The best sofa beds for style, comfort and budget

Put up overnight guests in style (and without breaking the bank) with the best sofa beds
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    Whether you’re searching for a sofa bed that’s comfortable enough for everyday use in the living room, an affordable sleeper sofa for occasional use in the home office, or a compact option for conjuring up extra sleeping space in a bedroom or children’s playroom; we’ve narrowed down the options to help you find the best of the bunch.

    Whilst most sofa beds are going to feel firmer for sitting than one of the best sofas, the sleeper sofas on this list have been tried and tested to unearth the options that best combine that elusive mix of style, affordability, and comfort.

    For more top tips and buying advice just scroll to the end of this guide, but if you want to jump straight to our top sofa bed recommendations, you’ll find the Ideal Home team’s selection below.


    Best sofa beds

    1. MADE Haru Small Sofa Bed

    Best small sofa bed: a luxe-look sofa bed at an affordable price point

    A small sofa bed upholstered in green velvet

    Seats: 1-2
    Sleeps: 1-2
    Sofa dimensions: H78 x W120 x D86cm
    Extended dimensions: W120 x L182cm
    Sleeping area dimensions: W120 x L182cm
    Upholstery options: 11

    You’re not going to fool anyone into believing this is a traditional sofa, but if you have a contemporary home then we love the Haru sofa bed’s modern design which is perfect for some small-footprint extra sleeping space. And, in the velvet upholstery, this contemporary option looks far more luxe than the small price tag suggests.

    The MADE Haru sleeper comes in a range of sizes to make finding the right fit for a smaller space easy too. There’s a single chair bed, the small ‘double’ sofa bed (pictured) – which might be a bit of a tight squeeze for two – and a more spacious large sofa bed. All options are well under £500 and perfect for rooms where space is at a premium.

    This is a click clack sofa bed, where the backrest and seat unfold to create the sleeping surface, so it is pretty firm and probably isn’t going to suffice as an everyday seating option – or provide a sleeping solution for longer-term guests – but as a useful occasional chair and overnight sleeper option, it’s hard to beat.

    The five velvet options work particularly well for an accent chair in the living room, bedroom or guest room, and the six options of colourful, hardwearing cotton upholstery are ideal for kids bedrooms; providing instant extra bedding for impromptu sleepovers.

    BUY NOW: Haru Small Sofa Bed, from £329 at MADE

    2. Swyft Model 04 3 Seater Sofa Bed

    Best fast delivery sofa bed-in-a-box

    A grey quick delivery sofa bed in a modern living room

    Seats: 3
    Sleeps: 2
    Sofa dimensions: H86 x W208 x D89cm
    Extended dimensions: W208 x D135cm
    Sleeping area dimensions: L190 x W135
    Upholstery options: 7

    If you’re looking for convenience, then opting for a sofa bed in a box could well be the way to go.

    Swyft’s Model 04 sofa arrives flat-packed in sections, making it far easier to get your new sofa bed into a room with tricky access, or up several flights of stairs.

    Swyft also aims to do away with long sofa bed lead times, with all in-stock products available for delivery in under 7 days – and often within 24 hours.

    You will have to do some self-assembly once the sofa arrives, but as you’ll see from our full Swyft Model 04 sofa bed review on the Ideal Home website, this is a fairly simple endeavour with no tools required thanks to the ‘Swyft-lok’ locking mechanism. This feature also means it’s simple to disassemble the sofa bed should you move house – particularly useful for renters – and also means the sofa arms can be detached if necessary, potentially a bonus if you’re short on space.

    Looks-wise, the contemporary design wouldn’t look out of place in swish city apartment – although the low back may not be for everyone – and although the upholstery options are limited to 7, they’re good, versatile shades with a mix of hardwearing linen mix fabrics and velvets. As an added bonus the upholstery is also woven with stain-resistant threads, so if there are spills all you need to do is wipe the couch with a wet cloth.

    Extra fabric protection, and comfort, is provided by the mattress topper that comes included with each purchase. There’s also a handy integrated storage compartment under the seat to keep it in when the bed isn’t in use.

    In terms of comfort, the sofa seat and backrest are made up of foam with integrated pocket springs. We found both sitting and sleeping a firmish experience, but not overly so, and as long as you don’t mind sacrificing some sofa squish, then this option certainly looks good enough to use as your everyday seating in the living room. However, we think it really comes into its own as a versatile spare bedroom or home office guest solution – doing away with the need for a static guest bed and freeing up more of your home for everyday enjoyment.

    BUY NOW: Swyft Model 04 Sofa Bed, £1995 at John Lewis

    3. Dreams Gallway 3-Seater Sofa Bed

    Best statement sofa bed: a stylish mid-Century modern design that won’t break the bank

    A grey velvet mid-Century modern sofa bed

    Seats: 3
    Sleeps: 2
    Sofa dimensions: H89 x W218 x D87cm
    Extended dimensions: L190 x W112
    Sleeping area dimensions: L190 x W112
    Upholstery options: 4

    Rather than blend into your living room suite unnoticed, this stylish mid-Century modern inspired sofa bed isn’t afraid to create a bold focal point, and for a three-seater sofa – with the added bonus of being able to fold out the click-clack design and put up guests – the under £1000 price tag makes it a bit of a steal.

    High wooden legs are contrasted with lozenge-shaped armrests and a Chesterfield-style pocketed backrest. The four velvet-look upholstery options are no shrinking violets either, with bright emerald green, saturated navy blue, and fiery orange colourways on offer alongside a versatile mid-grey.

    The pocket-sprung cushions deliver on the comfort front, offering comfortable seating in sofa form and an almost-a-mattress sleeping experience once the backrest is folded down to turn the clic-clac design into a bed. Although, despite the generous seating width, you do only get a small double’s worth of sleeping space with this option.

    If you’re planning on adding a sofa bed to the living room as your main seating, then the good news is that this option also comes with matching furniture to finish off the look, with a similarly stylish coordinating armchair and footstool available.

    Buy now: Gallway sofa bed, £899, Dreams

    4. Heal’s Oswald 3 Seater Sofa Bed

    Most comfortable sofa bed: a sleeper sofa that’s comfortable enough for everyday use in the living room

    A grey sofa bed with orange accessories

    Seats: 3
    Sleeps: 2
    Sofa dimensions: H98 x W222 x D103cm
    Extended dimensions: W222 x D152cm
    Sleeping area dimensions: W222 x D152cm
    Upholstery options: 3

    Heal’s Oswald sofa bed fuses contemporary design with sit and sleep comfort – often a hard trio to find in the search for a multifunctional sleeper sofa.

    The modern design hides some particularly well-considered construction, with the seat and backrest formed from what Heal’s describe as ‘high resilient foam and hyper soft foam layers’ and, the important bit: 10cm deep pocket-springs nestled in the foam’s midst.

    This makes for a seat with a good amount of give and bounce – not a soft and squishy sofa to snuggle up on perhaps, but definitely a sofa bed you could use as your everyday living room seating. And, as the seat and backrest fold out to become the sleeping surface, it offers a comfortable sleep experience too – in our opinion akin to a dedicated mattress.

    The leather tab at the front of the sofa makes pulling the seat section up and out to transform the sofa into a bed fairly easy, and the legs fold out automatically creating a super generous king-size sleeping surface that’s a fairly good height from the floor. There’s also some hidden storage for stashing the sofa cushions.

    There are only three upholstery options – although the grey Dessin fabric is a nice weave and good mid-tone colour that will suit a lot of homes – and it is an investment.

    However, as long as your budget allows – and your home suits the contemporary design – this is one of the best sit sleep hybrids we’ve come across; satisfying all needs without too much of a compromise in any area.

    BUY NOW: Oswald Sofa Bed, £2499 at Heal’s

    5. Sofa.com Bluebell Sofa Bed

    Best classic-style sofa bed: turned wooden feet and traditional rolled arms make this a good option for a period property

    A blue upholstered sofa bed with period detailing

    Seats: 1.5, 2, 2.5 or 3
    Sleeps: 1 or 2 dependent on size
    Sofa dimensions: dependent on size choice
    Extended dimensions: W dependent on size choice x D233cm
    Sleeping area dimensions: dependent on size choice
    Upholstery options: 70+

    If you have a period home or just prefer a more classic sofa shape then the Bluebell sofa bed from Sofa.com is an option that delivers in the looks department and isn’t too much of a compromise on comfort, although the sitting experience is firm.

    The sofas rolled arms, piped upholstery detailing, and turned wooden legs deliver a traditional look that works well in a period property, whilst the sofa bed is a pull-out construction, with a hidden metal bedframe and dedicated mattress folded up and stowed away underneath the seat cushions.

    This design – common to nearly all pull-out sofa beds – means the sofa seat cushions are resting on the back of the metal bed frame when the sofa is upright, which explains the firmness of the seat. The Bluebell’s feather-wrapped foam seat cushions improve the comfort levels a notch and we found the high backrest offered plenty of back support.

    In terms of sleeping, the bed mechanism is fairly easy to unfold, although does require a bit of strength to lift out. And, if you opt for the 3-seater sofa bed (there is also a loveseat, 2-seater and 2.5-seater sofa bed available) it comes with a 10cm deep double-sized mattress, although that mattress is a little shorter in length than a standard double mattress.

    This sofa bed also has a superb range of 70+ upholstery fabrics on offer which makes tailoring a look to suit your home easy work. Plus, there’s a good selection of matching furniture, including an armchair, traditional sofa, chaise and corner sofa, and a coordinating ottoman, so it’s easy to integrate this sofa bed into a wider living room suite if that’s your aim.

    BUY NOW: Bluebell sofa bed, RRP from £1325 at Sofa.com

    6. Habitat Kota 3 Seater Sofa Bed

    Best contemporary sofa bed: a spacious 3 seater at an affordable price point

    A contemporary orange sofa bed

    Seats: 3
    Sleeps: 2
    Sofa dimensions: H90 x W189 x D102cm
    Extended dimensions: W123 x L189cm
    Sleeping area dimensions: W123 x L189cm
    Upholstery options: 6

    If you’re looking for a large sofa bed at a (very) reasonable price then it’s hard to beat the Kota sofa bed – as long as you’re happy with its somewhat Marmite contemporary design.

    For well under £500 you get a generous 3 seater sofa with a simple click-clack design where the backrest folds down to create a flat sleeping surface. At first, we weren’t sure how comfortable those oversized Chesterfield style pockets would be, but it’s perfectly acceptable for lounging on and creates a roughly small double-sized sleeping area once extended. You’ll probably want to add a mattress topper to add extra comfort and to protect the sofa upholstery, but that’s the case with most fold-out sofa beds.

    The Kota comes in six colourways in total, including vibrant flame orange, two grey options and three velvet upholstery options in shades of green, teal or mid-grey.

    It is worth noting that the side profile of this model leaves something to be desired, with the base platform not very well disguised. The slanted backrest also pushes this model out quite far into the room, so it may not be the best option if you’re short on space.

    However, as occasional seating or sleeping in a home office, kids playroom, or teenager’s bedroom, this great value sofa bed has a lot to offer.

    7. Brook + Wilde Brunel Sofa Bed

    Best sofa bed from a mattress specialist: for the discerning overnight guest

    A blue velvet sofa bed with orange scatter cushions

    Seats: 3
    Sleeps: 2
    Sofa dimensions: H65 x W190 x D83cm
    Extended dimensions: W190 x L226cm
    Mattress dimensions: L180 x W133 x D10cm
    Upholstery options: 6

    Most sofa beds are created by sofa manufacturers, so it’s interesting to see a sofa bed crafted by experts in sleeping instead.

    Better known for its luxury mattresses – many of which have been put through their paces and scored highly in our best mattress guides – Brook + Wilde is at the luxury end of the bedding market, focusing on multi-layered mattress construction and super soft goose feather and down duvet covers and pillows.

    The three-seater Brunel sofa bed aims to channel that sleep expertise into three sizes of sofa bed – a snuggler chair, a small two-seater sofa and a three-seater sofa bed – all available in six velvet colour options.

    The focus of this sofa bed is definitely on the mattress itself; the Brunel features a 10cm deep version of the brand’s bestselling Lux mattress; combining a pocket-sprung base with memory foam upper designed to offer guests a ‘next-best-thing-to-your-own-bed’ sleeping experience.

    BUY NOW: Brunel Sofa Bed, RRP £1999 at Brook +Wilde

    8. Eve Sleep Away Mattress

    The cheapest sofa bed alternative

    A grey roll-up mattress with yellow edging

    Seats: n/a
    Sleeps: 1
    Mattress dimensions: L190 x W75cmm
    Upholstery options: n/a

    If space is super tight and you don’t want to sacrifice floor space to a permanent piece of furniture, then this nifty folding 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 transforms into compact roll 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.

    Of course, with this option, your guests will still pretty much be sleeping on the floor, but we think it’s a great option to have to hand for sleepovers and impromptu overnight stays. Plus there’s also a removable and washable top panel that can be freshened up at 40 degrees.

    BUY NOW: Sleep Away Mattress, RRP £179 at Eve


    What are the most comfortable sofa beds?

    Let’s be upfront. It’s unlikely that you’re going to find a sofa bed that’s as comfortable to sit on as one of the best sofas, sorry to be the bearers of bad news.  But… there are most certainly sofa beds that are far, far more comfortable than others. We know because we’ve tried and tested a whole lot of sofa beds in compiling this guide, and in order to find the best options we’ve discovered it’s well worth understanding the difference between the two main types of sofa bed construction.

    Fold-out or click-clack:

    A click-clack sofa bed is one where the sofa’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 sofa bed is unfolded, and your guests will be sleeping directly on the sofa surface – unless you add a mattress topper – which may or may not be something you’re happy with.

    Click clack sofa 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 a consideration.

    That being said, two of the most comfortable sofa beds in this round-up are fold-out sofa beds. What sets these click-clack sofa beds apart is the addition of pocket springs nestled in amongst their foam cushioning, which give both seating and sleeping areas some welcome bounce – although it does also up the price.

    Pull-out:

    A pull-out sofa bed looks the most like a traditional sofa. In this design, the sofa seat cushions are removed and a folding bed frame pulled out from the sofa seat cavity, with a dedicated mattress on top. The backrest and arms of the sofa remain in place, which means the bed takes up (sometimes considerably more) floor space, 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 sofa bed in with a living room suite.

    However, there can be a huge difference in specifications and comfort. As you are sitting ‘on’ the folded bed frame, thick seat cushions are a must to add comfort, and there can also be huge 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.

    Pink sofa bed in a room with navy blue feature wall

    Darlings of Chelsea Waverley sofa bed

    What else to consider when looking for the best sofa bed?

    Sofa size

    It may sound obvious, but it’s important to consider how much seating space your sofa bed needs to offer. If it’s not going to be your main living room sofa then you can get away with a more compact version – maybe even one of the best chair beds if you only need to sleep a single guest at a time – but if the sofa bed needs to seat the entire household on a daily basis then investing in a chaise sleeper sofa, or one of the best corner sofa beds might be something worth considering.

    It’s also vital to ensure your sofa bed is going to fit comfortably into the room where you want to use it. Find expert tips from Heal’s and Habitat in our guide to getting sofa measurements right.

    Mattress size

    It’s also important to check the mattress measurements. Many sofa beds are marketed as doubles, and although they will fit two people, they can sometimes be a snug sleeping experience. So if you regularly have more than one guest staying at a time – and they stay for a good length of time in one go – they will thank you for opting for the roomiest sofa bed your budget allows.

    Related: Want more space-saving tricks? Check out our small living room ideas and handy storage solutions for smaller spaces.

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