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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?
But what if you haven’t got the space for an entire spare room?
Then 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 beds
A click-clack (or clic-clac) 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 Dreams Gallway 3-seater clic-clac sofa bed is an affordable and stylish option.
Pull-out sofa beds
A sofa bed pull-out 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 option.
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 Chesterfield Oxford sofa bed is a premium traditional-style sofa bed that's well worth considering.
Are sofa beds comfortable?
Sofa beds cannot 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. ☁️
One of our favourites is the Panda topper.
The Panda mattress topper is both affordable and high quality.
Made with luxurious memory foam and gel-infused technology, your guests will feel super 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 options 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 Emma Premium pillow is a great choice, since it comes with multiple layers that can be combined to best suit your sleeping position.
Use a mattress protector
A mattress protector doesn’t affect comfort but is essential nonetheless.
If your sofa bed is part of your living space, you’ll want to ensure it is fully protected. ☔
A mattress protector should be used every time your guests stay over.
If your guests are children, then a mattress protector can prevent accidents such as spilled drinks and bedwetting.
A mattress protector also safeguards the sofa bed against 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. 💰
Cheap sofa beds are available online.
Generally, sofa beds cost around an average of £300 - £1500.
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 toppers, and spare sheets). 🛒