Best Sofa Bed

Best Sofa Beds UK (2022)

Written by Holly

Last updated: 19.07.2022

13 Min.

It’s not easy creating extra sleeping space in your home. 🏠

Whether for the occasional overnight guest or frequent use...

A sofa bed can turn your living area into a makeshift bedroom without cramping your decor.

But what is the best sofa bed available in the UK right now?

Let’s dive in! 👇

man sitting on sofa bed

Advantages

  • Saves space whilst creating more sleeping room

  • Great option for occasional guests

  • Come in a range of sizes and designs

  • Most come with easy to set up configurations (click-clack or pull-out)

  • Many come with low assembly cost

  • Discreet - look just like a regular sofa

  • Products can be budget-friendly and high-end

  • Most come with guarantees between 1-5 years

Disadvantages

  • Can be expensive

  • Not as comfortable as a real mattress

  • Delivery can be up to 10 weeks

What makes a sofa bed special?

⛺ Accommodate guests without compromising on space

🛠️ Quick and easy set-up

✨Variety of designs and styles to match your decor

Our top sofa bed recommendations

Dreams Limerick 3-Seat Sofa Bed

The Limerick 3-Seat Sofa Bed integrates style and functionality with practical storage solutions.

The Limerick 3-Seat sofa bed looks just like an ordinary sofa - and it's just as comfy too! 

For those looking for a 3-seater grey corner sofa bed with storage, the Dreams Limerick sofa bed is a fantastic choice. 

dreams limerick sofa bed

Made with pocket sprung fillings, this sofa bed emulates the feeling of an actual mattress.

This corner sofa bed comes with hidden storage - perfect for storing your guest's bedding. 

The Limerick sofa bed includes free delivery and just a small fee for assembly.

You can also add the matching ottoman footstool and accent chair to complete the living room. 

BUY LIMERICK SOFA BED£ 999

Product: Limerick 3-Seater Corner Sofa Bed
Material: Soft-touch woven fabric, pocket sprung base
Colours: Natural, misty, or smoke
Storage: Yes
Dimensions:

Closed - W 211 cm x  L 154 cm (83 x 60.6 inches)

Open -W 211cm x L 154cm (83 x 60.6 inches)

Delivery & assembly: Free delivery/self-assembly or a small charge
Guarantee: 1 year 
What makes this sofa bed special?  The cosy modern design makes this sofa bed look like an ordinary sofa. 

Dreams Haze 2-Seater Sofa Bed

The Haze 2-seater sofa bed can put your guests up for the night with an easy click-clack and pop-up mechanism.

This space-saving sofa bed can sit and sleep up to two people! 

The Haze 2-seater sofa bed is stylish, simple, and practical

haze 2-seater sofa bed

The combination of the click-clack and pop-up mechanism can set your sofa bed up within minutes. 🤩

The pocket sprung seat base gives the sleeping area a firm yet supportive feel. 

The 2-seater sofa bed pulls out into a double bed size, ideal for sleeping up to two people.

You can even purchase a matching chair and footstool to complete the look of the room. 

BUY HAZE SOFA BED£ 799

  Haze 2-seater sofa bed
Composition: Woven fabric, pocket sprung base
Colours: Grey or natural
Storage: No
Dimensions:

Closed - W 163 cm x  L 89 cm (64 x 35 inches)

Open - W 163 cm x L 185 cm (64 x 72 inches)

Delivery & assembly: Free delivery/self-assembly or maximum £35 charge
Guarantee: 1 year 
What makes this sofa bed special?  The click-clack and pop-up mechanisms are easy to use.
5-Year Guarantee

Jay-Be Retro 3 Seater Sofa bed

The Jay-Be Retro 3-seater sofa bed combines a timeless design with a comfortable sleeping space.

This pull-out sofa bed includes a bespoke deep sprung core mattress with a comfortable wool layer. 

The Jay-Be Retro 3 Seater sofa bed offers luxurious comfort in this traditional design. 

jaybe retro 3 seater sofa bed

We think this 3-seater sofa bed will look great in any modern or traditional living space. 

The bespoke Deep Sprung Core mattress includes spring layers, high-density e-Fibre, and a top wool layer. 

This sofa bed is great for those who have families staying over.

When opened, it measures around the same size as a super king bed.

This pull-out mattress comes with a fantastic 5-year guarantee!  

BUY JAY-BE RETRO SOFA BED£ 1,889

  Jay-Be Retro 3 seater sofa bed
Composition: Premium woven fabric, deep sprung core mattress
Colours: Autumn, dove, mink, raven, or sonata. 
Storage: No
Dimensions:

Closed - W 196 cm x  L 100 cm (77.1 x 39.3 inches)

Open - W 196 cm x L 214 cm (77.1 x 84.2 inches)

Delivery & assembly: Free delivery/Self-assembly 
Guarantee: 5 years
What makes this sofa bed special?  The click-clack and pop-up mechanisms are easy to use.

Dreams Cork A-Frame Sofa Bed

The contemporary Cork A-Frame sofa bed is available in a single, small double and double size.

 This chair bed is made with high-quality materials for optimal comfort and support. 

 

The Cork-A-Frame sofa bed is one of our favourites

Cork-A-Frame sofa bed

We love the contemporary design, which will look great in any modern living space

This sofa bed is available in 4 different colours including cream, grey, silver, and even plum

The Cork-A-Frame sofa bed by Dreams is easy to open with a clever A-frame mechanism, which will set your chair bed up in minutes. 

The chair bed is available as a single, small double, or double, and can sleep up to two people.

BUY CORK A-FRAME SOFA BED£ 599

  Cork A-Frame Sofa Bed
Composition: Responsive foam, woven fabric material, sprung slatted base
Colours: Cream, grey, plum, or silver
Dimensions:

Closed (single): W 59 cm x L 84 cm (23 x 33 inches)

Open (single): W 192 cm x L 84 cm (75.5 x 33 inches)

Delivery & assembly: Free delivery/assembly available at additional cost
Guarantee: 1 year 
What makes this sofa bed special?  We love that this chair bed comes in multiple size options 

What is a sofa bed?

A sofa bed does exactly what it says on the tin. 🥫

woman sitting on sofa bed
A sofa bed is a sofa that converts into a bed.

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. 💡

Types of sofa beds

Sofa beds come in all shapes and sizes, depending on what you need.

Check out our sofa bed buying guide below:

Corner sofa bed

Large sofa bed, suitable for big families who need a more sitting/sleeping space

Ideal for living rooms

BUY LIMERICK SOFA BED£ 999
Two-seater sofa bed

Great for couples who live in flat/small house

Ideal for home offices/guest bedrooms

BUY HAZE SOFA BED£ 799
Three seater sofa bed

Ideal for small families who need a moderate amount of sitting space

Suitable for living rooms, conservatories or other lounge areas

BUY JAY-BE RETRO SOFA BED£ 1,889
Sofa bed futon

Great for those who need to sleep up to two, with a quick, fuss-free set-up

Suitable for any room

BUY AURORA SOFA BED£ 154
Chair bed

Great for those who need to sleep one person and have limited space

Great for any room

BUY JAY-BE SOFA BED£ 354

Our article on the best chair beds can help those looking for a smaller type of sofa bed.

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.

click clack sofa bed
A click clack sofa bed is easy to set up.

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.

BUY FARROW CHAIR BED£ 319

farrow sofa bed

farrow sofa bed open

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.

pull out sofa bed
A pull out sofa bed includes a mattress.

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.

How to choose a sofa bed

There are many features of sofa beds available depending on what you need.

This can make choosing a sofa bed even more difficult. 🤔

Price, comfort, and size can be some of the biggest dealbreakers.

We’ve narrowed down our favourite sofa beds for budget, everyday use, and space-saving below.

What is the best budget sofa bed?

If you’re on a tight budget, you’ll want to look at the cheapest sofa beds available. 🏷️

It’s essential to choose a sofa bed that is good value for money rather than choosing the cheapest sofa bed you find.

Man sitting on coins
When shopping for a sofa bed, find a balance between price and quality.

Don’t compromise on quality - there are still budget sofa beds that can be good quality and cheap! 🙌

If the sofa bed is only for occasional use, you can probably afford to go for a more budget-friendly option.

Futon style and click-clack sofa beds tend to be cheaper than the traditional pull-out sofa bed.

The Aurora sofa bed is good quality and at a great price.

BUY AURORA SOFA BED£ 154

aurora sofa bed

aurora sofa bed

What is the best sofa bed for everyday use?

So, can you sleep on a sofa bed every night? 🤔

Generally, we wouldn’t recommend sleeping on a sofa bed too often.

Although some sofa beds can be more comfortable than others, they will never give you the same support as a real mattress. 🙁

Two men with back and neck pain graphic
A sofa bed doesn’t provide the best spinal support.

After sleeping on a sofa bed for some time, you’ll likely wake up with aches and pains.

Pull-out sofa beds are the most suitable for frequent use, as they usually come with a real mattress.

A pocket sprung mattress will give you more support than a coil-sprung sofa bed mattress.

If you’re thinking about replacing the sofa bed mattress, you’ll want to ensure it’s suitable for your sofa bed. ✔️

What is the best sofa bed for small spaces?

Perhaps you need some extra sleeping space, but you don’t have a lot of room.

Luckily, there are many sofa beds available that accommodate small spaces. 😍

sofa bed in apartment
A smaller size sofa bed can be a perfect item for a cramped home.

Chair beds and compact two-seater sofa beds ensure that you don’t compromise your space.

If space is tight but you need a sofa bed larger than a single size, consider a small double sofa bed.

These are smaller than a double bed, but larger than a single, measuring around 120 cm x 190 cm. 📏

The Cork A-Frame sofa bed by Dreams is available in a small double size.

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.

people relaxing on mattress topper
A mattress topper can increase the comfort of your sofa bed or mattress.

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.

10% OFF PANDA TOPPER£ 89.96

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! 🧼

woman putting coverless duvet in washing machine
Coverless duvets are machine-washable.

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. 🧺

BUY NIGHT OWL DUVET£ 40

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. 🤯

Memory foam pillows
A better quality pillow can provide a more comfortable 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.

We recommend three layers for side sleepers, two for back sleepers, and one for stomach sleepers. 🤗

50% OFF WHOLE NIGHT'S SLEEP PILLOW£ 51.48

Nectar adjustable pillow

Nectar adjustable pillow layers

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. ☔

Mattress protector benefits
A mattress protector can increase the lifespan of your sofa bed.

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 sizes

Sofa beds come in all shapes and sizes.

What size you need depends on your living space and how much sleeping room you need. 🤔

You can find sofa beds in the following mattress sizes:

  • Sofa bed single - 90 x 190 cm (3' x 6'3")
  • Sofa bed small double - 120 x 190 cm (4' x 6'3")
  • Sofa bed double - 135 x 190 cm (4'6" x 6'3")
  • Sofa bed king size - 150 x 200 cm (5’ x 6’6”)
  • Sofa bed super king size - 180 x 200 cm (6’ x 6’6”)

The most popular sizes are single sofa beds and double sofa beds.

UK mattress sizes

Sofa bed sizes are also sometimes determined by their seats.

You can find sofa beds in the following sofa sizes:

  • Sofa bed one-seater
  • Sofa bed two-seater
  • Sofa bed three-seater
  • Sofa bed corner/ sofa bed L shape

The size of the sofa bed is dependent on the thickness of the armrests, the sofa’s overall shape, and whether or not it includes a corner piece.

Sofa bed prices

So, the big question is - how much do sofa beds cost?

This depends on how much you’re willing to spend. 💰

Price-performance ratio graphic
Find a balance between price and quality.

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). 🛒

Sofa bed discount codes

Luckily, some of the best sofa beds offer regular sales, discounts and finance options. 💳

BUY LIMERICK SOFA BED£ 999

Piggybank
Shop around to find the best sofa bed discounts.

The best time to get a great sofa bed deal is Black Friday, Boxing Day and Easter. 🐰

You can find the best deals on our discounts page.

Sofa bed alternatives

Not sure if a sofa bed is right for you?

Not to worry! 😅

There are other ways to create extra snoozing space for a good night's sleep.

Consider trundle bed frames, footstool beds, and floor mattress options!

Should I buy a sofa bed?

A sofa bed can take away the stress of accommodating guests this holiday season. 🎅

But a sofa bed may not be for everyone.

Consider your budget, space, and whether or not a sofa bed is a necessity for your home.

Consider investing in a guest room instead if you have the extra space for even more comfortable accomodation. ✔️

Take a look at our favourite memory foam mattresses ideal for any guest bedroom:

Frequently asked questions:

  • What materials are sofa beds made from?


    Sofa beds can come in a range of different upholstery similar to a traditional sofa. 

    You'll want to ensure this piece of furniture matches the rest of your decor.  

    Sofa bed materials include: 

    • Velvet upholstery sofa bed
    • Leather sofa bed
    • Woven Fabric sofa bed
  • What is the best sofa bed for everyday use?


    We don't recommend using a sofa bed every day.

    A sofa bed cannot provide the same support as a standard mattress

    Whilst a sofa bed may initially feel comfortable, you'll likely experience some discomfort in your sleep over time. 

    If you need to use the sofa bed frequently, we recommend investing in a high-quality sofa bed.

    You should also consider sofa beds with a pocket-sprung mattress or base. 

  • Who makes the best sofa beds?


    There are a variety of different sofa bed brands available. 

    Some of our favourites include:

    • Dreams sofa beds
    • Jay-Be sofa beds 
    • Snug sofa beds (sofa-beds-in-a-box) 
    • Made sofa beds (Including Made Haru sofa bed)
  • Where can I buy a sofa bed?


    You can buy a sofa bed from furniture and bedroom retailers online and in-store

    This includes:

    • Sofa bed Amazon
    • Sofa bed DFS
    • Sofa bed Argos
    • Sofa bed John Lewis
    • Sofa bed Made
    • Sofa beds Happybeds
    • Sofa bed Dunelm
    • Sofa bed The Range
    • Sofa bed Habitat
    • Sofa bed IKEA
    • Sofa bed Dreams
    • Sofa bed Loaf
    • Sofa bed Wayfair
    • Sofa bed Snug

    Many physical stores can take up to ten weeks to deliver your new sofa bed.

    Luckily, online retailers such as Nectar and Amazon can take as little as three days! 🚚💨

Holly

After years of working in a leading UK bed store, I'm passionate about helping others find their perfect mattress. I love to write about sleep almost as much as I love to nap!

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