Looking for the best sofa beds available? We’re here to help with our round-up of the most stylish and comfortable sleeper sofas for every budget.
Whether you’re searching for a sofa bed that’s comfortable enough for everyday use in the living room, a compact sleeper sofa to squeeze into the home office, or the most affordable option for conjuring up extra sleeping space in a guest bedroom or children’s playroom; we’ve narrowed down the options to help you find the best of the bunch.
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.
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.
What else to consider when looking for the best sofa bed?
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.
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.
Black Friday sofa bed deals
Of course, we all want to find furniture at the best prices possible, and with Black Friday just around the corner – this year on Friday 26th November 2021 – it can mean some great deals on sofa beds. You’ll find our guide to all the best buys on the Ideal Home Black Friday deals hub, but for the best prices on sofa beds make sure to visit our Black Friday sofa sales page. We’ll be updating that, as well as our Black Friday furniture deals page in the run-up to the event to bring you all the best Black Friday furniture sales as they’re unveiled, so watch this space!
Best sofa beds of 2021
Most affordable sofa bed: a luxe-look click-clack sofa bed at a great price point
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 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.
Haru Small Sofa Bed, £329, MADE
Most comfortable sofa bed: pleasant to sit and sleep on
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.
Oswald sofa bed, £2499 Heal's
Best sofa bed in a box
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, potentiallly 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.
Best classic-style sofa bed: turned wooden feet and traditional rolled arms make this a good option for a period property
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.
Bluebell 3-seater sofa bed, from £1730 Sofa.com
Best daybed: a useful addition to a guest room or home office with handy storage
Sofa dimensions: H83 x W209 x D91cm
Extended dimensions: W209 x L166cm (209 with drawers fully opened)
Mattress dimensions: 2 x W80 x L200cm
Upholstery options: n/a
If you're not looking for a classic sofa bed, and just need extra sleeping space in a guest bedroom, children's playroom or home office, then we love the compact Hemnes daybed from IKEA.
You can style it as a comfortable seating nook during the day - and it makes a pretty generous three-seater seating space - and when guests come to stay just pull out the slatted bed base to create a roomy sleeping area.
You also have the bonus of three generously-sized under seat drawers which offer brilliant storage, with plenty of room to stash guest bedding and more.
Available in white or grey bed frame, and with four options of mattress firmness on offer there are plenty of options to tailor this daybed to your needs, with the base colours a blank canvas for adding your own soft furnishings.
Plus, there's the price. At well under £500 it's hard to beat that value.
Hemnes Daybed with mattresses, from £385, IKEA
Best sofa bed from a mattress specialist: for the discerning overnight guest
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.
We've not tried it yet, but we'll be sure to keep you updated when we do.
Brunel sofa bed, from £2499, Brook +Wilde