How to arrange cushions on a corner sofa?

Colourful handmade cushions on an L-shaped white sofa


A sizable sofa set in the center of a room or leaning against a spruced-up wall are the typical arrangements we see in every interior landscape of a spacious living room. The main reason is that a living room is where you welcome guests or friends. Hence, it is the most ornamented space in every home. This is where you display your treasured vases or jars, engrossing artworks, luxurious furniture with cushions, pictures of your family’s milestones, and many more. Of course, you want all of these to be noticed and appreciated by your guests. You want them to feel the story of your life by looking through the pieces of things memorable and significant to you and your family. Having them sitting in the center of a living room makes the fluidity of an arrangement discernible. But what if you are staying in a “not-so-spacious” home where situating an item of bulky furniture such as a sofa set in the center makes the functionality of a space hindered?


Grey corner sofa with paintings, a lampshade and a white table


This is where you take a glance around the room to see which space would look best for positioning your sofa without overlooking the usability of an area. More often than not, you’ll end up staring in the corners. Yes, in this scenario, having a corner sofa is the best setup to go. Discover how you can make a room visibly spacious and how cushions recreate the ambiance of your corner sofa through diverse approaches in interior design. 


What about corner sofas?

A corner sofa is an L-shaped sofa (or U-shaped for double corners) that elevates the versatility and symmetry of an area which makes it perfect for compact spaces. It can also act as a room divider to create different sections in a room and maximize the use of each space.

Corner sofas can have more than one corner, which makes them adaptable to any room, especially narrow ones. Presently, corner sofas are widely associated with minimalist and contemporary interior designs mainly because it is a space-saver without sacrificing the quality of style in a living room.


Tufted brown corner sofa with grey drapes and a matching rectangular table

Why choose a corner sofa for your living room?

Corner sofas are suitable for bigger families staying in a small house because it does not consume a lot of space leaving enough walkways in the living room. It frees up the central area to give way for more pieces of stuff like coffee tables or even unique statement pieces. Besides, you can realize countless design ideas for the living room space. For an instance, you can put up a small reading spot with magazines and books to have the guests something to read while waiting or simply a space where you can lay a yoga mat and do some exercises or meditations.


Scandinavian-themed apartment with grey corner sofa


Furthermore, the corner couch repurposes less noticed and glossed-over angles of a room. It gives a relevant function to a narrow corner. You only need a sofa set, some cushions, and an inspiration or as the French language says “beau idéal” to turn a corner spot into a majestically designed seating area! 


Different cushions speak for every mood

Harris Tweed cushions on a white sofa


A corner sofa without cushions is like a magazine without images. It is unappealing and lifeless. Bring out the cushions, move the couch and start decorating the corners. Every design combination speaks a lot about a personality. Start by choosing a theme, then pick a suitable colour palette to start with. Play with the textures and patterns until you achieve your plan. Consider the function of the corner sofa and walkways. Always remember that comfortability and fashion are best buddies, not enemies.

What cushions would go best for your corner sofa?

Choosing the right type of cushion for your corner sofa mainly depends on what kind of design concept you’re trying to achieve. You need to pick a theme that relates to how you would like your living room to be pictured. This will promote uniformity and consistency in the setup of your corner sofa.


Shabby Chic living room with a brown sofa


 Tastefully furnished space is what the Shabby Chic style brings! 

If you intend to welcome light and airy ambiance to your corner sofa, a shabby chic style is the best option. Bring out the vintage decors, patinated leathers, weathered woods, and naturally timeworn furniture, this is their center stage! A lived-in and faded look is the vibe to aim for. Thrift store shoppers will definitely love this interior style. 

Balancing the old and new designs in the corner sofa and cushions will create a sense of whimsy and delicateness which makes them compatible with a shabby chic interior. Beautifully curated sheets and covers that give a vintage look are a good addition.

Pale Grey Cotton Ikat Cushion - Kumbasari

Pale Grey Cotton Ikat Cushion | Kumbasari

When we were sourcing fabrics from the captivating province of Bali, we came across an ethnic fabric called “Ikat” which literally means bind” in the Indonesian language. Ikat refers to the complex technique of bundling or binding together fabrics to dye them before weaving. Kumbasari is part of our stunning collection of handmade Ikat cushions that was named after a market in Bali. Doused with pale gray in cotton material, Kumbasari will bring a relaxed, inviting, and dainty mood to every corner sofa.


Regal-themed cushions for clutter-free, refined, and minimalist impression.

Patterned and Neutral-coloured cushions on an L-shaped white sofa


Often mistaken as a bare or empty space, minimalism can be portrayed as the straightforwardness of a style to promote an instantaneous grasp of the function of an object or space. A minimalist design allows you to focus on what are the fundamental elements and that every piece is made with a purpose.

For corner sofas, a neutral palette, clean lines, sleek exterior, and monochromatic shades are the attributes of a minimalist feel. The advantage of this style is it makes any spot appear larger and decluttered. In choosing cushions for this category, you need to go for textures and depth with quiet visual plays favourable to a setting of modernism.

Dark Blue Herringbone Harris Tweed Cushion - Heath Dog Violet

Dark Blue Herringbone Harris Tweed Cushion | Heath Dog Violet


This neat and exquisite cushion named Heath Dog Violet is featured in our locally sourced Harris Tweed cushions that highlight elegance, harmony, and simplicity. This Harris Tweed cushion will complete the minimalist picture of your corner sofa. This grey-blue herringbone cushion is inspired by the steely winter waters of the North Minch and reflections of the distant mainland shores in the Isle of Lewis where it originated. Simply remarkable!


Elegant and rustic cushions complete a French country look

Cabriole-legged furniture, gilded mirrors, and toile fabrics are some of the indispensable objects to be considered when staging a French country-inspired room. The dominant use of distressed woods and any other natural materials is what makes this style singular. For corner sofas, lightly patterned fabrics in muted colors leaning against a sun-kissed wallpaper is what makes it French country. Rustic appeal with ample quaintness is what to look out for in furniture or decor.

In cushions, graceful and subdued patterns with colours that are in medium to low intensity are compatible with the theme. French Country presents a casual and welcoming atmosphere to any space in your home.

Blush Pink and Cream Ikat Cushion - Stroberi

Blush Pink and Cream Ikat Cushion | Stroberi


Another charming item that belongs to our collection of Ikat cushions is Stroberi. Having a blush pink and cream exterior with a sophisticated design makes it an impeccable piece for a French country-styled corner sofa.  


Embrace the natural calmness of the Scandinavian motif

L-shaped light brown sofa in a white and brown-coloured living room


An important keyword to take note of when conceptualizing a Scandinavian design is “Hygge”. It is a Danish term referring to the quality of wellness, and contentment. Toning down the visual noise to appreciate cosiness and balance is an amusing facet of a Scandinavian style.

In terms of the aesthetic quality that it brings, earthy elements and colours in a corner sofa pair well with still tones and unfussy patterns in cushions. Natural light and orderliness of an arrangement to draw out the emotional quality of space are vital for this style too. 
Green Herringbone Harris Tweed Cushion named Lichen
Green Herringbone Harris Tweed Cushion | Lichen


This mesmerizing Harris Tweed cushion called “Lichen” is locally sourced from the scenic Isle of Lewis. Calming green colour symbolizes the tones and textures of the Outer Hebrides’ landscape. Artfully placing Lichen on a corner sofa perfectly sums up the Scandinavian vibe.


Art Deco style represents the colourful stories of the past and the vigor of the future


Colourful Kente cushions on a green sofa



Rose to fame in the 1920s and 1930s, a conspicuously Art Deco look can often be described as bold, glamorous, opulent, and streamlined. It is the era of linearity, exuberant patterns, abstractionism, and numerous art pieces that pay homage to the rich culture and traditions of the bygone periods.

For textiles, sunburst patterns, stepped forms, and geometric became trendy. History-rich prints are common as a backdrop or mural. Incorporating nature-inspired patterns in your corner sofa is just one of the many ways to channel the Art Deco style. Choosing cushions sheathed in bright and deep yellows, reds or greens will complement the motif. You must encapsulate the concept with glamour and flair.

Gold & Burgundy Woven Cushion from Bhutan - Mongar

Gold & Burgundy Woven Cushion from Bhutan | Mongar

This handwoven cotton satin cushion labeled as Mongar came all the way from the lively backstreet of Thimphu, the capital of the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. The symbolic patterns of gold, burgundy and green are crossed by a lavish rainbow of hues resembling Ghos, the men’s national dress in Bhutan. Revolutionize your Art Deco-themed corner sofa with the conversational piece Mongar.


Things to consider when arranging cushions on your corner couch

Now that we have identified the cushions that would give your corner sofa a certain level of panache, we need to figure out a way how to aesthetically display the cushions in a manner that comfort and fashion completely meet in the middle. Here are some of the things you should bear in mind when arranging cushions on a corner sofa.


Dimensions of the corner sofa

We must note the dimensions of a corner sofa prior to deciding how many cushions to be arranged on it. This is to avoid oversight in the function and sense of style for both the corner seats and their cushions. One compelling aspect that will determine the number of cushions to be placed on a sofa is its seating capacity. How many can sit comfortably on the corner sofa while enjoying the warm snug comfort of cushions? Again, the balance of function and style is significant to an efficient and visually striking interior design.


Colour combination

Yellow and blue cushions on an L-shaped blue sofa
Once you’ve picked a theme, identify its colour palette. From this, you can play around with the hues, patterns, and textures. The key thing is consistency. Always be perceptive in the macro and micro picture of the entire living room. You can orchestrate a different atmosphere or mood in a corner sofa using a suitable range of colours and shades as well as cushions that would harmonize with it.
Colours are remarkably effective elements in channeling emotions and sensations!


Size and shape of cushions

Moroccan cushions


Cushions come in many different forms and sizes as many as their designs. You can either mix and match large and regular-sized cushions or be coherent and go with equal sizes. Moreover, shapes convey different visual plays and kinds of comfort in any space too!  Common forms of cushions are circular, bolster, lumbar or tube shapes. You can pick and choose different shapes for an eccentric vibe or identical forms for a minimalist mood. 

The traditional way to arrange them is by putting the smaller cushions in the front and then backed with the larger ones. Another good choice is to have the number of cushions proportionate to the seating capacity of a corner sofa.



Grey sofa with cushions, lampshade and a rectangular-shaped table


The first step that you need to do is to think of how you enjoy using the cushions on a corner sofa. Cushions are generally used as a support when sitting but they can also give relaxation whilst snuggling them. But a lesser-known fact is that cushions are great in imbuing a sense of character and style to any space. Thus, cushions take a huge part in achieving a cozy and inviting vibe in your corner seats. Remember this when designing (or redesigning) your living room.


U-shaped white sofa with white cushions


Corner sofas in any colour matched with expressive cushions are our living room’s constant reminder that when we got home, no matter how long or tiring a day is, there will always be a time to sit back, connect with our loved ones and enjoy stories that are worth sharing. Aside from the suggestions above, let us know in the comments if you have interesting tips and bespoke ideas on how to arrange cushions on a corner sofa. They might be typical for you but a gem to others.

Happy styling from The World in Cushions!



1. How many cushions should be used on a corner sofa?

Answer: The number of cushions to use on a corner sofa can vary depending on personal preference, the size of the sofa, and the overall style of the room.

As a general rule of thumb, it's a good idea to have an odd number of cushions, as this can create a more visually interesting and balanced look. A common approach is to use 3-5 cushions on a corner sofa, depending on its size.

However, it's important to remember that there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to decorating, and ultimately the number of cushions you choose to use should be based on what looks and feels best to you. You can also mix and match different sizes and shapes of cushions to create a more eclectic or personalized look.

2. Should the cushions be arranged symmetrically or asymmetrically?

Answer: The decision of whether to arrange cushions symmetrically or asymmetrically ultimately depends on personal preference and the overall aesthetic of the space.

Symmetrical arrangements can create a more formal and traditional look, with cushions evenly placed on either side of a piece of furniture. This can create a sense of balance and order.

Asymmetrical arrangements, on the other hand, can create a more relaxed and casual look, with pillows arranged in a seemingly random or unstructured way. This can add visual interest and a sense of playfulness to a space.
Ultimately, it is up to the individual to determine what look they prefer based on their personal style and the overall design of the room.

3. What is the best way to mix and match different cushion sizes and patterns?

Answer: Mixing and matching different cushion sizes and patterns can add depth and texture to a space, but it can also be challenging to get the right balance. Here are some tips to help you mix and match cushions successfully:

a. Choose a unifying colour

Start by selecting a colour scheme that ties all your cushions together. This could be a colour that appears in each cushion, or a complementary colour that pairs well with all of them.

b. Vary the sizes

Use a mix of different cushion sizes to create interest and balance. Try pairing larger cushions with smaller ones and mix rectangular or square cushions with bolsters or round cushions.

c. Use patterns strategically

Choose patterns that complement each other, rather than competing for attention. You could use one or two statement patterned cushions, and balance them with solid or more subtle patterned cushions.

d. Pay attention to texture

Mixing different textures can add depth and interest to your cushion arrangement. For example, you could pair a smooth, velvet cushion with a chunky knit or a linen cushion.

e. Play with placement

Experiment with different cushion arrangements to find what works best for your space. Try alternating patterns and solids or grouping cushions of similar sizes together.

Remember, the key to successful cushion mixing and matching is to create balance and harmony within the space. By playing with colour, size, pattern, and texture, you can create a cushion arrangement that is both visually interesting and cohesive.

4. Are there any rules for arranging cushions on a corner sofa?

Answer: When it comes to arranging cushions on a corner sofa, there are no hard and fast rules. However, there are some tips that can help you create an aesthetically pleasing and comfortable setup.

Firstly, consider the size and shape of your cushions. Large, square cushions work well for creating a clean, modern look, while smaller cushions can add a more traditional feel.

Secondly, try to mix and match textures and patterns to add visual interest to your sofa. This can be achieved by using cushions with different fabrics, colours, and designs.

Thirdly, consider the number of cushions you use. Too many cushions can make your sofa look cluttered, while too few can make it look sparse. A good rule of thumb is to use an odd number of cushions, such as three or five, to create a balanced look.

Lastly, consider the placement of your cushions. Start by placing larger cushions at the corners of your sofa, followed by smaller cushions in front of them. This will create a layered effect that is both visually appealing and comfortable.

5. How can I make sure the cushions are comfortable and supportive for sitting?

Answer: To ensure that your cushions are both comfortable and supportive for sitting, you should consider the following factors:


The density of your cushions is a key factor in determining their comfort and support. A high-density foam cushion will provide better support and retain its shape longer than a low-density foam cushion.


The thickness of your cushions can also affect their comfort and support. Generally, thicker cushions will be more comfortable for sitting, but they may not provide as much support as thinner cushions.


The materials used to fill your cushions can also impact their comfort and support. High-quality materials such as down feathers or memory foam can provide superior comfort and support.

Cushion covers

The material and design of your cushion covers can also impact the comfort and support of your cushions. Look for covers made from breathable and durable materials that can withstand regular use.
Placement: The placement of your cushions can also affect their comfort and support. Make sure to position your cushions in a way that supports your back and promotes good posture.

6. What is the best way to arrange cushions on a corner sofa?

Answer: There are several ways to arrange cushions on a corner sofa, and the best way will depend on personal preference and the size and style of the sofa. Here are some tips to consider:

Start with the basics

Place two larger cushions at the corners of the sofa, and then add smaller cushions in front of them.

Mix and match

Mix and match different sizes, shapes, and textures to create a visually interesting display. Try combining square, rectangular, and round cushions in different colours and patterns.

Use odd numbers

As mentioned earlier, using an odd number of cushions can create a more visually appealing and balanced look. Try using three, five, or seven cushions arranged in a symmetrical or asymmetrical pattern.


Layering cushions can create a cozy and inviting look. Try placing a smaller cushion in front of a larger one or use a mix of cushions with different thicknesses.

Play with angles

Angling the cushions can create a more relaxed and casual look. Try placing some cushions at a diagonal angle or propping them up against the armrests.

7. Should the cushions on a corner sofa be all the same size?

Answer: The decision of whether or not to have cushions of the same size on a corner sofa ultimately depends on personal preference and the style of the sofa. There is no right or wrong answer to this question.

If you prefer a more uniform look, having cushions of the same size on a corner sofa can create a cohesive and balanced appearance. This may be especially true if the sofa has a symmetrical design. Additionally, having cushions of the same size can make it easier to arrange them neatly.

On the other hand, having cushions of different sizes can add visual interest and texture to the sofa. It can also allow for more versatility in arranging the cushions, which can be useful if you like to change up the look of your living space frequently.

It is important to consider your own style and the look you are trying to achieve when deciding on the size and arrangement of your cushions.

8. What are some creative ways to arrange cushions on a corner sofa?

Answer: Arranging cushions on a corner sofa can be a fun and creative way to add personality and style to your living space. Here are some ideas for arranging cushions on a corner sofa:


Arrange cushions of the same size and shape symmetrically on both sides of the corner. This creates a neat and balanced look.

Colour Coordination

Choose cushions in colours that coordinate with the rest of the room and arrange them in a way that creates a cohesive colour scheme.

Corner Emphasis

Place larger cushions in the corner of the sofa to create a focal point and arrange smaller cushions around them.

Diagonal Placement

Place cushions diagonally across the sofa to create an interesting visual effect.

Vertical or Horizontal Stacking

Stack cushions vertically or horizontally to create a layered look. This works especially well with cushions of different sizes.

One Side Only

Arrange cushions on one side of the corner sofa only, leaving the other side bare. This can create a minimalist, understated look.

Experiment with different ideas and have fun creating a look that reflects your personal style and taste.

9. How do you choose the right colours and textures for cushion arrangements on a corner sofa?

Answer: Choosing the right colours and textures for cushion arrangements on a corner sofa can be challenging, but there are some general guidelines you can follow to create a cohesive and visually appealing look:

Consider the colour scheme of the room

Look at the colours that are already present in the room and choose cushion colours that complement or contrast with them. If you have a neutral room, you can add pops of colour with cushions in brighter or bolder shades. If you have a colourful room, you can use cushions in similar hues to tie the look together.

Play with textures

Mixing textures is a great way to add interest and depth to cushion arrangements. Pair smooth velvet cushions with rougher, knitted cushions, or add cushions with sequins or beading for a touch of glamour.

Choose a theme

Choose a theme or a specific colour palette to guide your cushion selection. This could be based on a particular season, such as autumnal tones or summery pastels, or it could be based on a particular style, such as bohemian or coastal.

Mix and match

Don't be afraid to mix and match cushion colours and textures to create a layered look. However, be sure to choose cushions that share a common thread, such as a similar colour or texture.

Use the sofa as a canvas

Think of the sofa as a blank canvas and use it to showcase your personal style. Choose cushions that reflect your tastes and personality, and don't be afraid to be bold and experimental.

Play around with different combinations until you find a look that you love.

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