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.
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
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