The best sleeper sofas for small spaces — twin, full, and queen sizes

Get ready to host in style with the best sleeper sofas for small spaces

White sofa in living room with round upholstered ottoman and green and blue throw cushions, rattan venetian blinds
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Finding the best sleeper sofas for small spaces can be tricky. Especially when you're trying to tick the boxes of comfort, affordability, and style while in a small room or apartment.

But never fear, our edit is here to help, making shopping for this multipurpose piece of furniture far easier, whatever your space, style, or budget. So whether you're in search of a family-friendly sectional or a compact twin futon, you'll find options to suit your home and lifestyle.

And if you decide a sleeper sofa isn't the right option for you, our best couch guide has more great seating options. 

The best sleeper sofas for small spaces

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If you're looking for a multifunctional sit-and-sleep option for a smaller home then make sure to check out our edit of the best sleeper chairs you can buy for some great single sleeper options.

Best places to buy sleeper sofas for small spaces

Best twin sleeper sofas

If space is at a premium, a twin sleeper sofa could be for you, with these compact sofa beds or chair-and-a-half beds offering some of the smallest footprints. Guests will get on average a 38” x 75” sleeping area, and you'll get the benefit of multifunctional furniture that, in most cases, won't break the bank.

A grey sleeper sofa with twin-sized sleeping area

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1. Mercury Row Imani 81.5'' Square Arm Sleeper

Price: $379.99
H34 x W81.5 x D34''
This futon-style twin sleeper sofa folds flat to create a cushioned sleeping surface, whilst, in seat form, its streamlined design and velvet upholstery bring a luxe look on a budget. If you’re looking to use your sofa bed for some R&R as much as for overnight guests, then this option also offers an easy way to kick back and relax, with the adjustable split backrests able to be reclined independently to offer the ideal angle for lounging. 

A mustard yellow sleeper sofa

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2. Zipcode Design New London Convertible Chair

Price: $259.99
Size: H33 x W41 x D37''
If floor space is at a premium then this contemporary fold-out chair bed delivers both contemporary style and a twin-sized sleeping area, with the seat and backrest unfurling to offer a generous sleeping area with a very small footprint. Available in statement yellow upholstery or two useful gray options, it's the perfect fit for a modern home.

A white sleeper sofa with waterfall skirt

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3. Shelby 60'' Sleeper Sofa Bed

Price: $1,722
H26 x W63 x D37''
There's nothing more frustrating than finding a sleeper sofa shape you love only to discover the upholstery options let it down. Thankfully the Shelby pull-out sleeper has 40 fabric choices on offer, so the odds of finding a color you like are firmly in your favor. Plus, the waterfall skirt welted detailing, and mailbox arms offer a great combination of classic and contemporary design that will make this sofa bed easy to blend into a wide range of decors.

Best full sleeper sofas

Offering a roughly 53” x 75” sized sleeping area, a full sleeper sofa can sleep two guests comfortably, whilst still delivering seating that's in proportion to a smaller room.

A small sofa bed with neutral beige upholstery

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1. Godwin 67'' Upholstered Sleeper Sofa

Price: $1,600
H28 x W69 x D36''
This compact sleeper sofa has curves in all the right places, with rounded cushions and slim, gently sloping arms that enable a full-sized pull-out mattress to be tucked into its frame without it taking up too much floor space. We love the neutral upholstery options that nail just the right shades of mottled grays and ecru.

A striped sleeper sofa with curved arms

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2. Gemi 72'' Upholstered Sleeper Sofa

Price: $1,777
H33 x W72 x D36''
This low-armed design offers another full-size sleeper option that has been carefully crafted so as not to take up too much space. As well as over seventy upholstery choices, with this option, you also get a wealth of matching furniture to create a coordinated living room suite, with a loveseat, armchair, ottoman, and standard sofas available to complete the look.

A dark green velvet sleeper sofa

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4. Crate + Barrel Barrett Full Sleeper

Price: $1,599.00
Sofa: H36 x W70 x D30''
At its finest in velvet upholstery, the Barrett sleeper sofa also offers over one hundred alternative fabric choices, allowing you to tailor this contemporary design to your exact vision. And, if you're willing to invest a little (well, maybe a lot) more, then it also comes in a leather version. Plus, there's one of the widest selections of coordinating furniture to choose from.

Best queen sleeper sofas

On average, a queen-sized sleeper sofa will offer your guests a super spacious 60” x 80” worth of mattress or futon space. You'll find our top five below, or you can check out our dedicated queen sleeper sofa round-up for all of the options worth considering. 

A gray upholstered queen sleeper sofa

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1. Kodie 76.5'' Upholstered Sleeper Sofa

Price: $2,030.00
Sofa: H34 x W77 x D37''
If you're looking for a queen sleeper sofa that isn't going to take up too much space in your living room, then this compact 77" sofa bed could be a winner. And the good news is it's also one of the most affordable we've come across. The squared frame is available in over forty upholstery options, and the timeless design works well in either a modern or more traditional home. Plus, that queen-sized innerspring mattress will give guests plenty of sleeping space.

A dark gray sleeper sofa with wooden sleigh legs

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2. Blu Dot Diplomat Queen Sleeper Sofa

Price: $2,195.00
H30 x W80 x D30''
If a modern look is for you then the Diplomat sleeper sofa is a great option for a minimal or contemporary home. The ingenious design sees the entire top half of the sofa seat lift up and flip over to form a futon-style sleeping surface with queen-sized dimensions. Plus, we love that track-style wooden base that's finished in a walnut veneer.

A white slip-covered sleeper sofa

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3. Lucia 92.5'' Slipcovered Sleeper Sofa

Price: $2,400
Size: H29 x W93 x D41''
Nothing says relaxed living quite like a slipcovered sofa and we love the laid back look of the Carly sleeper. The simple skirting makes for unfussy detailing and that wide 93" frame means there's plenty of room to kick back. Plus, of course, the queen-sized pull-out mattress makes for an equally generous sleeping space.


What are the best sleeper sofas to buy?

Sofa beds come in two main types — futon sofa beds and pull-out sofa beds. The best option for you is likely to depend on which factors are most important to you — including price, comfort, aesthetic and even upholstery.

Futon sofa beds tend to be much more affordable, more contemporary in design, more compact, and have shorter lead times. On the flip side they are usually made from solid foam, so offer a firm sitting and sleeping experience which is less likely to be suitable for everyday use, the bed is low to the ground once extended and upholstery options can be limited. 

Pull-out sofa beds in comparison are more expensive, and can take up more room once extended. But they generally offer a more comfortable seating experience - akin to a 'proper' couch, although the bed mechanism will likely make them a little less soft than your regular sofa - and the dedicated mattress offers a sleeping experience most similar in height and comfort to a regular bed.

Are sleeper sofas comfortable?

Most sleeper sofas are intended to be used as both occasional sleeping and seating spaces, so they often won't have quite the same comfort levels as a dedicated couch or bed.

As a rule, futon sofa beds tend to be much firmer for both sitting and sleeping, which some people enjoy, but generally most find a pull-out sleeper sofa with a dedicated mattress the most comfortable option. 

With a pull-out sofa bed you also generally get more options to tailor the couch and mattress to your preferences, so you are more likely to be able to choose the type of filling your seat cushions have, and the type of mattress you prefer, from a budget coil spring all the way up to a pocket spring or memory foam mattress that may rival that which you have on your bed.

Now you've got a sleeper sofa in your sights, stock on the best bedsheets, and consider modern guest bedroom ideas, guest bathroom ideas that will wow your visitors and even how to make loved ones feel at home with beautiful small guest bedroom ideas.

Emily Lambe
Deputy Editor

Hey! I’m Emily and I’m the deputy digital editor at Real Homes. I’m here to bring you the latest decor trends, inspirational ideas, informative how tos, the latest celeb homes style and the best budget-friendly buys. I live in a rented apartment, making the most of small spaces and using accent pieces to make things pop. When I’m not writing, I’m usually doing yoga, eating chocolate or working on my skincare routine.

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