10 of the best sofa beds for small living rooms

Tight on space but still need somewhere for guests to sleep? Take a look at our narrow sofas, love-seats and chair-beds

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if you're designing a living room that needs to double up as a guest bedroom, there's no need to compromise on comfort. The key is to choose small two seater sofa beds with a clean-lined silhouette or opt for a love seat or chair-bed. 

These choices will still give you a good sized sofa, while providing somewhere for guests to sleep. Look out for armless styles, too, as anything that makes the length and width slimmer will help your small living room feel larger.

1. Don't compromise on style

While a sofa bed is a practical addition to a small living room, you shouldn't have to compromise on style. 

We love this grey toned Yperllig Sofa Bed from Ikea, with its simple silhouette and stylish design. It's the perfect option paired with a bold paint scheme. 

grey toned sofa bed in living room with with bold coloured paint scheme by ikea

(Image: © Ikea)

2. Choose a streamlined love seat for a small space

Love seats are a great option when space is at a premium, especially more streamlined versions without sides. Larger than an armchair but smaller than a two seater, they're perfect for tight space. 

Find this Deverill Love Seat Sofa Bed in Herringbone Dew from Willow & Hall. Its removable cover is a practical addition that allows for easy washing.

living room with large windows and grey toned sofa bed from willow & hall

(Image: © Willow & Hall)

3. Tuck a chair bed into a tight corner

Make the most of a spare corner in your living room or home office with the addition of a chair bed. They sleep one and can be a great option for accommodating guests if you're short on space.

This Shapiro Chair Bed in Echo Aubergine is available from Sofa Workshop with a standard frequent-use sprung mattress, though this can be upgraded to a deluxe mattress. Choose from a large range of fabrics.

sofa bed in purple fabric tucked in the corner of a blue toned living room by sofa workshop

(Image: © Sofa Workshop)

4. Invest in a comfortable mattress

Ensure your guests get a good night's sleep by investing in a sofa bed with a comfortable mattress. While it may cost you a little extra, it's worth the investment if you plan on having people to stay regularly. 

We love this elegant and compact Lolly Sofa Bed from Perch & Parrow. It's available in 99 different fabrics while being easy to pull out with a slatted base and luxurious 20cm deep open sprung mattress.

light pink sofa bed in grey toned living room by perch & parrow

(Image: © Perch & Parrow)

5. Maximalist scheme? Opt for a bold-coloured sofa bed

If your living room has a maximalist or brightly coloured scheme, opt for a vibrant sofa bed that complements it. Style with bold or patterned cushions.

We love this teal blue Aissa Sofa Bed from sofa.com. Its narrow arms give it a smaller profile, making it perfect for a small living room.

blue velvet sofa bed decorated with bright orange cushions in matching blue scheme by sofa.com

(Image: © Sofa.com)

6. Choose a design that suits your taste

With so many sofa bed designs available, it's easy to find a style that suits your space. Opt for a button-back style if your scheme is contemporary or Mid-century inspired.

This Truffle Sofa Bed is a guest-friendly take on Loaf's well known (and well loved) Truffle sofa and is available in 155 different fabric finishes, meaning you're guaranteed to find a style that suits your space. 

sofa bed with mustard finish from loaf

(Image: © Loaf)

7. Choose bedding that matches your scheme

When choosing bedding for your sofa bed, opt for something that matches your living room scheme as this will help the space feel more like a guest bedroom (even if it's not). Also don't be afraid to add some blankets to make it feel cosy.

Streamlined and narrow, this Harrison Compact Sofa Bed from MY Furniture is perfect for a small living space. A simple click mechanism converts the sofa to a comfortable bed in seconds, meaning it's stylish and practical.

single sofa bed from my furniture

(Image: © My Furniture)

8. Consider a classic leather sofa bed

Sofa beds also come with a leather finish, if that's more your style. They look a little more like a sofa than some sofa beds, especially if you opt for a small two seater.

This Square Arm Leather Sofa Bed from Indigo Furniture has a comfortable three fold mattress, a sprung base and comes in six different leather finishes. 

living room with grey scheme and brown or burnt orange sofa bed from indigo furniture

(Image: © Indigo Furniture)

9. Inject colour with bright sofa bed

A bright or patterned sofa bed is a great option if you want to inject colour into a living room, especially if paired with a white or more muted scheme. 

The contemporary design of this Metro Small Sofa Bedfrom Furl makes it the perfect addition to a small living room. It has an angled back for extra comfort as a seat, and as a bed the thick mattress will aid sleep. 

bright pink sofa bed from furl

(Image: © Furl)

10. Choose clean lines for a modern living room

If you're looking for a sofa bed that suits a modern living room, opt for something with clean lines and a simple silhouette. 

This Porto Sofa Bed has a 5cm deep foam mattress which is equivalent to a small double bed. Choose from a selection of five different finishes. 

light blue teal sofa bed in living room with grey scheme by habitat

(Image: © Habitat)

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