Corner sofas are sought after because they provide great seating area with a relatively small footprint. Meaning you get more places to sit per square metre. However, they are not suitable for every room and can be too small for some rooms. This isn’t just in terms of being able to fit the sofa in, but also to fit your life in around it. Luckily, they come in all shapes and sizes, so just choose carefully and heed the advice to follow...
Firstly, you will need to ascertain whether or not your desired sofa will fit through the doors (the front door and the doors that lead to the room in which the sofa will reside). It sounds so simple, but so many people make this mistake only to have to watch their dream sofa have to be loaded back onto the lorry when it can’t even get in the front door. It can happen! So, to begin with you will need to take a good look at that desirable sofa in the showroom and think, “is this just designed for the fabulously wealthy with double front doors?!”. Here’s kind of what I have in mind: How to get big sofas through the door.
Speaking of measuring, the most obvious answer to the question “how do I tell if my room is too small for a corner sofa?” is “how big is the room?”. Again, sounds like a simple enough question to ask oneself, but it isn’t just a matter of whether the sofa will fit in a room. Many rooms will fit even the largest corner sofa, but can you then get in and out of the room? Will there be enough room to walk around it? Will there be enough room for two people to walk around it at the same time (i.e. without causing a traffic jam in your lounge)?
Secondly, there is your lifestyle to consider. If you have a small living room and have your heart set on a corner, will it fit in with your everyday comings and goings. A case in point would be a small family, with a newborn. The corner sofa you lovingly installed in the front room might become a nightmare if you discover you can’t get the pram to fit past it. Trying to manoeuvre a sleeping baby through a minefield of bumps and scrapes behind the vast corner sofa is not conducive to a happy family. Nor is trying to squeeze through a small gap between the wall and the settee with a tray of hot food or, more drastically, of full glasses of wine!
Flow of the room
Then you might want to think about the flow of the room. Will the sofa cut off the most obvious path through the room? You may like the idea of creating an interesting new way through which to amble to the next room. But when you’re in a hurry to get out of the front door or if you hear the potatoes boiling over in the kitchen, you won’t appreciate that extra mileage. Don’t disrupt the natural flow of a room for the sake of an oversized sofa. You don’t want to end up with a confusing room like this:
Will the sofa block a cupboard or doorway? There is no point compromising on the off chance that you won’t mind lugging a heavy sofa back and forth every time you need access to said doorway or cupboard. It will become tedious and whatever is kept in that cupboard will stay there for eternity, gathering dust because, trust us, eventually you will give up on moving the sofa! Likewise, you may think that you won’t miss the view from a full length window that the sofa might have to go in front of. But you will. And people will comment on the strangeness of this decision.
Take into account the direction the corner sofa will face. This covers a multitude of reasons for not choosing certain sofas. The most obvious reason for not buying an oversized sofa is if any position on the sofa cannot see the TV. For some, this could spell disaster – the resulting arguments over who is where on the sofa will be terrible. Perhaps TV isn’t your focal point in the lounge, or you’re lucky enough to have a TV room for that sort of thing. In that case, think about whether the sofa will be able to face the window or the fire or whatever is the focus in that room. Here’s a handy guide on arranging living room furniture.
In summary, you need to think hard about purchasing a sofa, whatever the size or shape. Consider the layout of the room, the dimensions of the sofa and the focal point in the room. Take into account existing furniture such as coffee tables, lamps or side tables. Above all, contemplate daily life with a sofa that shape and size, will it fit around you, or will you be struggling to fit around it?