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

Timeless (and roomy) designs for lounging in style...

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 the colourful 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 these living rooms with stand out style.

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