brown or black are very popular, however, as they fit in almost everywhere, are less susceptible to dirt and are easy to combine with other colours.

Material

Basically, there are three different cover materials to choose from:

  • Textile covers
  • Leather
  • Imitation leather

Bed base/storage space

An included bed base or storage space inside the corner sofa can also be a selling point. In order to make ideal use of the space, hidden storage spaces in or under corner sofas are particularly appreciated in small flats or children's rooms.

For example, you can find versions where the seat can be folded upwards and various items can be hidden away inconspicuously. Drawers underneath the corner sofa can also help.

Back and seat depth adjustment, headboard adjustment and relax function

Another criterion when buying a corner sofa can be the features it contains. Since buying a corner sofa is a long-term purchase, many people attach great importance to the multifunctionality of the piece of furniture.

If the back, armrests and headrests or even the seat depth can be adjusted, these can be powerful selling points. Although this goes beyond the features of standard corner sofas, such functions are becoming increasingly popular with buyers and can make a significant contribution to sitting and reclining comfort.

Corner sofas with a reclining function are sofas that can be converted into reclining elements at the touch of a button. This is usually achieved with fold-out footrests and adjustable backrests.

Some sofas can even be adjusted electronically, which avoids impractical, and above all unpopular, manual adjustment.

High-tech features

High-tech features such as massage functions, built-in sockets and USB ports, LED lights or mobile phone charging stations can also play a role in the purchase decision and are becoming increasingly popular.

When it comes to additional features for your sofa, no wish has to remain unfulfilled these days. (Image source: pexels.com / Pixabay)

Even features like built-in seat heating are no longer a dream. However, you should be aware that these high-end features will be reflected in the price of the corner sofa and that the sofa also requires a power connection.

Facts worth knowing about corner sofas

How do I place a corner sofa?

As already mentioned, a sofa is the eye-catcher in a room. So think about where the piece of furniture makes sense. When placing it, consider doors, windows or any drawers. TV connections and sockets should also be taken into account. In small rooms, the space for a corner sofa is usually limited and does not leave much room for manoeuvre.

However, if space allows, a corner sofa does not have to be placed exclusively in the corner. It can become the focal point of the room and a kind of island within the room. A matching armchair, a stool or a free-standing ottoman are suitable additions to the living area.

How do I style a corner sofa?

The furnishing is often only complete with the right details and accessories and is often the be-all and end-all of a cosy home.

To give the new piece of furniture the right setting, it is important to coordinate the sofa with the rest of the furnishings. Decorative cushions and blankets on the corner sofa not only make it look cosier, they can also bring colour into the room if you have chosen a neutral colour for the cover.

Another way to make the living area look cosier is with a rug. There are two ways to do this: You can either place the rug under the corner sofa or in front of it. However, pay attention to the size: a rug that is too small looks lost next to a large sofa.

The coffee table also contributes to the appearance of the corner sofa. The style of the table should definitely match the sofa and also be of an appropriate height.

How do I clean a corner sofa? How do I prevent wear and tear?

The correct cleaning depends on the cover material of the corner sofa. In any case, follow the care instructions for your corner sofa. However, it would be advantageous to use a hoover with an upholstery nozzle to quickly remove crumbs, dust and hair.

With leather couches, a damp cloth is often sufficient for wiping. If not, a curd soap or saddle soap from the equestrian supply can help. Also bear in mind that you should soak certain genuine leather covers from time to time to maintain and impregnate the leather.

For textile covers, a steam cleaner or vacuum cleaner can be helpful. With upholstery cleaners, beware of caustic or bleaching chemicals that leave unsightly stains. If nothing else helps, reupholstering your textile couch may be an option.

If you don't want to let it get that far, you can consider a cover or pad for the seats to prevent the wear and tear from getting to that point. Especially if you own a pet that likes to sit on the couch, this would be worth considering.

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