Comfy, casual and conducive to socialising, the best L-shaped sofas come in a plethora of styles and configurations.
These laid-back yet luxurious loungers are well-suited to modern homes, allowing you to make use of dead corners, define open spaces or create statement seating areas.
Whether you opt for a sofa with a love seat, a sofa with a chaise or two single-arm sofas with a corner section, there's plenty to suit a variety of layouts and living arrangements.
In terms of styles, there are contemporary twists on classic designs, chunky over-sized cushions and louche linear silhouettes.
1. Best chunky L-shaped sofas
Price: from $13,750
This top of the range sofa is available with a left or right chaise for lounging, or as a corner sectional for further seating. It has individually articulating headrests so wherever you sit you can adjust to just the right angle and height for reading or watching TV.
This versatile two piece sectional sofa can be positioned in an L-shape or with the armless section placed opposite or to the side as a lounge chair. It's upholstered in top grain leather for an earthy natural look.
2. Best linear L-shaped sofas
Sleek, stylish and sumptuous, the Decker sectional is offered with five layout options; as a two or three piece, with sofa, love seat and corner seat, with arms on the left, right or both sides. Plus a selection of six luxe upholstery fabrics.
Price: from $6,798
Choose 108" or 130" for this beauty with left or right orientation. The top grain leather has a soft suede-like feel and is treated with wax and oil for a distressed finish that will be enhanced with age.
3. Best statement L-shaped sofas
At 105.5"x105" or 125.5"x125.5", this fabulous sofa comes in three sections; left arm facing, right arm facing and a corner seat for statement, symmetrical seating. The white upholstery is performance fabric that's able to withstand the odd spill.
With its curved silhouette, minimalist design, and pristine ivory upholstery, the Harlowe sectional sofa would make a stand-out centrepiece in a design scheme. It's made up of four pieces and comfortably seats six.
4. Best tufted L-shaped sofas
Upholstered in "Sapphire Birch" velvet fabric, with diamond button-tufting and nailhead trims, this sleek sofa combines modern clean lines with traditional detailing. At 101"x 101", it could be used to divide an open living area or tucked into a corner.
Price: from $6,7,00
Made up of two parts, a sofa and a single-arm love seat, Baxter is a modern twist on the classic Chesterfield. Deep button-tufting brings a plush finish to this otherwise minimal piece. Choose from over 70 upholstery options.
Are L-shaped sofas a good idea?
Sofas that enable you to seat more people, socialise or lounge are a popular choice. Some L-shaped sofas are made in a way that allows flexibility too, such as those comprised of a three-seater sofa and an armless love seat, which can be configured as an L-shape or separately.
'The advantages of an L-shaped sofa is that it generally offers ample seating with only a little more square footage required,' adds Madison Adam, interior design services manager at Article.
'L-shaped sofas are a type of sectional sofa composed of two conjoined sections. Typically, one side is a chaise module to create an ‘L’ orientation. These sofas can be oriented the same way as a typical sofa, either up against the wall or ‘float’ in the middle of the room where you want to create natural partitions.
'If you’re buying an L-shaped sectional, consider how much space you have around the sofa. Ensure there’s at least 1’ in front of the sofa for adequate space to get around, more if you’re considering pairing the sofa with a coffee table.
'Determine the layout of your space and the various arrangements L-shaped sofas come in. Consider your sight-lines and which configuration best suits your needs.'
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