Looking for the best sofa beds available? We’re here to help with our round-up of the most stylish and comfortable sleeper sofas.
Whether you’re searching for a spacious corner sofa bed that is 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 is the most comfortable sofa bed?
Before choosing the best sofa bed for you, it’s worth considering the two main types:
A foam fold-out – where the sofa itself unfolds to become the sleeping surface – is usually the most affordable sofa bed option and generally takes up the least space. However, these designs can be very low to the ground and quite firm to sleep on. So although they’ll be fine for sprightly guests who are just staying for a night or two, they may not be the best option for elderly relatives or longer visits.
A pull-out sofa bed generally features a raised bed base that pulls out from under the sofa cushions, leaving the back and arms of the sofa in place. This means the sleeping surface is higher from the ground – more like a traditional bed – but does mean the sofa bed is likely to take up more room. The mattress frame of a pull-out sleeper sofa can be a simple metal mesh or a sprung or wooden-slatted base for more comfort. It’s also important to be aware that there can be a big difference in mattress types and thicknesses between pull-out beds.
How to choose from the best sofa beds
So, what to consider when searching for the most comfortable option?
It may sound obvious, but it’s important to consider how much seating room 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, but if it 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 on our list is probably a decision you’re not going to regret.
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 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.
If a sofa bed is going to get everyday use as your main seating, then, of course, it’s important it’s comfortable to sit on. As a rule, most sofa beds are going to feel a little firmer to sit on than the best sofas you can buy due to their hidden mechanisms. But, there are ways to increase comfort. The cheapest sofa beds are generally made of solid foam which is likely to provide the firmest sitting experience. If budget allows, then look for options that offer a sprung or webbed seating base, plus feather-wrapped cushions for extra comfort.
As with the sitting experience, a foam fold-out is likely to provide the firmest sleeping surface. A pull-out sofa bed can come with a range of different mattress types, including more affordable foam, and more comfortable – although generally higher priced – pocket-sprung or memory foam mattresses. It’s also well worth checking the mattress depth; a 6cm mattress is likely to be less comfortable than a deeper 10cm mattress.
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If you're looking for a sofa bed that can be used as your main sofa in a living room or lounge, then you need one that doesn't feel like a compromise, and the Bluebell sofa bed from Sofa.com is just that find.
Inspired by the brand's bestselling sofa design, the Bluebell features timeless classic-yet-contemporary styling, with turned oak legs, period-detail bronze castors and low-slung arms.
A comfortable sitting experience comes courtesy of feather-wrapped foam cushions - giving all the luxury of feather-filling, but with foam's bounce-back resilience that eliminates plumping - and a high sofa back that's the ideal height for leaning back on. All making the hidden unfolding mattress a genuine surprise.
Available upholstered in a choice of cotton, linen, boucle, tweed, velvet, leather and more, and with three sizes of sofa bed frame available - from cosy loveseat to spacious three-seater - this sofa bed offers brilliant versatility.
Bluebell Sofa Bed, from £1,261 Sofa.com
A contemporary design at an affordable price-point, the Bailey is one of John Lewis's most popular sofa ranges, so we're delighted there is now a sofa bed option for those of us needing some extra sleeping space.
The Bailey sofa bed aims to combine the best of sitting and sleeping, with seats supported by flexible webbing - like most non-sofa-bed sofas - for a comfortable sitting experience, and the pocket-sprung mattress supported by beech slats - much like many 'proper' beds - to ensure a good night's sleep.
But best of all is the whopping 196 fabric options that the Bailey sofa bed is available in, making it one of the best sofa beds for ensuring you can find a good colour match to existing decor, or just for finding a fabric and colour combination you really love.
Bailey Double Sofa Bed, from £1499, John Lewis & Partners
You're not going to fool anyone into believing this is a traditional sofa, but we love the Haru sofa bed's unapologetic 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 range comes in a single chair bed, the small 'double' sofa bed which might be a tight squeeze for two, and the more spacious large sofa bed. All options are well under £500 and perfect for rooms where space is at a premium. Guests may not be raving about their good night's rest if they're sleeping for an extended time period on this range, but as a useful occasional overnight option, the price is hard to beat.
We think this range works particularly well as additional seating and sleeping in a guest room, and the colourful, hardwearing cotton upholstery is ideal for kids bedrooms; providing instant extra bedding for impromptu sleepovers.
Haru Small Sofa Bed, £329, Made.com
The elegant styling of the Weymouth sofa bed is the perfect complement to a period property; sloping armrests and simple piped detailing makes for a classic yet contemporary sofa bed that will work well with a variety of decor styles.
The simplicity of the design belies a wealth of bespoke options available to help you craft your perfect piece of furniture. As well as upholstery and wood options, Darlings of Chelsea also offer contrasting piping, a choice of pocket-sprung or memory foam mattress, arm caps to protect your upholstery and the option of removable sofa arms for improved sleeping space.
With all of the details well thought through on your behalf, all you'll need to worry about is whether your guests will ever want to leave...
Weymouth 3 Seater Sofa Bed, from £2361, Darlings of Chelsea
If you have the space, then for spacious seating - and sleeping - a corner sofa bed is the way to go.
We love the laidback feel of Sofa.com's Isaac sofa bed range - especially in a washed linen upholstery - and this corner sofa option offers plenty of room for relaxation.
The loose covers are completely removable making them easy to wash or replace if necessary - perfect for family-friendly seating - whilst the feather-wrapped foam cushions make for comfortable lounging.
Isaac corner sofa bed, from £2190, Sofa.com
If it's not going to be used in your main living space - or even if it is and you're feeling bold - a sofa bed is one of those pieces of furniture where you can be a little braver in your fabric choices.
From ticking stripes to elegant William Morris style florals and painterly patterns, we love Sofas & Stuff's signature fabric collections for wow-factor furnishings, and we think the Waverley sofa bed is the perfect blank canvas to get a little creative.
This classic scroll arm sofa, with a hidden fold-out mattress, is available in a two or three-seater design or a useful smaller snuggler sofa bed option; a great way of introducing print into a room and a brilliant multifunctional buy.
Waverley Sofa Bed, from £3006, Sofas & Stuff
For spacious family seating at a good price, MADE's Milner chaise sofa bed is a great option. It unfolds into a compact double bed mattress, with hidden storage in the chaise compartment offering the perfect out-of-sight hideaway for a guest duvet and pillows.
A more basic range of upholstery options are reflected in the price, but the nine choices available include a good selection of versatile colourways, including a useful grey polyester weave and some luxe-look cotton velvet fabrics.
If the chaise option isn't for you, the Milner collection also offers a good-looking two-seater sofa bed option that's ideal for squeezing into smaller spaces.
Milner Chaise Sofa Bed, from £1199, MADE
Most sofa beds are created by sofa manufacturers, so it's interesting to see a sofa bed crafted by experts in sleeping instead.
The Brunel sofa bed - the new launch from mattress aficionados Brook +Wilde - is just such a thing.
Available in six different colourways, 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.
Brunel sofa bed, from £2499, Brook +Wilde
If you're looking for a leather chaise sofa bed then this contemporary design from DFS is well worth considering.
We like the pale grey leather, but there are four other colour options available, and all come with adjustable headrests for the ultimate in comfortable lounging.
There is also a deep pocket-sprung mattress that makes for comfortable sleeping.
Velocity leather chaise sofa bed, from £2399, DFS
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 when guests come to stay just pull out the slatted bed base to create a roomy sleeping area.
The three generous drawers also offer brilliant storage, with plenty of room to stash guest bedding and more.
Hemnes Daybed with mattresses, from £385, IKEA