Best sofa beds: 12 stylish sofas great for overnight guests

Look at our pick of the best sofa beds if you are after a space-saving way to put up extra guests in your home

best sofa bed in grey from Maison du Monde
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Buying one of the best sofa beds will give you a practical piece of furniture for your living room, spare bedroom or home office. And 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.

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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.

Want more practical advice on choosing a sofa bed? Head over to our comprehensive guide for all the information you need. And see the rest of our sofa bed and sofa guides below:

Helena sofa bed from made.com

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1. 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)

room with yellow sofa bed from made.com

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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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2. John Lewis Arlo sofa bed

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.

Grey sofa bed from Maison du Monde

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3. Maisons du Monde Roma sofa bed

Best corner sofa bed

Specifications
Seats: six **Sleeps:** two
Filling: foam and feathers
Type of bed: fold out
Colours available: 6
Size: H88cm x W255cm x D257cm (sofa); L135cm x W185cm x D6cm (mattress)
Reasons to buy
+Limited colour choice
Reasons to avoid
-Takes a lot of plumping 

You just can't go wrong with a grey sofa bed and one of our faves is the roomy six seater Roma sofa bed from Maisons du Monde...

Why we like it

Roomy and stylish: it's not often you find such a huge sofa bed that still looks really stylish and isn't too cumbersome. 

Comfy seat and comfy sleep: the seat cushions have a foam core that's surrounded by feathers so it's comfy but will mostly keep its shape; the back cushions are a mix of feather and shredded polyether foam to add to the relaxed, but not too squashy look. The bed folds out easily enough, and all those cushions means that this makes for a really cosy sleep space. 

Fully removable covers: if you've got a big family, then having totally removable 100 per cent cotton sofa covers (frame and cushions) will be such a blessing. Dinner down the cushions? Red wine on the armrest? Just whip it all off and you can have it dry cleaned. 

What to watch for

That's a lot of cushions to be plumping, so just be aware that while part of this sofa's charm is its relaxed, laid back look, the cushions are going to lose some of their shape. So, if you prefer a formal look, go for all-foam cushions. Plus we are slightly disappointed with the range of colours, but if you are a fan of neutrals this shouldn't be a problem. 

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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4. Habitat Kota sofa bed

Best modern sofa bed for original 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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5. Dunelm Taylor sofa bed

The best budget sofa bed

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 Kix sofa bed in a box

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6. 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. 

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

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7. Loaf Floppy Jo sofa bed

Best sofa bed for 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. 

Made.com velvet green sofa bed

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8. Made.com Haru sofa bed

The best small sofa bed

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. 

Best traditional sofa beds

There are plenty of sofa beds for older homes, too. Perhaps you want a timeless Chesterfield sofa bed with a beautiful buttoned back, or maybe a wrought iron daybed to sit in a study? We have options for any room.

Take a look at the best traditional sofa beds to suit period spaces and classic styles.

Willow and Hall traditional Chesterfield sofa bed


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9. Willow & Hall Bulford sofa bed

Best Chesterfield sofa bed

Specifications
Seats: two or three seater options **Sleeps:** two
Filling: reflex foam, hollow fibre or feather-wrapped foam
Mattress: Memory foam or sprung
Type of bed: fold out
Colours available: 230 colour/fabric combos
Size: H77cm x W196/216cm x D102cm (sofa) ; L182cm x W114/134cm x D54cm (mattress)
Reasons to buy
+Classic style+High-end design+Fully customisable
Reasons to avoid
-An investment

Willow and Hall Chesterfield traditional style sofa for a traditional living room

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Looking for a high-end sofa bed that will suit every need and room, the Bulford sofa bed is for you. Willow & Hall quite rightly describe it as a noble beauty and we are inclined to agree.

Why we like it

A quality product that should last a lifetime: Many sofa beds are bought for spare rooms, lesser-used sitting rooms and other places where they are deemed a secondary purchase. However, this sofa bed is great for those who often have extra guests and need a versatile furniture choice that is a pleasure to both sit and sleep on. If you have a large home with a separate lounge or den that can be used as a spare room when you are putting up more people than you have bedrooms, this is a beautiful and practical choice.

Bespoke: With 230 fabric options including linen, cotton, wool and leather, three mattress types and three cushion fillings the choice may be overwhelming for some. But this is the ultimate buy if you are looking for a long-term investment for your forever home as it is fully customisable. Stain-resistant fabrics are available too, so this would suit a family home.

Customer care: This sofa bed will be handmade to order and delivered in 4–5 weeks. Delivery is £30 and the delivery team will assemble if required and will also remove your old sofa for a fee of £45. The mattress carries a 10-year guarantee and they offer free returns within 14 days if you are not happy with your item.

What to watch for 

As this sofa is made to order, the basic price can be a stretch from what you might ultimately pay when you choose higher grade fabrics, and the many extras. There are matching cushions, specially sized sheets and arm protectors available for those who want them. If you don't choose the Willow & Hall sofa bed sheets a generously sized double fitted sheet will fit both the two and three seater sizes. 

Yellow velvet traditional sofa bed from Loaf


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10. Loaf Pudding sofa bed

Best velvet sofa bed for a traditional home

Specifications
Seats: two to three **Sleeps:** two
Filling: reflex foam, hollow fibre or feather-wrapped foam
Mattress: Sprung
Type of bed: fold out
Colours available: 155 colour/fabric combos
Size: H89cm x W180/200cm x D120cm (sofa) ; L178cm x W133/153cm x D12cm (mattress)
Reasons to buy
+Large, deep seats+Wide range of designs
Reasons to avoid
-Mattress a bit shorter than others

Yellow velvet traditional sofa bed from Loaf


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We want to sink right into this Pudding sofa bed by Loaf. If you want something statement, yet snuggly this little velvet number is for you – and would look right at home in a cosy cottage.

Why we like it

Comfort: The deep seat and plumpest of cushions make for a super-comfy seat. In fact, we can see ourselves nodding off on this sofa before we've had chance to open the bed. You can add a footstool when you buy it too (we would choose the Homebody or the Soufflé) for an even comfier combo.

Colours: If you are looking for a wow-factor sofa then you won't be disappointed. There is a wide range of colours to choose from, as well as striped or patterned options. If velvet is not your thing, the Pudding sofa bed also comes in linen, velvet, cotton, wool and variants of these.

What to watch out for

This chunky chappy might be hard to fit in to some homes so use Loaf's handy size checker or give them a ring to ask if you are unsure. Castelan Fabric Protection can be added at checkout to protect your sofa from spillages and stains for five years. This is not a treatment to prevent stains, but a service offered to remove them should they occur. Simply call and they will send you a stain removing product and instructions, or send a technician out to remove the stain. If it won't go, they will replace the damaged part of the whole sofa.

Made.com Lars 3 seater sofa bed

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11. Made.com Lars sofa bed

Best Mid-century style sofa bed

Specifications
Seats: three **Sleeps:** two
Filling: foam and padding
Mattress: same
Type of bed: click clack
Colours available: beige, blue, green and grey
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.

Traditional day bed by Wayfair with trundle


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12. Ariela daybed sofa bed

Best daybed

Specifications
Seats: two **Sleeps:** two/one
Filling: n/a
Mattress: sprung
Type of bed: daybed and trundle
Colours available: cream
Size: H116cm x W202 x D100cm (sofa) ; L202cm x W100 x D40cm (trundle)
Reasons to buy
+Affordable+Compact+Versatile (can be used as a single, double or twins)
Reasons to avoid
-More of a bench than a sofa-Paint may chip

For a sofa bed with a difference give a daybed ago like the beautiful Ariela daybed. They are less obtrusive than a full sofa and this one would look wonderful piled with cushions and throws in a study, sunroom or living space.

Why we like it

Simple and elegant: This metal design looks more like a bench than a sofa and would take up less space (both physically and visually) in your home. The trundle bed below means it can be used as a single bed, converted into a double, or even as two separate single beds. This makes it a great option whether you have just the one guest, a couple or the grandkids round to stay. 

Mattresses optional: You can buy it without the mattresses but then it means sourcing two that would fit. The mid-range sprung mattress is suited to frequent use, but if you prefer memory foam or another filling, you would need to source a mattress no deeper than 18cm to fit on the trundle under the bed.

Free delivery: Delivery is free and the delivery people will carry it to your chosen room for you.

What to watch out for

The chrome screws are not colour matched to the bed and are visible in places. However the bed is of good quality and easy to assemble yourself. Delivery is usually one to two weeks.

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