Cheap sofa beds: 7 best budget-friendly sleep sofas

Check out these super stylish (but super cheap) sofa beds under £500... they're ideal if you're doing up your living room on a budget

Best cheap sofa beds
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How to buy the best cheap sofa bed

Check the construction
Cheap should mean 'affordable', not badly made, so do your homework about the sofa's construction – even reading a good range of online reviews will give you a good idea.

Check the mattress depth
A sofa bed mattress is usually around 6cm deep, which should give decent comfort. But a thin layer of foam over an unforgiving base won't. Mattress size is important, too, so make sure yours is large enough to accommodate two adults comfortably. And maybe invest in a mattress topper to up the comfort levels.

Read our guide to choosing a sofa bed for practical information, and find more sofa beds in our guides: 

Modern sofa beds
Traditional style sofa beds
Best sofa beds for small living rooms

In the market for a cheap sofa bed? Maybe you need something cheap and cheerful for the spare bedroom or maybe you are just plain broke. Either way, to help you find a budget friendly sofa bed for friends and family to lay their heads, we've rounded up the best, all for under £500.

Before you browse, know that today's sofa beds – even cheap ones – are designed to be so much more comfortable than they used to be. Plus, cheap needn't mean basic-looking. Even budget sofa beds can be good-looking. Our reviews below are based ib comfort, but importantly looks, too, and will give you a really good idea about the pros and cons of each of the picks. 

For more sofa bed bargains, check out our latest sofa bed sale deals.

Made.com Chou Sofa Bed with Storage

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1. Made.com Chou Sofa Bed

The best cheap sofa bed for extra storage

Specifications
Seats: three **Sleeps:** two
Filling: foam
Type of bed: click clack
Colours available: 7
Size: W124cm x H92cm x D102cm (sofa); L192cm x W133cm (mattress)
Reasons to buy
+Extra storage+On trend design
Reasons to avoid
-Not the most comfortable 

After a super stylish cheap sofa bed? The Chou sofa bed from Made comes in loads of colours, two different shapes and has extra storage, too.

Why we like it

On trend style: there are loads of colour options to choose from with the Chou, from pink velvet (yes, please) to mustard. There are also two different designs, depending on whether you need that extra storage space – if you aren't fussed about that, you could go for the stylish wooden tapered legs instead (plus this model is £100 cheaper). 

Easy to use: the click clack mechanism is super easy to use; it's literally done in two movements. There is also a really easy to follow video on the Made.com website that shows how it works.

Extra storage: as well as seating three and sleeping two, the Chou sofa bed has managed to squeeze in a bit of handy storage, perfect for storing extra bedding and pillows. 

What to watch for

As with the majority of click clack sofa beds, this doesn't make for the comfiest of sleeps. There is a very clear dip in the middle where the sofa bed folds back and the buttons might be slightly awkward to sleep on. Mattress topper or spare duvet underneath a fitted sheet? Not a bad idea.

John Lewis sofa bed

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2. John Lewis Clapton Sofa bed

The best cheap sofa bed for under £300

Specifications
Seats: three **Sleeps:** two
Filling: foam
Type of bed: click clack
Colours available: 2
Size: H77cm x W180cm x D88cm (sofa); L180cm x W106cm (mattress)
Reasons to buy
+Two different back positions +Easy to use mechanism 
Reasons to avoid
-Very simple design 

If you are after a super simple, cheap sofa bed that would be perfect to fit into a spare bedroom or a home office then we think the John Lewis Clapton Sofa bed could be the one...

Why we like it

Simple, stylish design: maybe the design of this sofa bed might be too basic/streamlined for some people, but we think for an extra bed in the corner of an office or a spare bedroom, this is all you need. Plus, the stripped back look has got a Scandi feel to it that we are fully on board with.

Affordable: we know this is a round up of cheap sofa beds but this is a reeeeeally cheap sofa bed: it comes in at just £299. So, if you are just looking to up your bed count and not after something that will be getting slept on daily we think it's perfect.

Easy to use: simply lift up the back and fold it down, turning this from sofa to bed couldn't be easier. 

What to watch for

Again the dip in the middle could be an issue here and reviewers have said, while it's perfect in most respects (it has five stars on John Lewis), it's probably only best for the odd night, not if you have the same guests every weekend. 

Modern foldaway sofa bed from Maisons du Monde

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3. Maisons du Monde Nio sofa bed

The best cheap sofa bed for small spaces

Specifications
Seats: one **Sleeps:** one
Filling: foam
Type of bed: fold out
Colours available: 8
Size: H84cm x W107cm x D91cm (sofa); W107cm x L193cm x D13 cm (mattress)
Reasons to buy
+Compact size+Comfy mattress +Plenty of colour choice 
Reasons to avoid
-Not the most stylish design 

If you are looking for a cheap sofa bed that's going to fit in even the smallest of spaces check out the Nio sofa bed from Maisons du Monde...

Why we like it

Compact design: this sofa bed is only just over a metre wide so if you are squeezed for space this could be the perfect option. It would fit easily into a small spare bedroom or even the corner of your home office. It only sleeps one, but if that's all you need (and all you've got room for) we reckon this is the best small cheap sofa bed you could buy. 

Stylish colour options: there's every on trend colour you could want, teal, pink, mustard and, of course, a classic grey. The actual look of the sofa might not be for everyone – it's very obviously a sofa bed – but we think the gorgeous colours actually make up for the clunky design. 

Comfy mattress: this one folds out to create a roomy single bed with a foam mattress – no dips or buttons in sight!

What to watch for

The only thing we really have against this sofa bed is it slightly awkward design; we don't love the fact you can see that it's basically a mattress folded into a chair, plus the not so subtle zips in the back where the feet are stored don't help the overall look. 

Classic style cheap sofa bed from Maisons du Monde

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4. Maisons du Monde Lise sofa bed

The best traditional cheap sofa bed

Specifications
Seats: three **Sleeps:** two
Filling: foam
Type of bed: click clack
Colours available: 3
Size: H83cm x W221cm x D95cm (sofa); L189cm x W110cm x D23cm (mattress)
Reasons to buy
+Stylish, traditional design 
Reasons to avoid
-Cover isn't removable 

Another great cheap sofa bed from Maisons du Monde, the Lise sofa bed would be perfect for more traditional-style rooms...

Why we like it

Traditional style: you may have noticed that most cheap sofa beds all have a similar vibe, and they are all quite simple and modern, but the Lise sofa bed has a really traditional design. We love the button back detail (although not the most comfy to sleep on) and the curved arms, plus those sculptured wooden legs? Really lovely touch.

Easy to use: despite looking like it would be a fold out sofa bed, this actually has a click clack mechanism that's really straightforward to use. You just pull up the back, flick out the legs and you're done. 

What to watch for 

This does technically sleep two although it doesn't fold out into the biggest sleep space, so just be aware it's going to be pretty cramped. If you regularly have two adults to stay this might not be the best option. 

Habitat sofa bed in orange

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5. Habitat Kota sofa bed

The best cheap sofa bed for original design

Specifications
Seats: three **Sleeps:** two
Filling: foam and fibre
Type of bed: click clack
Colours available: 3
Size: W189cm x H90cm x D102cm; L189cm x W192cm
Reasons to buy
+Unique design +Affordable 
Reasons to avoid
-Not the most comfortable 

If you are after a cheap sofa bed that makes a bit of a statement, check out the Kota sofa bed from Habitat...

Why we like it 

Unique style: for a cheap sofa bed, this actually has a really distinctive design that we think makes it look way more expensive than it actually is. It's definitely going to be the focus of your living room, especially if you go for that funky orange colour (it comes in a more demure black and grey, too, if that's more your vibe). 

Good price: this cheap sofa bed is only £395! And actually it's in the Habitat sale right now for just £316, so go get it while there is money off!

Easy to use mechanism: another click clack mechanism that's really easy to use, you literally just fold down the back and it makes for quite a roomy bed. 

What to watch for

While we do the love the look of the all over buttoning, it does mean it might not be the most comfortable night's sleep, especially for light sleepers. 

Dunelm Taylor sofa bed

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6. Dunelm Taylor sofa bed

The best cheap sofa with a bang on trend design

Specifications
Seats: three **Sleeps:** two
Filling: foam
Type of bed: click clack
Colours available: 2
Size: H90 x W208 x D82cm (bed) ; L190cm x D112cm (mattress)
Reasons to buy
+On trend design +Budget friendly 
Reasons to avoid
-Button back makes it less comfy 

If you are hunting for the best cheap sofa bed, Dunelm have so many great options but we went for the Taylor sofa bed as our favourite for it alluring looks. 

Why we like it

Looks expensive: considering this model is only £349, we think it looks pretty expensive. It's reminiscent of sofa beds from West Elm or Swoon, and their Mid-century style sofas have been on our lust lists for quite some time. 

On trend shape: the shape and those bolster cushions are bang on trend, plus you can remove the arms, if that would suit your (small) space better. 

Easy to use mechanism: the click clack mechanism is trouble-free and straightforward.

Spacious sleep surface: despite the sofa itself looking quite petite, it opens up into a spacious 190cm x 112cm bed. 

What to watch for

Those buttons: mattress topper or duvet on top are always a bonus.

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