Corners are usually a consolation and convenience rather than a source of worry (Plate 89 A). Frequently pieces on the side wall are close enough to the corner sufficiently to occupy it, while the other corners of the room prove the natural resting places for such things as desks, tables (rectangular or round), tall clocks, small cabinets or bookcases, screens not in constant use, sewing and serving tables, and finally, in the room where it is used, the ubiquitous sewing-machine - at present usually the ugliest and often the most offensively ornamented object with which decent humanity is afflicted. To hide it with a screen is as yet the only resource.

The main precaution to take regarding corners is that they should not look weak, and for this reason they are not the best places in the world for chairs, unless these be roomy.

In drawing-rooms a grand piano often finds its best situation with its "nose" in a corner and its flat side almost parallel with one wall, rather than swung out into the room at a disagreeable angle. As a grand piano is not high, a large picture or hanging on the wall occupied by its flat side and a picture hung upon the other wall will be advisable.

The placing of a desk or other such piece of furniture diagonally across a corner is unpleasing unless there is a jut of the wall partially filling the space behind and so justifying the arrangement. This is frequently the case in new steel-construction apartment houses. Kidney-shaped desks are by their form particularly suited to corners. A tea-table set in a corner with a chair behind it and a muffin stand at the side is a hospitable arrangement and entirely unobjectionable, because the corner is filled. It is the empty triangular space behind pieces of furniture that is unreasonable and unpleasant.