A traditional bed is always best if you want a quality night's sleep - but with rooms getting smaller, more and more people are looking into sofa beds for small bedrooms or even a sofa bed for everyday use. This might seem a bit strange to those who are used to the luxury of larger rooms - but the space-savvy among us; it could be a lifesaver!
Is there such a thing as a sofa bed for permanent sleeping - or are they just not comfortable enough? We've lined up some tips and info that you may wish to consider before purchasing a bed settee for everyday sleep.
What is a Sofa Bed?
A staple of bedrooms since 1931, the Sofa Bed was originally called a 'Castro Convertible', named after its creator, Bernard Castro. He opened his first store using $400 from his savings and sold over 5 million of them over 60 years! Originally, a sofa bed for a small bedroom was the accepted norm - but Castro took his convertible sofa into the living room for the first time and made them fashionable.
A sofa bed is also known as a convertible couch. It usually contains a mechanical or hinge mechanism to open up the sofa's seating cushions into a thin mattress, suitable as a guest bed or single-night sleep.
Castro didn't only intend his sofa bed to be for a single night's sleep. He wanted a sofa bed for everyday use and made it as comfortable, compact, and versatile as possible. His space-saving sofa bed was equally popular with students, small families, and more.
Things are much the same today; as tech has improved, so has the sofa bed. The compact size means that a sofa bed is generally half the depth of a standard mattress and tends to stick to a shorter length. However, this doesn't mean less comfort - with the advance of memory foam and compact mattress designs, space-saving sofa beds are now far more likely to provide a decent night's sleep without much interruption!
Are Sofa Beds Worth Buying?
The short answer is yes - a guest bed is always a good utility for any home, especially during the holiday season, and can only be improved by extra functions. By being a convertible piece of furniture, a sofa bed becomes a compact, comfortable and useful solution for saving space - and looks far nicer in a room than a folded metal frame in the corner.
As technology in both mattresses and bed frames has moved on, sofa beds have drastically improved too - they're now better looking, more comfortable, more compact and more inconspicuous than ever.
Perhaps even more decisive - their prices have never been better value. Sofa beds are now roughly in line with decent quality sofas, sometimes even cheaper! As a result, for a particularly social home or families with regular guests, they're an absolute no-brainer.
What Kind of Sofa Beds are There?
There are two popular types of sofa bed that you're likely to see when shopping for your top pick. Thankfully, they're pretty easy to remember!
Clic-Clac Sofa Beds
- These are simplicity itself. Simply pull the back of the sofa forward until it clicks, then push it back flat, until it clacks! As the mechanism is so simple, the clic-clac is becoming more and more popular and tends to be one of the cheapest types of sofa bed on the market.
However, as there isn't a pull-out mattress involved, these can be firmer or less comfortable for a full night's sleep. These are also safer for homes with pets, as there's less chance of them getting stuck in the frame. It sounds unlikely, but it does happen!
Pull Out Sofa Beds
- with a frame stowed away inside the sofa, a pull out sofa bed is a more traditional design that's perhaps more comfortable for every day sleeping. Simply pull up the cushion and unfold the frame, and viola - one convertible sleeper.
These sofa beds tend to have dedicated rollout mattresses, making them more comfortable and usually boasting slightly more generous fillings that may be more inviting for guests. These often resemble ordinary sofas with armrests, too, while clic-clac sofa beds can appear very simple and practical.
Which Sofa Bed for Everyday Use?
If you're looking for a sofa bed for permanent sleeping, the best sofa beds to look for will be strong, well-made, and durable. With this in mind, one of the best permanent sleeper sofa beds for everyday use is the Otto, one of our most popular sofa Beds. We think this is the ideal sofa bed for a small bedroom!
Created from highly durable materials and finished to a high standard, this practical, space-saving sofa bed is made to last. Designed for all sleepers, this comfortable, dark grey convertible couch is both well padded and rather inconspicuous - folding into a very stylish grey sofa that you'd never know hides a double mattress.
Of course, a more comfortable option is likely to be found in the shape of a sofa bed with a separate mattress. With these space-saving sofa beds, you simply have to roll out the mattress and bedsheets on an evening. A key example of this is the Vivo. This contemporary, space-saving sofa bed is quick and easy to convert, with a pull-out frame that only takes a minute or two to unfold.
One of the issues here is the added fuss of preparing a mattress every evening. If you are using your sofa bed for permanent sleeping, that may not be ideal!
Last but not least, think about where you will keep the bedding when this furniture piece is used as a sofa. After all, a duvet can take up quite a bit of space. If you don't have a trunk coffee table or empty cupboard nearby, a day bed with storage may be a better choice than the above.
Daybeds look more like a bed, with a rigid back and a mattress seat that is permanently on show, whether you're sitting or sleeping on it. Take our Sleep White Day Bed Frame, for example. It has built-in storage in its back, as well as some handy drawers underneath where you can store bedding, pillows, and other sleep-time essentials. It's extremely functional!
How to Make Sofa Beds More Comfortable?
If you're researching which sofa bed is best and have comfort at the top of your priority list, have you considered a mattress topper? Like regular beds, mattress toppers can provide sofa beds with an additional layer of comfort, adding more padding to perfect your night's sleep.
This will make the base even more comfortable and protect the bed underneath, ensuring your sofa bed will last for longer and provide a better evening's rest. If you're struggling, it's also a great way to set up your sofa bed for permanent sleeping. Memory foam mattress toppers are ideal, as they can easily be rolled up and stored when not in use, so you can still be comfortable while keeping your sofa bed for a small bedroom.
Sofa Bed FAQs
How does a sofa bed work?
How big are sofa beds?
A sofa bed typically, when folded, is the size of a standard two or three seater sofas - though there are exceptions. Our sofa beds range from:
- 150-200cm in length
- 50cm-70cm in height
- 60cm-200cm in width.
And, when folded, range from:
- 80-150cm in length
- 50-90cm in height
- 150-200cm in width
Before considering buying a sofa bed, you should always prepare for these products to fit in your space when unfolded, as well as folded
Are sofa beds bad for your back?
Although sofa beds are comfy, we wouldn't recommend sleeping on them every night. If you are worried about your back, we recommend a memory foam mattress topper.
Are sofa beds safe?
All sofa beds sold in the UK must conform to British safety standards for strength, durability and fire repellency. As a result, you can guarantee that your Happy Beds sofa bed is safe and comfortable.
Which sofa beds are comfortable?
Most sofa beds will provide plenty of comfort, though aren't likely to compare too positively to your night-to-night mattress. If you are looking for your sofa bed that's comfortable for every night use, one of our top picks is the Troy Fabric Sofa Bed, for only £379.99!
The key to finding a comfortable sleeper sofa is the upholstery and the mattress. The mattress is usually very shallow, so it will feel fairly firm when being slept upon - it's also key to make sure the upholstered fabric feels right to you. Avoid harsh, rubbing fabrics like linens or leathers and focus instead on cotton, felts and other smooth fabrics.
How much are sofa beds?
Our sofa beds start from only £79.99 - making them a low cost, but versatile investment.
Which Will You Choose?
So, as you can see, when it comes to deciding which is the best sofa bed for everyday use, there isn't a clear-cut answer; it very much depends on your wants and requirements. A space-saving sofa bed is a great way to keep your interior tidy, but it's not always so easy to find a sofa bed for permanent sleeping.
While they are cost-effective, most sofa beds are a compromise - a middle ground between providing sleep and everyday comfort in a compact, multipurpose piece of furniture. A sofa bed for everyday use, such as the Ethan Grey Fabric Sofa Bed, will often need to be accessorised or cost more to provide the best solution for permanent sleeping.
We hope this piece has helped you to make a more informed decision. Let us know which bed settee you choose over on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and show us your perfect sofa bed for a small bedroom - or the ideal space-saving piece of furniture in your interior space.
We're the fastest-growing bed retailer in the UK - and we think our sofa bed range is bound to make the perfect match for your bedroom.