Best sofa beds 2022: comfortable, stylish and versatile

The best sofa beds for putting up overnight guests in style; tried and tested for comfort, practicality and affordability

A sofa bed with teal velvet upholstery
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Looking for the best sofa beds available? We're here to help with our round-up of the most stylish, practical, and comfortable sleeper sofas for every budget.

Whether you're searching for a sofa bed that's comfy 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 tried and tested bestselling options from all of the major retailers, read multiple reviews from verified owners, and grilled the Ideal Home team for their expert opinions to narrow down the options and help you find the best of the bunch.

Our research has unearthed plenty of sofa beds that don't quite hit the mark in the comfort stakes – either for sitting or sleeping – but whilst most sofa beds are going to feel a little firmer for sitting on than one of the best sofas and can't quite reach the comfort-levels of one of the best mattresses, we're confident this selection offers the cream of the sofa bed crop, including some great multifunctional options that will allow you to maximise your living space and add versatility to your home. 

For sofa bed 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 carefully curated edit below.

8 best sofa beds

A sofa bed with cream upholstery in a modern living room

(Image credit: Darlings of Chelsea)

1. Darlings of Chelsea Bromley sofa bed

A sofa bed that's comfortable enough for everyday use with a wide range of size and upholstery options

Specifications

RRP: from £2365
Type of sofa bed: pull-out mattress
Widths available: 150 / 170 / 190 / 210cm
Extended length: 220cm
Sleeping area dimensions: 83 x 190 / 116 x 190 / 137 x 190 / 158 x 190cm
Mattress depth: 12cm
Mattress type: pocket spring or memory foam
Upholstery options: 175+
Average lead time: 6-8 weeks

Reasons to buy

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Comfortable enough for everyday use as the main seating
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Easy to transform into a bed with single action roll out and no need to store seat cushions
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Four sofa widths available
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Extra-long mattresses offer full-length sleeping
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Larger options offer full-size double or king-size mattresses
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Can be delivered flat-packed and assembled in situ if you have awkward access
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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

Reasons to avoid

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An investment, although look out for fairly regular sales
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No matching furniture

It may be an investment compared to other options in our edit, but the Bromley sofa bed from Darling's of Chelsea offers a lot of bang for your buck, and manages to nail the holy grail of the sofa bed search; a sofa bed that's comfortable enough to use as your everyday seating as well as providing overnight guests with a decent night's sleep.

There are four frame widths available, all with a single roll-out action mechanism that makes the transformation from sofa to pull-out bed a super simple affair, and as the seat and back cushions remain attached to the frame there's no need to find somewhere to store them whilst your guests are snoozing. (Although that does mean you can't flip the seat or back cushions over like with some other pull-out models).

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, the mattress is one of the deepest that pull-out sofa beds can be equipped with, also offering options 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. 


A small sofa bed with teal velvet upholstery

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2. MADE Haru sofa bed

A compact and affordable sofa bed that's perfect for small spaces

Specifications

RRP: from £260
Type of sofa bed: click-clack
Widths available: 77 / 120 / 142cm
Extended length: 182cm
Sleeping area dimensions: 77 x 182 / 120 x 182 / 142 x 182cm
Upholstery options: 11
Average lead time: 1-6 weeks

Reasons to buy

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Very affordable
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Compact design is perfect for small homes
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Easy to transform into a bed with simple click-clack mechanism
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Three sofa widths available

Reasons to avoid

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Limited upholstery options
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Lack of arms and shallow seat means it doesn't quite cut the mustard as a sofa for everyday use
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Sleeping area is fairly small on all options
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Contemporary design won't suit all homes
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No matching furniture

If you're looking for a sofa bed on a budget, then the super affordable Haru sofa bed from MADE is our top pick. It's also a great option for smaller homes with three compact widths to choose from; a single chair bed, a small 'double' sofa bed – which at a 120cm width is bit of a tight squeeze for two but generously sized for a single sleeper – and the more spacious 142cm width 'large' sofa bed. All options are well under £500 and perfect for rooms where space is at a premium.

The click-clack sofa bed design also makes it super simple to transition this sofa bed from seating to sleeping, with hidden pockets (disguised by the coordinating scatter cushions) opening to reveal hinged legs, and the backrest and seat easily unfolding to create the sleeping surface. 

Simple yet effective, the design does mean the sleeping surface ends up pretty low to the ground, but we still found the medium-firm foam cushioning a comfortable spot to bed down for a few nights. And it's more comfortable than we expected as a seat too, with the angled back hitting just the right level of recline. The lack of arms and medium-firm cushioning mean we can't quite see it cutting the mustard for everyday use, but as occasional seating, it makes a great accent chair.

Upholstery-wise, five great shades of velvet offer a luxe look and bring some extra softness to the design; working particularly well in a living room, bedroom or guest room. Or, the six colourful options of hardwearing cotton upholstery are ideal for kids' bedrooms or playrooms; providing a great solution for impromptu sleepovers.


A sofa bed with off-white upholstery

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3. Sofa.com Otto sofa bed

A relaxed sofa bed with super deep cushions for comfortable lounging

Specifications

RRP: from £1600
Type of sofa bed: pull-out mattress
Widths available: 168 / 188 / 208cm
Extended length: 230cm
Sleeping area dimensions: 114 x 183 / 134 x 183 / 153 x 198cm
Mattress depth: 10/12cm
Mattress type: pocket spring
Upholstery options: 95+
Average lead time: 4-6 weeks

Reasons to buy

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Comfortable enough for everyday use as the main seating
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Three sofa widths available
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Three-seater option offers a king-sized mattress
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Wide range of upholstery options
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Hybrid feather-wrapped foam seat cushions that offer low-maintenance comfort
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Matching furniture available

Reasons to avoid

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Feather cushions won't be suitable for vegans
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Cushions require some plumping
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Takes up quite a lot of room once extended

A deep, to-the-floor sofa frame that offers plenty of depth for hiding the pull-out mattress and bed frame plus super deep and squishy feather-wrapped foam seat cushions make the Otto our top pick of Sofa.com's sofa bed options.

In our opinion, those deep seat cushions also make it one of those elusive finds; a mid-priced sofa bed that's comfortable enough for everyday use in the living room as the main living room seating.

As usual with Sofa.com's offerings, creating a look that's worthy of front room status is made easier by a wide selection of 95+ upholstery choices, plus there are three frame widths available. And, as one of the brand's bestselling styles, there's a great selection of matching furniture on offer, with an upholstered footstool to transform the sofa into a chaise, plus a loveseat and multiple regular sofa options if you're planning on blending a sofa bed into a living room suite.

The only downside is that you will need a fairly large room for this option, as with a 230cm extension the pull-out bed frame takes up the most space of all the models in this edit. And, unless you opt for the three-seater sofa bed which offers a generous almost king-size sleeping area, the smaller options are kitted out with shorter 183cm length mattresses, which could leave long-legged guests a little non-plussed.


A chaise sofa bed in grey upholstery

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4. Furniture Village Cory sofa bed

A classic sofa bed with a good value chaise option

Specifications

RRP: from £1345
Type of sofa bed: pull-out mattress
Widths available: 127 / 170 / 198 / 280cm
Extended length: 228cm
Sleeping area dimensions: 76 x 183 / 114 x 183 / 133 x 183cm
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 the main seating
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Two sofa widths, a chair bed, and chaise available
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Classic or scatter back options
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Hybrid fibre-wrapped seat cushions that offer low-maintenance comfort
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Matching furniture available

Reasons to avoid

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Limited upholstery options and fabrics aren't the most inspiring
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Fairly lengthy average lead times

Furniture Village's Cory sofa bed comes in three sizes; a two-seater, three-seater and a generous chaise sofa option that is one of the most comfortable chaise sofa beds we've come across at this price point.

In fact, in all widths, the Cory sofa bed achieves the seemingly impossible – a sofa bed that's barely distinguishable from the dedicated sofa in terms of seat comfort – somewhat of a rarity if you're looking for a multifunctional sofa that will allow you to host guests without compromising on your own comfort if the sleeper sofa is to become your main living room seating.

Having tested a few models in different upholstery options – with both the classic back or scatter back cushion design – we've been impressed by the seat depth that's the perfect compromise between loungey and upright to keep both sitters and curler-uppers content, and the sink-in yet supportive fibre back cushions and fibre-topped foam seat cushions, plus good height armrests.

Our only disappointment was on the upholstery front, with limited options in some fairly thin fabrics which we weren't blown away by, and the lead times are pretty lengthy. However, for the price, this sofa bed remains a good all-rounder, especially if you can snap it up in one of Furniture Village's regular sales.


A comfortable sofa bed with blue upholstery

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5. Loaf Pavilion sofa bed

Squishy seating that you wouldn't realise hid a sofa bed in a great range of fabrics

Specifications

RRP: from £1895
Type of sofa bed: pull-out mattress
Widths available: 182 / 215cm
Extended length: 226cm
Sleeping area dimensions: 135 x 183 / 145 x 183cm
Mattress depth: 12cm
Mattress type: pocket spring
Upholstery options: 145+
Average lead time: 5-7 weeks

Reasons to buy

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Comfortable enough for everyday use as the main seating
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Two sofa widths available
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12cm deep mattress
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Wide range of upholstery options
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Hybrid feather-wrapped foam seat cushions that offer low-maintenance comfort

Reasons to avoid

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Feather cushions won't be suitable for vegans
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No matching furniture

The Pavilion is Loaf's bestselling sofa bed and once you sit on it it's easy to see why, with the brand's signature squishy seating giving no clue that there's a pull-out bed with a 12cm deep pocket spring mattress hidden in the sofa frame's depths. 

This is partly due to the bed frame's construction, which eliminates the wooden slats from the 'feet' end of the bed frame and replaces it with flexible webbing that offers more give under the seat when it's in sofa form, and partly down to the generous feather-wrapped foam seat cushions that offer plenty of sink-in comfort.

There are a few fewer size options available than other options on our list, and like most of Loaf's sofas they're generously sized with particularly deep seats – great for lounging, but if space is a consideration just make sure to check your measurements before you buy.

On top of the comfort levels it's the upholstery options where this sofa bed really comes into its own, benefitting from 145+ of Loaf's gorgeously hued stain-resistant 'clever' velvets, relaxed-look linens, tactile wool blends, or hand-buffed leathers for a vintage feel.

Today's best prices:
Pavilion Medium Sofa Bed £1895 at Loaf (opens in new tab)
Pavilion Large Sofa Bed £1995 at Loaf (opens in new tab)


A flat-pack sofa bed in a contemporary living room

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6. Swyft Model 04 sofa bed

A quick delivery sofa bed that's ideal for homes with awkward access

Specifications

RRP: from £2095
Type of sofa bed: click-clack
Widths available: 208cm
Extended length: 208cm
Sleeping area dimensions: 135 x 190cm
Upholstery options: 10
Average lead time: 24 hours - 1 week

Reasons to buy

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Super quick delivery
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Flat-pack design is really useful for homes with awkward access
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Can be disassembled and reassembled easily if you move home
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Hidden storage
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Mattress topper included
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Easy to transform into a bed with simple click-clack mechanism

Reasons to avoid

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An investment
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Only one width available
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A bit too firm for everyday use as your main sofa (in our opinion)
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Limited upholstery options
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No matching furniture

If you need a sofa bed with quick delivery to host incoming guests or have tricky access that's making furniture finding a headache, then Swyft's sofa-bed-in-a-box could be the solution you need. 

The three-seater sofa bed arrives flat-packed in sections, making it far easier to get your new sofa bed into any room with awkward access, and it can be with you in an astonishing 24 hours if you order direct from Swyft (opens in new tab), or under a week at third party stockists. A far cry from the usual six to twelve week lead times commonly attached to sofas and sofa beds.

The flat-pack build does mean self-assembly once your sofa bed arrives, but we put the no-tools build to the test in our Swyft Model 04 sofa bed review and can confirm it's as easy as Swyft claims. It also makes for simple disassembly and reassembly should you move house – a particularly useful feature for renters – and the sofa arms can be detached if necessary, which is a bonus if you're short on space.

However, the high-level convenience does mean some compromises elsewhere, with the 300-pocket-spring foam bench cushion not offering much squish-factor and making this sofa bed the firmest seating option in our round-up. Upholstery options are more limited too – although all are versatile shades with a mix of hardwearing stain-resistant linen mix fabrics and luxe-look velvets.

On the plus side, this is the only sofa bed to offer a bespoke-fit mattress protector to extend the longevity of your investment, and there's even a handy integrated storage compartment under the seat to keep it hidden out of sight when the bed isn't in use.


A bright orange contemporary sofa bed

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7. Habitat Kota 3 Seater sofa bed

An affordable large sofa bed with a contemporary look

Specifications

RRP: from ££475
Type of sofa bed: click-clack
Widths available: 189cm
Extended length: 189cm
Sleeping area dimensions: 123 x 189cm
Upholstery options: 6
Average lead time: 2-6 weeks

Reasons to buy

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Very affordable
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Easy to transform into a bed with simple click-clack mechanism
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Matching furniture available

Reasons to avoid

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Limited upholstery options
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Only one width available
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Side and rear profile aren't the most attractive
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Contemporary design won't suit all homes

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 three-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 for an extra layer of comfort – and to protect the sofa upholstery – but that's the case with most fold-out sofa beds.

Looks-wise 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's worth noting that the side profile of this model leaves quite a lot to be desired, with the base platform very visible from the back and each end, so you'll definitely want this option pushed against a wall, and preferably camouflaged by a coffee table either side. 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, kid's playroom, or teenager's bedroom, this great value sofa bed is hard to beat on price.


A modern grey sofa bed with orange accessories

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8. Heal's Oswald sofa bed

A contemporary yet comfortable sofa bed with a king-size sleeping space

Specifications

RRP: from £2799
Type of sofa bed: click-clack
Widths available: 222cm
Extended length: 222cm
Sleeping area dimensions: 152 x 222cm
Upholstery options: 3
Average lead time: 8 - 10 weeks

Reasons to buy

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Comfortable enough for everyday use as the main seating
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One of the most comfortable sleep surfaces we've tried
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Hidden storage
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Easy to transform into a bed with simple click-clack mechanism and automatically unfolding legs
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Matching furniture available

Reasons to avoid

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An investment
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Only one width available
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Limited upholstery options
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Contemporary design won't suit all homes

Heal's Oswald sofa bed is an investment, and although we love its simple design, the contemporary look won't blend into every home. However, in terms of sleep comfort, this is one of the most comfortable and generously proportioned options we've come across, with the mix of hyper-soft foam layers over a high-resilient foam and pocket-spring core giving the closest feel to a 'true' mattress, and a king-sized sleeping area offering a luxurious amount of space to stretch out.

In sofa form, that sleep comfort translates into a comfortable sitting experience too. It's not a squishy sofa, and you do feel you're sitting more on top of the foam seating than sinking into the seat like with models that offer removable seat cushions, but it still has enough give and bounce to make it a pleasant place to relax.

Transforming the sofa into a bed is also super easy. A slight variation on the usual fold-flat click-clack design, with this model you pull the leather tab at the front of the sofa to lift the seat section up and out, and the backrest then tilts flat to meet it. The legs extend automatically which means no faffing, and the sleeping surface is a good height from the floor compared to other click-clack options. There's even hidden storage underneath for stashing the sofa back cushions.

The downside is that 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. If you're after a contemporary design that doesn't compromise on comfort, we think this sofa bed is well worth considering.


How to choose a sofa bed: buying advice

A sofa bed can be a great multifunctional solution for the living room, guest room, or home office, but we can probably all recall a night spent on a less-than-comfortable sleeper sofa – an experience that can leave us thinking a blow-up mattress on the floor is no bad thing.  Plus, with even the cheapest sofa beds still a significant investment, no-one wants to invest in a sofa bed that doesn't actually deliver in either sit or sleep comfort. So how do you get it right?

We've compiled a quick check-list of what to look for when shopping for a sofa bed below, but first, a quick look at some of the most common questions we encounter when the topic of sofa beds raises its head.

Are sofa beds comfortable?

This is the million-dollar question, and the answer is yes, a sofa bed can be comfortable both for sitting and sleeping, if you know where to look. And that's exactly where this buying guide comes in handy, as we've done the hard work of testing sofa beds from all of the major retailers in order to find and recommend the most comfortable options. 

We've encountered a lot of uncomfortable sofa beds during our search – ranging from firm to rock hard – with plenty of options we wouldn't recommend parting with your cash for. In fact, many we would say to avoid altogether and suggest opting for a 'normal' sofa and an alternative way to put up guests, like Eve's Sleep Away Mattress (opens in new tab) that can be rolled up and stashed out of sight when not in use. 

However, the sofa beds that have made the grade are those elusive options that offer the best of both worlds; comfortable seating and a useful overnight bed for visiting guests.

Are sofa beds good for everyday use?

In terms of providing enough comfort to be used as your everyday seating in the living room, there are sofa beds that can deliver on this promise, and we've included the best of the bunch in our top picks above. 

However, in general terms, even the very best sofa beds are always going to be a slightly firmer proposition than a 'normal' sofa because they have to sacrifice some seating comfort to the bed frame (in a pull-out model) or ease of transformation from sofa to bed (in a click-clack design). 

Therefore if you have the space then we'd generally recommend opting for a dedicated sofa for everyday lounging and saving the sofa bed for occasional use. However, if space is at a premium and you need to use the sofa bed as your main seating then you can find a comfortable option, it will just mean spending a little more to invest in an option that isn't too much of a compromise on the comfort front, with most of our recommendations for everyday use coming in over £1500. 

In terms of sleep comfort, the average bed mattress has a 25cm depth whilst the thickest pull-out sofa bed mattress we've come across clocks in at just 12cm deep, and most pull-out sofa bed mattresses average just 6cm deep. 

The difference in depth is because a sofa bed mattress needs to be thin enough to fold away into the sofa frame when it's not in use, and light enough to be hauled out again without breaking the frame (or your back), so we wouldn't recommend using a sofa bed for more than a few night's sleep as it is going to feel less comfortable than a dedicated bed in most cases. 

Click-clack sofa beds have a deeper sleeping surface as the sofa seat and backrest become the sleeping area, but they're still unlikely to offer the same level of support that a dedicated mattress will do.

What's the difference between a pull-out or click-clack sofa bed?

Sofa beds come in two main types; those with a pull-out mattress and concertina bedframe that folds up and is hidden underneath the removable sofa seat cushions, and click-clack models where the sofa seat and backrest themselves fold flat and lock into position (with a click-clack noise) to become the sleeping surface. Each has its pros and cons that are worth considering.

Pull-out sofa beds

PROS
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Look the most like a 'normal' sofa
+ The bedframe lifts the mattress well away from the floor, so they can be more comfortable for less agile overnight guests
+ Tend to have a far wider choice of upholstery options
+ Often have matching furniture available (useful if you want a sofa bed to blend in with a larger suite)
+ Can be easier to add a mattress protector onto as they tend to have 'regular-sized' sleeping areas
+ Often have more bespoke options available, like the choice of mattress or cushion fillings

CONS
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Tend to be more expensive
- The backrest and arms of the sofa generally remain in place, which means when unfolded the bed takes up quite a lot of floor space

A pull-out sofa bed with the bed frame extended

(Image credit: Darlings of Chelsea)

Click-clack sofa beds

PROS
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Often the cheapest options (although the ones that are the most comfortable tend to be on a par price-wise with a pull-out sofa bed)
+ Tend to be the most compact options, so they're useful for small spaces
+ Often have the shortest lead times if you need quick delivery
+ Can be very easy and quick to transform from sofa to bed

CONS
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A lot of the cheaper options can be very firm/hard for sitting and sleeping
- Usually have less upholstery options
- The sleeping surface is generally quite low to the ground
- Your guests will be sleeping on the sofa upholstery unless you add a mattress protector – but it can sometimes be harder to get a protector that fits
- Depending on the design, there can be a bit of a gap between the sofa seat and backrest when folded flat

A click-clack sofa bed shown in sofa and bed form

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How to choose a sofa bed

You've worked out if you need a sofa bed for everyday or occasional use, and you know your pull-out from your click-clack options, but what else should you look out for when shopping for a sofa bed?

Top of the list has to be comfort, both in sofa form, and bed form. Nothing beats going to test out a sofa bed in person to see if it's right for you, but knowing your way around the specifications can help you to narrow down a sofa bed search before you hit the shops.

Sofa bed size

It may sound obvious, but it's important to consider how much space a sofa bed is going to take up, not just when it's in sofa form, but also when it's extended as a bed. Ideally, you want enough room that you can comfortably walk around the sofa bed and access all sides. Find expert tips from Heal's and Habitat in our guide to getting sofa measurements right.

Just like sofas, sofa beds come in a range of sizes, from 2 and 3-seaters to loveseats and even super-compact chair beds if you only need to sleep a single guest at a time. Larger options can be fewer and farther in between, but there are also chaise and corner sofa beds available if you need something more generous.

A corner sofa bed in a brightly coloured living room

(Image credit: Snug)
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Sofa comfort

If you're considering a click-clack model, check to see whether springs are mentioned in the product description. Because the seat and backrest of the sofa form both the seat and the bed – with no loose cushions to add comfort – the main frame of the sofa is all you have in terms of comfort. A foam seat and backrest with added pocket springs will give things a little more bounce than those without.

A pull-out sofa bed has a few more variables to consider.

First, you want to look for a deep sofa base that offers plenty of room for the mattress and bedframe to fold neatly away and leaves room for generous cushions on top. A high-legged sofa bed is likely to scrimp on cushion depth to make room for the bed, so these tend to feel far harder to sit on.

A pull-out sofa bed may also offer a choice of seat and back cushion fill, or it may just be that different models suit your preferences better. There are four main options to consider:

  • Feather seat cushions (when plumped) can offer that deep sink-in feeling that many of us dream of when we picture the perfect sofa. However, that luxuriously soft seat can often be an expensive, short-lived and high-maintenance affair, with the plumped air gradually deflating out of the cushion to leave a rather flattened and hard clump of feathers that needs daily (if not hourly) plumping to look and feel its best. 
  • Foam is far more resilient, bouncing back into shape after it's been sat on and requiring very little maintenance which can make for a smarter look. There are different densities of foam so the feel can vary, but generally this is the firmest option; you're likely to feel like you're sat on top of the sofa rather than sinking into it, as such it can be a good option if you prefer plenty of support, and it's usually the cheapest option.
  • Fibre is the man-made and vegan-friendly alternative to feather. A fibre cushion is made from hollow-fill polyester fibres that are blown into the seat cushions so that pockets of air are formed which makes for a much softer and more sink-in feel than foam and offers a more 'relaxed' look and feel. As you sit and compress these air pockets the seats will mould to your body shape. This means you will need to plump fairly regularly to maintain the aeration though, and cushions can tend to become a little flatter over time.
  • Hybrids offer a keeps-it-shape foam core wrapped with an outer layer of feather or fibre for that sink-in-comfort. In our opinion this option makes for the best all-round choice, offering enough squish-factor whilst still keeping its shape in everyday use.

The construction of the pull-out bed frame will also have an impact on comfort. Some options are constructed from metal frames or wooden slats which may be able to be felt through the seat cushions, others sacrifice a little support at the feet end of the bed frame to swap out the metal base or hard slats for flexible webbing that has more give to it when sat on.

A click-clack sofa bed extended in a living area

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Bed comfort

For a click-clack model the considerations tend to be the same as for sofa comfort, although if it's an option with armrests you may want to double-check where they will be when the sofa bed is folded flat. Some can be either side of the sleeping area, but other options end up with the arms above the head and feet, which can make for more cramped sleeping for taller guests. 

For pull-out sofa beds, sleep comfort tends to come down to the mattress type and its thickness.

Sofa bed mattresses tend to range from 6cm to 12cm deep and come in either a pocket-sprung or memory foam option. The deeper the mattress the heavier it will be to lift out of the sofa bed frame – although we didn't notice that much difference between options – and because the mattress needs the flexibility to concertina into the sofa frame, a pocket-sprung option it is likely to feel a little more 'lumpy' than your standard bed mattress.

For that reason we tended to prefer memory foam options, although not everyone likes the idea of a mattress moulding to their body shape in the night, especially if it's warm.

Adding a mattress topper to any sofa bed will improve comfort levels considerably, and you'll probably want to consider a mattress protector at a minimum to protect your purchase. When purchasing either you will need to consider size though, which leads us to our last point on comfort.

Make sure to double-check the mattress or sleeping area size before you buy any sofa bed. Very few sofa beds are actually as wide or as long as a standard mattress, and many 'doubles' are actually very small for two guests to share comfortably. If you want to avoid arguments and guests with their feet hanging off the edge of their bed, then read the dimensions first to make sure you know what you're getting. In this respect click-clack models can sometimes offer a larger sleeping space than a pull-out option is able to.

For comparison, standard UK mattress sizes are listed below:

  • Single mattress size: W90 x L190cm
  • Small double mattress size: W120 x L190cm
  • Double mattress size: W135 x L190cm
  • King mattress size: W150 x L200cm

A dark green sofa bed in a green living room

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Ease of transformation from sofa to bed

A click-clack sofa bed is perhaps the easiest model to transform from sofa to bed as it generally only requires you to unzip the pocket which hides the legs, fold them out, pull the backrest forwards to release the locking mechanism, and support the backrest as you lay it flat until it clicks into place. However, the larger the width of the sofa bed the more lifting you'll be doing to get the backrest back into sofa position. You may also have to pull the sofa away from the wall first to make room for it to lay flat.

A trundle sofa bed can be easier still, with a smaller section that pulls up and out to form an extended sleeping area. Although it can sometimes be a little more fiddly to get the trundle section back under the base without it coming off its tracks in our experience. 

Pull-out sofa beds can have greater variation in how they transform, although most involve removing all of the seat and back cushions (which will need storing somewhere when the bed is in use) and then pulling the concertina bed frame and mattress out from the sofa depths. Most have mechanics which assist you with the motion to negate the need for brute force, although it can still require a little heavy lifting and some awkward angles. Snapping the metal bed frame legs into position can also require some strength. 

Others, like Darlings of Chelsea's Bromley sofa bed (opens in new tab) and Sofology's Abruzzo sofa bed (opens in new tab), have single movement roll-out actions which can make transformation a much simpler affair.


How we chose the sofa beds included in this guide

To find the best sofa beds for all budgets we’ve walked multiple miles around multiple sofa bed 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 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.