Best chair beds – single sofa beds for hosting guests when you have limited space

The best chair beds for sitting and sleeping – space-saving overnight hosting solutions tried and tested by the Ideal Home team

Habitat Roma chair bed - one of the best chair beds as tried and tested by Ideal Home
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The best chair beds are a brilliant solution for putting up the occasional overnight guest if you have limited space. Plus, a single sofa bed or futon for one can double up as a stylish accent chair the rest of the time.

Just like the best sofa beds, chair beds come in two main designs. There are 'pull-out' chair beds, where the mattress is pulled out from under the chair's seat cushions to form the sleeping surface, and 'click-clack' chair beds where the backrest and chair seat fold flat to create the sleeping area.

Most chair beds will only offer a single mattress' worth of sleeping space, but if you have a little more space to play with then a loveseat chair bed might squeeze in just enough sleeping space for two guests at a time.

To help you find the best chair bed for your needs, we've tried, tested, and rated bestselling single sofa beds from the biggest brand names, including Argos, Dunelm, Habitat, Loaf, and Sofa.com. You'll find options for all budgets, room sizes, and decor styles in our edit below.

The quick list

This quick list is an overview of the very best chair beds on the Ideal Home team's radar. You'll find more information on each one if you keep on scrolling.

Best chair beds

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Best chair bed overall

The Habitat Roma sofa bed in grey upholstery in a small living room

(Image credit: Habitat)

1. Habitat Roma Chair Bed

A compact and affordable chair bed that makes a stylish accent chair

Specifications

Type of chair bed: click-clack
Dimensions: H81 x W90 x D91cm
Extended length: 190cm
Sleeping area dimensions: W91 x L190cm
Mattress depth: n/a
Mattress type: n/a
Upholstery options: 7

Reasons to buy

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Affordable
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Compact design ideal for small spaces
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Available in 90cm or 108cm width

Reasons to avoid

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Firm
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Narrow and low-to-the-ground sleeping area

Stylish, comfortable, quick to transform from chair to bed, and very affordable compared to most options, Habitat's Roma chair bed is an easy choice for the best value chair bed. If space is at a premium this is also one of the best chair beds for a small room, with the compact 90cm width frame coming in as one of the narrowest on our list.

The small footprint still delivers a 91 x 190cm sleeping area – equivalent to the dimensions of a standard single mattress – and there's also a slightly larger 108 x 190cm option available which can sleep two guests at a push, although they're going to need to get pretty cosy.

The click-clack design makes for an easy transition from seating to sleeping, with hidden pockets (disguised by the coordinated scatter cushion) opening to reveal hinged legs, and the backrest and seat easily unfolding to create the sleeping surface. This makes for a fairly low-to-the-ground sleeping surface, but we found the medium-firm foam cushioning comfortable enough as a bed for a few nights – especially if you add one of the best mattress toppers into the mix. 

In chair form, the lack of arms and medium-firm cushioning means it might not cut the mustard as a chair you'll want to use as your main everyday seating, but, it makes a good accent chair. Style it in the living room, bedroom, home office, or guest room, or add it to a teenager's or kids' bedroom for impromptu sleepovers.

Best loveseat chair bed

A loveseat chair bed with pale grey upholstery

(Image credit: Darlings of Chelsea)

2. Darlings of Chelsea Weymouth Loveseat Chair Bed

A versatile loveseat sofa bed that's comfortable enough for everyday use

Specifications

Type of chair bed: pull-out mattress
Dimensions: H100 x W128 x D97cm
Extended length: 241cm
Sleeping area dimensions: W83 x Lcm
Mattress depth: 12cm
Mattress type: pocket spring or memory foam
Upholstery options: 175+

Reasons to buy

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Comfortable enough for everyday use as living room seating
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Deep 12cm mattress with options of pocket spring or memory foam
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Wide range of upholstery options
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Choice of fibre-wrapped foam or feather-wrapped foam seat cushions
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Removable arms for easier delivery access
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Matching furniture available

Reasons to avoid

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An investment

If you have a little more space – and a lot more budget – to play with, then Darlings of Chelsea's Weymouth loveseat sofa bed offers a classic look that scores big on comfort. 

Fiber-wrapped foam or feather-wrapped foam seat cushions make this chair bed comfortable enough to use as your everyday living room seating, with the pull-out mattress meaning no-one will guess it hides a bed in its depths.

There are over 175 upholstery options to choose from, along with a choice of coordinated or contrasting piping, and four options of leg colour. Plus, if you want to blend a sofa bed in with a larger living room suite then the Weymouth collection also offers armchair and sofa options (as well as four larger sofa bed variations). The 12cm deep mattress with either pocket-spring or memory foam construction means guest comfort is extremely well catered for too.

If you can accommodate the 128cm loveseat width but have difficult access to navigate, then for a slight increase in price this chair bed can also be built with removable arms to give you some vital extra wiggle room on delivery day – genius.

Best mid-range chair bed

A large chair bed with grey upholstery in a cream living room

(Image credit: Furniture Village)

3. Furniture Village Cory Chair Bed

A mid-range chair bed that offers sit and sleep comfort

Specifications

Type of chair bed: pull-out mattress
Dimensions: H96 x W127 x D95cm
Extended length: 228cm
Sleeping area dimensions: W76 x L183cm
Mattress depth: 11cm
Mattress type: pocket spring
Upholstery options: 9

Reasons to buy

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Comfortable enough for everyday use as living room seating
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11cm deep pocket spring mattress
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Fiber-wrapped foam seat cushions
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Matching furniture available

Reasons to avoid

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An investment
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Narrow sleeping area
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Limited upholstery options

Comfortable enough to use as everyday seating, but with the versatility to transform into a guest bed with a pull-out mattress, this chair bed may not have quite as many bells and whistles as Darlings of Chelsea's Weymouth, but with Furniture Village running regular discounting events, you might be able to snap it up for quite a lot cheaper. 

On testing, we were impressed by the chair seat depth – the perfect compromise between loungey and upright to keep both sitters and curler-uppers content – and the sink-in yet supportive fiber back cushions and fiber-topped foam seat cushions, plus good height armrests. 

In fact, this chair bed is barely distinguishable from the dedicated armchair in terms of seat comfort – a rarity in the world of pull-out chair beds where the hidden bed frame often means a much, much firmer seat. 

However, what this choice does lack is the breadth of style options that alternative chair beds can offer, with just nine upholstery options available. There is a wide choice of coordinating furniture though, so if you want a chair bed that can integrate into a matching living room suite, then this option is worth considering. 

Best budget chair bed

Dunelm Mito Single Futon with wooden base and cream cushion

(Image credit: Dunelm)

4. Dunelm Mito Single Futon

An affordable futon that offers budget sleeping space

Specifications

Type of chair bed: futon
Dimensions: H75 x W76 x D85cm
Extended length: 195cm
Sleeping area dimensions: W76 x L195cm
Mattress depth: n/a
Mattress type: n/a
Upholstery options: 12

Reasons to buy

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Affordable
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Compact design ideal for small spaces
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Range of colour options

Reasons to avoid

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Narrow, firm and low-to-the-ground sleeping area
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Wooden frame is a little basic

This simple futon chair bed may be fairly basic, but if you're after an affordable way to put up the occasional overnight guest then it makes for a useful and budget-friendly extra sleeping space.

You can opt for the minimal Japandi vibes of the natural or pale grey upholstery, or there are multiple other colour options available, including practical darks and vibrant brights that are perfect for a teenager's lair or children's bedroom.

The FSC-certified solid pine frame is fairly roughly finished – there were a few sections that looked like they could splinter on the model we reviewed – and, at this price point, the sleeping is a fairly firm experience. Guests also won't be that far off the floor once the futon bed is extended, which may not be ideal for less mobile visitors. 

However, whilst guests might struggle to spend a whole week on this temporary bed (which may or may not be a good thing!), if you only need a guest bed for the occasional overnighter and want a cheap and cheerful option that's a little more permanent than a roll-up or inflatable mattress, this budget option could strike just the right balance.

Best chair bed to use

Darlings of Chelsea Bromley loveseat chair bed in grey

(Image credit: Darlings of Chelsea)

5. Darlings of Chelsea Bromley Loveseat Sofa Bed

An easy-to-unfold chair bed that offers comfortable everyday seating

Specifications

Type of chair bed: pull-out mattress
Dimensions: H105 x W150 x D94cm
Extended length: 220cm
Sleeping area dimensions: W83 x L190cm
Mattress depth: 12cm
Mattress type: pocket spring or memory foam
Upholstery options: 175+

Reasons to buy

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Comfortable enough for everyday use as the main seating
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Single action roll out makes extension easy
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Extra-long 12cm deep pocket spring or memory foam mattress
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Can be delivered flat-packed and assembled in situ if you have awkward access
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Wide range of upholstery options

Reasons to avoid

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An investment

The only reason this loveseat sofa bed doesn't come higher in our round-up of the best chair beds is because the 150cm width means we're not sure it can truly be classified as a chair bed.

However, if you can squeeze that wider frame into your room set-up then this is an option well worth considering. Comfortable enough to use as your everyday seating as well as providing overnight guests with a decent night's sleep, it comes equipped with a single roll-out action mechanism that makes the transformation from sofa to pull-out bed a super simple affair.

The roll-action design also means this model is able to offer a longer mattress than most pull-out options, with a 190cm length sleeping area that taller guests will appreciate. And, at 12cm deep, the mattress is one of the deepest that pull-out sofa beds can be equipped with, and also offers the option of pocket spring or memory foam construction for enhanced comfort. 

Seat comfort can also be tailored to your preference with a choice of fibre-wrapped foam or feather-wrapped foam seat cushions for low-maintenance squish-factor, and there are a whopping 175+ upholstery options to choose from. Plus, if a narrow hallway, tight corners, or tricky stairs are an issue, this sofa bed can be delivered flat-packed and built by the delivery team in situ; a real boon for those with awkward access. 

Best for quick delivery

A grey chair bed with pull-out mattress in a living room with a dark blue wall

(Image credit: Snug)

6. Snug Small Biggie Snuggler Single Sofa Bed

A quick delivery chair bed that's useful for those with awkward access

Specifications

Type of chair bed: pull-out mattress
Dimensions: H98 x W128.5 x D103cm
Extended length: 238cm
Sleeping area dimensions: W63 x L183cm
Mattress depth: 6cm
Mattress type: pocket spring
Upholstery options: 5

Reasons to buy

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Super fast delivery options
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Flatpack design useful if you have awkward delivery access, and makes for easy disassembly if you move home
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Option to remove armrests
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Matching furniture available

Reasons to avoid

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An investment
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Narrow sleeping area
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Limited upholstery options

As well as the stylish curvaceous design, this snuggler-sized sofa-bed-in-a-box offers plenty of added benefits, from the super-quick delivery options to the incredibly easy-to-assemble flat-packed build that means all components are delivered in boxes – particularly useful for apartment dwellers and delivery into any room with awkward access.

That ease of assembly – no tools are required – also makes for hassle-free disassembly and reassembly if you move home, and there's plenty of matching furniture available to create a whole easy-to-pack-up living room suite.

However, this chair bed's real USP is those quick delivery times. Unlike most chair beds that come with long lead times – a 4-16 week wait from order to delivery isn't unusual for a pull-out chair bed – Snug's seating can be delivered in a matter of days. That's a real plus point if you need to sort overnight guest sleeping arrangements fast.

The downsides? Upholstery options are currently a little limited, and, considering the width of the chair frame, the pull-out mattress comes up very narrow.

Best bed in a box

A blue bed in a box with pull-out mattress

(Image credit: Sofa.com)

8. Sofa.com Henry Bed In Box

A bed in a box that makes for a useful chair bed alternative

Specifications

Type of chair bed: pull-out mattress
Dimensions: H42 x W107 x D74cm
Extended length: 218cm
Sleeping area dimensions: W83 x L183cm
Mattress depth: 8.5cm
Mattress type: pocket spring
Upholstery options: 90

Reasons to buy

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Versatile chair bed alternative that can be used as a footstool or extra seating
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Wide range of upholstery options

Reasons to avoid

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Not quite as versatile as a chair bed

If you don't specifically need a chair bed, and just want a pull-out bed that can blend in with existing furniture, then a footstool or ottoman bed-in-a-box is a solution well worth exploring. 

Sofa.com's Henry Bed in a Box comes in at 107cm wide and 74cm deep, making it a useful option for smaller rooms, whether that's as a footstool in the living room, or a place to perch in a compact home office or children's bedroom. 

The ottoman holds a single pocket spring pull-out mattress, which at 8.5cm deep isn't quite as thick a mattress as other options on our list, but still made for a passable night's sleep in our tests, although adding a mattress topper will increase comfort levels considerably. The lid of the footstool also lifts and slots into the base to serve as a headboard which is a nice design feature.

If you have more space to play with then as an alternative Sofa.com's Jack Bed in a Box offers a larger double mattress worth of sleeping space in its 158cm width frame.

And the good news is that both options are available in Sofa.com's wide range of upholstery options, which is especially useful if you want to blend this piece of multifunctional furniture in with a living room suite.

How to choose a chair bed

One of the most important factors you'll want to decide on before you start shopping for a chair bed or sofa bed, is whether you would prefer to opt for a click-clack or pull-out design. There are pros and cons to each style so we've called out the key points worth considering below.

Click-clack chair beds

A click-clack chair bed is a design where the chair's backrest and seat fold flat to become the sleeping surface. If made of solid foam then quite often these designs can be the firmest for sitting and sleeping, the ‘bed’ also tends to be quite low to the ground once the chair bed is unfolded, and your guests will be sleeping directly on the upholstery surface. 

A lot of these problems can be solved with the simple addition of a mattress topper, however, that will add to the overall price (although the combined cost is generally still a lot less than opting for a pull-out chair bed).

Click-clack chair beds are more often contemporary in appearance, and quite often the upholstery options will be a little more limited. However, they’re generally the most affordable option, have the shortest lead times, and are the most compact if floor space is the biggest consideration.

The Roma sofa bed from Habitat extended in a small living room

(Image credit: Habitat)

Pull-out chair beds

A pull-out chair bed will tend to look the most like a classic armchair. In this design, the chair seat cushion is removed and a folding bed frame with a dedicated mattress is pulled out from the chair seat cavity when you want to use it as a bed.

On a pull-out chair bed the backrest and armrests remain in place once the mattress is extended, which means this option takes up more floor space than a click-clack chair bed. However, on a pull-out chair bed the sleeping surface tends to be higher from the ground and more like a standard bed, so some guests will find them more comfortable. 

A pull-out chair bed will usually offer a lot more upholstery options than a click-clack chair bed, and there is more likely to be matching furniture available if you prefer to incorporate a chair bed into a living room suite. Although, those additional upholstery options tend to mean there are longer lead times (often between 4-12 weeks) for a pull-out chair bed to be made and delivered.

There can also be a lot of variation in comfort between pull-out chair beds. When it's used as an armchair, you will be sitting ‘on’ the folded bed frame, so look for thick seat cushions to add comfort. There can also be significant variation in mattress thicknesses and construction. Generally speaking, you want the thickest pull-out mattress you can afford to make the sleeping area the most comfortable – a mattress depth of 10-14cm is a good gauge. Some pull-out chair beds will also offer the choice of a foam, sprung or memory foam mattress, which you find the most comfortable tends to come down to personal preference.

An extended chair bed upholstered in mustard yellow in a dark walled living space

(Image credit: Dunelm)

FAQs

Got a burning question about chair beds? We've answered some of the most common queries below.

What's the difference between a chair bed and a sofa bed?

The only difference between a chair bed vs a sofa bed is the width, with a chair bed being the much smaller of the two. 

On average, chair beds range from 90cm wide to around 130cm wide. Whereas sofa beds tend to start from a width of 150cm and can go up to widths of 200cm+. Loveseat chair beds fall in the middle of the two, tending to measure between 130-150cm wide. 

Because of their narrower frames, a chair bed can only sleep one guest at a time, whereas a sofa bed can usually sleep two guests at once.

Are chair beds expensive?

A good chair bed does tend to be expensive, although there are more affordable options out there. For instance, the Habitat Roma chair bed currently retails for under £300, whereas the most expensive chair beds in our round-up cost over £1000.

If you're not sure that you can justify the expense of a chair bed, or you're short on space for even the most compact design, then our guide to the best air beds offers some viable alternatives.

A grey upholstered chair bed with the pull-out mattress extended in front of a large glazed window

(Image credit: Dunelm)

How we test

You'll find full details of the Ideal Home review process on our how we test page. However, in order to find the best chair beds at the best prices we walked multiple miles around multiple furniture showrooms and laid down on the job to try out plenty of bestselling designs. 

We also grilled the wider Ideal Home team for their expert knowledge, and took into account customer reviews to see how each chair bed in our round-up performs when subjected to the rigours of day-to-day life.

Amy Lockwood
Content Editor

After studying Print Design at Winchester School of Art, Amy spent multiple years working in the interior industry as a copywriter, content creator, and product stylist. She’s now Content Editor at Ideal Home, offering expert advice on the best products for decorating your home and ensuring it functions smoothly. That includes sourcing stylish yet affordable furniture – from the best sofa beds for combining style, comfort, and function, to the best artificial Christmas trees for a stress-free festive season – helping our readers to find the best mattress for their sleep style, and testing top-rated dehumidifiers and air purifiers to narrow down the best-in-class.