What is a sofa bed?
A sofa bed does exactly what it says on the tin. 🥫
It turns an everyday sofa into a bed for sleeping.
Typically, a sleeper sofa has an integrated fold-out mattress or sofa base.
This can be converted into a wider sleeping surface by being unfolded or pulled out from under the sofa. 🤗
Do I need a sofa bed?
Do you need some extra sleeping space for yourself or your overnight guests?
However, perhaps you haven’t got the area for an entire spare room available.
In which case, a sofa bed could be for you!
We also think they're a great choice for:
- Those who have regular guests
- Children/teenagers who have sleepovers
- People who work unsociable hours and don’t want to wake their partner
- Those renovating who need a spare area to stay
- Those hosting Christmas and other holidays
- People with partners who snore
- Those with elderly/sick relatives
We can’t always prepare for unexpected events that require additional sleeping space.
So, even if you don’t meet these criteria, a sofa bed could be a good idea. 💡
Click-clack vs pull-out sofa bed
Generally, there are two different configurations for sofa beds:
A click-clack sofa bed and a pull-out sofa bed.
So, what’s the difference? 🧐
Click-clack sofa bed
A click-clack sofa bed is named after the sound it makes when being put together. 👏
Click-clack mechanisms snap into place when being opened and closed.
Usually, the backrest folds down, and the seat cushions act as the sleeping surface instead of having an integrated mattress.
Therefore, click-clack sofa beds tend to have a firmer feel, similar to a sofa cushion.
However, they’re often cheaper than pull-out sofa beds.
The Farrow sofa bed backrest clicks back for a quick and easy set-up.
Pull-out sofa bed
A pull-out sofa bed is your more traditional-style sofa bed. 🛏️
This type comes with an integrated mattress, usually underneath the sofa’s base.
They tend to have a softer, springier feel similar to a mattress, making them a more comfortable sofa bed.
However, this type of mattress is generally much thinner than a standard mattress.
They can also be much more expensive than some click-clack sofa bed options. 💰
The Jay-Be Retro 3-seater sofa bed comes with a bespoke deep sprung core mattress integrated underneath.
Are sofa beds comfortable?
As previously stated, sofa beds will not replace the feeling of a real bed.
But that doesn’t mean they can’t be improved to be more comfortable!
So, how can you make your sofa bed more comfortable? 👇
Use a mattress topper
If your sofa bed feels too firm, we recommend using a mattress topper.
A mattress topper adds an extra layer of comfort to your sleeping surface. ☁️
The Panda mattress topper is both affordable and high quality.
Made with luxurious memory foam and gel-infused technology, your guests will feel cool and comfortable on this mattress topper.
Invest in a coverless duvet
A coverless duvet is also a great addition to your guest’s bedding. 🙌
This helps save cupboard space as a coverless duvet doesn’t need a duvet cover.
Therefore, you can prepare your guests bed without the hassle of changing the duvet.
Once your guests leave, the coverless duvet can be popped into the washing machine! 🧼
Not only that, coverless duvets are super comfortable! 🥰
The Night Owl coverless duvet is one of the most popular available.
This tumble-dry friendly coverless duvet is made from sustainable materials. 🧺
Upgrade your pillows
Maybe you can’t change your sofa bed, but you can upgrade your pillows.
It’s crazy how much of a difference a good pillow can make to your sleep. 🤯
Everybody has different sleeping positions, so choosing a pillow that can be adjusted is essential.
The Nectar Adjustable pillow is a great choice.
It comes with three CERTIPUR memory foam layers that can be removed depending on how deep your guest prefers their pillow.
Use a mattress protector
A mattress protector doesn’t affect comfort but is nonetheless essential.
If your sofa bed is part of your living space, you’ll want to make sure it is fully protected. ☔
A mattress protector should be used every time your guests stay.
Particularly if they are children who may suffer from bedwetting.
A mattress protector safeguards the sofa bed against unwanted accidents and moisture, and bacteria build up over time. 🦠
Check out our favourite mattress protectors:
Sofa bed prices
So, the big question is - how much do sofa beds cost?
This depends on how much you’re willing to spend. 💰
Sofa beds can be as cheap as £80 and as expensive as £3000.
Generally, sofa beds cost around an average of £300 - 700.
We advise investing in a high-quality sofa bed if it will be used regularly.
When deciding your budget, you should also consider any extras (such as mattress protectors, mattress topper, and spare sheets). 🛒