Looking for the best sofa beds? You’re not alone. As our homes have changed to become more multifunctional spaces, more and more of us are turning to the trusty sofa bed to make the most of every square inch of footage.
After all, why devote an entire spare room for use as a guest bedroom (that might rarely be used), when swapping out that guest bed for a multifunctional sofa bed means you can create a work-from-home-ready home office, a children’s playroom, music room, study or home gym. All of which can be transformed when guests do come to stay by simply pulling out the sofa bed.
And if your living space doesn’t stretch to a spare room, then adding a sofa bed to your living room - either as your main everyday seating or as accent seating alongside one of the best sofas - means that the lack of a guest bedroom doesn’t need to cramp your entertaining style.
Luckily there has never been a better range of sofa beds on offer to help us achieve homes that work harder for us, and in this guide we’ve sorted the wheat from the chaff to help you find the very best.
The best sofa beds: a buyer's guide
To uncover the best sofa bed for your home - and budget - it’s helpful to first understand the two key differences in the types of sofa beds that are commonly available. This helps to explain why sofa beds can differ so much in comfort levels, and price!
Generally speaking, sofa beds come in two main types; click-clack and pull-out.
Click-clack sofa beds are the simplest design. With these sofa beds the backrest and seat of the sofa fold flat to become the sleeping surface, with the locking mechanism often making the distinctive 'click-clack' noise after which they are named.
Most commonly made of solid foam, they tend to be on the firmer side for both sitting and sleeping, so are generally recommended as occasional seating and sleeping options - good for the home office, playroom or a sleepover space in a children's bedroom, but possibly not for your main everyday seating in the living room, unless you prefer a firm seat.
The sleeping surface on a click-clack sofa bed is also generally very low to the ground - fine for the young at heart - but perhaps not the best option for less spritely guests or longer stays.
On the plus side, a click clack sofa bed tends to be much more affordable than its pull-out counterpart, they generally take up less room once extended than a pull-out sofa bed so are good for rooms that are limited on space, and they come in more contemporary designs with shorter lead times - although upholstery options are generally more limited.
We've rounded up the best click-clack sofa beds on the Real Homes team's radar below, followed by a breakdown of what you can expect from a pull-out sofa bed and our edit of the best pull-outs around.
The best sofa beds: click-clack
Best 2 seater sofa beds: click clack
If you're looking for a space-saving sofa bed that's budget-friendly and is only going to be used for occasional sitting and sleeping, then we think the Haru small sofa bed from MADE is one of the best small sofa beds around for affordable, compact and stylish design.
Available in five luxe-look velvet colourways and six hardwearing woven fabrics, this apartment-friendly option unfolds so that the entire sofa surface becomes the sleeping area, and at 120cm wide the sleeping surface comes in just under the size of a small double mattress, so it can either be used as a (slightly snug) guest bed for two, or a roomy option for a single guest. There is also a single chair bed and larger 142cm width sofa bed available in the same design.
Use this stylish - if fairly firm - sofa bed as 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.
Considering its compact size, this 2 seater sofa bed offers a brilliant full-sized double bed's worth of sleeping space, and, unlike many click clack models, with the Motti sofa bed the sleeping platform is also raised well off the floor; making getting into and out of the bed more comfortable and helping overnight stays on this sofa bed feel less like an indoor camping trip.
Available in three on-trend colourways of olive green and dark and light grey, the design is contemporary, yet the addition of arms make this sleeper sofa feel more like a 'proper' sofa - albeit one with pretty firm seats! We also like the fact that the sleeping area extends with the sofa arms at either side of the sleeping space rather than at top and bottom, which can feel restrictive for taller guests.
Perfect for a home office that doubles as a guest room, we think this is a great option for a modern home.
It’s pretty hard to argue with a sofa bed for £150, although your guests may opt not to stay with you for toooo long on this model as it is quite basic, and pretty firm.
If you're looking for a sofa bed for occasional use, that can double up as somewhere to sit in a home office for the rest of the time, then the Patsy clic clac sofa bed from Habitat is well worth a look though.
It comes in five neutral colourways, including two faux leather options, and the operation couldn't be simpler - just fold down the backrest and you have just a little bit more than a single bed's worth of sleeping space ready to rest on.
Best 3 seater sofa beds: click clack
The attention to detail and contemporary design of the Show Wood sofa bed by John Lewis make it feel anything but a compromise on style.
The curved wooden frame can be offset by either pale grey or blue-green upholstery, and the well-thought-out craftsmanship extends to the rear of the sofa, so you won't need to display this sofa bed against the wall to hide any unsightly sofa bed mechanisms.
Like most click clack sofa beds the sitting and sleeping experience is fairly firm, but a mattress topper can help soften an overnight stay.
Our one gripe is that - as is often the case with three-seater sofa beds with armrests - the arms stay in place once the bed is extended, which means they are above the head and below the feet as guests are sleeping. No doubt this will be fine for most visitors, but taller guests might find it a little restrictive.
Delivering a good dose of mid-Century modern style, the well-designed form of this sofa bed disguises any hint of its multifunctional use.
Even better this is one of the few click clack sofa beds to combine pocket springs with its foam seats, meaning this sleeper sofa has much more give than the usual firm foam and delivers a much more comfortable sitting and sleeping experience - albeit only just under a small double bed's worth of space.
The downside is that currently there is only one upholstery choice available, but this comfortable sleeper sofa is complemented by a matching armchair so you can create a coordinated living room look, plus a matching footstool to transform your sofa bed into a chaise.
If you're looking for a bargain sofa bed that offers plenty of space to sprawl when you don't have guests, then Habitat's Kota sleeper sofa could well be it.
The contemporary armless design may not be for everyone but we think it works perfectly in a playroom that doubles as a guest room, or a home office or teenager's lair.
There are three velvet upholstered options, and three hardwearing polyester and linen mixes, all with deep pintuck pocket detail that give a nod to classic Chesterfield sofa design.
Again it's on the firm side, and that pocketed detail can make for a bit of a textured sleeping surface, but it still makes a great value crashpad for younger guests.
Just bear in mind its side profile. The design doesn't do much to disguise the sofa bed platform, so you'll want to keep it tucked against a wall rather than centre stage, and possibly with some furniture on either side to disguise its less-than-best angle. Although that shelf platform could make for useful storage when the sofa bed is upright.
Best corner sofa beds and chaise longue: click clack
Because of the way click clack sofa beds operate - with backrest and seats folding down to become the sleeping surface - and the firmness of the foam generally meaning they don't make great everyday seating options, there aren't that many chaise or corner click clack sofa bed options around.
However, if you don't mind a little firmness in your seating, then the incredible value Habitat Seattle Corner Sofa Bed is an exception to the rule, and at a bargain price (for a corner sofa bed) of £700, it's easy to see why it's so often sold out.
Available in three different upholstery options, the Seattle sofa bed gives you a double bed's worth of sleeping space that - although in our opinion definitely looks and feels like sleeping on a (large) sofa - is fine for putting up the occasional overnight guests, or just for pulling out to transform the sofa into a super large chaise during family movie nights!
If you want a sofa bed that's easy to operate then it doesn't get much more simple than the Sansa Scroll Arm Sofa Bed from John Lewis & Partners.
Just pull out the drawer under the main seating section and up pops a padded platform that sits level with the chaise section, turning the entire sofa seat surface into a sleeping area that's just slightly under a standard double mattress width.
You can also detach and reattach the arms and chaise section to fit it on either side of the sofa - really useful if you're planning a house move in the near future and might need to alter your room layout - and there are a great range of upholstery options to choose from.
Admittedly, because this is a fold-out sofa bed, the seating and sleeping experience is fairly firm, and we found there was a slight gap between the chaise and the pull-out platform, although using a mattress topper and sleeping with head and shoulder the opposite end soon solved that problem.
The icing on the cake? The handy hidden storage in the chaise compartment. Perfect for stashing an extra duvet and bedding for when guests come to stay.
What is a pull-out sofa bed?
Now you've seen the best click-clack sofa beds, why should you consider a pull-out sofa bed?
Well, unlike a click-clack sofa bed, a pull-out sofa bed is the most similar in design to a traditional sofa, so if you want a sofa bed that can be used as everyday seating in the living room then this option is generally likely to deliver the most comfortable sitting experience. Rather than a click-clack sofa bed's foam cushions, with a pull-out sofa bed you can expect fibre and feather-wrapped seat cushions.
And if you want a sofa bed that doesn't look like a sofa bed, then this model is also the most likely to deliver. In a pull-out sofa bed, a dedicated mattress and a collapsible bed frame are pulled out of a hidden compartment under the sofa seat cushions, so to look at it before the bed is extended you might never know it was there.
Plus, pull-out sofa beds tend to be made by sofa specialists, so there are usually a wealth of upholstery choices on offer to ensure you don't need to compromise on your style choices, and it's likely the sofa bed will be part of a wider range, so you can more easily blend a pull-out sofa bed in with a wider living room suite.
Once the bed frame is pulled out then the mattress is generally a similar height to a regular bed, and the dedicated mattress can make the experience of similar comfort to sleeping in a real bed, meaning this is potentially the most comfortable option for guests too.
On the downside - there had to be one right?! - a pull-out sofa bed is nearly always the more expensive option.
There are cheaper pull-out models available, but, as with most things in life, there is often a compromise in quality that comes with the lower price tag. Important things to check are the quality of the mattress. Budget pull-out models tend to have thin (approx. 6cm deep), solid foam mattresses that - other than the height of the sleeping surface - don't really offer much more comfort than a click-clack sofa bed, whereas higher-end options offer open-sprung, pocket-sprung or even memory foam mattresses in depths ranging from 10 - 14cm.
For the full lowdown on the difference between mattress types, read our guide to how to choose the best mattress, but generally speaking, the deepest mattress is likely to be the most comfortable (we've probably all encountered the lumps and bumps of the bedframe sticking up through a thin sofa bed mattress!).
A pull-out sofa bed can tend to take up more room though, as the backrest and arms stay in place once the bed is extended, and, because of those upholstery options, there is sometimes a longer lead time for a pull-out model compared to a click-clack option, so you might need to be prepared for a wait.
If you're ready to invest in one of the most comfortable sofa beds on offer though, read on to find our edit of the best buys.
The best sofa beds: pull-out
Best 2 seater sofa beds: pull-out
A mid-range price point and wealth of features make the Bailey double sofa bed a great option if you're looking for a comfortable double sleeper sofa that won't take up too much space.
Coming in just short of a standard double mattress, this sofa bed is designed with comfort in mind, offering a 10cm deep pocket-sprung mattress (only a little less deep than a regular bed mattress), traditional sofa webbing for a comfortable sitting experience, and a slatted beech bed frame to emulate as closely as possible the experience of sleeping in a real bed.
The design is also available in a wide range of upholstery fabrics, so you're highly likely to find a colour and fabric you love rather than needing to compromise, and as part of John Lewis' bestselling living room range, the sofa bed is complemented by a wide selection of furniture, making it easy to blend this multifunctional seating in with the rest of your suite.
This low-priced pull-out sofa bed certainly looks the part, with dramatic curved arms, plump cushions, and rich turmeric, mallard green, or indigo velvet upholstery.
It also offers a decent amount of sleeping space with the pull-out mattress delivering just under a standard double bed's worth of room. The thickness and construction of the mattress leave a little to be desired though, with just the one option of 6cm foam on offer.
However, if you're looking for a sofa to add statement style to your interior, and offer the benefit of an occasional option for overnight guests without breaking the bank, then we think this eye-catching design could fit the bill.
The Buttermere sofa bed from Willow & Hall offers brilliant versatility, allowing you to specify your preferred type of seat cushions - from foam to hollow fibre or feather-wrapped foam - and the mattress type - including open-sprung, pocket-sprung or memory foam - to ensure your sleeper sofa is perfectly crafted for your comfort.
Whichever mattress you go for it will also be 14cm deep, so guests will be plenty comfortable too.
Willow & Hall also offer the option of removable arms so the sofa bed can be delivered to rooms with awkward access, and matching scatter cushions in whichever fabric you choose for the sofa. And there are plenty of options to choose from with over 170 upholstery choices.
The cherry on the cake is that matching furniture is also available, so if you're redecorating from scratch you can blend this sofa bed in with the rest of your living room furniture.
- For more 2 seater sleeper sofa options check out our dedicated guide to the best small sofa beds
Best 3 seater sofa beds: pull-out
If you have the space to give it a home then Loaf's large Pudding sofa bed offers a super spacious and comfortable lounging and sleeping experience.
Feather-wrapped foam cushions add plenty of squish-factor whilst springing easily back into shape, and extra deep seats mean there's plenty of room to curl up for a Netflix binge.
And when guests come to stay, the (nearly) king-size open-sprung mattress offers a really generous amount of room for a good night's sleep.
Like all of Loaf's range, there are plenty of enticing fabrics on offer for upholstery, and as one of its most popular designs, the Pudding sleeper sofa has a good range of matching furniture available too - from the napper's dream the loveseat chaise, to matching footstools and regular armchairs.
A good-looking, affordable three-seater sofa bed, MADE'S Orson sleeper sofa may not win any prizes for its 6cm deep foam mattress, but the pull-out option is still more comfortable than many click clack options, and for well under £1000 it means a considerable saving compared to other pull-out sofa beds of a similar size.
As one of MADE's most popular sofa styles, the Orson also comes with a good range of matching furniture available, including armchairs and a selection of sofa sizes - including the chaise sofa bed you'll find later in this guide!
The five velvet upholstery options and one woven neutral are in a good range of colours, and the velvet fabrics definitely make this budget sofa bed look more luxe than the price tag suggests.
Generally sofa beds tend to be made by sofa manufacturers, so the launch of a sleeper sofa made by a specialist sleep brand suggests new levels of mattress comfort for guests.
The three-seater Brunel sofa bed from Brook + Wilde - usually better known for its mattresses and bed frames - offers just under a standard double bed's worth of sleeping space, plus a mattress that combines pocket-sprung and memory foam layers in a 10cm deep hybrid design.
The sofa bed is currently available in six different velvet shades, with all cushion covers removable and washable, as well as a two-seater and snuggler size.
Best chaise and corner sofa beds: pull-out
We love the contemporary style of this armless corner sofa bed that offers plenty of family seating.
Seat cushions are made from super comfortable feather-wrapped foam, and the loose covers can be easily removed - ideal for a relaxed family home. Plus the armless design means this substantial seating can fit into more compact living rooms too - offering maximum seating via space-saving design.
The sleeping area may be a little smaller than we would ideally like, with the mattress just under a small double, but the option to upgrade from the default open-sprung construction to pocket-sprung or memory foam will likely mean your guests are too comfortable to notice - plus there's always the adjoining sofa section to rest an overhanging leg on!
If you don't have room, or the need, for a corner sofa, but still want a little extra lounging space, then the versatile Bailey chaise sofa bed from John Lewis is a great pull-out option
Available in either left or right-hand chaise configuration with a huge choice of over one hundred fabric options, plus a great selection of matching furniture available, this chaise sofa bed makes a great addition to the living room.
And as far as guests are concerned, the 10cm deep pocket-sprung mattress pulls out to offer a decent double mattress worth of sleeping space.
Even better, that chaise seat not only offers a chance to put your feet up, but also lifts up to reveal plenty of hidden storage space for keeping spare cushions and bedding inside.
As an affordable option, MADE'S Orson pull-out sleeper sofa features again in its chaise sofa bed form.
The mattress remains a bit on the thin side, but is still a good option for the occasional overnight guest, and just like more expensive models, the chaise compartment opens up to reveal hidden storage.
Seating is fairly firm, but it's still one of MADE's most popular sofa styles, and comes with a good range of matching furniture available, including armchairs and a range of regular two and three-seater sofas.
In the chaise sofa bed option, there are four velvet upholstery fabrics and two good woven neutrals, all of which make this budget sofa bed look more luxe than its price tag suggests.
The best sofa beds: what else to consider when shopping
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. Take a look at our small living room layout ideas to see if your planned room layout is the best use of limited space.
It's also worth bearing in mind that with a click clack sofa bed 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 that when extended the bed takes up quite a bit more floor space.
Unless your sofa bed is self-assembled, make sure to check and measure access requirements too to ensure you can get your sofa bed 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.
A fold-out or click clack sofa bed is more likely to be heavy to extend and retract, whereas a pull-out design uses springs and levers to make extending more energy efficient.
Are sofa beds comfortable?
The most comfortable sofa bed for you is, of course, in large part down to personal preference. Although as a general rule, click-clack sofa beds are often more firm to both sit and sleep on, and pull-out sofa beds with a deep pocket-sprung or memory foam mattress are most likely to offer the sitting and sleeping experience closest to a normal sofa and bed.
Whichever option you go for, it's fairly easy to increase the comfort levels of your sofa bed further - and keep upholstery nice and clean - by adding a mattress protector over the sleeping area. Find the best options for your sofa bed in our guide to the best mattress toppers.