Tips for Buying an L Shaped Sofa

An L shaped sofa or corner sofa is a popular choice of furniture for the modern day home offering a practical alternative to the traditional three piece suite. L shaped sofas come in all shapes, sizes and finishes so there is a good chance you can find the perfect corner suite for your living space. With so many options available, shopping for a corner suite can seem like a daunting task, here are a few tips to hopefully make the process of buying a new L shaped sofa a little easier.

Which type should I buy?

There are two main types of L shaped sofas available, those with an arm on each end or those with a chaise lounge section. A chaise lounge is an extended part of the sofa specifically designed for lying back and putting your feet up! You can add a footstool to a standard sofa to achieve a similar effect. Other variations of L shape sofas available include a corner sofa bed which comprises a standard corner sofa with built in bed settee and modular corner sofas where pieces can be added or removed to create the perfect sofa for your room.

Do I have enough space?

It is advisable when buying new settees to measure your existing suite and compare this with the dimensions of any new sofas, however if you are switching from a standard suite to a corner sofa it can be difficult to visualise the size. For this reason it is a good idea to mark out the footprint of the new L shape sofa using newspaper on your lounge floor, even if it is a small corner sofa which you are buying, this will give you a good idea of the floor space required and also how much room you will have left in your room to move around and for other items of furniture.

Will I be able to get the sofa into my property?

Corner sofas are generally much bigger than a standard (fixed) settee, for this reason L shaped sofas are manufactured in several pieces to enable easier delivery and storage. At the point of sale, as with all home furniture it is worth asking the sales representative the minimum opening required to fit the largest section into the home.

Left or right hand facing?

L shaped sofas which incorporate a chaise longue section are in most cases available as either left or right hand facing, this is reference to whether the chaise longue is on the left or right hand side of the sofa, be careful when buying either a left or right hand facing corner sofa as some furniture stores will class a corner sofa as either left / right hand facing if you are sat on the sofa and other will class it as left / right when looking at the sofa, this can lead to confusion, make sure this is cleared up at the point of sale to ensure you end up buying the correct L shaped sofa.

Cheap Corner Sofas: How to Get the Best Settee Deal

Cheap corner sofas are in huge demand at the moment. Corner suites have grown in popularity in recent years offering a contemporary furnishing solution to the modern home. Corner units come in many shapes, sizes and finishes and there are some great deals to be had both on the high street and on the web, by shopping around and doing your homework it is possible to buy a cheap leather corner sofa that meets all of your furnishing needs.

Buying on the high street

The obvious advantage of buying a sofa from a high street store is the opportunity the customer has to see the corner sofa ‘in the flesh’ and try it out. It can be almost impossible to gauge the comfort and feel of a sofa from an image alone however much information is given, nothing beats being able to actually sit on a sofa. The disadvantage of buying on the high street is that prices tend to be more expensive. Big high street shops have big overheads (rent and rates, sales staff etc.) and unfortunately these costs will be built into the sofas that they sell. You are also able to speak with sales staff and ask them any questions.

Buying on the internet

Cheap leather sofas are much more widely available on the web than the high street and you can shop for them from the comfort of your home. Unlike high street stores, online sellers are able to keep their overheads low and pass these cost savings onto the consumer. It is also easier to search for exactly what you are looking for and make easy comparisons between different models. Unfortunately these savings are at the cost of not being able to see or try out the sofas before they arrive in your home. For this reason, when buying a cheap leather sofa online it is important to do your research.

Carefully take note of any dimensions and make comparisons to your existing furniture it can be difficult to gauge the size of a new corner sofa without seeing it in person first. Many online retailers will also offer a swatch service whereby a sample of the material can be provided, again it can be quite difficult to fully appreciate the finish of a sofa from an online image alone.

It is also possible to negotiate a better deal when buying a cheap corner sofa online, with so much competition between sellers online a lot of sellers offer price match comparison deals or will be happy to offer a better price when asked. If you don’t ask, you don’t get!

Online auction sites such as ebay are also great places to source cheap corner sofas whether it be in an auction or a fixed price format. Shopping around and comparing prices is key, with so much choice and competition in the market you should be able to find the perfect cheap corner sofa.