Pile on: 6 of the Best Corner and L-Shape Sofas

If you're expecting a crowd for Christmas and you don't have a roomy sofa, it could be the time to assess your seating needs.

Assuming you have the space, the benefits of a corner or L-shape sofa are numerous, from comfortably accommodating family and guests to snuggling up with your favourite person or pet, to just sprawling out on your own in front of a box set once the festive madness is over.

Styles range from traditional shapes to contemporary low-slung options, and there are those with co-ordinating corner units and footstools for fully reclining or perching drinks, nibbles and phones.

Most of the models in our edit have a choice of fabrics for the upholstery, with bang on trend plush velvet featuring heavily, alongside subtle linen blends in colours as far and wide as beautiful burnt orange and pastel pink to natural oatmeal and soft grey.

Check out thecolourful sofas in these winning schemes.

Before you take the plunge measure up properly and map out the floor area with newspaper to see how much floorspace a corner sofa will take up. You want to be able to easily walk around it and for it to not interrupt the flow of the room. This will also enable you to decide whether to have armrests on either side or just on one side and whether you have space for a coffee table or occasional table nearby.

Pick up or order swatches from the manufacturer so you can see the colour of the fabric in your own home in natural light during the day and in the evening, rather than just in the artificial light of a showroom or on a screen, as this will not be a true reflection of the real colour.

If sticky fingers or Cab Sav spillages are a potential issue, think about easy to clean fabrics or darker tones (just be aware that many sofa orders can have a six-ten week lead time).

See theseliving rooms with stand out style.

Shiki corner sofa, £4,287, Damian Williamson for Zanotta at Chaplins

Shiki corner sofa, £4,287, Damian Williamson for Zanotta at Chaplins

Inspired by the simplicity of the traditional Japanese futon, this sofa is by designer Damian Williamson for Zanotta and features a deep squishy quilted base that's perfect for lounging.

New York two-seater sofa with chaise in Pink Caledio Cotton Linen Blend, £2,725, Graham and Green

New York two-seater sofa with chaise in Pink Caledio Cotton Linen Blend, £2,725, Graham and Green

This low slung model is available with right or left corner options, as a two-seater or three and with a footstool for total relaxation.

Luna large corner sofa in Marylebone Velvet in Mint, from £7,199, Heal’s

Luna large corner sofa in Marylebone Velvet in Mint, from £7,199, Heal’s

This generously proportioned number can be arranged in various configurations.

Exclusif modular sofa in Astrid fabric, £8,782, Didier Gomez for Ligne Roset

Exclusif modular sofa in Astrid fabric, £8,782, Didier Gomez for Ligne Roset

A multitude of options are available with this modular model, from asymmetrical arm rests for lounging left or right to full back support or a combination of elements to suit your space.

Slim Jim corner sofa in Old Orange Clever Deep Velvet, £3,665, Loaf

Slim Jim corner sofa in Old Orange Clever Deep Velvet, £3,665, Loaf

This slim armed sofa managed to be roomy without taking up too much space. It also come sin 5 sizes and 155 fabrics.

Slim Jim corner sofa in Old Orange Clever Deep Velvet, £3,665, Loaf

Slim Jim corner sofa in Old Orange Clever Deep Velvet, £3,665, Loaf

This slim armed sofa managed to be roomy without taking up too much space. It also come sin 5 sizes and 155 fabrics.

Landau right-corner sofa in Bordeaux Easy Velvet, £2,099, Swoon

Landau right-corner sofa in Bordeaux Easy Velvet, £2,099, Swoon

This sleek sofa combines a low slung shape with luxe buttoning and has a single cushion on each section so there's less chance of losing your phone in the crevices.