Looking for the best sofa beds on the market? We know it can be a challenge to find a sofa bed comfortable enough to sit on regularly, that keeps overnight guests happy, and comes brimming with the kind of style that makes owning it a joy rather than a compromise.
Ideally, your sofa bed also won’t require Herculean strength to unfold and retract once your guests have gone home, and might even offer some additional sneaky storage!
The good news is we've done the hard work for you and rounded up our Real Homes edit of the best sofa beds available in 2021, from the best sofa beds with comfortable pocket-sprung mattresses, to spacious chaise sofa beds for everyday use, and affordable fold-out sofa beds for space-saving style and hassle-free kids sleepovers (we wish!).
If you’re looking for the most comfortable sofa options, head over to our best sofas edit, otherwise read on to find the best sofa beds for you.
Best sofa beds 2021
If you're looking for a sofa bed that's budget-friendly and is only going to be used for occasional sitting and sleeping, then the Haru from MADE is one of the best sofa beds for affordable, yet still stylish, design.
Available in six luxe-look velvet colourways and three hardwearing woven fabrics, this small, apartment-friendly sofa bed completely unfolds so you use the entire sofa surface to sleep on. This means it comes in as one of the most compact sofa beds once extended.
Because the mattress is foam and there is no sprung base, the sit and sleep experience is fairly firm, so this is definitely a sofa bed for occasional use rather than everyday seating. There's also no hiding that this is a sofa bed, but we think that's part of its charm.
Use this budget sofa bed as handy extra (multifunctional) seating in the living room, guest or main bedroom, or add to a children's or teenager's room so it’s ready to unfold for impromptu sleepovers.
If space is really tight, then there's also the Haru Small Sofa Bed to consider, which at 120cm wide comes in just under the size of a small double mattress; a bit of a squeeze for two, but a roomy option for a single guest.
If you need a sofa bed that's also going to be your main standalone sofa, then comfort and style are key.
The Floppy Jo sofa bed by Loaf is one of the best sofa beds in disguise. Hard to distinguish from a normal sofa on first appearances, it makes a great option for maximum sitting and sleeping comfort.
Extra-deep seats are crafted from feather-wrapped foam, so you get all of the comforts of feathers and the springiness of foam - meaning no cushion plumping! And the pocket-sprung mattress is equally comfortable; made of cotton felt and foam, it's a tiny bit smaller than a standard double mattress but feels almost like sleeping in a normal bed.
The Floppy Jo range also offers a wide choice of armchair, footstool, and standalone sofas, making this a great option if you want your sofa bed to blend in with other living room furniture.
A good solid contemporary design, this is one of the best sofa beds for comfort, style and practicality at a mid-range price point.
Available in over one hundred upholstery options, you can tailor this sofa bed to suit your existing decor, and with a range of coordinating pieces in the Bailey furniture range, this compact sofa bed will easily blend into the rest of your living room furniture if you prefer to disguise its presence.
The sofa itself is two-seater, but once unfolded it becomes a good double-sized mattress, and the 10cm thick pocket-sprung design makes a comfortable place to bed down for the night.
A timeless design that works effortlessly in a contemporary or classic space, we think this is one of the best sofa beds for stylish good looks.
Available in over one hundred upholstery options, including hardwearing cotton-mixes, laidback linens, sumptuous velvets and on-trend bouclé, the Sofa.com options offer a wealth of colour and fabric choice.
There are also plenty of options of sizes for each sofa bed model, ranging from a compact loveseat to a generous three-seater, whilst a broad selection of matching furniture makes it easy to blend your sofa bed in with the rest of your living room furniture.
This is one of the most affordable pull-out mattress sofa beds for a classic 'sofa' look that also gives overnight guests a raised sleeping area and a sprung metal mattress base.
The mattress supplied is foam rather than pocket-sprung which is reflected in the price, and it is only 6cm thick, so this option probably isn't going to be mistaken for a proper bed. However, there is an option to upgrade to a pocket-sprung mattress and beech-slat frame for a bit more comfort.
Although it's limited to four upholstery options the choices are all good neutral colourways, and as this sofa isn't made to order it means the turn around time is one of the quickest on our list.
So, if you want an occasional sofa bed that looks like a proper sofa, should arrive quickly and won't break the bank, the Mimi is an option worth considering.
With many of us set to continue working from home much more often in the future, we need our homes to be multifunctional, and we think this is one of the best sofa beds if your guest room is now likely to become your home office for the foreseeable.
The minimalist Danish design blends Nordic simplicity with innovative engineering to create compact sofa seating that doesn't take up much floor space, and easily transforms into a comfortable and spacious double bed when guests arrive.
Delivered in three parts, there is some fairly simple self-assembly required, but this does make negotiating awkward access routes easier - especially useful if you want to get your sofa bed upstairs.
Another contender for most affordable classic-look sofa bed, MADE's Orson sofa bed has the advantage of coming in six luxe velvet options - that look more expensive than the price tag might suggest - as well as two budget polyester weaves.
The pull-out mattress is a 6cm deep foam affair, so won't necessarily win any prizes for comfort, but as an occasional option for putting up guests it is perfectly adequate.
The only downside is the lead-time, which at 18 - 20 weeks currently is a bit of a wait. Keep an eye out on the website though as things might change as the year goes on.
One of the best sofa beds for a bit of extra lounging (and storage) space, the Bailey from John Lewis features again as one of the best chaise sofa beds.
Available in either left or righthand chaise configuration, and with a huge choice of over one hundred fabric options, this is a useful and versatile sofa bed that's great as the main seating option in a living room.
The 10cm thick pocket-sprung mattress pulls out to offer a decent double mattress worth of sleeping space, whilst the chaise seat offers extra lounging room in sofa-mode and lifts up to reveal plenty of hidden storage space for keeping spare cushions and bedding inside.
For the ultimate in luxury sofa beds, Love Your Home's Felix chaise corner sofa bed has to come top of the list.
Also available in a smaller single and double bed option, the generous three-seater sofa bed disguises a luxurious king-size pocket-sprung and memory foam topped mattress. (Although there is also the option of going for a coil-sprung mattress instead to save a little cash).
Available in over one hundred on-trend fabrics, the chaise design allows you to lounge comfortably, and also hides some roomy storage; perfect for stashing an extra duvet and pillows when guests come to stay.
What is the most comfortable sofa bed?
Generally speaking sofa beds come in two types, fold-out sofa beds which unfold so that the seat and backrest of the sofa bed create the sleeping surface, and pull-out sofa beds where the mattress pulls out from the sofa base and the sofa itself remains static.
A fold-out sofa bed is generally made of foam which can lead to a firmer sitting and sleeping experience. These sofa beds are generally best for occasional use, or for guests who are young and sprightly as they also tend to be very low to the ground once extended. They are generally the most affordable options.
A pull-out sofa bed is often the most comfortable style as these have a separate mattress that lays on a sprung frame to give a more supportive sleeping experience. The pull-out frame is usually also raised making the sleeping area roughly the same height as an average bed.
However, it's still important to consider the type of mattress that a pull-out sofa bed comes with. A lot of specialist sofa retailers will offer a choice, with a foam mattress being the more basic and budget option, and a pocket-sprung mattress, or even a memory foam mattress, being the most comfortable - and the most expensive option.
One of the exceptions to this rule is the Cubed 140 Sofa Bed, which combines springs in its foam fold-out bed which mimics the give of a traditional mattress - offering compact design and comfort - so it's worth reading the sofa bed's specifications carefully before buying.
To increase the comfort levels of your sofa bed further - and keep it nice and clean - we always recommend using a mattress protector over the base mattress. Find the best options in our guide to the best mattress toppers.
What else to look for in the best sofa beds
In choosing from the best sofa beds there some important things to consider to ensure you get the right option for your home:
Room size: Before buying it's a good idea to measure out the size of the sofa bed on the floor of the room you're going to put it in first to make sure it fits!
Remember to assess the depth of the sofa bed, both in sofa form - so you have plenty of room to walk around the room and access doors and windows - and when the sofa bed is extended for sleep. In some sofa beds, the backrest becomes a part of the sleeping surface, but with a pull-out sofa bed, the sofa back remains in place which can mean the extension takes up quite a bit of floor space.
Unless your sofa bed is self-assembled, make sure to measure access too to make sure you can get it into the room you plan to use it in!
Seating space: This one is fairly self-explanatory, but if your sofa bed is going to be your household's main sofa then make sure you have enough seating space for everyone to sit comfortably. A chaise sofa is great for families or couples as it allows two people to recline, or extra room for kids to pile on.
Mattress size: Always double-check the size of the sofa bed mattress before you buy, as they can differ greatly. Although a sofa bed may say it's a double, it often isn't as generous as a regular double mattress would be - both in width or length - so if you're likely to be sleeping two guests, and they're staying a good length of time, you may want to go for a bigger sleeping area to make them more comfortable.
Single mattress size: W90 x L190cm
Small double mattress size: W120 x L190cm
Double mattress size: W135 x L190cm
King mattress size: W150 x L200cm
Mechanism: It's always best to test a sofa bed mechanism out in-store first if possible. This will give you a good idea of how easy you find it to fold and unfold. Remember that a fold-out sofa bed can be more likely to be heavy to extend and retract, whereas a pull-out design used springs and levers to make extending more energy efficient.
Want more multifunctional homes inspiration? Make sure to check out our living room ideas for more tips and tricks for making the most of your living space.