In living spaces such as condos and apartments, multifunction furniture like small sofa beds can maximize the limited floor area. Also, homeowners occasionally prefer a convertible sofa for their spare rooms so they can use them both as an office or craft area and a guest room.
Sofa beds feature flexibility as well as providing the comfort of a regular bed. It is an easy fix for tiny space issues while bringing function and style. In this article, we prepared a buying guide and a top 10 list of recommendations on small sofa beds that you can purchase online.
Sofa beds come in different models. The basic feature to look for is the open-and-close mechanism that you will use in transforming it into a full-sized bed. Let us guide you on what to consider before buying a small sofa bed.
A sofa bed’s operating mechanism should allow you to convert the sofa into a bed and vice versa smoothly and with minimal effort.
You should make sure that this contraption will lock the sofa and the bed frame securely to ensure safety while sitting and sleeping. Pick among these 3 types of sofa beds based on its operating mechanism.
First is a sofa bed with a reclining backrest. This is the most budget-friendly variant and is also the most user-friendly. You only need to adjust the sofa’s backrest like the clicks of a clock. In some brands, you’ll get 2 angles for the backrest and a fully flat position for the bed.
There are two subcategories of a pullout couch. One is where you’ll get a separate mattress that is tucked underneath the foam of the sofa. Just remove the seat cushions and use the handle of the folded-up bed to pull its frame towards you.
Meanwhile, the other type of a pullout couch is a sofa bed where you’ll be using the same cushions of the sofa. To create the shape of a full bed, you just need to flatten the backrest and then pull out the bottom portion of the sofa. This allows you to lift up the extra cushion that is hidden below the seat cushion.
A tri-fold sofa bed is the most space-saving variant. It features a foam mattress with three folds – the first fold serves as the backrest, the second fold as the base, and the third fold as the sofa cushion. To convert it to a bed, unfold the foam and have all the 3 folds lay flat on the floor. Simply fold it back to change it into a sofa.
A small sofa bed should have a width that ranges from 100 to 200 cm. This will allow you to place it inside a studio-type apartment and other small-space rooms.
Before making your purchase, measure the available space, and see if the sofa bed fits your room when it is fully opened as a bed. Also, check whether it transforms into a single or a double-sized bed.
Estimate your entryways as well to make sure that you can get the sofa bed into the hallways, stairs, and around the corners of your room.
There are three items to consider when it comes to a sofa bed’s material – the legs or frame, the fabric, and the foam. First, check whether the legs and frame are stable or not. Pick a sturdy material like steel and hardwood to ensure that it can take the wear-and-tear of converting your sofa into its bed position.
Second, look into the type of fabric used in the upholstery. Smooth cotton fabric is the most recommendable for households with children and pets – this type of fabric is comfortable and also easy to clean. Polyester, microfiber blends, and corduroys are also good options because these are durable.
Third, select a sofa bed with a foam filling because it is firmer, provides maximum support, and is more comfortable. A foam filling will also retain the sofa bed’s shape and is easy to maintain. Make sure that the foam is thick enough to support your back once converted into a bed mattress.
Go for a lighter shade or color because it is more fade resistant and will make a small space feel bigger. You can also easily spot dust, dirt, or pet hairs, which is ideal if you have sensitive skin or allergies. This type of sofa bed is high maintenance; thus it is more recommended to homeowners who have time to clean it more frequently.
If you prefer a darker shade, go for a gray or taupe sofa bed. These are the perfect middle ground and will blend nicely with most color palettes. These are also dark enough to hide permanent stains. Patterned sofa beds, meanwhile, are also good at concealing unwanted spills.
Since sofa beds with legs or feet are lifted off the floor, they give a room an airy feel. It’s an effective way of making a small space look more open because the sofa bed appears more lightweight.
Also, consider a sofa bed with low and narrow arms. This way, your sofa bed is less restricting and doesn’t feel boxy. It also allows more space for sitting and comfortable sleeping positions. Some sofa beds don’t have arms at all, which means that your view of the rest of the room will not be blocked when you’re lying down.
Now that you’re more familiar with the features of a sofa bed, here are 10 excellent options that are available online. These sofa beds have widths that range from 140 to 200 cm so you can choose which model will fit perfectly in your small space.
|Sofa Dimensions||180W x 91D x 68H cm|
|Bed Dimensions||180W x 212.8D x 84.6H cm|
|Materials||Gemalina frame, plastic legs, upholstery (available in Windsor fabric & Leatherette)|
|Color||Available in Blue, Wine, Sharkskin, Chocolate and Gray|
|Sofa Dimensions||167W x 76D x 76H cm|
|Bed Dimensions||167W x 93D x 39H cm|
|Materials||Solid wood & plywood frame, plastic legs, upholstered foam|
|Color||Available in Black and Gray|
|Sofa Dimensions||190W x 86D x 81H cm|
|Bed Dimensions||190W x 117D cm|
|Type||Tri-fold sofa bed|
|Sofa Dimensions||18-inch height|
|Bed Dimensions||36-inch width x 6-inch thick mattress|
|Materials||Uratex foam and polyester fabric|
|Color||Available in Red, Blue and Brown|
|Sofa Dimensions||186W x 80D x 80H cm|
|Bed Dimensions||186W x 105D x 37H cm|
|Materials||Wood frame and polyester fabric|
|Sofa Dimensions||132W x 92D x 79H cm|
|Bed Dimensions||Not indicated|
|Materials||100% solid wood frame and high-quality fabric|
|Sofa Dimensions||158.5W x 103D x 70H cm|
|Bed Dimensions||158.5W x 198.2D x 69.8H cm|
|Materials||Steel frame, Unihard foam on seat/mattress and Syntex foam on headrest|
|Color||Available in White, Tint, Sharkskin, Chocolate and Coal|
|Sofa Dimensions||140W x 89D x 86H cm|
|Bed Dimensions||116W x 180D x 44H cm|
|Materials||Heavy-duty fabric upholstery|
|Color||Available in Brown, Blue and Gray|
|Type||Tri-fold sofa bed|
|Sofa Dimensions||122W x 86D x 90H cm|
|Bed Dimensions||122W x 182D x 43H cm|
|Materials||Steel legs and upholstered mattress|
|Type||Tri-fold sofa bed|
|Sofa Dimensions||3.5 x 27 x 51 inches|
|Bed Dimensions||Not indicated|
|Materials||Medium density hyper foam and standard poly cotton cover|
|Color||Available in White and Blue|
Stacey Sofa Bed
Pierre 2.5-Seater Sofa Bed
Sundsvall Linking Sofa Bed
Neo Sofa Bed - Franco
Baige Animal Printed Sofa Bed
Freemon Sofa Bed
Montreal Sofa Bed
2-Seater Retractable Sofa Bed
Tri-Fold Sofa Bed
Kiddie Sit and Sleep Sofa Bed
Looks and Feels Like a Real Bed
Budget-Friendly Sofa Bed with an Adjustable Backrest
A Pair of Little Gray Sofa Beds
Long-Lasting Sofa Bed from a Trusted Brand
Perfect for the Kids’ Playroom
A Tri-fold Sofa Bed Within a Couch
Best for a Studio Unit
Classic Sofa Bed for a Home Office
Ideal for a Narrow Space
Kiddie Size Sofa Bed for the Little Ones
|Type||Pullout couch||Reclining backrest||Reclining backrest||Tri-fold sofa bed||Reclining backrest||Pullout couch||Pullout couch||Pullout couch||Tri-fold sofa bed||Tri-fold sofa bed|
|Sofa Dimensions||180W x 91D x 68H cm||167W x 76D x 76H cm||190W x 86D x 81H cm||18-inch height||186W x 80D x 80H cm||132W x 92D x 79H cm||158.5W x 103D x 70H cm||140W x 89D x 86H cm||122W x 86D x 90H cm||3.5 x 27 x 51 inches|
|Bed Dimensions||180W x 212.8D x 84.6H cm||167W x 93D x 39H cm||190W x 117D cm||36-inch width x 6-inch thick mattress||186W x 105D x 37H cm||Not indicated||158.5W x 198.2D x 69.8H cm||116W x 180D x 44H cm||122W x 182D x 43H cm||Not indicated|
|Materials||Gemalina frame, plastic legs, upholstery (available in Windsor fabric & Leatherette)||Solid wood & plywood frame, plastic legs, upholstered foam||Not indicated||Uratex foam and polyester fabric||Wood frame and polyester fabric||100% solid wood frame and high-quality fabric||Steel frame, Unihard foam on seat/mattress and Syntex foam on headrest||Heavy-duty fabric upholstery||Steel legs and upholstered mattress||Medium density hyper foam and standard poly cotton cover|
|Color||Available in Blue, Wine, Sharkskin, Chocolate and Gray||Available in Black and Gray||Light Gray||Available in Red, Blue and Brown||Gray||Gray||Available in White, Tint, Sharkskin, Chocolate and Coal||Available in Brown, Blue and Gray||Cream||Available in White and Blue|
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Sofa beds are the perfect example of multifunction furniture for a small space. You can use it as the main sleeping area in a condo unit or as an ideal addition to your home office - whether for a cozy retreat during nap time or a relaxing bed for guests.
Consider the open-and-close mechanism that suits your preference so you can enjoy the sofa bed without any struggle. More often than not, a sofa bed can be as stylish as any armchair and as comfortable as a regular bed by carefully selecting the right fabric and design.
Author: Ayeza E. Mangulabnan
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