12 sofa beds for traditional homes

There's no need to compromise on style when investing in a sofa bed, as this selection of beautiful space-saving designs proves – including expert advice

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The ultimate in flexible furniture, sofa beds offer additional sleeping options when space is at a premium. Much comfier than a blow-up mattress, their simple sliding or folding mechanisms allow you to transform an office or living room into a guest bedroom in moments. However, it can be tricky finding one to suit both your guests and your home.

Many companies now offer sofa bed versions of their standard designs, while others operate on a build-your-own basis, allowing you to not only customise size and material, but even mattress type – from sprung to foam, the range on offer is as comprehensive as for regular beds.

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Before you buy, it’s important to consider how often your sofa bed will be used: if regularly, invest in a more expensive, high-quality sofa bed with a durable mechanism, but if occasionally, a cheap and cheerful model may suffice. So, whether you’re after a leather corner sofa or a French-style daybed, with such a wide variety of designs, sizes, mattresses and mechanisms now available, there’s no need to compromise on looks or comfort.

How to spot a quality sofa bed

‘Occasional-use sofa bed mechanisms tend to have metal frames with a polypropylene base, which are cheaper than their “constant-use” wooden-slatted counterparts, but not as durable. Quality seat cushions made from feather-wrapped foam will provide extra comfort while disguising the mechanism beneath.’ Kate Hassard, marketing manager at Sofa.com

Algernon three-seater sofa bed

The Algernon sofa bed has a classic Chesterfield look. Shown here in Lazy Mole Deepest velvet, £2,100, Perch & Parrow

Shoreditch sofa bed by feather and black

This Shoreditch space-saving sofa bed from Feather & Black is a convenient retro-style addition to any interior, £599

Featuring simple, mid-century styling, the Ashdown sofa bed looks good in ornate patterns and graphic prints. From £900, Sofas & Stuff

Chesterfield style Winks sofa bed from Heals Sofas

Echoing the classic Chesterfield style, this modern 40 Winks sofa reclines into a bed in seconds. £1,599, Heals

Shapiro chair bed from Sofa Workshop

If space is tight, opt for this compact Shapiro chair bed from Sofa Workshop. Available in an array of colourways, from £1,699 for the two-seater design, Sofa Workshop

Bazaar sofa bed in blackcurrant from Loaf

Handmade in England, this laid-back Bazaar sofa bed can be upholstered in more than 70 fabrics, from vintage linen to this stunning brushed cotton in Blackcurrant. From £1,445, Loaf

Sloane three-seater sofa bed In Old English Hazel

Sloane three-seater sofa bed in Old English Hazel leather, from £2,379, Darlings of Chelsea

sofa bed in a Chesterfield design from Debenhams

Make a statement in your living room with this take on the quintessential Chesterfield design, which comes upholstered in a range of coloured velvet-look fabrics. £2,500, Debenhams

Dipplomat sofa bed from Multiyork

This chic Diplomat two-seater design in Capri leather, £3,769, is both practical and comfortable, Multiyork

Otto sofa bed from Sofa.com

A modern take on a traditional design, this Otto sofa bed from Sofa.com is available in three sizes and in a range of beautiful fabrics, from tweeds to florals. We love this bold print by designer Cameron Short from the Design Lab range. Prices from £1,600, Sofa.com


This Brixton sofa bed offers a simple modern look, from £1,022, Sofas & Stuff


The Canterbury sofa bed is a modern and stylish alternative to a classic design. £1,729, Darlings of Chelsea