Best chair beds 2022: the best single sofa beds and futons

The best chair beds for sitting and sleeping; simple and space-saving solutions tried and tested by the Ideal Home team

One of the best chair beds; the Haru single sofa bed in pink velvet upholstery
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Looking for the best chair beds? If space is tight, then a single sofa bed or futon for one makes a great solution for putting up the occasional overnight guest, and the best designs will also 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; pull-out models where a mattress is pulled out from under the chair's seat cushions to form the sleeping surface, and click-clack models where the backrest and chair seat fold down into a flat surface that becomes the sleeping area. A futon by contrast tends to be formed of simple cushions that fold flat to offer a padded surface to sleep on, although often terminology is used interchangeably.

Most chair beds will only offer a single mattress' worth of sleeping space, but their small footprint makes them a great addition to a small living room, a home office, playroom, children's room, or teenager's bedroom as an easy sleepover solution. If you have a little more space to play with then a loveseat chair bed can squeeze in a little extra sleeping space to make room for two.

To help you find the best option for your needs, we’ve tried and tested bestselling designs, read multiple reviews, and grilled the Ideal Home team for their expert opinions to collate the best chair beds, single sofa beds, and futons on our radar below; with options for all budgets, room sizes, and decor styles.


Best chair beds and single sofa beds

MADE Haru Single Sofa Bed in blush pink velvet

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1. MADE Haru Single Sofa Bed

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

Specifications

RRP: from £280
Type of chair bed: click-clack
Dimensions: H78 x W77 x D86cm
Extended length: 182cm
Sleeping area dimensions: W77 x L182cm
Mattress depth: n/a
Mattress type: n/a
Upholstery options: 12
Average lead time: 1 - 16 weeks

Reasons to buy

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Affordable
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Compact
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Makes a stylish accent chair
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Good range of upholstery options
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Also available in 120cm or 140cm width

Reasons to avoid

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Low-to-the-ground sleeping area
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Narrow sleeping area
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More risk of wear to the upholstery than with a pull-out mattress

Stylish, comfortable, simple to transform from chair to bed, and comparatively very affordable, MADE's Haru single sofa bed is an easy choice for the best chair bed on a budget. If space is at a premium this is also one of the best chair beds for a small room, with the compact 77cm width frame coming in as one of the narrowest on our list.

Of course, the compact build does mean the sleeping space is fairly narrow too, with the W77 x L182cm sleeping area offering well under the standard W90 x L190cm dimensions of a normal single mattress. If you can squeeze in something a little larger, then the Haru Small Sofa Bed (opens in new tab) offers a more spacious W120 x L182cm sleeping space for £390 (still a very good price compared to most loveseat sofa beds of this size).

The click-clack design also makes for a super simple 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 still found the medium-firm foam cushioning a comfortable spot to bed down for a few nights. 

In chair form, it's also more comfortable than we expected. Although the lack of arms and medium-firm cushioning mean we can't quite see it cutting the mustard for everyday use. However, with some great velvet-look upholstery options on offer, this makes a stylish accent chair, working particularly well in the living room, bedroom, or guest room, or providing a great solution for impromptu sleepovers in a teenager or kids' bedroom.


A loveseat chair bed with pale grey upholstery

(Image credit: Darlings of Chelsea)

2. Darlings of Chelsea Weymouth Loveseat

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

Specifications

RRP: from £1552
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+
Average lead time: 8 - 10 weeks

Reasons to buy

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Comfortable enough for everyday use as living room seating
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12cm deep pocket spring or memory foam mattress
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Wide range of upholstery options
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Choice of fibre-wrapped foam or feather-wrapped foam seat cushions that offer low-maintenance comfort
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Removable arms for easier access

Reasons to avoid

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An investment, although look out for fairly regular sales
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Not the most compact option

If you have a little more space to play with then Darlings of Chelsea's Weymouth loveseat sofa bed offers a more classic look and scores big on comfort, with a choice of fiber-wrapped foam or feather-wrapped foam seat cushions that make it comfortable enough to use as your everyday living room seating without anyone knowing it hides a single pull-out mattress in its depths. 

Guest comfort is also well catered for, with the 12cm deep mattress available with either pocket-spring construction or the option to upgrade to memory foam. Plus, there are plenty of aesthetic options to choose from, with over 175 upholstery options, the choice of coordinated or contrasting piping, and four options of leg colour. 

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 beds).

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.


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

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3. Furniture Village Cory Chair Bed

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

Specifications

RRP: from £1345
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
Average lead time: 10 - 12 weeks

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 offer low-maintenance comfort
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Classic or scatter-cushion back options
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Matching furniture available

Reasons to avoid

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An investment, although look out for fairly regular discounts
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Narrow sleeping area
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Not the most compact option
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Takes up quite a lot of space once extended
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Limited upholstery options and fabrics aren't the most inspiring
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Fairly lengthy average lead times

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 not-particularly-inspiring 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 particularly worth considering. 


Dunelm Mito Single Futon with wooden base and cream cushion

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4. Dunelm Mito Single Futon

An affordable futon that offers budget sleeping space

Specifications

RRP: from £159
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
Average lead time: 1 week

Reasons to buy

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Affordable
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Compact

Reasons to avoid

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Low-to-the-ground sleeping area
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Narrow sleeping area
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Fairly firm
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Wooden frame is a little roughly finished

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 at just £159 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 tested – and at this price point the sleeping is a fairly firm experience, so guests might struggle to spend a whole week on this temporary bed (which may or may not be a good thing!). Sleepers 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, 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.


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

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5. Snug Small Biggie Snuggler Single Sofa Bed

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

Specifications

RRP: from £1049
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
Average lead time: under a week

Reasons to buy

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Super fast delivery options
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Flatpack design makes for easy delivery to rooms with tricky access
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Easily disassembled and reassembled if you move home
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Arms removable if short on space
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Matching furniture available

Reasons to avoid

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An investment
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Very narrow sleeping area
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Not the most compact option
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Takes up quite a lot of space once extended
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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 next-day delivery options to the incredibly easy-to-assemble flat-packed build that means all components are delivered in boxes – particularly useful for apartment dwellers, or 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.

The only downsides? Upholstery options are currently a little limited, and considering the width of the chair frame, the mattress width is very narrow for an adult.


A blue velvet chair bed by a living room window

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6. Loaf Pudding Chair Bed

A comfortable chair bed with plenty of squish-factor

Specifications

RRP: from £1445
Type of chair bed: pull-out mattress
Dimensions: H89 x W120 x D120cm
Extended length: 247cm
Sleeping area dimensions: W93 x L198cm
Mattress depth: 12cm
Mattress type: pocket spring
Upholstery options: 140+
Average lead time: 6 - 8 weeks

Reasons to buy

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Comfortable enough for everyday use as living room seating
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12cm deep pocket spring mattress
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Fiber-wrapped foam and feather cushions offer low-maintenance comfort
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Wide range of upholstery options
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Matching furniture available

Reasons to avoid

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An investment
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Not the most compact option
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Takes up quite a lot of space once extended

If you're looking for a chair bed that's comfortable enough for everyday use in the living room then Loaf's Pudding chair bed is a great option. It features the brand's signature squishy seating with generous fiber and feather-wrapped foam cushions that offer plenty of sink-in comfort. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to tell that there's a pull-out bed with a 12cm deep pocket spring mattress hidden within the chair's frame.

On top of the comfort levels, it's the upholstery options where this sofa bed really comes into its own. The Pudding chair benefits from 145+ of Loaf's gorgeously hued stain-resistant 'clever' velvets, relaxed-look linens, tactile wool blends, or hand-buffed leathers, allowing you to create a great-looking chair that doesn't feel like a compromise on style in the same way as other chair beds.

On the flip side, just like Loaf's sofas, this seating is very generously sized with a 120cm depth that increases to 247cm once the bed is extended; great for lounging, but if space is a consideration just make sure to check your measurements before you buy.


A blue bed in a box with pull-out mattress

(Image credit: Sofa.com)

7. Sofa.com Henry Bed In Box

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

Specifications

RRP: from £510
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
Average lead time: 4 - 6 weeks

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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Fairly thin mattress

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 the Jack Bed in a Box (opens in new tab) offers a 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; especially useful if you want to blend this piece of multifunctional furniture in with a living room suite.


Eve Sleep Away Mattress in grey with yellow trim, showing rolled up and open view

(Image credit: Eve)

8. Eve Sleep Away Mattress

An affordable chair bed alternative that can double up as a camping solution

Specifications

RRP: from £179
Type of sofa bed: roll-up mattress
Sleeping area dimensions: 75 x 190cm
Mattress depth: 8cm
Mattress type: foam
Upholstery options: 1
Average lead time: Under a week

Reasons to buy

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Affordable
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Perfect if you're short on floor space
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Doubles up as a camping mattress for nights away

Reasons to avoid

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Only available in a single mattress size
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Guests are basically sleeping on the floor

If space is super tight and you don't want to sacrifice floor space for a permanent piece of furniture, then this handy roll-up foam mattress from Eve could be a good solution for the occasional overnighter.

A cut above your regular blow-up mattress, the Sleep Away offers guests an 8cm layer of foam to bed down on and rolls up when not in use, with a handy zipper that ensures it doesn't come unrolled, plus a carry handle if you want to take it out on location. Glamping anyone?

Once unfurled you just need to give it 30 minutes to plump up to full volume – far better than half an hour spent inflating a blow-up mattress with a foot pump in our opinion. Plus there's also a removable and washable top panel that can be freshened up at 40 degrees.

Of course, with this option, your guests will still pretty much be sleeping on the floor, and we were a little disappointed it doesn't roll up any tighter, as it's still fairly bulky to store. (If you have the space then keeping it flat and slipping it under a bed or storing it on top of a double wardrobe may actually be more space-saving). But, we still think this is a really useful and affordable chair bed alternative, and a great option to have to hand for sleepovers and impromptu overnight stays, as well as the odd camping trip.


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.

Fold-out or click-clack chair beds

A click-clack chair bed is one 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 – unless you add a mattress topper – which may or may not be something you’re happy with.

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.

Pull-out chair beds

A pull-out chair bed will tend to look the most like a 'traditional' armchair. In this design, the chair seat cushion is removed and a folding bed frame pulled out from the chair seat cavity, with a dedicated mattress on top. The backrest and arms of the armchair remain in place, which means the bed takes up (sometimes considerably more) floor space than a fold-out model, but the sleeping surface tends to be higher from the ground and more like a standard bed. As they tend to be made by sofa specialists, there are usually a lot more upholstery options and matching furniture available if you want to blend a chair bed in with a living room suite.

However, there can still be a huge difference in specifications and comfort between pull-out chair beds. As you are sitting ‘on’ the folded bed frame, thick seat cushions are a must to add comfort, and there can also be significant variation in mattress thicknesses and construction (which can often be fairly hard to find in the small print). Generally speaking, you want the thickest mattress you can afford – a 10-14cm depth is a good gauge – and a sprung or pocket sprung mattress rather than solid foam for some bounce.

How we chose the best chair beds in this guide

To find the best chair beds at the best prices we’ve walked multiple miles around multiple furniture showrooms and laid down on the job to try out plenty of the most popular designs, plus grilled the Ideal Home team for their expert knowledge, along with their friends, and their friend’s friends, to find out how their small sofa bed choices are holding up to the rigours of day to day life. We also take into account the wider views of those who own each product, whether that’s via online reviews or social media. Click here to find out more about how we review products on Ideal Home.

Amy Lockwood
Amy Lockwood

After studying Print Design at Winchester School of Art, Amy spent multiple years working in the interior industry, including styling and visual merchandising for many well-known brands. She’s now Decor Editor at Ideal Home, offering advice on creating your dream interior, whether that's choosing the perfect shade of paint, investing in a new sofa, or sourcing on-trend and sustainable products for the home. She also writes about all things interior for Livingetc, Homes & Gardens, and Real Homes, and brings her design knowledge outdoors at Gardeningetc, where she advises on what to look for when shopping for the best garden furniture and how to create a practical and stylish outdoor living area.