Nothing beats coming home and settling into the sofa in front of your TV in the living room, den or entertainment area. Sofas are a big part of our home life. It’s where we sit and hang out with friends, family and loved ones. Let’s get real. When we aren’t at work, we’re spending a great deal of our time catching up on the latest series or gaming.
Sleeper sofas and sofa beds are a great way to update and modify our home décor. The right kind of furniture adds functionality and space to any living area (we’ll discuss this more later). This guide serves to educate you on great sofa bed options, how to make your purchase, things to consider and more. Without further ado, our guide to the best sleeper sofas!
Various Styles of Sleeper Sofas and Sofa Beds
In Photo: DHP Emily Convertible Linen Futon
There is lots to know about sleeper beds especially pertaining to what was going on with fabrics, frames and so on. We know that buying a new piece of furniture can be sort of stressful but we assure you that nothing is better than settling into the cloud-like cushions of your sofa. This part of the guide is designed to teach you a few things about the stylings of the chairs themselves.
Left-Chaise or Right-Chaise
Chairs that have a chaise are absolutely stunning to look at but also tend to have larger bed space than most other sofa bed options. One of our chaise options in the list above actually builds out to be a KING sized bed. So if you love sophisticated style and would love to opt for lots of space you should definitely look at our chaise options.
Our Recommendation: Poundex 2 Pieces Faux Leather Sectional Right Chaise Sofa
Contemporary sofas reminds you of those sofas that grandma and pop-pop used to have. These sofas tend to have huge cushions and very nice and thick mattresses. Many contemporary options tend to come with pillow top mattresses but this is obviously subjective. Contemporary mixes sensible fashion with amazing style. This option is great for those of you who don’t want anything too intense or ‘out there.’
Our Recommendation: DHP Emily Convertible Futon
These pieces are those who loves old style things. If you love Goth, Victorian and other period styles of furniture, classic sofa beds may be the perfect pieces for you. These beds tend to be more structured than most of the other kinds available on the market. You should note that the beds are not really as functional as other styles in the sense that they don’t seem to be as premium or thick or well-cushioned. I think that this happens as a result of the main focus of the chair being style instead of function. This isn’t to say that there aren’t really high quality options out there just a note that these beds tend to be thinner than most others.
Our Recommendation: American Furniture Classics Sierra Lodge Sofa
Tufted and Double Tufted
These gorgeous beds tend to fall under the classic category. Tufted beds are so gorgeous to look at. If you have an affinity for all things classic and want your sofa bed to look that much more elegant these styles of beds are the ones for you.
Our Recommendation: Divano Roma Furniture Modern Tufted Sleeper Sofa Futon
This is a highly compatible stylistic option as compared with others out there. If you’re in doubt you should definitely consider wooden feet because metal actually doesn’t look right with every style and color. If the material your sofa feet are made of don’t bother you then don’t worry about this little tidbit.
Our Recommendation: Homegear Modern Faux Leather Convertible 3 Seater Sofa / Futon
These feet look great for high fashioned style. If you have a neutral room that focuses on varying shades of blacks, grays, and whites this style of sofa bed feet might be perfect for you.
Our Recommendation: Merax Fabric Futon / Sofa Sleeper
Don’t Forget the Frames!
You really want to do your homework on frames. The last thing you want is a gorgeous sofa that looks great but snaps in half because it was made of plywood and you live in a particularly moist and drafty area. Really take you time researching the frames of your prospective sofa bed to ensure you get the most bang for your buck.
Fabrics to Consider
After going over the last section you’re either thinking that buying a sofa bed is either tougher than you thought or far easier than you intended. The thing about sleeper sofa is what they are made of is what will make or break your purchase. This sounds like a no-brainer but many people don’t really consider what makes their sofa bed but love to go after what looks great. The problem with this is that many buyers don’t realize that they can get a high quality couch and bed that not only looks and feels great but withstands the test of time.
When shopping for a fabric you want to make sure to get something that doesn’t irritate your skin. If your skin is sensitive you probably have a problem with linen, twill and anything that even distantly seems like wool. These fabrics can be insanely itchy and drying to the skin. Getting these fabrics can mean problems with maintenance as well. Spilling something red or literally anything other than water onto certain kinds of fabrics is just a recipe for disaster. Make sure to overstep these issues by asking yourself these questions while making a purchase:
- Does this fabric have trouble stretching?
- Does this fabric struggle to easily withstand the wear and tear it will endure on a daily basis?
- Does this fabric stain easily?
- Is this fabric tough to clean?
- Does this fabric come off? Is there a cover option (does the sofa have cushion covers that can be removed to be cleaned)?
If the answer is yes to most of these questions then chances are that the fabric that you’ve chosen is not a good choice after all. Go for cotton blends that are soft and easy to spot clean. These are what you will want to go for in the long run because they will hold up and require normal washing and cleaning practices that don’t require a specialist.
The Multiple Uses of Sleeper Sofas and Sofa Beds
In Photo: LIFE Home Sofa Futon Bed
Sleeper sofas are great options for upping the ante on functionality in your home. If you’ve stuck around this far you already know that sleeper sofas are perfect for dozens of reasons. Here is where we recap and let you know what you’ll end up using your sleeper sofa for.
- Your kid’s gaming space. This is a no-brainer. The more space your kids have for play time the better. Giving them a sofa bed is a great way to give them space to do their thing and have variety in their room. Sitting on a couch is better than slouching over in a c-shape on the bed.
- Livening up your office space. Adding a sleeper sofa to your bedroom would make it so that you have somewhere more comfortable to sit while doing your work. Hard desk chairs can become really painful after a while so having a sofa love seat in your office may provide more comfort for you over time.
- Giving your guests a comfortable sleeping option. It’s nice to be able to just pull out a bed to let your guests have somewhere to rest. Sleeping on the couch can suck in a big way. Especially when the couch isn’t comfortable. Giving your guests the option of having a mattress will be the most thoughtful thing you can do for them.
- Having a pull out couch for slumber parties. This is another great way to use your new sleeper sofa. If you have little ones with lots of friends they can use the bed for sleepovers. There are many large options for more space. The kids can get together and watch movies all in the same space so they’re easy to track and manage.
- Giving your den a more homely feel. Having the option of a pull out bed can make your den more comfortable. This option will allow you to actually spend the night downstairs (or in your den) when you’re too tired to make the trip upstairs. A sofa bed is a great backup option to the real thing.
- Broadening the usage of your living room. We’ve been through this before and will say it again. If you’re going to buy a couch you might as well go ahead and get something that has multiple uses. If you need a sofa why not get one that has the option of being a mattress.
- No guest room, no problem! If you don’t have a guest room your sofa bed can turn your living room into one. Making a sleeper bed perfect for entertaining.
10 Reasons to Consider Purchasing a Sofa Bed
Making a furnishing purchase is kind of a no-brainer. Our home is where we will end up spending the bulk of our time. It’s where our kids will learn, play and grow. Where we’ll entertain our family and friends and where we will end up spending majority of our time outside of work. Keeping your home furnished with the best possible options only seems like the most logical thing to do. Keeping your home furnished with a sofa that doubles as a high quality bed with state of the art durability and comfort comes with the territory.
The thing about having a sofa bed is that it’s more than just alluring. It’s the smart thing to do. Why not have a nice sofa that can also act as a nice cozy place to have as an optional guest area when it’s time for the holidays or even if you have a big family and some of your relatives are staying the night. Those times where you really need to wash your bed sheets or spill something on your mattress—a sofa bed can be your backup plan (it’s better to play it safe than be sorry in the long run).
I think most people would agree when I say that if it isn’t functional, it isn’t worth it. Instead of investing in a new blow-up bed every time someone comes to stay the night, why not have a one-time simple solution to your sleeping space issues? Sofa beds are really a one stop shop. Investing in one of these things will probably be one of the best things you ever do with your money and, although there are probably well over a thousand different reasons to invest in a sofa bed, we’ve compiled ten. So without further ado, here are the top ten reasons to purchase a sofa bed for your home.
Listen. If you’re going to have someone stay in your living room, you might as well do it in style. Having a sofa bed means that they have more comfort. Sofas are great—especially when they are big and soft, but they aren’t exactly ideal to sleep on. They can be quite uncomfortable to lay down on for long periods of time, making getting a good night’s sleep extremely difficult to achieve. Giving your guests the gifts of a queen sized bed can be just the fix they need. All this without having to invest thousands of dollars into a guest room, blow up bed or other unnecessary things. As soon as they’re ready for bed all they have to do is pull the bed out, add blankets and pillows and they’re done.
You Always Fall Asleep in the Den
You might as well make the most of your den if you’re constantly spending time in it. There is nothing wrong with being a television junkie. A great idea would be to get a sofa that can transform into a bed. That way you can honestly spend your time in the den for as long as you want whenever you want. This option also would apply to people who have disabilities and cannot walk up the stairs. This option would be amazing for these people because the only thing that would have to do be done is making the bed before they’re ready to nap and after they wake. This would even be great to add to a downstairs bedroom to make it double as an entertainment area during the day.
You Live in an Efficiency
Let’s face it. All of us don’t own a full sized home. Some of us have a one bedroom apartment while others live in an efficiency. If space is an issue with you, sofa beds can be the perfect solution because they double as a bed and don’t take up a lot of space, unless you opt for larger bed options. If you live in a small space, you can optimize the space you have by having user friendly furniture that is extremely functional and easy to manage. Your sofa can also be a great way to add a healthy pop of color and style to your apartment or efficiency without having to paint the walls or go crazy with ornaments and other embellishments.
Changing up the style of your home can be as easy as making some sensible furniture swaps. Changing your tired old couch for something more stylish and sophisticated just might be the option you need to make your house into the home you’ve always dreamed of. The thing is, your house is a very personal thing and it isn’t just yours. It’s a place that your friends and relatives will remember for the rest of their lives. Having a sofa that reflects the care and personality that you put into the rest of your place could be just the thing to show your family, friends and relatives just how much you care about their first impressions. You can choose just about any style of fabric, color and even material that the framework is made of to ensure the best fit for your lifestyle and personality.
If the versatility of having a sofa bed doesn’t give you the motivation you need to put a sleeper sofa on your wish list then I don’t know what will. Having a sleeper sofa means that you don’t have to have guest rooms to have people stay the night. In fact, many sleeper sofas are so comfortable that if your guests couldn’t visibly see that they were sleeping on a sofa they wouldn’t know the difference. You see, sleeper sofas have undergone a huge transformation over the last decade. What used to be tough beds that were painful to sleep on are now deluxe mattresses with the same comfort as the quality beds you get in stores. In fact, many sleeper sofas are made of premium memory foam and have pillow tops for increased comfort.
Space for Your Kid’s Room
Many people think of having a cute little tea set for their kids’ rooms but never a sleeper sofa. Here’s the thing. Sleeper sofas are perfect for kids’ rooms. Not only because they give you the option for an extra bed for sleeper overs or wetting the bed but they also give your child more space to do the things that matter the most. Having a sleeper sofa in your child’s room can allow them to sit more comfortably while studying and doing their homework. This will give them a calm and relaxing place outside their desk or bed. The great thing about having the bed is that it really helps to give your child a sense of choice. Having different areas for your child to focus and do work at will encourage them to get home and get things done. Another great use for a sleeper bed in a child’s room is for a gaming area.
Like we said at the end of reason six, gaming and sleeper sofas go hand in hand. Having a sleeper sofa handy in your child’s room will double as a backup plan to their actual bed. At this point you know that sleeper sofas give you the option of using your couch as a bed but some sleeper sofas are perfect used just as a couch because of the level of comfort, support and stability that their cushions give. If you or your child is a game fiend having a couch that can pull out into a bed right in front of your television or monitor is a great option so that you can keep getting the bad guys while staying cool, relaxed and comfortable all at the same time.
Frequent Sleep Overs
If your kids are constantly having slumber parties having cool sofa beds can be a nice option. We all know that sleep overs mostly consist of games and movies so having a sleeper sofa is absolutely awesome for those moments. Obviously if you have a big family you that frequents your home having a sleeper sofa is the most sensible option. If there is always someone over the house you might as well have a sleeper sofa so that they can rest in the living area during the night—this is especially true for those of us who don’t have houses that are very big or spacious.
To Liven Your Office Space
Offices can be pretty boring. Let’s face it. It gets kind of redundant after a while of sitting in that stiff chair at the same desk you’ve been working at for ages. Having a sofa can allow you to sit back and relax while typing up documents and completing your work because working shouldn’t amount to pain and discomfort. Having a sofa bed in your office can be especially awesome if you work from home and constantly find yourself pulling all-nighters. Doing your work shouldn’t mean that you’re subjecting yourself to discomfort. Sitting on an office chair can do just as much damage as standing on your feet and baring too much weight. Throwing a contemporary chair into your office with a few geometric shaped pillows can be just what you need to liven the place up.
To Have More Room for Guests
We can go over this one time and time again but the fact of the matter is that the more room you have for your guests the better. You want your guests to feel like they’re at home. That isn’t possible if they’re left to fall asleep on a tough sofa. Give them the feeling of falling asleep on a comfortable bed. Having a sofa bed is giving your guests the gift of a good night’s sleep time and time again. Choosing a sofa bed isn’t just about a cool sleeping option—it’s also about having somewhere nice and comfortable to sit and enjoy television or casual chit chat with your friends, family and relatives. Sofa beds tend to be crafted with easier to maintain fabrics. The cushions come off for easy cleaning and are made with softer higher quality material so that you can actually enjoy sitting back for a moment or two.
The Pros and Cons
The pros and cons of having a sleeper sofa have been talked about quite a bit during this guide but for the sake of getting the records straight let’s just go ahead and bring it all together. Sleeper sofas come in various different options ranging from different kinds of fabrics, finishes, different sized beds, and different kinds of framing—there are literally thousands of sleeper sofas to choose from. Yes—this means that the ones listed on the article aren’t the only premium sleeper sofas to choose from but they may just be some of the best.
You know part of our reviews has to be about the pros and cons. There are probably hundreds of things that I can think of in regards to purchasing a sofa bed but here are just a few:
- Saves space.
- Gives you somewhere to sleep when you don’t feel like going the bed.
- Axes the need for you to have a guest bedroom.
- Gives the kids somewhere fun to have a sleep over.
- Makes your living area more guest friendly.
It’s kind of a tough call to knock something out of the ball game when you haven’t even tried it yet. So what we will always tell you is to choose something with a money back guarantee just in case you don’t like it. If you end up not liking whatever you choose you will always have the option of choosing something else and guess what? Even though sleeper sofas seem perfect in so many ways there can be a lot of cons. Like those listed below:
- If you choose the wrong kind of fabric they are tough to clean.
- The frames can be week especially if you choose something that doesn’t tolerate moisture or weight well.
- The beds can be rather cheap and flimsy so always make sure to do your homework.
- The back cushions are not usually removable. This isn’t an issue to most but can be for some.
- The feet are not always sturdy.
Choosing a good sleeper sofa can be kind of a tough thing to do if you don’t go in knowing exactly what you need and want. There are a couple of things you have to think about when making a sleeper sofa purchase. Here are a few to consider:
- Frames stability.
- Ease of use.
- Ease of maintenance.
How to Style Sleeper Sofas and Sofa Beds
If you’re purchasing a sleeper sofa to use in your home as an option to another option (regular sofa) you may become curious as to how you can dress your sleeper sofa up. These sofas obviously come in one color or pattern but there are things that you can do to change the way that they look so that you can get the look you like and the look that matches your style and home décor. If you get a sofa that matches the color scheme of your house but you feel like you’d like more then keep reading for styling options you can apply to your sleeper today.
Throw pillows are a great way to add different shapes colors and textures to something without having to do too much work. If you choose a nice neutral color you may find that throw pillows are all you need to change things around. Using a throw pillow with contrasting fabric and textures can be just the thing you need to liven up your couch. Trying new patterns is a great way to turn your sofa into the couch you’ve always dreamed of.
DIY Sleeper Sofa Covers
If the color of your sofa is starting to get annoying then try a new one. Choosing a sofa bed that is compatible with all different kinds of sofa covers is a great idea because you can change your sofa like you change your color scheme and décor. The thing about sofa covers is that they are super simple and easy to use and make. Sofa covers are also a great idea for people who want the sofa bed option but know that they are not going to use their bed much at all.
Another great thing about sofa covers is that they can make it so that cleaning and maintaining the couch itself is a breeze. You can get a sofa cover that is soft and water proof if you have children or are prone to making stains. Things to note about sleeper sofa covers:
- Makes clean up easier.
- Allows you to change the look of your sofa.
- Allows you to experiment with different fabrics and textures.
Different Patterns and Fabrics
You can get your sofa to match your home décor simply by adding different kinds of patterns and fabrics just like described above. You can add the patterns by using a cover, pillows, a quilt or throw blanket.
If you choose a sleeper sofa that has storage space you can store a cool quilt inside or even take a basket and store a quilt inside of it for something aesthetically appealing. Keeping quilts for your sleeper bed encourages your guests to get comfortable and relax.
Draping a throw blanket over your sleeper sofa is a great way to add a pop of color to a neutral couch. Using colors that are actually bright will draw the eye to the sofa area without being obnoxious. Throw blankets come in many different options that are sure to brighten your home up.
What to Look for When Buying Sleeper Sofas and Sofa Beds
By now you know that sofa beds have various uses. Buying a sofa bed doesn’t necessarily cost more than buying a regular sofa and you get the added benefit of having a pullout bed. I think we get the picture pertaining to sofa beds but what we really need to know is what exactly we need to keep in mind. If you aren’t exactly sure what kinds of things you should look for or be mindful of when purchasing a sleeper sofa you could end up setting yourself up for failure.
A new furniture purchase doesn’t have to be stressful and believe me once you get this piece you will sleep easier at night now that you’re prepared with extra room. The list below includes a few things to remember or at least think of while making your purchase so you don’t end up not liking what you order or even worse—having to send the whole thing back for a refund because it isn’t what you expected.
You can save yourself a lot of time, money and hassle simply by taking a look at the things below and actively planning for your purchase and what you plan on using your sofa bed for and where you plan on putting it.
When it comes to sofa beds size matters. You need to know what size sofa bed you need to ensure that you’re getting the right thing. How do you know which size to choose? Simple. Ask yourself where you’ll be placing your sofa bed and how large of a mattress you need (or would like) for the best results. If you like to have more space and have lots of room then you can afford to look at the sizing options available out there. That means having a queen sized or even a king sized sofa bed to suit your needs.
There are a lot of different kinds of sofa beds out there. Choosing a sofa bed that is made from a kind of material that is difficult to care is probably not in your best interest. Especially if you don’t have the time it takes to maintain and care for said material. To by step going through this unnecessary drama you’ll want to really research the fabric and ask about the care options. Figuring out how you’ll be cleaning your new sofa bed would be a good idea. If you don’t think you have the time or energy keep looking.
Your sofa bed isn’t worth anything if the framing isn’t done right. The problem with having a frame that isn’t strong is that the sofa frame will have a higher possibility of breaking. Let’s go ahead and make things a little worse. Then if the framing of your sofa bed isn’t strong the couch will barely be able to withstand the weight of anyone being on it unless it’s very well displaced. If you can’t tell already bad frame = recipe for disaster.
We spoke about this a bit earlier but seriously if your mattress quality isn’t right you might as well have not even purchased a sofa bed. There are lots of sofa beds that look aesthetically appeasing on the outside but the bed itself is an absolute disaster. You can learn a thing or two about your mattress simply by going ahead and doing your research on the mattress. If you have to reach out to the company go ahead and do so. Don’t take an image as the truth. Really do your homework.
If you don’t like a particular type of color or find that you like a particular sofa but not the color options you can always go ahead and purchase a sofa cover. One thing that you need to be mindful of is what works with most of the things that you have and like meaning that if you like wood or grey you need to go ahead and get colors that work with those things. Obviously you don’t want to choose something that is so far away from your tastes that it repulses you or something like that. Sofa beds normally come in dozens of color options so just be mindful and check around for those options.
If you have a sofa bed it’s never a bad thing to go ahead and get covers to pair with it. This will help ease up the maintenance and such so that you don’t have to worry so much about spills and things. Covers are also a great option if you know that you live on your couch so instead of dirtying up your brand new sleeper sofa you can go ahead and use a cover that can be cleaned every week (or however often you need it).
This is one that definitely gets overlooked when people are planning for a new sofa. Please, please, please be sure to go ahead and check and see if any of the parts of your sofa bed are replaceable. Something that usually breaks on sofas are the feet so knowing that you can go ahead and get extra feet or extra screws (or bolts) for the bed so that you don’t end up having to run out on a whim searching high and low for pieces that you could have gotten when you placed your order in the first place.
Key Benefit Recap
As we end the end of this guide we will go over things about your upcoming sofa bed purchase that you should be sure to note. Sofa beds are amazing and can double as beds (or sofas depending on which way you’re looking at it). We’ve outlined dozens of key benefits, uses, styles, pros and cons during the length of this massive sofa bed guide. Here is where we remind you of why your purchase will be meaningful and what you’ll be getting out should you choose to go ahead and go through with it.
By now you’ve probably decided to go ahead and purchase a sofa bed but just in case you weren’t exactly sure we put together a few things to really highlight the length of this article the quickest way possible so that you can know what you’re getting out of your investment ahead of time. You’ve already seen what you can do with your sofa bed and what to consider now you can learn what you can and will get out of what you’ll be having in your home soon. So without further ado, let’s get started.
Here are a few of the key benefits:
- Sofa beds give you more options for your guests.
- They add variety to your home.
- They are space savers.
- Having room for slumber parties for your kids and their friends.
- They give you more bang for your buck.
- They allow you to comfortably spend the night in your den or living area.
- They liven up your child’s gaming area.
- Having somewhere comfortable for your family to sleep over night.
- They make your office space more comfortable.
The benefits are amazing but the pros are what really matter when purchasing something. The thing about having sofa beds is that you get double the benefit for the price you would normally pay for a nice sofa. It’s no surprise that the pros of getting a new sofa bed are plenty. Such as the following:
Our Top Recommendations
As per usual, you know we have to have a heart to hear about our top recommendations. Our list of the best products are compiled by doing research on the products that people like you and me love. This means looking at the biggest and most popular brands and at the same time, at the little guys. We leave no rock unturned on our search to find the best products to share with you. The products in our list are crowd pleasers—products that consumers absolutely rave about and can’t have enough of.
These products are generally great options. They also encompass a lot of different categories. We’ve thought of the styles, textures, and more. Our recommendations aren’t the only thing on the market so if there is something that you’re looking for that isn’t on our list then there is a huge chance that you can still get exactly what you’re looking for if you’re willing to put in your time for additional research.
Sofa beds or sleeper sofas are probably one of the best things that were ever created for the home. They have so many uses and just help us to be overall prepare without having to fork over thousands of dollars. The thing about sofa beds is that they don’t take require more money to purchase. The benefits of these bad boys substantially outweigh the cons making sofa beds a an obvious choice if you’re in need of purchasing a new sofa. Forget about just spending cash on a regular sofa when you can easily get something way better for a far better value than any other couch that’s available on the market today. We really hope that you enjoyed our guide. Until next time!
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