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Sofa beds are a simple way to transform any room into a sleeping space, making them a practical addition to virtually any home. "Versatile and functional, sofa beds and sleeper sofas are essential," says Jenon Bailie, merchandising and design director at Room & Board." They're especially helpful in small spaces, like small apartments, and they're great for a room that serves a dual function, like a home office and guest room. "
And thanks to so many brands offering gorgeous modern takes on this classic staple, many sofa beds are now as stylish and comfortable as they are functional.
Whether you're looking for a space-saving sleeper for a small apartment or a king-sized sofa bed to offer optimal comfort for your overnight guests, these sofas are sure to elevate your space with style and comfort.
Meet the experts
To create this guide we spoke to interior design and sofa experts, including:
Jenon Bailie, Merchandising and Design Director at Room & Board
Everyone has different needs, which can affect what makes the right sofa bed for your space. For instance, if you have a larger space and frequently invite overnight guests over, an oversized sectional sofa bed with a king-size mattress might be a worthwhile investment.
However, a cozy futon might better fit your lifestyle and budget if you have a small space or don't frequently have overnight guests. "A futon is typically limited in comfort and support, so I usually only recommend them for occasional sleeping use," says Jenon Bailie.
Mattress size and quality
The size and quality of your sleeper sofa's mattress is another important consideration. If you often have the same overnight guests stay the night, you may want to consider their needs. Maybe you often have couples over who might benefit from a king- or queen-size bed. Or perhaps you only have the occasional single guest, so a futon or twin bed might be fine.
"The sofa bed is ultimately designed to function as a guest bed, and the most important part of any bed is the quality of sleep it provides; thus, the mattress truly makes the piece."
In addition to size, it's a good idea to consider the mattress's firmness and general comfort level. Cameron Johnson states, "The sofa bed is ultimately designed to function as a guest bed, and the most important part of any bed is the quality of sleep it provides; thus, the mattress truly makes the piece."
Generally speaking, memory foam mattresses tend to run firmer than innerspring mattresses, so it's helpful to consider whether your guests might want more or less support before committing to a mattress type.
Quality of construction and warranty
Of course, no one wants to invest in a great piece of furniture only to find that it doesn't last as long as they need it to. That's why it's always best to look at the quality and any warranties that come with a potential sofa bed.
"Like all sofas, investing in a quality piece will ensure you have many years of use," says Natasha Adams." A good quality hardwood frame or metal frame and mechanism will last for decades, and many come with a 10-year structural warranty."
How it converts into a bed
Sofa beds convert in various ways, depending on the type. For instance, some sofa beds feature pull-out bed systems with a hidden mattress that pops out, while others simply fold down, like futons, which turn the seat cushions and backrests into the mattress.
Pull-out sofa beds typically require more space than futons and other convertible sofas, but they also tend to be a bit more comfortable, thanks to a traditional mattress. So if you have a small space, a futon or convertible loveseat might be your best bet, while larger rooms might benefit more from a pull-out option.
Common types of sleeper sofas include:
Sofa beds: Traditional sofa beds are couches with a hidden mattress that you can pull out when needed. Jenon Bailie says traditional sofa beds "provide the most comfortable and supportive sofa sleep experience."
Convertible sofa beds: "Convertible sleeper sofas have backs that fold down to form a sleep surface in conjunction with the sofa's seat," explains Jenon Bailie. In other words, the seat cushions and armrests serve as the mattress when you convert these sofas into a bed.
Futon: A futon is a type of convertible sofa. You can pull down the backrests of a futon to make it into a bed. Convertible sofas like futons tend to be firmer than traditional sofa beds, but you can always purchase a mattress topper to create softer comfort.
The Best Sleeper Sofas and Sofa Beds on the Market in 2022
Burrow's Nomad sleeper sofa offers a sleek silhouette and long tapered legs, giving it a mid-century modern flair that will look great in living rooms with any home decor style. It's also highly customizable, allowing you to choose from five different upholstery colors, six leg finishes, and four arm styles — Burrow's modular design system means the Nomad can adapt with you as your needs change.
No matter which style you choose, you can add a sleep kit, complete with a custom-cut memory foam mattress topper, fitted and flat sheets, a quilted blanket, and even an eye mask. In short, it's a stylish way to turn virtually any room into a luxurious sleeping space.
Our review: “I’m not a big fan of sofas that are too loungy and make you sink the moment you sit on them," says interior design expert Yoselin Castro. "That is most definitely not the case with the Nomad soda as it feels very durable and sturdy, yet plush enough to take a midday nap!” Read our full Nomad sofa review here.
Ideal for small spaces, the small but mighty Skinny Fat Sofa Bed from BenchMade Modern comes with a hidden built-in mattress that's 83 inches long, so even your tallest overnight guests will feel comfortable. You can also choose from full, queen, and queen plus mattresses to find the right fit.
According to Edgar Blazona, "The Skinny Fat sofa bed is truly one of the most versatile pieces. Its hidden bed has three layers of high-quality foam designed by sleep experts—no springs or bars. You can customize it in size and nearly 100 different performance fabric and leather upholstery options, so it fits seamlessly into your space. It's so comfortable that your guests might never want to go home."
Review: I would highly recommend this sofa to anyone looking for an investment piece of furniture," says Zoe Roscoe who reviewed the Skinny Fat sofa for Living Cozy. "The ordering process was a breeze and the delivery time is almost unheard of." Read the full review here.
This sleeper sectional comes with a comfortable chaise ottoman that you can flip from side to side, allowing for left- and right-side lounger configurations. The seat cushions are made from 2.0 density foam, supported by a solid wood frame with a lifetime guarantee. And you can choose from over 55 upholstery options to find the perfect fit for your aesthetic.
Meanwhile, a hidden queen-size mattress can pull out instantly to offer plenty of space to anyone who spends the night. Depending on your comfort needs, you can choose between a deluxe innerspring mattress and a memory foam mattress.
This sleeper sofa bed from Room & Board offers angled back cushions to keep you comfortable when seated, while your choice of a twin, full, queen, or king mattress hidden underneath supports a restful night's sleep.
According to Jenon Bailie, "Berin is a great sleeper solution that offers our most comfortable sleep experience with a traditionally sized mattress that is soft yet supportive and is available in hundreds of fabrics. Berin can also be fully disassembled and reassembled to fit through tight doorways. This is an important element as sleeper sofas are known for being bulky and heavy."
Equal parts modern and affordable, this beauty folds out into a futon for easy comfort. It comes in two luxe upholstery options—Deep Teal Velvet and Midnight Blue Velvet—and it's supported by a solid wood frame that offers long-lasting comfort.
At about 82 inches wide, the futon sofa can fit in large and small spaces alike, and it rocks a firm seat softness ideal for anyone who likes their comfort with a side of support.
Infinitely modern, this beauty gives new meaning to "couch bed." You'd never guess from looking at it that it's hiding a soft, CertiPUR-US certified poly-foam mattress. Depending on your needs, you can also choose between a full- and queen-size bed.
The lounger's deep-seated design, complete with poly-foam seat cushions and down-filled backrests, also means that you don't even have to pull out of the bed to enjoy a long comfortable nap.
We recently shipped the Blumen Sofa to one of our writers, "With a deep seat, wide arms, and an angled back, the Blumen is incredibly comfortable," writes Shelby Golding. Check out the full Blumen Sofa review here.
This cloud-like sofa bed is as comfortable as it is customizable. It comes in virtually every upholstery color and fabric imaginable, whether you're looking for a velvet sofa in a retro hue or a performance-fabric couch ideal for households with pets and kids.
Once you decide on the upholstery, you can choose from several leg finishes, with the option to add a chaise ottoman. You can customize the seat cushion fill, choosing from a standard down blend, double down blend, or down alternative. As if that's not enough, you also enjoy your choice of a standard innerspring mattress or a memory foam mattress, both of which are about the size of a full-size bed.
This plush sleeper sofa features a solid hardwood frame topped with a plain-sliced walnut or white oak veneer, depending on which upholstery color you choose. It comes in four neutral hues, ranging from charcoal and grey to navy and light grey, with the light grey option rocking a white oak veneer frame.
When it's time to go to bed, you can flip the sofa forward to reveal a queen-size sleeper. The sleeper comprises the sofa's high-resiliency foam seat cushions and backrests, which offer medium to firm softness.
Comfy futon meets sleek loveseat in this gorgeous sleeper sofa. Featuring a kiln-dried hardwood frame with dowelled joints and reinforced corner blocks, this futon offers long-lasting comfort.
It comes in various upholstery colors and fabric options, along with your choice of brass or steel legs, which add just the right amount of glamor to this timeless piece. And if you crave even more comfort, you can optionally add a mattress topper and sheets for an extra cozy feel.
"The Bristol Sleeper Futon transcends traditional futon design with its angular and modern design. With a unique mechanism that allows the Bristol to fold outwards, the collapsible backrest allows maximum space for guests to rest while maintaining the shape and minimum footprint," a Rove Concepts spokesperson told Living Cozy.
The best sleeper sofas combine stylish form with practical function, and this gem from Lulu & Georgia does just that and then some. The breathable linen upholstery comes in three neutral colors that look great with any color palette, while foam cushions keep you comfortable through even the longest Netflix binges.
The comfortable sofa also comes with a built-in pull-out queen- or king-size mattress, making it incredibly convenient if you ever have couples or families as overnight guests.
This versatile sleeper sofa's soft, curved edges give it a modern feel, while a solid wood frame made from kiln-dried hardwood offers plenty of durability.
Meanwhile, the foam backrests fold down in seconds to reveal a futon mattress that's just right for one person, thanks to its twin size. It also comes in two colors—a dark grey-brown and a lighter rust color, both of which can enhance various color schemes.
Kelly Weimert is a writer, editor, and interior design expert with 10 years of experience writing about design and home decor. She's written for interior design publications such as MyDomaine, Apartment Therapy, Domino Magazine, and Hunker. When she's not writing or editing, she's probably busy obsessing over how to beautify her home.
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