Corner sofas - why are they so popular?

(30 Posts)
LittleFrieda Wed 13-Mar-13 12:18:13

They are everywhere. Ugh.

noisytoys Wed 13-Mar-13 12:21:52

Because nothing else fits into my small, square living room

Jacksterbear Wed 13-Mar-13 12:23:31

Um, I guess because you get more seating space for less room space?

littlehalo Wed 13-Mar-13 12:23:57

I'd like one, whenever I visit friends who have them they always feel really social - sharing the same comfy space without being squashed up against each other or sitting directly opposite.

ouryve Wed 13-Mar-13 12:27:06

I really don't see the point of the chaise corner sofas - they're just massive 3 seaters - but we're looking to replace our current two small sofas with a proper corner sofa which has more proper seating, can be layed down on and takes up less space.

msrisotto Wed 13-Mar-13 12:28:23

Because they're COMFY! I love mine 'cos I can sit in the corner and stretch my legs out.

CuddyMum Wed 13-Mar-13 15:20:44

We've just ordered one - so we can all sit together at night plus the dog can have the chaise bit too!

MothershipG Wed 13-Mar-13 18:21:03

So comfy if you're the type to lounge on the sofa, best spot is the corner, dog thinks so too but even she has to move when I want it, it's mine, all mine! I'm usually well wedged in with DD snuggling one side and youngest dog on my lap, middle dog on chaise bit, it's my happy place. grin

ILikeBirds Wed 13-Mar-13 18:22:32

I think corner sofas can work well in some places, but not into the current sofas with chaise things that are popular right now, neither one thing or the other.

We have a small snug as well as a lounge/kitchen/diner and would love to do something like www.cocokelley.com/2012/08/room-of-the-week-8-2-2/

herhonesty Wed 13-Mar-13 18:57:56

Agree. They are on the whole, gopping.

TooYappy Wed 13-Mar-13 19:03:07

I had one when I had a small square living room, then I moved to a bigger house, then I moved again to this house which is bigger again but an odd shape (rectangle) tbh the corner sofa was nice but from Land of Leather and I sat on it with a damp dressing gown and left an ass imprint so sent it back.

That white one would look lovely in here, as it is I have a 3 seater and a 2 seater all along one wall, it's like coming to the cinema.

LittleFrieda Wed 13-Mar-13 22:19:17

They are basically an admission that your sitting room is all about watching the telly. There is nothing sociable about a corner sofa.

TooYappy the arse imprint has made me cry with laughter. grin

LittleFrieda Wed 13-Mar-13 22:21:04

They are everywhere. In beige.

ILikeBirds Wed 13-Mar-13 22:33:40

We have a corner sofa but no TV, not sure what that's an admission of smile

MothershipG Thu 14-Mar-13 07:07:54

Watching tv is what we use our sitting room for! 99% of social activity is conducted in the kitchen, around the table, we don't have a tv in there, like many people seem to now, so when we want to watch we go into our tiny square sitting room and sit on our corner sofa. It suits us, how we organise our live and use our home, so I'm not quite sure what gopping means but we like our sofa. hmm

Contradictionincarnate Thu 14-Mar-13 07:19:42

I have one and its beige!
have small square living room and delivery guys had problems getting that in! wouldn't want anything else though as it is so comfy ... surely thats the main thing!?

Contradictionincarnate Thu 14-Mar-13 07:24:06

our dining room is bigger than living room no tv ... that's the room to chat over food etc ... living room I relax lie back and read and yes watch tv ... I would prefer a tv that disappeared away when not watching it but if I could afford that I would get a house with another reception room!

insancerre Thu 14-Mar-13 07:25:35

I love mine, it is so comfy. The corner bit is mine, I can stretch my legs out either way. It's a proper corner one though, and in black fabric, not leather.
My lounge is a lounge diner and the sofa divided the dining area from the lounge area. The long bit faces the woodburner- I love just watching the fire when it is cold outside, it's better than watching the tv most of the time.
We can also fit lots of people on it at parties- 10 in fact- I have the photo on facebook to prove it grin

Pascha Thu 14-Mar-13 07:26:48

Why are they popular? Because they're practical and comfortable. I'd have one over an uncomfortable leather Chesterfield any day.

Didn't know we had sofa snobs on MN.

msrisotto Thu 14-Mar-13 07:40:44

You have to wonder, if everyone else likes something, why don't you? grin

ihearsounds Thu 14-Mar-13 07:56:36

Nothing to do with slobbing out on front of the tv, but about space and having at least 6 people in my house. My corner sofa is massive and often has 10 people sitting on it. Having 3 seaters takes up more space, and then you have the isssue of where people sit.

FierceBadIggi Thu 14-Mar-13 08:03:43

Is it just me, who is picturing Insancerre sitting on the sofa, legs akimbo in an inviting manner?
I love mine, it is so comfy. The corner bit is mine, I can stretch my legs out either way.
Maybe this is why people buy them.
Like all things sofa, they were fashionable, then they weren't, now they are again. Which is good news for sofa shops who want us to keep updating!

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Thu 14-Mar-13 08:21:03

It's definitely the 'corner' bit that makes it well worth having. Mine is fabric too, and it's a bit like getting a nice hug when you are wedged into the corner, TV remote in easy reach, munchies to hand. Mine doesn't even fit well in my living room, I bought it anticipating moving home so am stuck with it now but it's still my favourite 'thing' that I own.

I have just bought a corner sofa today as we'e been after one for years.
we live in a Victorian terrace and the front room is 12ft square. we currently have a large 3 seater and large 2 seater, which are very very comfy and big enough to lie on, yet are in the way!
We have double doors separating the living and dining rooms and can only open one door, we have an unused space in the corner and we struggle to get in the gas cupboard.
The best bit about our new corner sofa was the price- £200 from the local Emmaus charity shop- they knocked off £50 as they are taking our old leather sofas- delivery was free too!
Its a M&S one.

Oreocrumbs Thu 14-Mar-13 21:25:46

I have one, that because I cocked up the measurments we have arranged in a C shape, so we get two corners grin.

Having said that I bloody hate it.

I have no option to rearrange the layout of the room, and I like to do that every once in a while and it looks a mess - It's one of those big squishy ones with loads of cushions. Looks like an unmade bed most of the time.

Practical yes, we can get full family and 4 dogs on, but beautiful no.

I paid a lot for it, so it is staying for now, but I really want to change it for 2 sofas, or even a good old fashioned 3 piece suite!

GreenEggsAndNichts Thu 14-Mar-13 21:59:04

FierceBad am so glad someone else had the same thought grin

I have mixed views on corner sofas. I love the one a friend of mine has, it divides the room well and it's very sociable (four of us get together regularly and we all have plenty of space to deal with her dog leaping at us randomly!)

I have two sofas in pretty much the same formation, so I'm not sure why I don't want one for myself. I think in the end we'll get rid of one of the sofas and get two armchairs, but I'm still undecided. obviously.

CointreauVersial Thu 14-Mar-13 22:12:24

Love mine!

There are five of us, so we need two sofas. The only two walls in the living room that could take sofas are at right-angles to each other, and before we bought the corner sofa we had a little empty pointless square in the corner, where the arms of the two sofas touched.

Our corner sofa is a modern, fairly minimal design, with no squashy ruched bits, and looks lovely, imho. But it is dark brown leather. And I have twigs' n' shit, so there.wink

Glittertwins Sat 16-Mar-13 07:44:50

Conventional sofas don't fit in our room. We used to have a large sofa bed and two chairs when had my flat but the shape of room made it awkward to walk round to get to the dining table. The corner sofa gives us the seating room we need without the problems.

DizzyHoneyBee Sat 16-Mar-13 21:26:38

Because they are big and you can sleep on them when you are not well, you can share them with children and both stretch out your legs without kicking each other. I used to have one but exchanged it for having the new floor fitted for free; it was an inch too long to fit in my new house sad
Now we have a two seater and an arm chair plus a couple of bean chairs.

MrsSonky Sat 16-Mar-13 21:27:47

I've got the Karlstad one from Ikea in beige! And I love it.

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