Emma Sofa Bed

Emma Sofa Bed Review UK (2024)

Last updated: 23.04.2024 Reading time: 9 Min.

Finding the perfect sofa bed is no easy task.

It needs to be comfortable and functional as both a sofa and a bed with an easy-to-use folding mechanism.

It's a lot to ask of one product, and many sofa beds don't make the cut.

So, we decided to see whether the Emma mattress sofa bed meets our standards of comfort, durability, and ergonomics.

In this Emma sofa bed review, we look at the ins and outs of the product, including the fabric, structure, opening mechanism, and much more.

Let's get to it!

Top features of the Emma Sofa Bed

200-day trial period
200-Day Trial Period
Customisable Comfort
Machine-Washable Cover
Free delivery & returns
Free Delivery & Returns


  • Durable polyester fabric with stain- and water-repellent coating.
  • Quick and easy to convert from sofa to bed.
  • Thick mattress with soft and firm sides.
  • Good sofa bed for permanent sleeping.
  • Transforms into two singles, a trundle, or a queen-sized bed.
  • Free delivery and returns.
  • 200-day trial period.


  • Only available in the three-seater sofa size.
  • Limited colour choice: dark grey and beige.
  • The mattress doesn't match UK bedding sizes.
  • Only a 2-year guarantee.

Emma sofa bed UK composition and design

The Emma sofa bed has an impressive composition of high-quality materials that will withstand the test of time.

The main features include:

  • Durable upholstery cover with stain- and water-repellent coating.
  • Thick polyurethane foam mattress with great breathability and comfort.
  • Quick and easy-to-open folding mechanism.
  • High-quality metal and particle board base with fourteen flexible birch slats.

It comes in one size, the three-seater, and two colourways, beige and dark grey.

beige emma sofa bed

dark grey emma sofa bed

The fabric for both colours is 90% polyester, 5% nylon, and 5% viscose, and it has a stain- and water-repellent coating.

Plus, the upholstery is OEKO-TEX certified [1], meaning it is guaranteed to be free from harsh chemicals.

How comfortable is the Emma sofa bed?

The Emma mattress sofa bed is comfortable as both a sofa and a bed. 🎉

But in true Sleep Hero fashion, we tested the product for our Emma Sleep sofa bed review so we can share how the product performs for either function.

How comfortable is the Emma convertible sofa as a sofa?

The Emma Sleep sofa bed is carefully designed for optimal comfort, using high-quality materials for both the structure and the mattress.

A few things are notable when looking at this product as a sofa:

  • The backrest of the sofa comprises three large cushions. These are lightweight, polyester-filled cushions that maintain their shape even after extended use.
  • The seat cushions double as part of the mattress if you turn the sofa bed into two singles or a trundle.
  • The armrests are well-padded, making it easy to find your perfect cosy spot on the sofa.
  • The sofa is quite large, even for a three-seater, and two smaller rectangular cushions are included for a decorative touch.

All the cushions have removable and machine-washable covers, making them very convenient to clean.

polyester filling of Emma sofa bed backseat cushions

firmness of Emma sofa bed pillows

During our testing, we found the Emma sofa really comfortable to sit on - it's both spacious and supportive.


How comfortable is the Emma sleeper couch as a bed?

The bed function of a sofa bed is always a little more complex, as we need to consider mattress firmness and support, overall breathability, and the support of the sofa bed frame.

Emma sofa bed slats
These birch slats support the mattress.

Let's first consider the actual frame and storage:

  • When unfolded, the sofa bed reveals a base with fourteen flexible birch slats, which creates a flat and solid surface for the mattress that prevents sagging and provides excellent breathability.
  • While the seat cushions make up part of the mattress, the actual fold-out mattress is stored underneath the sofa with the extendable birch slats.

It's very easy to convert the Emma sleeper from sofa to bed, and we demonstrate the sofa-to-bed conversion process further down. 🔧

Now, let's look at the actual Emma sofa bed mattress to determine how comfortable this bed is.

The Emma sofa bed mattress

The Emma sofa bed mattress is made of high-density polyurethane foam with an open-cell structure that allows air, moisture, and body heat to flow easily from one side to the other.

Overall, the mattress sleeps quite cool, and it will be well-suited to all types of sleepers, including those who sleep a bit hotter.

Conveniently, the Emma sofa bed mattress is also much thicker than standard sofa bed mattresses - it measures 18 cm (7 inches) thick.

Thicker mattresses are often much more comfortable and suited to longer-term use if you need to use your sofa bed as your daily bed for permanent sleeping.

inside of an Emma sofa bed mattress
Here, you can see the double-sided mattress with the blue and green layers.

This extra thickness also caters for the unique double-sided feature of the Emma sofa bed mattress.

Unlike standard sofa mattresses, the Emma sofa bed mattress has two sides that offer two different firmness levels.

This customisable feature of the Emma mattress sofa bed is quite unique, and makes this an excellent product for giving your guests the best sleeping experience possible.

In which sizes is the Emma sofa bed available?

The Emma convertible sofa is only available as a three-seater sofa, in contrast to the Bruno sofa bed, which is available as a single chair bed, a two-seater, and a three-seater.

Here are some of the sofa bed dimensions:

  • The complete sofa bed dimensions are 90 x 222 x 92 cm (35 x 87 x 36 inches).
  • The seat height and seat depth measure 55 x 92 cm (22 x 36 inches).

But despite its limitations in terms of sofa size, the Emma sofa bed has multiple bed sizes available.

Let's look at these in more detail.

Converting your sofa into two single beds or a trundle

You can easily convert your sofa bed into two single beds or a trundle, using the seat cushions as one bed and the fold-out mattress as the other one.

Each single bed has a total sleeping surface of 80 x 200 cm (31 x 79 inches), perfect for a single guest. 🙍

emma sofa bed as a trundle

Emma sofa bed single beds

Annoyingly, though, these dimensions do not match UK or EU single mattress sizes, making it difficult to find suitable bedding or mattress toppers.

The UK single mattress measures 90 x 190 cm (35 x 75 inches), while an EU single mattress measures 90 x 200 cm (35 x 79 inches).

For UK buyers, we recommend opting for an EU-sized sheet. It may still be too wide, but at least it'll be the right length.

You can find EU-sized bedding from select retailers like IKEA.

Alternatively, you may wish to opt for a flat sheet, which would give you a better overall fit.

Converting your sofa into one queen-sized bed

If you don't want two singles or a trundle, you can attach the two flat slat systems together to make an EU-sized queen bed with a total sleeping surface of 160 x 200 cm (63 x 79 inches).

This is ideal if you're setting up a guest bed for a couple or a larger individual - or just someone who wants to sleep a tad more comfortably, as many adults would.

emma sofa bed as double
The sofa can transform into one queen-sized bed.

These dimensions perfectly match the EU queen size but don't match any UK mattress or bedding sizes.

As with the singles, we'd recommend purchasing an EU-sized sheet or flat sheet for the best fit.

If you're looking to add a topper, we can recommend the Panda mattress topper, which conveniently comes in both UK and EU mattress sizes.

How to convert the Emma sofa bed from sofa to bed

The Emma sofa bed is quick and easy to assemble and can be turned from sofa to cosy guest bed in seconds.

We'll give step-by-step instructions below, but this Emma sofa bed assembly instructions video will give you the best overview:

Now, let's take a look at the individual steps in more detail.

To make a trundle bed:

1. Remove the backrest cushions, but keep the sofa seat cushions.

2. Pull out the bottom of the sofa to reveal the bed frame and mattress.

To make two single beds:

1. Remove the backrest cushions, but keep the sofa seat cushion.

2. Pull out the bottom of the sofa to reveal the bed frame and mattress.

3. Pull the single bed frame upwards on either side so the legs pop out.

To make a queen bed:

1. Remove the backrest cushions, but keep the sofa seat cushions.

2. Pull out the bottom of the sofa to reveal the bed frame and fold-out mattress.

3. Pull the single bed frame upwards on either side so the legs pop out.

4. Attach the two single frames with the velcro strap.

5. Remember that you will need to flip the fold-out mattress and the sofa seat cushions to your preferred side.

Since it's so easy to move from one to the other, you can accommodate any type of guest quickly and easily.

Emma sofa bed price and discounts

The Emma sofa bed comes at a higher price point, but it's also made from premium materials and features an easy-to-use mechanism.


These alone would warrant the higher price, but it's also worth keeping in mind that Emma only offers a 2-year guarantee, while other brands, like Bruno, offer a 10-year guarantee on sofa beds.

We generally prefer products with a longer guarantee as this gives some indication of how long the brand expects its products to last.

Emma sofa bed sale

Regardless, it is worth noting that you're likely to find frequent Emma discounts - if there are any promotions currently running, we'll be sure to advertise them throughout this article.

We also have a Sleep Hero exclusive coupon that you can use for an additional 5% off your purchase. 🤫

Simply apply code "SLEEPHEROUK5" on checkout to get an extra 5% off.

This coupon code can be used together with standard promotions, but you won’t be able to apply it with other exclusive codes, like the Key Worker Discount for NHS staff or teachers.

Emma sofa bed delivery conditions

The Emma sofa bed is delivered free of charge within 5 to 10 working days.

Delivery comes in two packages:

  • One package contains the structure, back cushions, and covers.
  • The other package contains the rolled-up mattress.

The packages are delivered right to your doorstep, and they are compact and easy to move, so they can fit through small doorways.

However, you might need help getting the package with the sofa structure up the stairs and into your guest room, as it weighs 60 kg (132 lbs). 😅

It took our testers less than 15 minutes to assemble the Emma sofa bed following the step-by-step guide in the accompanying manual.

Emma sofa bed trial period and returns

With a brand new Emma sofa bed, you have a generous trial period of 200 nights to decide if it's the right fit for you.

Emma sofa bed trial period process

This extended trial allows you to use the sofa bed in various scenarios and really experience its comfort and functionality.

If, within these 200 nights, you find that the sofa bed isn't meeting your expectations, you can opt for a hassle-free return.

Emma Sleep will pick up the sofa bed for free, and you'll receive a full refund.

Should you buy the Emma Sleep sofa bed?

As our Emma sofa bed review UK has hopefully shown, this sofa has all you need, looks nice in your home, and works great for guests staying over.

While there are a few issues to fault, including the inconvenient mattress sizes and limited colour choices, we particularly like that you can arrange it as a single, trundle, or queen bed.

Plus, the Emma Sleep sofa bed comes with a risk-free 200-night trial, so you can try it in your own home and return it if you're not completely satisfied.



  • Material

    High-quality, durable materials. 

  • Comfort

    Thick mattress with soft and firm sides to choose from.

  • Breathability

    Polyurethane foam has excellent breathability.

  • Motion transfer & support

    Polyurethane mattress may be too bouncy for some.

  • Delivery & returns

    Free delivery and returns. 

  • Value for money

    Expensive with a 2-year guarantee.

Motion transfer & support
Delivery & returns
Value for money

Contact Emma UK

Customer service: To contact Emma UK directly for complaints, support, or queries, please e-mail them at support@emma-mattress.co.uk or complete their online contact form. You can also call them on +44 330 818 1710, Monday - Friday from 08:00 - 13:00.

Registered office: Emma Matratzen GmbH, Wilhelm-Leuschner-Str. 78, 60329 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Frequently asked questions

  • How do I maintain and clean my Emma convertible sofa bed?

    Maintaining and keeping your Emma sofa bed clean is a breeze, thanks to its fully removable covers that are conveniently machine washable. 

    The Emma sofabed is equipped with water- and stain-repellent coating, providing an added layer of protection against spills and accidents. 

    To keep it looking fresh, simply remove the covers and toss them in the washing machine for easy cleaning

    This simplifies the maintenance process and ensures that your Emma sofa bed remains pristine for years to come. 

  • Does the Emma sofa bed come with a guarantee?

    When you invest in the Emma sofa bed, you receive a 2-year guarantee

    If you encounter any manufacturing defects with your sofa bed within this period, Emma will replace it with a new one, ensuring your peace of mind and satisfaction.

  • Is the Emma sofa bed worth investing in?

    Most Emma sofa bed reviews UK are positive, and the bed is also the Ideal Home Bedroom Awards Winner 2023. 

  • Can you buy an Emma sofa bed refurbished?

    Currently, there are no refurbished Emma Sleep sofa beds available for sale on the official Emma UK website. 

  • How to choose the best sofa bed

    Choosing the best sofa bed depends on several factors, including your needs and preferences. 

    Here are a few things to consider: 

    • Decide on the primary purpose of the sofa bed, whether it will be used more as a sofa or a bed. 
    • Look for a model with a sturdy frame and a comfortable mattress that suits your desired level of firmness. 
    • Consider the available space in your home and choose a size that fits well without overcrowding the room. 
    • Pay attention to the sofa bed's mechanism for converting between sofa and bed, ensuring it is easy to use and durable. 
    • Read customer reviews to see how the sofa bed performs for other people. 
    • Check the warranty and return policy of your chosen sofa bed. 

    With these tips, you can make an informed decision and have peace of mind with your purchase.

  • Are sofa beds ever comfortable?

    Yes, sofa beds can be comfortable, but the level of comfort can vary depending on the quality and design of the sofa bed. 

    Modern sofa beds often come with advanced designs and improved mattress technology, offering a more comfortable sleeping surface than older models. 

    Investing in a high-quality sofa bed with a supportive, comfortable mattress can significantly enhance overall comfort. 

    Memory foam or pocket coil mattresses are popular for sofa beds as they provide better support and contour to the body's shape. 

    Ultimately, the comfort of a sofa bed is subjective, and trying it out in person or checking customer reviews can give you a better idea of its comfort level.

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Editor & Certified Sleep Therapist

Nicky is an experienced writer and editor with numerous qualifications. As a certified sleep coach, her interests lie in understanding how sleep problems arise from hormonal and environmental issues, particularly as part of stress and anxiety management.

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