Sofa beds are ideal for those who are short on space but still want to provide adequate room for guests to sleep. Perfect for spare rooms and living rooms alike, a sofa bed forms a stylish seat which transforms into a sleeping area.
Sofa Bed Buying Guide
Did you know you spend roughly a third of your whole life asleep? Because it’s such an essential part of your life, at here we want to help you get the best night’s sleep possible. And it’s no different when choosing a sofa bed. Whether for you or your guests, to get a good night’s sleep you’ll need a comfortable sofa bed that’s perfectly suitable for everyone. This sofa bed buying guide will help you find the perfect fit for your home and consequently have the best Dreams.
I. The Different Types of Sofa Bed
Sofa beds come in a variety of styles and sizes. Before looking at the different mechanisms for how the sofa turns into a bed, you’ll need to decide on the type you need. With a range of styles, shape and practical features, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect match.
There are four main types of sofa beds, including two-seaters, three-seaters, corner and storage sofa beds. All of which are easy to assemble. Read on for more information on which type of sofa bed is most suitable.
(1) Two Seater Sofa Beds (2 Seater Sofa Bed)
For those with limited space, a 2 seater sofa bed can be a great option for having guests over and being able to tidy up quickly the following day. These small sofa beds will fit neatly in most rooms, giving you the option to host for family and friends without having to rearrange your sleep spaces or feel too packed.
(2) 3 Seater Sofa Beds (3 Seater Sofa Bed)
Coming in a range of styles and designs, a 3-seater sofa bed provides a luxurious, comfortable night’s sleep for guests, and turns back into a stylish sofa the following day. We offer a range of three seater sofa beds, varying in material from soft versatile fabrics to plush velvet options.
(3) Corner Sofa Beds
Corner sofa beds are perfect for saving space. They entertain guests during the day, plus a place for them to sleep overnight. As well as providing a comfortable seating option, sofa beds can transform into a supportive temporary sleep space, with an additional pull out platform to create a double bed.
(4) Storage Sofa Beds
Combining storage with your sofa bed is a great multi-tasking tool to create extra space, store bedding and keep your room tidy, whilst providing a comfortable night’s sleep for your guests.
(5) Chair Beds & Small Sofa Beds
Chair beds and small sofa beds are the quickfire and stylish option for saving space whilst catering for guests. Made with comfort in mind, your guests are guaranteed a great night’s sleep.
II. Understanding Sofa Bed Mechanism Types
If you’re not sure what sofa bed mechanism is best, read more in our sofa bed buying guide. Here, we’ll give you the low-down on the differences between lift-and-pull, clic-clc, A-frame sofa beds and more.
Sofa beds come in a variety of frames. This can seem complex, so we have broken this down. Such as, Pull Out & Lift Up and Three Fold Roll Out. Some ranges also come with storage, providing an extra space saving solution.
(1) Clic Clac
With clic-clac frames, simply drop the back down to make a bed or create a recliner position, perfect for relaxing or sleeping. The majority of our sofa beds feature this mechanism. Look for clic-clac sofa beds with extra storage features such as our contemporary Belfast sofa bed, which offers equal parts style and practicality.
The A-Frame mechanism is one of the easiest to turn from sofa to bed. It works by pulling out the front, with the sofa back folding out to create the bed and mattress surface.
(3) Pull Out & Lift Up
In this mechanism, the bed is pulled out from the front of the sofa, with the bed lifting from the base. It’s different to an A-Frame, as the back of the sofa remains in place. Check out our Limerick sofa bed for a stylish example with ottoman storage.
(4) Three Fold Roll Out
With this sofa mechanism, the mattress folds out from underneath the cushions in one action to provide a quick sleeping area with optimal comfort. With this mechanism your guests get to enjoy the comfort of a mattress, making it a premium sofa bed option.
III. What To Look For When Buying A Sofa Bed
When buying a sofa bed there are important points to consider. I recommend you take into account the type of mechanism you might prefer. Your choice should be based on both the size of the room and what is convenient for you. A sofa bed should be great for entertaining and unwinding while instantly creating a spare bed for guests, and perhaps offer a smart storage solution from sofa to bed.
(1) How To Measure For A Sofa Bed
To ensure your sofa bed fits, I suggest you measure the length, width and height of where the sofa will be positioned in your room. Make sure you take into account any window heights and the measurements of doors or structures you will have to get the sofa bed through. You should also take into account extra space for other furniture items such as side tables. After all, you do want your guests to be able to walk around freely without large pieces of furniture taking up lots of room.
(2) Are Sofa Beds Less Comfortable To Sit On?
The average size of our home is shrinking meaning it is more common for guests to stay in livings rooms. This means you’ll want to find a sofa bed that is comfortable for both sleep and everyday use. To ensure optimum comfort is always considered when developing sofa beds by blending mattress technology with industry standard techniques for sofa comfort. What’s more, you can also get storage included. For example, the sofa bed is designed for comfort, but includes ottoman storage too. Everyone has different requirements, so make sure you find the sofa bed most comfortable for you.
(3) Finding The Right Level of Comfort For Sleep
Foam-filled cushions offer a firmer level of support which is perfect for guests who suffer from back aches. Keep in mind the use of your sofa bed, pillow top cushioning provides extra comfort if you are intending to use the bed function regularly. Some of our sofa beds come with a variety of mattresses. You can choose between foam or pocket sprung mattresses.
IV. Sofa Bed Care & Maintenance
Over time sofa beds and chairs can show signs of wear and tear. To keep your loved items feeling and looking new, you shouldn’t ignore proper protection. Caring for your sofa will extend your sofa bed’s life, keeping it comfortable for longer. I have some suggestions that’ll allow you to relax on your sofa bed, while maintaining good condition.
(1) How To Care For Your Sofa Bed
Armcaps can be an ideal solution to keep your sofa lasting longer. Similarly, you can grab some scatter cushions and create a comforting and stylish feel with ease, while also offering that extra layer of protection. Remember to plump the back cushions as this will help them to keep their shape. If you do happen to stain your sofa bed don’t worry. Start by mopping up any excess liquids with a dry and clean cloth, then gently clean the area with a warm damp cloth. However, always check the label on your sofa bed before using any products as some can damage the material. Over time material colours can fade if in direct sunlight. Try to reposition your sofa bed every few months to avoid this.
(2) Why A Mattress Protector Is Always A Good Idea
Protect your sofa bed mattress with a mattress protector which you can add onto your order. A soft touch and quilted cover can to help prolong the life of your sofa bed whilst keeping it hygienic and fresh.
V. Q&A Sofa Beds
(1) Which sofa bed is best for everyday use?
In general, mattresses over 12cm deep are good for frequent use, with shallower mattresses being more suitable for occasional guests.
(2) What size sofa bed do I need?
The recommended size for your sofa bed depends a few things. First, the size of those sleeping in it and the amount of people sleeping in it too. But you also have to consider the space it’s for too.
A two-seater or small double sofa bed is ideal for small spaces and single guests. For larger spaces such as living rooms and large bedrooms, a double sofa bed will be ideal. For living rooms, you’ll also need to consider how many people are likely to use it as a sofa. For the ultimate in style, consider a large statement 3‐seater sofa bed that more than holds it own against a traditional sofa.
And remember, it’s not only the size of the frame to consider but the size when the sofa is extended into a bed. If you’re at all concerned, read our sofa bed buying guide. Here, we go into sofa bed frames and what that means for the space you have in mind.
(3) What mattress do I need for a sofa bed?
Many sofa‐beds don’t actually need a mattress. That’s because they either have one included within their frame or use the back and seat of the sofa as a mattress. For example, a pull‐out sofa bed usually has a roll‐up mattress that’s hidden when not in use. On the other hand, clic‐clac sofa beds use the back cushions to form the mattress. However, if you do need a sofa bed mattress, the recommended range for a double should be anything from 52‐60 inches wide and roughly 72 inches long for maximum comfort. In terms of depth, anything over 4.5 inches will give you a comfortable night's sleep.
(4) What are the best sofa beds for living rooms?
There are several considerations to make when choosing a sofa bed for a living room. First, it should go well with your current décor. Our collection features everything from small cosy styles to statement luxurious pieces, making it easy to find the perfect fit. As well as style, you’ll also need to consider which type of sofa bed you need. For example, if you plan to place your sofa bed against a living room wall, it’s best to choose one that pulls out rather than one that folds back.
(5) Tailoring your sofa bed to you
As well as the different types of sofa beds available, there are also a variety of styles to choose from, in terms of colour, material and design. At Dreams, we offer a wide range of colours and finishes, including a variety of fabrics. Depending on what you're looking for, certain sofa beds offer more storage than others, whereas some offer a more contemporary look.
Shop by sofa bed type
2 Seater Sofa Beds
Suitable to fit into small spaces, choose from our range of customisable two-seaters.
3 Seater Sofa Beds
Extra space for use as a sofa and a bed; Three seater sofa beds convert easily to double beds.
Corner Sofa Beds
Combining style with convenience, contemporary designs suitable for any room.
Storage Sofa Beds
A great solution to use as a sofa or a bed, whilst helping to store away extra bedding or cushions.
Ideal single seater chairs which are perfect accompaniments to our range of sofa beds.
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