How to get the best Black Friday sofa bed deals

Sleeping a few extra family members this Christmas? A sofa bed is all you need, and we've done the research on how you can get a banging deal this Black Friday

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Investing in a new sofa bed to accommodate the family at Christmas? This big ticket purchase can mean you'll be able to host more guests – but you'll never relax on it properly if you know you've over-spent. So how to find the best Black Friday deals? Well, we've got plenty of budget sofa beds in our 2018 buyer's guides, but if you want to be sure you've got the best-priced sofa deal this autumn, buying it here on Black Friday (and in the run-up to the big weekend) is your best option because we'll be updating this page DAILY so you can get the very best bargain. 

Find all the latest bargains on our deals page.

WHEN IS BLACK FRIDAY 2018?

This year's Black Friday is on Friday 23rd November, with sales lasting for about a week or so, and some retailers, such as Amazon, often cutting prices well before. In other words, keep your eyes peeled for great deals from the beginning of November onwards.

Can you get great Black Friday sofa bed deals?

Yes – lots of deals will last from Black Friday through to Cyber Monday and beyond. For more details on other deals to expect as well as tips and tricks, dos and don'ts and how the money-saving event really works, we've got you covered. 

Where should I shop for a sofa bed on Black Friday?

With homeware brands ever more attuned to the Black Friday buzz, you can expect big savings from some of our favourite brands.

So, you should be able to buy a sofa bed via Amazonand  John Lewis among others. And while we can't predict exactly who will be slashing prices on what just yet, why not take a look back in time with us to see what we might expect?

Marks & Spencer knocked a whopping 60 per cent off their products across all departments last year, and homeware haven Habitat treated customers to up to 50 per cent off, while Debenhams offered furniture savings of 60 per cent off. John Lewis had the deal of the century on their Sacha sofa bed, dropping the price by over £400, and Very slashed their prices by 20 per cent on their furniture. Black Friday 2016 also saw Very give customers a whopping 50 per cent off.

However, sometimes retailers opt out of Black Friday – which is why it's worth checking back here for updates because we'll be monitoring the best deals for you.

Are Black Friday sofa bed savings real?

Yes, but... since many products' prices change frequently, checking the price history of what you're planning to buy on CamelCamelCamel.com or PriceSpy will tell you whether the savings are real or not. These sites show you whether a price is likely to re-occur.

What's more, it's also likely that the sofa bed you're shopping for will be discounted again soon (think Boxing Day sales). Always check, rather than be distracted by the recommended retail price, especially on big ticket home buys.

How we'll help you find the best Black Friday sofa bed deals

Finding the deals is the trickiest part of Black Friday weekend. With so many retailers offering huge savings, it can be difficult to know where to start looking.

The good news? We’ll provide a guide to the best Black Friday sofa bed deals (and, since you ask, on everything for your home, including smart home tech devices, mattresses, storage, furniture, gifts and more). That way, we’ll do the browsing and you can snap up the bargains.

In terms of preparing, we've got you covered on all bases. Take a read of our features to make sure that when the 23rd November rolls around, you know what to expect.

How to buy the best sofa bed at the best price

Choosing a new sofa bed? Buying one online can be nerve-wracking BUT totally possible with our in-depth sofa bed buying guides. Check out these buyer's guides for the best deals and bags of guidance.

Buying guides:

Is my new sofa bed the right for me?

Before you buy in a rush, desperate to score that brilliant Black Friday sofa bed deal, check you've got the size right. Whether you want a small sofa bed to medium, large or even a corner version; check how different ones will fit in your living room layout by using masking tape or newspapers to create cutouts on the floor. 

Always allow for the footprint of the sofa bed and note the measurements from the back of the sofa to the end of the sleeping area, not just the bed’s dimensions. Also, always check that the sofa bed can fit through your front/back door. There's nothing worse than ordering the sofa of your dreams, and finding it won't fit into your house. 

You should also check the size of the mattress, too, rather than judging sleep space by whether the sofa’s a two or three-seater. A big sofa doesn't always equate to a large bed, and a double mattress might be the perfect fit for a single sleeper, but if you've got a couple staying over, they may not get a good night's sleep. 

You’ll also need to decide between a fold-out or pull-out sofa bed. Fold-out sofas tend to have a larger sleeping area, but won't have a headboard. You might also want to add a mattress protector beneath the bedding to soften the seating/mattress and to protect it from spills. Pull-out sofa beds are more affordable and may be all you need for occasional guests. They usually have two or three-fold mattresses: those that fold into three being thinner and less supportive than ones that fold into two, which will most likely be deeper and more comfortable.

Sofa beds come in both contemporary and traditional styles, so you won't have to compromise on it fitting in with your decor. Long, low lines will create a modern vibe, while high-backed designs look more classic.

Forget style – what about the sofa bed's construction?

Sofa beds are made with the same fillings as sofas. Choose foam for a firmer seat; fibre for softness with support; or opt for plump feathers for the softest sofa. Fillings may also be combined for a balance of features. It's also worth noting that a sofa bed will feel firmer than a standard sofa, so try in store or shop with an online company that allows returns to ensure you’re happy to take a seat as well as put up visitors.

When it comes to the frame, just as with a sofa, look out for a hardwood frame that’s screwed as well as glued for long life. 

It's also a good idea to check the sofa bed's mattress for comfort. Some may be open or pocket sprung, or made from memory foam. Memory foam moulds to the body to create good support, but some people find it too warm. Pocket springs are more luxurious than open springs – and more costly – and can help stop sleepers rolling together.

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