Modern interior design more and more aims for the maximum functionality and simultaneously gravitates to the minimalism. Probably, therefore, corner sofa became one of the most popular furniture items for the living room arrangement in different corners of the world.
Obvious Advantages of Corner Couch in the Living Room Interior
If we compare the couch of corner design with its predecessor, namely, usual fold away sofa bed, it is easy to find out some indisputable advantages:
- a significant economy in usable floor area providing several people with seats;
- many models are equipped with functions of quick transformation into comfortable and capacious couch;
- almost all designs of corner sofas have inner spaces for an organization of storage system;
- transforming furniture (modular models), designer flexibility;
- a wide range of styles, an opportunity to choose a model for a certain interior design (plenty of colors in the room, upholstery materials, texture solutions).
Selection Criteria of Corner Design Sofa
Customers, when choosing a corner couch, will be guided not only by its convenience for seating, but its suitability for sleeping. The majority of our nationals cannot deny purchasing multifunctional furniture item, which at the usual time will provide with four seats for family members (and even pets), and, if necessary, it can become a place to accommodate guests for the night. At some houses, a corner sofa in the living room is used as a constant sleeping place for one of the family members. When choosing a model of corner sofa, you should take into account the frequency of use of couch bed mechanism.
For our purpose, it may be said, that all corner sofas consist of four parts: frame, mechanism of transformation (can be absent), filling material, and upholstery. Let us study out principles of selection of every component of this important furniture item.
Frame and Mechanisms of Transformation
In order to choose qualitative, reliable, and long-lived sofa structure, it is important to take into consideration a lot of details. The frame design shall not be too heavy. If the furniture item seems too heavy to lift, then most likely, the major part of details is made of resin-bonded chipboard (usually, such elements are laminated or painted with nontoxic dyes). Theoretically, all frame elements shall be made of solid wood (beechwood is the most solid species, it will be an optimum alternative). But it is clear, that such a design will involve a significant rise in price.
If you are going to buy a sofa bed, you should have a general idea of design variants. There are several kinds of mechanisms and each has its own advantages and disadvantages:
- «sleeper couch»;
- American and French Fold Away Sofa Bed;
- Couch Bed with Accordion Mechanism of Transformation;
- Couch Bed with Click-Clack Mechanism of Transformation;
- Couch Bed Dolphin Mechanism of Transformation;
- Pull-out Mechanism of Transformation for couch bed.
Nowadays the most popular, easy to use, and reliable mechanism is Evroknizhka sofa bed. Everybody knows such systems, used in ordinary convertible sofas since the Soviet period. In modern models there are essential differences, for example, protecting surface in the area, where the sofa is in contact with the wall. And the key advantage in comparison with the ordinary design is sizes of the sleeping area.
One of the variants of a convertible couch is a piece of furniture with click-clack mechanism of transformation. The key difference of such structural design consists in an opportunity to fix the sofa back at various angles. Pull-out sofa beds also show high reliability and can serve for several years, even in a case of very frequent use of the mechanism. Their major disadvantage is a low position of the sleeping area.
Sofa with the dolphin mechanism of transformation is also called “sandwich” because of the peculiarities of transformation. By means of wavelike pulling one part of sleeping area from another, the couch is unfolded. Moreover, such sofa beds are convenient and usable, allowing to design the living room interior.
If you are going to use corner sofa as a sleeping area in extraordinary circumstances (overnight accommodation of guests), so the mechanism of fold away sofa bed also will be a suitable variant. If you need to transform couch every night, it will be better to choose another kind of mechanism. Fold away sofa bed is not quite convenient to transform and there is no area for bed-clothes storage. Among other things, when transforming, the sleeping area will be non-uniform. These disadvantages are peculiar for both the American and French fold away sofa beds. You can suffer for one night, but it will be very uncomfortable to sleep every day.
Sofa bed with an accordion mechanism of transformation is easy-to-use. But when installing it in small-size rooms it is necessary to take into account, that in ordinary position the design is quite compact, and in the transformed position it occupies a lot of space. However, the sleeping area is huge and represents comfortable and uniform area. There are also light-weight constructions of couch beds, more specifically, with the removal of side elements. As a result, we obtain small sleeping area suitable for one person.
If you decide on the mechanism, then, when choosing a certain design of sofa, you should carefully examine all metal details. Support mechanisms and beams shall be made of whole leaf materials (preferentially, of steel). Make sure, that angle sections, connecting steel members, are securely fixed. The most unsatisfactory and unreliable kind of fastener, that can be used in this case, is a metal grid. When choosing pull-out mechanism of transformation and dolphin mechanism of transformation, you should pay attention to the quality of rolls and fixation of pulling out parts.
Both comfort of using of furniture item for seating and sleeping and service life of product will depend on the quality of sofa filling material. The key advantage of using pocket springs is safety, comfort, and long life. The main disadvantage is high cost. Independent pocket springs consist of many springs, each of which is in an individual cell. Sofa with such filling is quite soft, flexible, and suitable for old people.
There are pocket springs, where cells with springs are put together into single construction and move synchronically. Similar structural designs are cheaper than the furniture with the independent pocket springs. But everything depends on the number of springs per one square meter. Such spring boxes (“Bonnell cushion unit”) are suitable both for people with a heavy body, and people, who prefer rigid surfaces.
If you want to save money on sofa purchase, you can choose a model with synthetic filler:
- synthetical downy fiber;
- durafil etc.
If you agree to buy a couch not for a long time, you can choose a model with a solid filling material. But among the synthetic fillers there are more qualitative and long-wearing materials:
- foamed polyurethane;
- foam made in tight compression;
- hypoallergenic (suitable for people suffering from allergies);
- latex (natural, hypoallergic and ecologically clean material);
- foamed polyurethane, imitating latex (more cost-effective, but not ecologically clean material).
When selecting upholstery for corner couch you should study much more variants as to the quality of materials, texture, and color palette. Jacquard and Gobelin tapestry are popular all over the world. They are good value for money with high aesthetic characteristics and a wide range of color scheme.
The Belgian Gobelin tapestry is the most popular among all Gobelins. It looks like velour due to the use of softer, even delicate fibers. It is commonly believed, that Jacquard and Gobelin tapestry are transient variants between low-cost fabrics of the first level and more qualitative kinds of fiber flock.
The following kinds of upholstery are fabrics of the higher price bracket:
- fiber flock;
- teflon flock (firm textile material with good waterproof properties).
The most expensive, but usable materials for upholstery is artificial and natural leather. It is obvious, that this design of the upholstered furniture is long lived and it is easy to clean. It is perfect for houses, where are small children or pets. But this upholstery has some disadvantages, namely, you will feel uncomfortable on the sofa when the ambient temperature is very high or very low. However, these problems can be easily solved by means of an ordinary bedcover.
Place of Installation of Corner Sofa
The question “where to put a sofa” the majority of our own nationals will unambiguously answer “against the wall in the living room”. And they will be right since the most effective arrangement of useful space of the room supposes arrangement of big items of furniture against the walls. This space plan allows clear the maximum space in the center of the room for comfortable traffic. The tradition to install sofa (of any design) against the wall is rooted in our nationals’ living in the houses of small and medium sizes for many years. There is no opportunity to arrange big furniture in another way in the room with 15-16 sq.m. in the area.
With the appearance of apartments and private houses with the improved plan, with the growth in the popularity of studio apartments, increasing number of the Russian accept the concept of the open plan, wherein zoning big premises is carried out by means of furniture. And in this case, corner sofa becomes an important part of functional segments arrangement. In the premises, combining the function of a living room, kitchen, and dining room, corner couch clearly defines boundaries of leisure zone. It is usually completed with a coffee table or small ottoman, sometimes the composition is complemented with one or two armchairs.
Anyway, you cannot put big furniture items at the window, but a sofa with a low back will not block large space of the window area and will not be an obstacle for daylight.
Two corner sofa against each other forms a kind of leisure sector. Besides incredibly capacious area for several people (and even pets), similar upholstered furniture planning allows creating an interesting variant for the living room design.
It is obvious, that corner sofa can be used not only for purpose of home improvement. Compact models of corner sofas are installed in children’s room to organize the sleeping place for one of the parents. Small corner sofa, installed in the big kitchen, immediately transforms single bedroom flat into so-called European two bedrooms flat. In fact, with this planning you can comfortably have meals, seating on the soft sofa, but also to accommodate guests for the night.
Wide Variety and Original Design
Apart from the fact, that corner sofa can have or not contain a mechanism of transformation, turning it into sleeping section, this furniture item possesses a great many of design variants. Modern manufacturers provide us with a wide range of variants of corner sofa, among which every homeowner will find an own item.
For example, corner couch can have no transformation into sleeping bed option but have an opportunity to arrange storage system. In this case, there can be a lot of variations of storage systems, even with drawers in the lower part of the frame.
One of the most popular models of the upholstered furniture of corner design is Munich corner sofa. You can see this interior object in design projects, implemented in the various stylistic trends. In modern apartment Munich couch looks more naturally, rather than big chairs, moreover, more people can seat thereon, but it occupies less space.
A long time ago corner sofa with light leather upholstery became a cult-object of furniture for homeowners all over the world. Multipurpose usefulness, practicality in use, and an ability to blend with almost any style of interior allowed this model of corner sofa to top the list of the most popular items of the upholstered furniture.
Corner sofas can be not only of regular geometric shapes. For example, the semi-round sofa can become both comfortable and cozy place for family members, and a spirit of the interior, raising the level of uniqueness of the entire design.
An inverted-u-shaped couch is an incredibly capacious space for accommodation of many people. If you often take in guests in your living room, chill out with friends, such an item of furniture can be the irreplaceable part of the interior. But it is important to understand that such models can be installed in quite large premises.
Soft modules can also be an interesting variant. You can purchase any number of individual modules (depending on opportunities of your premises) and use them to create the interior, to change overexposed furnishings. The disadvantage of this design consists in, that they cannot be used as the sleeper sofa.
In recent years, modern interiors are filled with the upholstered furniture exclusively with self-colored upholstery. In that situation corner couch with a colored fabric of upholstery becomes a unique interior object, allowing to create a special atmosphere in the living room. Upholstery with print always modifies indoor scene, provides the atmosphere with homeliness, warmth, and comfort.