Best sofa beds and sleeper sofas 2020: Cozy, stylish picks for your spare room

These are the best sofa beds if you want to find good-looking, space-saving and comfortable ways to put up (with) your guests...

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On the hunt for the best sofa bed? Well, since you have found yourself here, we're going to go with yes. It can be a bit of a 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 trolled the internet to find the best of the best to suit all styles and budgets. 

It's important to note that while sofa beds of the past tended to have a reputation for being bulky, uncomfortable and not very pleasing to the eye, modern sofa beds are a 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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1. Birch Lane 89" Recessed Arm Sofa Bed

The best sofa bed for all styles, plus it's super comfy

Specifications
Seats: 2-3
Sleeps: 2
Filling: foam
Type of bed: pull out
Colors available: 112
Size: H35"x W89" x D38"
Reasons to buy
+Suits all decorating styles+Good quality+Lots of color options+Comfortable as both a sofa and bed
Reasons to avoid
-None!

Right now, we think the best sofa bed is Birch Lanes's 89" Recessed arm sofa. We've got this up top because it will suit so many styles and is great quality. Plus, the upholstery, included throw pillows, and mattress are customizable.

Buy the Birch Lane 89" recessed arm sofa.

Why we like it

Simple, stylish design: As we mentioned, this sofa bed will suit so many different spaces, whether you like a coastal vibe in your living room, a farmhouse feel, or a transitional look. Plus, you can choose from 112 fabrics for your sofa, and the same 112 fabrics for the throw pillows that come with it. Match them to your sofa or don't, it's totally up to you.

Comfy mattress: The sofa also comes with two different mattress options, a DreamQuest Coil Mattress, or an innerspring mattress. They're the same price, and reviewers call both comfortable.  

Reversible cushions: Reversible cushions mean you can get more life out of your sofa by flipping them every so often (or when one side falls victim to a toddler or glass of red wine).

What to watch for

The only thing we'd note about this sofa bed is that because it's custom made (which is never a bad thing!) it takes 2-3 weeks to ship. So, if you need a sofa bed for guests coming in this weekend, this wouldn't be a top pick for you. 

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2. Novogratz Brittany Full 81.5" Split Back Convertible Sofa

The best sofa bed that's really a futon

Specifications
Seats: 2
Sleeps: 2
Filling: foam
Type of bed: futon
Colors available: 3
Size: H32" x W81.5" x D34.5"
Reasons to buy
+Great for small homes+Stylish design could double as main sofa+Under $500
Reasons to avoid
-Not ideal as a primary sofa

Our pick of the one of the best futon sofa bed comes in the form of the Novogratz Brittany Sofa Bed; here's why we love it...

Why we like it

It's got style. This futon features fully-upholstered arms that make it look more like a sofa than the average futon, but it still offers the easy use, streamlined design, and wallet-friendly price of a more standard version.

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

This means it looks enough like a regular sofa to be kept in a living room, but at 34.5" deep, it's 4" narrower than our number one pick and ideal for smaller living rooms or stashing in a home office.

It's got options: In addition to its upright and laid-flat positions, this futon reclines halfway to a lounge position that's perfect for movie night (or binge watching your latest Netflix fav). The split-back design of this sofa allows each side to function separately, so just one section of the sofa can come down at a time so if two people are using the futon, one could sit up and the other could lie back (or lounge).

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 crisp-looking seat, and makes a firm but comfortable mattress.

What to watch for

Some light assembly is required to set up the futon.

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3. CB2 Movie Twin Sleeper Sofa

The best sofa bed for teeny spaces

Specifications
Seats: 1-2
Sleeps: 1
Filling: foam
Type of bed: pull out
Colors available: 70+
Size: 27"H x 56"W x 40"D
Reasons to buy
+Loads of color and fabric options+Compact, low-profile design 
Reasons to avoid
-Only sleeps one person

After an uber-compact but still super stylish modern sofa bed? We think the Movie Twin Sleeper Sofa could be the one...

Why we like it

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

Sofa design: the low-profile design is unique enough that it makes a bit of a contemporary 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).

Super-compact: If you want a spot to house an extra guest but have seriously limited square footage, this sofa bed is hard to beat.

Easy to use: the pull out mechanism is easy to use and once out the 5.25" coil/foam mattress is a cozy spot for a guest to rest their head.

What to watch for

This twin-size sofa is more of a chair-and-a-half and would accommodate two adults sitting upright, but if you're looking for something for everyday lounging, you might want to opt for something a little roomier.

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4. Birch Lane Jameson Upholstered Sleeper Sectional

The best sectional sofa bed

Specifications
Seats: 4
Sleeps: 2
Filling: down and synthetic
Type of bed: : pull out, coil mattress
Colors available:: 40
Size: H31" x W112" x D72" (with chaise)
Reasons to buy
+Good size +Pocket sprung mattress +Storage 
Reasons to avoid
-Sofa covers not removable

Have a large family? Or maybe you just like plenty of room when you are lounging around? The Jameson Upholstered Sleeper Sectional comfortably seats up to four and expands into a very spacious sofa bed.

Why we like it

Sofa design: the classic roll-arm design and skirted base of this sofa bed is what caught our eye. It would fit perfectly with a traditional, transitional or farmhouse-style living or family room. 

Customizable: Like our number one pick, which is also from Birch Lane, this sofa comes in lots of colors. Choose from 40 options for both the sofa and the included throw pillows. You can also select either right- or left-facing orientation.

Scored high for comfort:  A combination of down and synthetic fiber fill give this sofa a medium-soft feel and ultra sink-in factor.

What to watch for

This sofa rings it at over $2,000, which is on the high side. Also, the skirt may give it a slipcovered look, but the upholstery is fixed. 

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5. Nia Velvet 81.5" Square Arm Sleeper

The best sofa bed on a budget

Specifications
Seats: 2-3
Sleeps: 2
Filling: foam and padding
Type of bed: click-clack
Colours available: 7
Size: H34" x W81.5" x D34"
Reasons to buy
+Stylish+Streamlined+Budget-friendly
Reasons to avoid
-Better suited to occasional use

Let's just get this out of the way: it was a killer combination of good looks and low price that first drew us to the Nia Sofa. While it's not the snuggliest spot to curl up, for a spare seat in a large room, or a sofa bed in a multifunctional space, you can't go wrong. 

Why we like it

On-trend style: This streamlined sofa is a great choice in a smaller space, and the midcentury-style design makes it ideal for contemporary, modern or transitional homes. Plus, it's available in seven colors ranging from forest green, to on-trend Millennial pink, to a more subdued gray tone. 

Quick ship: This ready-to-ship sofa will arrive at your home in under a week.

Great value: This sofa retails for $579 at Wayfair, but we regularly see it on sale for under $400. We've seen similar-looking sofas sell at high-end retailers for double, and even triple the price.

What to watch out for

The click-clack design means this sofa folds back into a bed (like a futon). It's not the most comfortable night's sleep, but it's nothing a mattress topper couldn't fix.

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

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6. Ikea FÄRLÖV sleeper sofa

The best Ikea sofa bed

Specifications
Seats: 2
Sleeps: 2
Filling: foam
Type of bed: pull out
Colours available: 4
Size: H31" x W74" x D43"
Reasons to buy
+Extra storage +Comfortable sleep 
Reasons to avoid
-Limited color choice 

Looking for an IKEA sofa you can pick up at your local store? The Farlov is our pick for mixing style and substance.

Why we like it

Roomy and stylish: this sofa is deep, so you can really sink into it when you're watching TV, but it still manages to look sleek and refined. 

Slipcovered for easy care: The FARLOV is slip-covered so you can easily remove the covers for washing. One of our editors has owned the grey velvet version for years and washed it countless times (it's perfect for a playroom or family room). Plus, you can buy new slip covers if the original versions get irreparably stained or you want to switch up the look of your sofa (there are a few color options to choose from).

Comfortable mattress:  The FARLOV comes with a 4¾" thick foam mattress that makes for a comfortable night's sleep, especially for a sofa bed. And honestly, this sofa is so deep, if you take off the back cushions it would be plenty big enough for a child or small adult to sleep on without pulling the sofa out.

What to watch for

As we mentioned, this sofa is deeper than the average sofa, so make sure you've got enough room for it. 

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7. CB2 Tandom Sleeper Sofa

The best sofa bed for modern spaces

Specifications
Seats: 2
Sleeps: 2
Filling: foam
Type of bed: click clack
Colors available: 2
Size: W78" x H26" x D36"
Reasons to buy
+Sleek design +Looks high-end+Easy setup
Reasons to avoid
-only two colors

If you are after a modern sofa bed that makes a statement, check out the Tandom Sleeper Sofa from CB2.

Why we like it 

Unique style: The Tandom is another sofa beds that's made our list largely for its  looks. While this sofa bed costs just under $1,500, it's got high-end style that's sure to make it the focus of your living room. The clean lines mean it's well-suited for contemporary, minimalist spaces or Scandi-style spaces.

Easy to use mechanism: This sofa has a click-clack mechanism, so the back of the sofa simply folds down to create the mattress. Obviously this has its positives – easy to use, takes up less space – but just be aware that click clack models are usually less comfortable and smaller than pull and fold out sofa bed mechanisms since you're sleeping directly on the couch cushions instead of a dedicated mattress. 

What to watch for

The sofa only comes in two colors: dark grey and light grey. Great news for grey-lovers, but if you're not a grey person, this isn't the pick for you.

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8. La-Z-Boy Leah Queen Sleep Sofa

The best sofa bed for comfort

Specifications
Seats: 3
Sleeps: 2
Filling: ComfortCore
Type of bed: pull-out
Colors available: 435
Size: H38" x W82" x D38.5"
Reasons to buy
+400+ colors+Incredibly comfortable+Memory-foam mattress option
Reasons to avoid
-Custom options can get expensive and take a few weeks (or longer) to be delivered

Want to ensure your guests have the most comfortable night's sleep possible? Then this La-Z-Boy model is an ideal choice.

Why we like it

It's comfortable: This sofa bed comes standard with La-Z-Boy's Supreme Comfort  5.5” thick innerspring mattress, but you also have the option to choose a memory-foam version that reviewers (and their guests) rave about. It will cost an extra $400, but if your sofa bed will get lots of regular use (or, say, you're buying it for a vacation rental) it'll be money well spent. The sofa itself features the brand's ComfortCore and airform seat cushions designed to provide  support and pressure relief.

Lots of options: You can customize almost everything about this sofa, from the fabric, to the legs, to the type of mattress that's included.

What to watch for

The extras, like premium upholstery, a specialty mattress, or embellished throw pillows, can add up quickly.

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9. West Elm Harris Sleeper Sectional w/ Storage Chaise

The best sectional sofa bed for bigger budgets

Specifications
Seats: 4
Sleeps: 2-3
Filling: foam
Type of bed: pull out
Colors available: 23
Size: H34" x W109.5" x D66"
Reasons to buy
+Beautiful, transitional design+Fun color options (and neutrals, too!)+Spacious and comfortable+High quality
Reasons to avoid
-High price point-Custom orders can have a long lead time 

If you're going for the perfect blend of style and comfort, it's hard to beat the  West Elm Harris Sleeper Sectional w/ Storage Chaise. This plush-yet-sleek beauty is sink-in cozy and has a modern-classic feel that suits almost any style.

Why we like it 

Roomy design: Ideal for larger spaces, this sofa stretches 109.5" inches and it has a chaise, so you could easily accommodate a large family or group of friends for movie night.

Quality details: The sofa features a hand-built frame made from Kiln-dried hardwood, with mortise and tenon joinery. Plus, the chaise lifts up via a gas mechanism for easy storage (we'd stash pillows and bedding here).

Mattress: The mattress is a traditional spring version with a pocket coil system. West Elm notes its a more supportive, firmer feel than their sleeper sofas that come with memory foam mattresses. 

What to watch for

The sofa comes stocked in a grey color, but other colors are custom made, so if you prefer a different upholstery, note that it'll take up to nine weeks for the sofa to ship. 

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10. Hudson Bellona Functional Sofa In A Box

The best sofa bed in a box

Specifications
Seats: 2
Sleeps: 2
Filling: foam
Type of bed: click-clack
Colors available: 6
Size: H31" x W79" x D33"
Reasons to buy
+Inexpensive+Really compact +Comes in a box for easy maneuvering
Reasons to avoid
-It's not the best for sitting on 

If you thought you could only get a bed-in-box, think again. This sofa-bed-in-a-box is an awesome find for apartment dwellers who need to navigate their sofa bed up a steep flight of stairs or into a tight space.

Buy the Hudson Bellona sleeper sofa in a box.

Why we like it 

Compact design: Not only is the sofa bed compact when it arrives, but once you take it out of the box, it measures 33" deep x 79" wide. Large enough to sleep two, but small enough to fit in a small living room or home office.

Unique silhouette: This sofa bed marries clean lines with today's turn toward more abstract shapes for a design that looks perfectly present day.

Budget-friendly: This sleeper sofa starts at $499, but even the higher-priced color options won't run you more than $550.

What to watch for

Since it comes in a box, there's obviously assembly required (but how cool would that be if it just unfolded into its full size like the mattresses-in-a-box-do?). However according to the reviews, it's an easy job that takes one or two people.

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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