Best sofa beds: 12 stylish sofas for overnight guests

Scroll through our pick of the best sofa beds to find some space-saving ways to put up (with) your extra guests...

Best sofa beds
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On the hunt for the best sofa bed? Well, since you have found yourself here, we are going to go with a yes. It can be a bit of challenge trying to find a sofa bed that's comfy, stylish, affordable and is the perfect size for your space, so to help you out we have trawled the internet to find the best of the best to suit all styles and all budgets. 

It's important to note that while sofa beds of the past have tended to have a reputation for being bulky, uncomfortable and not very pleasing to the eye, modern sofa beds are a very different story. With new technology, memory foam mattresses and well-known furniture brands jumping on the bandwagon, sofa beds are a welcome place for guests to lay their heads. Our pick of the best sofa beds are not only stylish but can guarantee a great night's sleep, too.

For a sofa bed bargain, check out our latest sofa bed sale deals and keep your eyes peeled over on our Black Friday furniture deals page too because that's full of offers already!

John Lewis sofa bed

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1. John Lewis & Partners Duplet Daybed

The best sofa bed that can be a single bed, two single beds or a double!

Specifications
Seats: two
Sleeps: two
Filling: foam and fibre
Type of bed: day bed
Colours available: 1
Size: H48cm x W203cm x D76cm
Reasons to buy
+Super versatile+Great for small homes
Reasons to avoid
-No back rest 

Our pick of the best sofa bed comes in the form of the John Lewis & Partners Duplet Daybed; here's why we love it...

Why we like it

Loads of forms: The Duplet sofa bed can be configured to be loads of different sleep spaces – you can have it as a single bed, double bed or two single beds. 

Great for small spaces: One of the best things about this versatile piece is that it doesn't take up a load of room because it's not a traditional sofa bed.

This means it needn't be kept in the living room as a replacement to your normal sofa and could instead be kept on a landing, in a hallway, or in your bedroom depending on the layout of your home. Then, it can simply spring to life whenever you have overnight guests. 

Foam filling for a supportive mattress: We have noted that this sofa's filling is pretty firm. It's filled with foam which makes for a neat-looking seat, and that can be a good thing in a mattress, with the foam moulding to the body to create a really supportive base.

What to watch for

Obviously this sofa bed doesn't have a back rest, not the end of the world, just might mean you need to push it against a wall and prop up some cushions if you want to use it as a proper sofa. 

Helena sofa bed from made.com

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2. Made.com Helena sofa bed

The best sofa bed for small living rooms

Specifications
Seats: two
Sleeps: two
Filling: foam
Type of bed: fold out
Colours available: 10
Size: H81cm x W170cm x D92cm (sofa); L190cm x W133cm x D6cm (mattress)
Reasons to buy
+Loads of colour and fabric options+Compact design 
Reasons to avoid
-Mattress is a bit thin (think: just thicker than the average mattress topper)

After a compact but still super stylish modern sofa bed? We reckon the Helena sofa bed could be the one...

Why we like it

Fabric choice: we love the range of colours and fabrics; you have a finish to suit every style, from teal velvet to a grey textured weave. 

Sofa design: the curved design is unique enough that it makes a bit of a Mid-century statement, but it will easily fit in with most existing furniture styles. The back cushion is fixed (so will need added throw cushions to be truly welcoming) and the seat cushions are made of foam, which means no plumping.

Sofa bed mechanism: the pull out mechanism is easy to use and once out creates a spacious sleeping area that matches a classic double bed. 

What to watch for

The mattress isn't the thickest, but that can easily be sorted with a mattress topper (check out our pick of the best). Also just be aware that there is no warranty on Made.com furniture. 

Grey sofabed in a modern living room

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3. John Lewis Arlo sofa bed

The best sofa bed for extra storage

Specifications
Seats: three
Sleeps: two
Filling: foam and fibre
Type of bed: fold out:
Colours available: 194:
Size: H83cm x W242cm x D88cm (sofa); L180cm x W116cm x D6cm (mattress)
Reasons to buy
+Good size +Pocket sprung mattress +Storage 
Reasons to avoid
-Sofa covers not removable

Got a large family? Or maybe you just like plenty of room when you are lounging about? The Arlo sofa bed from John Lewis comfortably seats three and expands into a very spacious sofa bed...

Why we like it

Sofa design: the retro, Mid-century-esque design of this sofa bed is what caught our eye. Its tapered wooden legs, low seating and gently curved sides are so on trend at the moment, but a pretty rare look in a larger sofa, so this is a great option if you want that vibe but still need a sizeable guest bed space. 

The cushions are foam, FYI, which means no plumping.

Comfortable mattress: this sofa bed isn't all style and no substance. Despite being just 6cm like our first pick, the mattress is pocket sprung, so you know your guests are going to be comfy. Plus unlike a lot of sofa beds, the bed itself is a mix of webbing and slats so it's also super supportive.

Extra storage space: as well as having the space to seat three people and sleep two, there is still room for storage. The chaise opens up to provide the perfect space for hiding away spare bedding. 

What to watch for

The sofa covers are fixed, which means you can't remove them to wash them. This needn't be a deal breaker, but if you have young children or pets, it's worth knowing in advance.

Find more gorgeous grey sofas in our buyer's guide.

Dreams corner sofa bed

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4. Dreams Limerick 3 Seater Sofa Bed

The best corner sofa bed (with extra storage too)

Specifications
Seats: three **Sleeps:** two
Filling: foam
Type of bed: fold out
Colours available: 3
Size: H91cm x W211cm x D154cm (sofa); L154cm x W187cm (mattress)
Reasons to buy
+Extra storage +Comfortable sleep 
Reasons to avoid
-Limited colour choice 

You just can't go wrong with a grey sofa bed and one of our faves is the roomy Limerick sofa from Dreams...

Why we like it

Roomy and stylish: it's not often you find a large corner sofa that looks lovely and isn't too cumbersome. 

Comfy sleep: this transforms into a really sizeable bed. A lot of sofa beds are sold as sleeping two but what they really mean is squeeze in two. This sofa bed, however, is almost the size of a standard double and makes for a supportive, comfy sleep. 

Extra storage: as well as being a three-seater sofa and a sofa bed, this Dreams sofa is also a storage sofa! You can lift up the chaise and store all your spare bedding in there. 

What to watch for

Our one qualm is that the tabs to pull the sofa out into a sofa bed and open the chaise storage are visible, which does slightly affect the overall look. Saying that, we are sure once it's covered in cushions and throws you aren't going to notice. 

Love grey living rooms? Oh, look at that, we have a whole piece dedicated to them, so make sure you go and check that out too. 

Habitat sofa bed in orange

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5. Habitat Kota sofa bed

The best modern sofa bed if you like a quirky 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 modern sofa bed that makes a statement, check out the Kota sofa bed from Habitat...

Why we like it 

Unique style: a distinctive budget sofa bed that's definitley going to be the focus of your living room, especially if you go for that funky orange colour (it comes in more demure black and grey, too). 

Good price: this model is only £395! And it's in the Habitat sale right now for just £316. 

Easy to use mechanism: Unlike the other sofa beds we have included in our round up so far, this has a click clack mechanism which means the back folds down to create the mattress. Obviously this has its positives – easy to use, takes up less space, plus these sofa bed types are usually cheaper, but just be aware that click clack models are usually less comfortable and smaller than pull and fold out sofa bed mechanisms. 

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. Our advice? Keep a decent mattress topper on hand – see our pick of the best.

Dunelm Taylor sofa bed

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6. Dunelm Taylor sofa bed

The best cheap sofa bed if you are after style on a budget

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 modern sofa bed on a budget, Dunelm have so many great options but we went for the Taylor sofa bed as our favourite. 

Why we like it

Affordable: well, the price obviously was a big plus; this sofa bed is only £359! And we think it looks way more expensive than that – it's definitely a dupe for a West Elm or Swoon sofa that have been on our lust lists for ages. 

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

Easy to use mechanism: the click clack mechanism is really straightforward to use and despite the sofa itself looking slimline, it opens up into a spacious 190cm x 112cm bed (small double). 

What to watch for

Like with the Habitat sofa bed, you have the issue of the buttons not being the most comfortable to sleep on, but you can always rectify that with a mattress topper. 

Want more sofa beds under £500? Head over to our buying guide. 

John Lewis sofa bed

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7. John Lewis Kix double sofa bed

The best sofa bed in a box

Specifications
Seats: one/two **Sleeps:** two
Filling: foam
Type of bed: fold out
Colours available: 2
Size: H41 x W120 x D60cm
Reasons to buy
+Cheap+Really compact 
Reasons to avoid
-It's not the best for sitting on 

If you are after a modern sofa bed that you could store in the corner of your spare room, home office or even under the stairs, the Kix sofa bed from John Lewis is perfect. 

Why we like it 

Compact design: while not technically a sofa bed, more a bed in a box, we really liked the idea of the Kix. It comes in two sizes, single and double, and is a great option if you need a spare bed and spare seating for guests but don't need a full-on sofa bed in your living room. 

Removable cover: we also loved that you can easily remove the cover and bung it in the washing machine on a slow spin. 

Super light: this 'sofa bed' weighs just 10kg and has two handles on either side that make it really easy to drag around your home into whatever room it's need, not something you could do with a proper sofa bed. 

What to watch for

We can't really fault the Kix. There aren't many colour options, just light grey and dark grey, but that does mean they will suit most styles – and if you wanted to you could always chuck a throw over. 

Cheap sofa bed: MADE Haru sofa bed in red orange velvet

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9. Made.com Haru sofa bed

The best small sofa bed that's still big on style

Specifications
Seats: two **Sleeps:** two
Filling: foam
Type of bed: fold out
Colours available: 4
Size: H42cm x W120cm x D52cm (sofa) ; L182cm x W120cm x D26cm (mattress)
Reasons to buy
+Stylish design for a small sofa+budget friendly 
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

If you are squeezed for space in your living room or just need a sofa bed to sit in the corner of a spare bedroom the Haru sofa bed from Made.com is perfect...

Why we like it

Stylish design (on a budget): In case you didn't know, we a biiiig fans of the velvet sofa, and if you think you have to fork out a load for one, then the Haru proves you wrong because it's only £299!

Easy to use: you literally just fold down the back and flip out the front, plus because this isn't a click clack model you don't get that awkward dip in the middle. The throw pillows can also be used for extra bedding and added comfort which is always a bonus. 

What to watch for 

One thing you guys might not love about this sofa bed is the slightly basic overall look, but we personally like the fact it's armless (better for small spaces). You should also be aware that a zip runs along the back of the seat as this is where the legs pop out; without the cushions on top it is quite obvious. 

Made.com Lard sofa bed

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10. Made.com Lars sofa bed

The best sofa bed for Mid-century style

Specifications
Seats: three **Sleeps:** two
Filling: foam and padding
Type of bed: click clack
Colours available: 4
Size: H82cm x W211 x D85cm (sofa) ; L201cm x W117 x D40cm (mattress)
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight+Slimline+No assembly required
Reasons to avoid
-Better suited to occasional use-Can be creaky

We love the look of the Lars by Made.com and while it is not the snuggliest of sofas, for a spare seat in a large room, or a sofa bed in a multifunctional space, you can't go wrong. If you are looking for a sofa bed for a spare room, that is comfy but not in constant use as a bed or sofa, this affordable number is a stylish choice.

Why we like it

Mid-century style: This streamline sofa is a great choice in a smaller space where minimal fuss is desired. The Mid-century style design makes it a fab addition to both traditional and modern schemes and the solid oak legs bring a touch of elegance to the piece. It is available in four timeless colour combos made from a polyester fabric.

Quick buy, long guarantee: This product is dispatched in just five working days which is great if you have the threat of last-minute guests. Delivery is £39 and the sofa bed carries a 10-year guarantee. It feels well-made with quality materials and craftsmanship so the guarantee is just added peace of mind.

What to watch out for

If you are looking for a sofa bed that can also be your main sofa, this one may be best avoided. It is quite firm and those arms are not the most inviting to slouch into for a Netflix marathon. It is comfortable, but probably best as a second seat for guests (who may hang over for the night after having one too many) while you have a big squishy sofa for everyday.

Lover of Mid-century style? Get more inspiration with our Mid-century design ideas.

Made.com sofa bed

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11. Made.com Orson 3 Seater Sofa Bed

The best sofa bed for traditional homes

Specifications
Seats: three **Sleeps:** two
Filling: foam
Type of bed: fold out
Colours available: 4
Size: H48cm x W154cm x D65cm (sofa) ; L186cm x W135cm x D6cm (mattress)
Reasons to buy
+Empty List
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

Our pick of the best traditional sofa bed comes in the form of the lovely Orson sofa bed from Made.com...

Why we like it

Stylish colour choices: Well first off it's velvet, and we just don't think you can go wrong with a velvet sofa, but the colours are also gorgeous. There's the deep seafoam blue picture above, or you could choose from a blush pink (dreamy) a steely grey/green or a charcoal. 

It doesn't look like a sofa bed: Something we personally always look for in a sofa bed, especially one for a more traditional-style space. More contemporary designs can get away with being very obviously a sofa bed, but when picking the best traditional sofa bed, you want a simple design that just looks like a nice classic sofa. You have that here. 

What to watch for

Some reviewers mention that it is very firm, but Made do say that they sofas are all firm to begin with and they soften up with use, so just bounce up on down on it a bit while you are watching TV.

White sofa bed from loaf in an all white living room with blue cushions

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12. Loaf Floppy Jo sofa bed

The best sofa bed for ultimate comfort

Specifications
Seats: two **Sleeps:** two
Filling: foam and feather
Type of bed: fold out
Colours available: 21
Size: H90 x W181 x D105cm (sofa) ; L182cm x W136cm x D10cm (mattress)
Reasons to buy
+Super comfy as both a sofa and a bed+Plenty of colour options 
Reasons to avoid
-On the expensive side

If you are looking to invest in a really good quality sofa bed and have a bit more of a budget to spend, consider the Floppy Jo Sofa Bed by Loaf...

Why we like it

Very comfortable seat: the name alone suggests that this is going to be a super comfy sofa bed and it doesn't disappoint on that front. It's got lovely extra-deep seats that are feather wrapped foam so you literally just sink into them. 

Luxurious mattress: the mattress is equally comfy: it's pocket sprung and made of cotton felt and foam so feels almost like sleeping in a normal bed. 

Simple mechanism: the mechanism is a doddle to use and we love that when the bed is tucked away this just looks like a gorgeous, squishy sofa.

10 year guarantee: all Loaf sofas come with a 10 year guarantee plus delivery is maximum £30, and they even take away all the packaging for you. 

What to watch for 

Obviously, this is designed to look relaxed, so it will lose its shape over time and you will have to plump up the cushions every now and then. 

How to buy the best sofa bed

How often will it be used as a sofa or bed? 

If it's to be used more as a sofa, cushion comfort and upholstery durability will be your primary concerns. Used regularly as a bed, you don't want to just think mattress comfort, but how easy it is to pull out and put away, too.

How comfortable is the mattress? 

For occasional overnighters you don't need to go to town, but a good quality (for example, memory foam) mattress will give guests bed-like comfort they'll welcome and will help the bed cope with frequent use. 

How many sleepers? 

Comfort isn't just about the surface but the elbow room, too. So, check the proportions of the sleep surface.

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