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Sofa Beds

Sofa beds are a superb solution for compact living, since they offer seating and a bed in a single piece of furniture.  They are useful for anyone who wants to sleep guests but doesn’t have the space or necessity for a guest bed.  Sofa beds are generally made in fabric, since fabric is light and comfortable, but leather options are also available for a touch of modern charm.

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Why should you choose a sofa bed?

Sofa beds are most suitable for living rooms, multifunction spaces such as kitchen diners, guest bedrooms and spare rooms.

  • In a spare room –you can use the sofa for gaming, reading and watching TV, and change it into a bed when needed for occasional visitors.  For guests who are staying longer, the sofa provides a place to sit comfortably during the day, offering a private space to relax in the evenings.
  • In a living room or kitchen diner – an ideal option if you don’t have a spare room to sleep guests or would rather use your spare room for another purpose.

A major benefit of a sofa bed is that it saves on space by offering two pieces of furniture in one.  Double and king sized beds in particular take up quite a bit of space, so being able to fold them away into a more compact small or large sofa allows you to use the room you have more effectively.

This also helps to save money.  Although a sofa bed is more expensive than a fixed sofa in the same style, it spares the expense of a mattress and a divan or bedframe.

Things to consider when choosing a sofa bed

There are multiple areas to think about when making your choice.

Sofa bed mechanism

Firstly, there are two kinds of sofa bed mechanism available:

  • Pull out sofa bed – in pull out styles, a metal bed base is folded away inside the sofa.  Cushions are removed, and the bed can then be pulled out of the sofa and fixed into place.  A mattress is placed on top of the bed base.
  • Folding sofa bed – in this style, the sofa actually is the bed.  The sofa is folded out until it lies flat.  This is also known as a click clack sofa bed.

Sofa bed mattress

There are also various mattress styles to choose from.

  • Open coil – contains a long wire which has been coiled into springs; a wire border along the outside maintains the shape of the mattress.  These mattresses come at a lower price point and are best for occasional use.
  • Pocket sprung – contains many springs which are sewn into individual pockets.  These mattresses are very popular and provide more support, making them suitable for more frequent use.
  • Plain – plain fabrics are perfect for a sitting room.  Greys and neutrals help to calm the mind for a good night’s sleep and can be dressed in throws for added flair.  A mid-blue or grey sofa bed is better at hiding stains, so it’s great for families and pets.
  • Patterned – a patterned chair bed works well as accent furniture, while patterned sofa beds are a fun addition to a spare bedroom.
  • Leather – a leather sofa bed is sleek looking and easy to clean.  Great for a modern lounge.

Fabrics available in sofa beds

Which size sofa bed should you choose?

Finally, you will need to select your sofa bed size.  As the beds fold out widthways rather than lengthways, you can often work out the size of the bed from the size of the sofa (excluding the arms, of course).  A single mattress is 90cm wide, a small double is 120cm, a standard double is 135cm, a king size is 150cm and a super king is 180cm.  Please note that sofas vary in size, so it is best to check before purchasing. 

  • Chair bed – comes in the form of an armchair and converts into a single bed.  Chair beds are a cheap option which are large enough to seat and sleep one person.
  • 2 seaters – most often turn into a small double or double sofa bed.  They are large enough to sleep two and are a good option in smaller living rooms and for visiting couples.
  • 3 seaters – can convert into a double, king or super king, depending on the dimensions.  The bed will sleep two, but offers a bit more sleeping room for guests.  This is a good option for a larger living room.
  • Corner sofa bed – often sleeps one, but this varies depending on the size and shape of the corner sofa.  A useful option if you need a sofa that saves space.

How to measure for a sofa bed

A sofa bed will likely spend most of its life in its sofa state, so you’ll first need to check that the sofa dimensions are appropriate for the space.  Once you have done this, check the dimensions of the bed when it is fully opened out.  You will need to ensure the bed will lie flat and that you have enough room to walk around the edge.

 

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