Sofa beds are the unsung hero of any furniture collection. Not only do the best sofa beds save your last-friend-standing from a blow-up mattress on the floor after one-too-many vinos, but they also act as bog-standard sofas and epic spots to relax. (Pull out the mattress part and you’ve got yourself a hell-of-a good Netflix binge set-up).
My search for the best sofa bed began earlier this year, when I realised that my flat was missing this one vital piece of furniture. Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised with how many genuinely comfortable sofa beds, in varying configurations, there were on the market. It turns out some of the best online furniture stores (Made.com/John Lewis/M&S/Habitat – we’re looking at you) have been busy designing sofa beds so springy, soft, luxurious and genuinely stylish (complete with pocket sprung mattresses, backrests, armrests and squishy seat cushions) that sleepover companions will happily outstay their welcome.
So, if you’ve found yourself wondering “is a sofa bed worth it?” (spoiler: yes) and “what is the best sofa bed on the market?“, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve done my research.
Is a sofa bed worth it?
If you have family and friends to stay often then yes, investing in a sofa bed is worth it. Quit trying to get them to kip on your tiny loveseat, futon or chaise lounge. Comfy sofa beds – or sleeper sofas, as you may also know them – are artful pieces of furniture and guaranteed to make your life so much easier.
What are the different types of sofa bed?
There are two main types of sofa bed to choose from. The first is the “click-clack” sofa bed. With the sofa in its upright position, you simply fold the back down and – as the name suggests – click it flat. Et voila! You’ve got yourself a double mattress. Click clack sofa beds tend to be cheaper and a bit easier to convert into bed form than their more traditional counterparts.
Pull-out sofa beds do tend to be more comfy than the former, but require a little more effort to assemble. You’d need to remove the cushions from the sofa to reveal a pull-out mattress and “bed” frame. Both click clack sofa beds and pull-out sofa beds come in a range of mattress sizes – from single to double – and upholstery options, to suit your interior design style.
Is there such a thing as a comfortable sofa bed?
Yes, but in your quest for the most comfortable sofa bed, you need to be aware of two things: the mattress and the size. When it comes to the mattress, you can choose from pocket-sprung mattresses or open mattresses. The former tend to be luxurious – and therefore more expensive. You can also get sofa beds with memory foam mattresses, which are great if you require a little more support (they mould to your body while you kip), but they can feel quite hot to sleep on.
As for size? A bed is only comfy if you’ve got enough space to sleep. You can pick up chair beds – the smallest size – and go right through to three-seater sofa beds and corner sleeper sofas. It totally depends on the size of your room as to what size you can go for.
What is the best sofa bed on the market?
- Most popular sofa bed: Haru Large Double Sofa Bed, £379, Made.com
- Most comfortable sofa bed: Swyft Model 04 Large 3 Seater Double Sofa Bed in Vine Velvet
- Best click clack sofa bed: Toriko Click Clack Sofa Bed, £799, Made.com
- Best single sofa bed: Bessie Single Sofa Bed, £249, Made.com
- Best sofa bed with quick delivery: Jasper Sofa Bed, £379, M&S
- Best pull-out sofa bed: John Lewis & Partners Bailey Double Sofa Bed, £1,499, John Lewis
- Best three seater sofa bed: John Lewis & Partners Sansa Scroll Arm Sofa Bed, £1,349, John Lewis
- Best loveseat sofa bed: Isla Loveseat Sofabed, £1,590, Sofa.com
Which sofa bed is best for everyday use?
Our favourite sofa bed for everyday use if you have a little more to spend is contemporary Varo sofa bed by Barker and Stonehouse. Its curved arms add a welcome softness to any living space, and with it’s comfortable, soft foam cushions, it’s a perfect choice for a guest room or living room alike.
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