A lot of terms get thrown around when it comes to sofas that can also provide a sleeping surface – and this can make it hard to find the exact piece you’re looking for. We’ve simplified the process by setting specific criteria for each type so you can easily find a stylish and functional sofa bed for your space.
It might make you think about your college dorm, but the classic futon can exceed expectations and be a practical addition to your space. A futon typically consists of a frame and separate mattress that can be removed. Basic designs often have metal frames, but a wood frame can elevate the look and provide long-lasting durability.
Most futons fold out into a full-sized sleep space so it’s easy to find suitable bedding that protects the futon mattress while in use. You can also easily change futon covers when you want to update your décor. Consider a futon for a small-space living room or, for larger homes, the basement or another room that could double as a guest room.
With the widest variety of styles, convertible sofas encompass pieces that look like traditional sofas, but fold down or can otherwise be manipulated to lie flat with just a few motions.
Basic styles are generally armless with the back folding down to provide a flat surface for sleeping. These designs are sometimes also called futons by the manufacturer, but the padding and upholstery are fixed to the frame.
More complex models may have fixed or adjustable arms, multiple unfolding segments, or a base that slides forward to create the sleep space. Convertible sofas are available in many different bed sizes, materials, and styles to suit any room.
You may have thought they’ve gone by the wayside, but whether you call them pull-out couches or hide-a-beds, sleeper sofas are still a great option when you need a spare bed for guests — and much more comfortable than they used to be. These designs feature an internal bed frame and mattress that can be pulled out from beneath the seat cushions.
The beds come in a variety of sizes, but full and queen sizes are most popular. One thing to keep in mind – sofa sleepers often weigh significantly more than a regular couch, so relocating the sofa will require some additional help.
No matter the functional sleeper sofa solution you’re looking for, it’s easy to find a style that will work for you and your home. Shop our futon and sofa selections and narrow the results down by type, features, material, and more to find the perfect fit for any space, style, or budget.