The best sofa beds on the market no longer feel like a compromise on style or comfort.
There are affordable sofa beds that make great additional seating for a bedroom or guest room when they’re not in use by overnight guests, and sofa beds that are so stylish and comfortable you’d be more than happy to use them as your main living room seating.
And with more of us turning spare bedrooms into home offices and work-from-home spaces, a sofa bed is a brilliant multipurpose piece of furniture that gives you the best of both worlds – offering much more versatile functionality than an infrequently used guest bed.
Finding the best sofa bed for your interior will depend on how you plan to use it, how much room you have to play with, and how much seating and sleeping space you need.
You’ll also want to consider how long guests may be staying, as affordable foam mattresses, more comfortable pocket-sprung mattresses, and higher-end memory foam mattresses all offer different levels of comfort – and have price tags to match.
To help guide your search we’ve rounded up the best sofa beds in-store and online now.
Best sofa beds 2021
1. Sofa.com Bluebell Sofa Bed
Best sofa bed that you would never know was a sofa bed
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.
2. John Lewis & Partners Bailey Double Sofa Bed
Best sofa bed for contemporary interiors
A contemporary design at an affordable price-point, the Bailey is one of John Lewis’ 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 sofa-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 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.
3. Made Haru Small Sofa Bed
Best sofa bed for under £500
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 Haru sofa bed 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 the range works particularly well as additional seating (and sleeping) in a guest room, and the brightly-coloured cotton canvas upholstery is ideal for kids bedrooms, providing instant extra bedding for impromptu sleepovers.
Buy now: Haru Small Sofa Bed, £329, Made.com
4. Darlings of Chelsea Weymouth 3 Seater Sofa Bed
Best sofa bed for clean-lined simplicity
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 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 the details thought of, all you’ll need to worry about is whether your guests will ever want to leave…
5. Sofas & Stuff Waverley Sofa Bed
Best sofa bed that’s a little bit different
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 fo 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 hidden fold-out mattress is available in two or three-seater, or useful snuggler sofa bed options; a great way of introducing print into a room and a brilliant multifunctional buy.
6. Made.com Milner Chaise Sofa Bed
Best chaise sofa bed with hidden storage
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 more luxe-look cotton velvet fabrics.
The Milner collection also offers a good-looking two-seater sofa bed option that’s ideal for squezing into smaller spaces.
7. Darlings of Chelsea Venice Corner Sofa Bed
Best corner sofa bed for sleek and sophisticated seating
Contemporary looks and a wealth of seating make the Venice corner sofa a great option for modern family living.
Make the most of the impressive array of Italian leather options for a sleek and contemporary feel – and benefit from leather’s hardwearing durability – or go for luxurious velvet to add rich colour to this minimalist design.
A spacious memory foam mattress will ensure overnight guests are just as impressed by their sleeping arrangements.
What’s the difference between a sofa bed and a chair bed?
As the name probably implies, sofa beds are the larger option, generally offering from a small double to a large kingsize mattress worth of sleeping space. A chair bed is only like to conceal a single mattress.
In choosing between the two it’s important to consider who your guests are likely to be. A couple are of course generally likely to require a double, but a chair bed can provide really useful additional sleeping space for children or families in a dedicated guest bedroom.
A chair bed is also a really versatile option in a children’s or teenager’s bedroom; offering an easy pull-out sleeping space for friends staying the night and impromptu sleepovers.
For our favourite options make sure to read our guide to the best chair beds available.
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