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22 Design-Forward COMFORTABLE Sleeper Sofa Beds That Make Your Eyes Happy And Your Guests Sleep Well

…because I have a new dream sofa, guys. Huge news alert: after about a year and a half of long-distance dating (and more cross-country flights than I can ever begin to remember), my cute and kind boyfriend Dennis and I are making plans to turn my LA apartment into our LA apartment. (Ahhh!!!! Please drop any cohabitation tips in the comments, if you have them.) Our first order of business? Acquire a sofa or sectional that we can both simultaneously lounge on comfortably. (Den loves my current vintage leather number and thinks it’s more comfortable than I do – he’s definitely napped on it more frequently than I have! – but your girl is a SPRAWLER who’d prefer some space for both of us to lay down, you know?)

To that end, I’M IN THE MARKET FOR A NEW SOFA. And since Dennis and I both still have family and friends back in Delaware, I’d love it for the aforementioned new sofa to double as a bed for guests. (I hosted one of my best friends for about 10 days earlier this spring and I gotta say that the air mattress really lost its luster – I can’t put anyone through that again!) ANYWAY. I’ve spent the past couple of months researching – I will not make an uninformed sofa purchase again! – and today, I wanted to share the 22 design-forward sleeper sofa beds that I’ve considered for my own apartment. They’re all highly-rated, comfortable (both the “sleeper” part and the “sofa” part), and aesthetically appealing. I’ve also noted shipping times, for those of you looking for a quick addition to your home before the holidays, and I’ve called out the pieces that were made here in America (in case that’s important to you). You can scroll down to get to the picks, but first, I wanted to answer a few FAQs…

Four Quick FAQs About Sleeper Sofa Beds

How long should a sleeper sofa bed last?

A LONG TIME. Look, you’re not going to use this as your everyday bed – most of these mattresses are around 5″ or 6″ thick, so they’re not built for daily use – but a modern sleeper sofa should last at least 5 years. Designers will also throw around the fact that sofas can last “up to 17 years,” but honestly, the pieces I’ve linked below are high-quality. They’re the ones that you’ll find in 50 years at the flea market. If you take care of them, they’ll take care of you.

Are any of them actually comfortable?

YES. I’ve done a lot of research – both in-person and via talking with experts – and both furniture and mattress technology have come A LONG WAY. (I mean, we can ship mattresses in boxes now – of course we can fit more comfortable beds into sofas.) This ain’t your grandma’s 1970s sleeper! The sofas really feel like sofas, too – not just like a cushion on top that’s been balanced atop a metal frame. If you’ve written off the sleeper, you might want to try one out at a local store to see how different they feel now!

Why are they so expensive?

OH MY GOSH. This is MY question, too. And to be clear, you can absolutely get a sleeper sofa for $300 – $700…it’s just not going to be the most comfortable, and it’s not going to stand the test of time. Honestly, a lot of the options below will require a hefty amount of planning and saving (at least for me – sofas are expensive!), but I’ll also be keeping an eye out for any and all of these styles on Facebook Marketplace or OfferUp. They’re expensive because they were made from high-quality materials by people who really know what they’re doing, you know? (But that also means these sofas will be just as good secondhand…so keep those eyes peeled when you’re trolling for finds on Facebook Marketplace! You might score a deal. :))

Why don’t my sheets fit right on my sleeper sofa bed?

THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION. Huge PSA: oftentimes, a “queen-sized mattress” in a sleeper IS NOT A QUEEN-SIZED MATTRESS. Some quick numbers for you to keep in mind:

  • A twin bed is 38″x75″.
  • A full bed is 54″x75″.
  • A queen bed is 60″x80″.
  • A king bed is 76″ x 80″.
  • And the most common “sleeper queen?” 60″x72″. That’s right: sleeper mattresses are often significantly shorter than TWIN SIZED BEDS. Just something to keep in mind!

I’ve highlighted bed sizes below – you’ll see true kings, queens, and fulls, alongside a selection of “sleeper queens” with more petite profiles. If your guest’s comfort is a priority (or if you come from a particularly tall family), be sure to check the actual dimensions – sleeper queens are totally fine for quick stays, but they may become frustrating after several weeks. No one loves their feet hanging off the edge of the bed for that long, you know? ANYWAY. You’ve officially been briefed – onwards to the picks!!!

Mulholland Drive Sleeper Sectional

Pricing: From $4,622.40 (On Sale)
Timing: Ships in 2-4 weeks.
Bed Size: Full
Customization: 50 fabric options, 3 leg finishes, left or right chaise, standard or memory foam mattress available.
Manufactured: Made to order in the USA.

Procrastinators, this one is for you! Apt2B is going to be your best bet for stylish, comfortable, and quick-ship sleeper sofas and sectionals that are easy to customize. I love the wood base and clean lines of this sectional, but you’ll also see a few more of their pieces below.

Landry Sofa Bed

Pricing: $1,899
Timing: Back in stock in 2 weeks.
Bed Size: Sleeper Queen
Customization: 2 colors available.
Manufactured: Produced abroad.

OK, ARTICLE! I see you. Talk about the look for less, right? (I’m partial to the taupe color, TBH.) This sofa looks like it costs at least twice as much, but there is one caveat: the mattress is pretty short. (Only 68″ – that’s 5’8″, for all of us doing the quick math.) That’s may be a welcome trade for some – I know I’d take a short mattress for a sofa that looks this good at that price! But if your family and friends err on the taller side, you may want to consider investing in a different option.

Coniston Sleeper Sofa

Pricing: From $4,273.50 (On Sale)
Timing: Ships in 6-8 weeks.
Bed Size: Queen, King
Customization: 8 fabric options.
Manufactured: Made to order in the USA.

Like this little number, designed by our very own Ginny Macdonald! (Em is thinking about putting a king-sized sleeper in her guest room, so you know I sent her this one to consider.) The best part: the included mattress is SUBLIME. No joke – the reviews confirm it unanimously, too. The Coniston is perfect for those who want the best of both style AND function. (PS. It’s currently on sale for 25% off, in case you want to bring it home before the holidays.)

Jylin Woven Athena Sleeper Sofa

Pricing: $2,898
Timing: Available December 2023.
Bed Size: Sleeper Queen
Customization: The standard version comes in 49 colors.
Manufactured: Made to order abroad.

FUN, RIGHT? A bold, vintage-inspired print meets a simple, minimalist shape. Perfection. If you have a more formal living room, the Athena sleeper might be a great fit for you (note the lack of back cushions – she’s more of a “sitting” sofa, if you know what I mean). If the print is a little too loud for your taste, though, never fear – this clean silhouette also comes in 49 other cheery shades. 🙂

The Mellon Sofa

Pricing: From $5,450
Timing: 10-14 days for sketch approval; production times may vary.
Bed Size: Twin, Full, Queen
Customization: 12 layouts, 194 fabrics, 9 widths, 4 depths, 9 cushion configurations, 3 cushion fill options, 3 base styles.
Manufactured: Made to order in the USA.

The Mellon was designed as a nod to the “chic, geometric stylings of the 1970s”….and, well, mission accomplished. This one comes from Clad Home and it’s endlessly customizable (seriously – you can work one-on-one with their team to build the exact sofa of your dreams).

Soto Queen Sleeper Sofa Bed

Pricing: From $2,150.40
Timing: Ships in 2-4 weeks.
Bed Size: Sleeper Queen
Customization: 90 fabrics, 2 leg finishes, standard or memory foam mattress available.
Manufactured: Made to order in the USA.

Here’s another easily-customizable, quick-ship beaut from our pals at Apt2B. (Did you know Arlyn used to work there?) A timeless shape and great construction at a budget-friendly price – what else could you ask for?

York Slope Arm Deep Seat Slipcovered Side Sleeper

Pricing: From $3,499
Timing: Arrives in 8-10 weeks.
Bed Size: Queen
Customization: 2 cushion configurations, 120 fabrics.
Manufactured: Made to order abroad.

LOVE this sleeper for so many reasons. The sideways construction is genius – it’s a great way to fit a full-sized queen mattress into a sofa. (Caveat: if you’re sleeping 2, someone’s going to have to do a little gymnastics move if they need to get up in the middle of the night. To that end, this may not be the best choice for hosting your grandparents.) I’m also partial to the fabrics available – I’d go for one of their performance options, like Sunbrella, to keep it all easy to maintain.

James Sleeper Sectional With Contrast Piping

Pricing: From $4,595
Timing: Arrives in 10-14 weeks.
Bed Size: Sleeper Queen
Customization: 25 fabrics, 25 piping options, left or right chaise, 2 chaise lengths, bench cushions available, 3 fill options, standard or memory foam mattress available.
Manufactured: Made to order abroad.

Oh man…after working on this post, this one miiiiight be turning into my first choice. I’d love a sectional (you know, with space to sprawl), but I’m also loving the bumper (I see a little console table/desk pushed up to that edge in my future!), the piping, the bench cushions, the extra-long chaise – OH MAN, I’M SELLING MYSELF. Don’t be surprised if (when?) I accidentally add this to my cart on Black Friday, okay?

Una Sleeper Sofa

Pricing: $1,999
Timing: Estimated early October.
Bed Size: Full
Customization: 2 fabric options.
Manufactured: Produced abroad.

The classic futon gets a modern upgrade in the Una Sleeper. (And believe it or not, it’s comfortable, too – it’s made from springs and foam, so it really is like having a flexible mattress!) If your home leans a little more “California Cool” or “effortless expensive,” this would be a great pick for you.

Spruce Street King Sleeper

Pricing: From $6,798 (On Sale)
Timing: Arrives in 6-8 weeks.
Bed Size: King
Customization: 153 fabrics, 4 leg color options.
Manufactured: Made to order in the USA.

If you’re on the hunt for a printed option, you’ve GOTTA check out the Spruce Street sleeper from Serena & Lily. This is the most expensive one on our list, but it also boasts a true king-sized mattress. (And honestly, it looks timeless in a neutral fabric, too!) I’d personally opt for a vibrant gingham or a happy cabana stripe – your guests will NEVER guess that your cheery sofa is hiding some secret sleeping quarters.

Nora Queen Sleeper Sofa Bed

Pricing: From $3,454.40 (On Sale)
Timing: Ships in 2-4 weeks.
Bed Size: Sleeper Queen
Customization: 56 fabrics, 2 leg finishes, standard or memory foam mattress available.
Manufactured: Made to order in the USA.

Here’s one for my pals whose style leans a little more glam! The Nora is universally adored by those who have purchased it – seriously, there’s not a single bad review, outside of one 4-star rating that recommends the memory foam mattress – AND FOR GOOD REASON. The channel tufting is simultaneously vintage AND on-trend; plus, you won’t need to worry about any dust or debris getting under the sofa. Dreamy, yeah?

Sherwood Sectional Sofa

Pricing: From $6,195
Timing: 10-14 days for sketch approval; production times may vary.
Bed Size: Twin, Full, Queen
Customization: 11 layouts, 194 fabrics, 5 widths, 4 depths, 6 chaise length options, 4 cushion configurations, 2 cushion fill types.
Manufactured: Made to order in the USA.

Not to be like, “it was designed by Sarah Sherman Samuel for her own home, so it has to be good,” but…I mean…it was designed by SSS for her own home, so it has to be good. This sleeper is also very spendy – the right configuration could make it the most expensive piece on this list – so be sure that you’ll really love your customizations for the next couple of decades before you add to cart, okay?

Notch Queen Sleeper Sofa

Pricing: From $2,099
Timing: Delivery as soon as Mid-November.
Bed Size: Sleeper Queen
Customization: 268 fabric options.
Manufactured: Produced abroad.

Cute, simple, stylish, AND it might arrive before your guests do this Thanksgiving? SLAM DUNK. But wait, there’s more! The Notch is a Goldilocks level of firm – not super hard (you’d never guess you’re sitting on top of a mattress!), but not so soft that it’s difficult to stand up, either. (Full disclosure: this is the sleeper that I recommend to my friends.)

English Arm Slipcovered Sleeper Sofa

Pricing: From $1,999
Timing: Arrives in 8-10 weeks.
Bed Size: Sleeper Queen
Customization: 120 fabric options.
Manufactured: Made to order abroad.

Slipcovered sofas are no joke, and this one from Pottery Barn is AWESOME. The covers are actually easy to remove, launder, and put back together – have you ever heard of such a thing?! (Love it when things actually work the way they’re supposed to.) English roll arms are pretty endlessly charming, too – how good would this look in a cozy library/office space?

Lotte Sleeper Sofa

Pricing: From $3,748.50 (On Sale)
Timing: Ships in 6-8 weeks.
Bed Size: Sleeper Queen
Customization: 7 fabric options.
Manufactured: Made to order in the USA.

If you love the look of Em’s living room sofas but need the functionality of a sleeper, well…the Lotte is for you, baby! The deep bench seat is plush and comfortable, and the mattress is simple to slide in and out. (No huffing and puffing to pull it out, I promise.)

Alesso Sleeper Sofa

Pricing: From $2,199
Timing: Estimated late October 2023 (or early January for custom fabric orders).
Bed Size: Full
Customization: 25 fabric options.
Manufactured: Produced abroad.

COOL, RIGHT? I’m disappointed to admit that I’m no longer as interested in sleeping as close to the ground as I once was, but the Alesso sleeper might be changing my mind a little bit. I’m obsessed with the safari-inspired leather straps and the cove-like nature of the sofa bed – I bet young ones would LOVE building a fort here. (On a more serious design note, I love that this is a modern interpretation of the uber-expensive, uber-iconic Anfibio sofa bed from the 1970s. It’s fun to see how pieces are reimagined over time!)

Avalon Sleeper Sectional

Pricing: From $4,214.40 (On Sale)
Timing: Ships in 2-4 weeks.
Bed Size: Sleeper Full
Customization: 57 fabrics, 3 leg finishes, left or right chaise, standard or memory foam mattress available.
Manufactured: Made to order in the USA.

The Avalon has a smaller mattress, buuuuuut it also has one of the highest seats here (20″ tall). The average sofa has a 17″ or 18″ seat (though some can be as low as 15″!), but higher seats are often far more comfortable for older guests or those of us with mobility issues (fellow back and hip pain gal, where you at?). If you’re using your sectional for lounging and quick hangs more than long, overnight stays, this may be a great option.

Willow II Slipcovered Bench Queen Sleeper Sofa

Pricing: From $2,599
Timing: Some configurations are ready to ship! (Others have estimated delivery in mid-November.)
Bed Size: Sleeper Queen
Customization: 18 fabric options.
Manufactured: Made to order abroad.

Nothing says “I’m a casual, refined, pulled-together human with a vacation property by the lake” quite like a casual, tailored, slipcovered sofa. Much like its earlier counterpart, this Crate & Barrel version also boasts slipcovers that are easy to maintain. (Bonus: check out the reviews, too – there are some repeat customers who have been loyal to this sofa for decades!)

Westlake Sectional Sofa

Pricing: From $5,795
Timing: 10-14 days for sketch approval; production times may vary.
Bed Size: Twin, Full, Queen
Customization: 11 layouts, 194 fabrics, 5 lengths, 4 depths, 6 chaise lengths, 4 cushion configurations, 3 cushion fill options, 6 leg styles.
Manufactured: Made to order in the USA.

SHE’S LARGE AND IN CHARGE. And, more importantly, she’s an English roll-arm sectional that actually looks good. There’s something so charming and endearing about the classic English sofa shape – it’s hard to see it scaled up in this way, and it often looks kind of bonkers. NOT HERE, THOUGH! It’s so elegant and refined – I feel like this sleeper belongs in a celeb’s cottage tour on AD, don’t you?

Soma Sofa Bed

Pricing: $1,699
Timing: Delivery as soon as this week!
Bed Size: Sleeper Queen
Customization: 2 colors available.
Manufactured: Produced abroad.

Dang, Article is really bringing it with their quick-ship, ultra-modern sleepers! I’m OBSESSED with the stainless legs on this one – I think they’re very early to a trend (and you can be, too!). I know the old idiom is “fast, cheap, and good: pick two,” but I think Article’s sofas maaaaay be the exception – reasonable lead times, affordable pricing, AND design-forward styles. This is a really good piece. 🙂

Scarlett Sleeper Sofa

Pricing: From $3,045
Timing: Arrives in 6-8 weeks.
Bed Size: Sleeper Queen
Customization: 43 fabrics, 3 leg colors, 2 cushion material options.
Manufactured: Made to order abroad.

I think you probably get it at this point – they’re all a bunch of beautiful, comfortable sofas. Buuuuuut if you’re looking for something a bit more minimalist or colorful, you’ve found it in the Scarlett! (I mean, I know how it feels to struggle to find a sofa with a slim, low-profile arm, so…here’s an option if you’re also in the market for that silhouette.)

Katina Sleeper Sofa

Pricing: From $2,398
Timing: Select configurations deliver within 2-4 weeks. (Made-to-order pieces are expected in February 2024.)
Bed Size: Sleeper Queen
Customization: 52 fabrics.
Manufactured: Made to order in the USA.

Who wouldn’t want to sink into those cushions? Can you imagine taking a (regular) nap on a sofa that looks that comfortable? Add a cozy blanket and I’d be out for HOURS. I love the relaxed cushions and the boxy frame on the Katina sleeper – it’d be easy to make this sofa sing, regardless of your home’s style.

I gotta be honest with you: I’m VERY excited to have a sofa arm to curl up against again. (And I’m really excited to have Dennis living here, too! We spent the last 6 weeks together – first in Delaware, then in LA, then back in Delaware – and I can’t wait til we host some friends here.) BUT OKAY. Enough about me – what say you??? Any sofa favs? Any words of wisdom? Bueller???? See ya in the comments 🙂 xx

Opening Image Credits: Design by Caitlin Higgins (me!) | Styled by Emily Bowser | Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp | From: The Reveal We’ve All Been Waiting For! Caitlin’s Mostly Thrifted, Postmodern Regency Deco Living Room

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Colleen
8 months ago

These are great options. Here is one to add: the Oxford from Room and Board, which I just ordered (fingers crossed it is ready by November 14 as promised, because we need it for Thanksgiving!). It is customizable and reasonably priced, in the mid range of what you have here; also a pop-up style rather than the folded metal-supported sofa beds. It comes in queen and full, with two arm choices; I just double checked that the mattress is indeed 60 x 80. I love Room and Board. Wonder why I haven’t seen their products mentioned here, at least not that I can recall (longtime fan of the blog).

Amy
8 months ago
Reply to  Colleen

Agree, love Room and Board! I’ve had their Berin sleeper sofa for over two years and love it. The mattress is 77” long, so not quite the standard 80 but very close.

Shannon
8 months ago
Reply to  Colleen

I came here specifically to make sure the Oxford was on the list — we’ve had ours for a year and it’s amazing! We gutted/dug out our basement and I hunted high and low for a sleeper sofa that would sleep like a real bed. My parents and in-laws visit regularly, are almost 80, and we live in a small house with no guest room, so this was a priority for me. The Oxford sectional is exactly what I hoped — every guest has told us that with a mattress pad, it’s super comfortable and feels exactly like a real bed. (And it’s a great sectional too — we regularly extend it to make it a “super couch” for maximum movie watching/video gaming/hanging out comfort.) We’ve owned several sleeper sofas and this one is far and away the best — for once we felt like we got what we paid for!

C
8 months ago
Reply to  Colleen

Room&Board would be a great addition to this round; such quality, so many selections, great design and US made. My Room&Board sectional & coffee table, going on 17yrs, still stand up design wise and structurally as comfortable as when first delivered. Having slept on friends’ R&B sleepers—they provided the best sleeper sleeps I’ve ever experienced!

Sam
8 months ago
Reply to  Colleen

I’ve also wondered why I never see Room and Board on here. And I also wonder why I do see Interior Define even though they never delivered thousands of orders last year. I have to guess that Room and Board doesn’t pay for affiliate links and the others do?

Maggie
8 months ago

We bought the extra deep Jasper from Interior Define and love it! We can sprawl side by side with plenty of room and it’s doubled as a bed for extra guests – win win!

Beth
8 months ago

LOVE this post!! What a well done round up. So comprehensive and helpful.

When I needed a new couch for my living room 4 years ago, I chose Clad home to design a Baughman-like one (thanks to this blog) and it makes my heart sing every day! Great lines, super comfortable and durable. And they couldn’t have been more fun and easy to work with. Think I’ll be choosing them again now I know they make a gorgeous sleeper. Xx

Emily
8 months ago

Such an informative post! Thank you! I’m sure I will refer back on this at some point in the near future.
Congratulations on moving in together! So exciting and so fun! When my partner and I moved in together I had been happily living alone for many years. I really love living together for so many reasons but it was a harder transition than I predicted. Partly because I was leaving my very cute and spacious apartment and moving into his smaller and less charming place. But also because while I am a very social extrovert, I didn’t realize how important chill time alone at home was until I didn’t have it. So now we make sure I get that home alone time regularly and we are both much happier.

Not sure if this will apply to you but I’m sure some will come up that surprises you!

8 months ago

We have the Article one and our guests love it for sleeping but you need a sectional so you both can sprawl and that James one is calling your name I think!

Cris S.
8 months ago

My grandparents had a sleeper sofa from the 60s in their guest room (this was up until 3 years ago) – once some of the structural integrity gave out, my handy and thrifty grandpa threaded a metal pipe across the middle to keep the mattress horizontal. Though they had a modest home, it was only 2 blocks from the beach in San Diego, and while they were comfortably set in life and hosted all guests and paid for all meals, I always suspected the continuing presence of that ancient and uncomfortable sleeper sofa made sure no one took advantage of the guest room for too long.

Congrats on the happy end to the long distance relationship situation! I hope we get to hear more details about how to integrate a new person into an already established home!

CD
8 months ago
Reply to  Cris S.

Yes! The only people who use our sleeper are my in-laws. I like them but 3 days is long enough for visits. I’m afraid they’d stay weeks if we had a real guest room or a more comfortable sleeper, tee hee.

Abbie
8 months ago

I’ve been down the sleeper sofa worm hole and lost many hours of my life to find the ‘right’ one. I even found the wrong one first and now have a basement sleeper sofa that is awful. The one I found that I love is the trundle sleeper sofas from Pottery Barn – the Pacifica, the Celeste, and the Sanford. They all come in an option with a chaise which is lovely. But more importantly, they aren’t a traditional trundle – the bottom part pops up to make a a bed that is fully supported and doesn’t sag whatsoever. I then have a 3″ foam mattress pad that I put on top when guests come. My 75 year old dad says it is more comfortable than his bed.

🥰 Rusty
8 months ago

Heeeeey!!! CONGRATULATIONS on the cohabitation, Catlin n Den.♥️
Fabulous round up. They are more expensive than I was expecting, even after your semi-warning.🤑

Natalie
8 months ago

The most important lesson I have learned about buying a new sofa is to never ever buy one you can’t sit on first. It doesn’t matter if 3,000 reviews say it’s comfortable – your mileage may vary. We ordered from Room & Board after sitting on every sofa we were interested in within a 50-mile radius. lol That was four years ago and our sofa choice (the Morrison) is still perfect for us and still looks brand new despite a LOT of use. They have tons of fabric and cushion options so if you have one nearby, it’s worth a visit.

C
8 months ago
Reply to  Natalie

Love Room & Board!!!

Emily
8 months ago

Just out of curiosity, why do people prefer sofa beds to air mattresses? I find air mattresses super comfortable and more convenient but am likely missing something.

Molly Phillips
8 months ago
Reply to  Emily

It’s a few reasons for me: 1) They seem super cold all night. 2) They almost always deflate, especially b/c I usually share it with my husband, who weighs 100 lbs more than I do, and 3) We’re always uneven – I’m up about 3-4 inches higher (see weight difference, above), so I’m constantly rolling into him during the night. And finally, you hit an age where you want to be higher off the ground (can’t believe I’m about there but here we are).

Josh Rich
8 months ago

You should check out Cococo Home also. Hand made to order in NC. I love my Clark leather sofa and almost every sofa they make can be a sleeper.

Admin
8 months ago

DENNIS! DENNIS! DENNIS!!

MBJ
8 months ago

I have the Willow II slipcovered sleeper from Crate and Barrel and am happy with it! I give it a B+. The back cushions are super squishy but the bench seat is slightly more firm than I would like, just for my preference which is basically to fall into my couch and not be able to get out. The mattress has been slept on once and I think it was OK – but would benefit from a foam topper. Overall, though, the whole couch feels very sturdy and the cover is easy to get off and on. And the canvas fabric options is surprisingly soft while still feeling very substantial. I would buy again.

Erin
8 months ago

A word of warning re: sofa beds. I too was very fixated on ensuring ours was comfortable as a bed and really focused on that when making purchasing decisions. However, while the one we got is great as a bed, it is less great as a sofa. In fact, it is so uncomfortable for daily usage, that we are thinking of just getting a regular sofa and an air mattress for the occasions when we need it for spillover guests. I don’t live in North America, so it’s possible that options are better there, but if it’s a sofa you’re going to use everyday, you might not want to sacrifice your comfort for that of guests if it comes down to a trade-off between them. It’s possible that sofa beds in the USA get the balance better than they do here in the UK (i.e. very comfortable as both a bed and a couch) but it’s something to consider.

AB
8 months ago
Reply to  Erin

We have had the opposite experience: our 20 year old Thomasville sleeper is by far the most comfortable sofa we own/have owned. P.S. today’s “Thomasville” is not the same company, same name but not the same quality (RIP Thomasville).

ashley
8 months ago

Shout out to C&B Willow. I have the original and it’s amazing. Also, C&B customer service can’t be beat. Fun tip: I ordered replacement covers from Comfort Works and they are A+.

Suzanne
8 months ago
Reply to  ashley

It’s good to know that you like Comfort Works. I’ve thought about ordering from them, but I feel like I read mixed reviews.

Alison
8 months ago
Reply to  Suzanne

I would love a review of Comfort Works! We are thinking of getting a slipcover for an Ikea sectional and curious if it’s worth it to go with Comfort Works…it was more expensive than I expected!

Liz
8 months ago

I don’t have a ton of ikea furniture, but I swear by my ikea sleeper sofa. It’s 10 years old and its outlasted a much nicer CB2 sofa. My kids jump on it everyday. I’ve order 3 new slip covers over the years to keep it going. So if you’re looking for something affordable and fairly indestructible I’m a huge fan.

katie
8 months ago

I have the sherwood (not as a sleeper) in our media room and I can confirm it is THE MOST COMFORTABLE SOFA EVER MADE. ever. period. full stop. 10/10

Amber
8 months ago

American Leather has some amazing sleepers as well.

Denise
8 months ago

Check out http://www.rogerandchris.com. Excellent quality, lots of options/customizations, great prices. I bought one of their sofas earlier this year and was very pleased with it.

Beth
8 months ago

Congrats on the big move-in, Caitlin! My suggestions for successful cohabitation include setting ground rules up front. Decide who does what chores. The specifics can be renegotiated later if needed, but if you don’t set up some system right away, it’s harder to get both people to do their share down the line. Also, be sure to split bills equitably, based on percentage of income (but I’m sure you’re on top of that already!). Such a timely post. I recently bought a Marin sofa sleeper from West Elm’s open box site. It was a little scary not knowing what might be wrong with it, but the prospect of saving $800 or so was impossible to resist. It turned out the sofa was in good shape but quite dirty. Fortunately, Folex came through for me and it cleaned up beautifully. The sofa is gorgeous and quite comfortable. We put it in our media room / guest room, and it’s become my favorite spot in the house. We haven’t slept on the bed yet, but I tried it out in a West Elm store and it was very comfortable. It appears that the mattress is 60 x 72 inches. Good to know… Read more »

Katy
8 months ago
Reply to  Beth

The first one! I looked through your entire list, but that was my favorite. Lots of room for lounging AND a sleeper.

Samantha
8 months ago

I am curious if anyone actually sits on their sofa. There was a roundup of sofas in the past and all were too deep to sit on and everyone was sitting on the sofa sideways. I have a sofa bed because I wanted a firm mattress but have never pulled it out for anyone to sleep on because they prefer to sleep on it without pulling it out. I also cannot imagine buying a sofa without testing it first especially at the high price point.

Megan
8 months ago

On the topic of sofas… can we get an update on Emily’s Lawson Fenning Moreno sofa? Is it in the farmhouse? Is it comfortable? Holding up well? We’re in the market for a sectional and are looking at LF, but we’re not local so can’t see them in person.

Colleen
8 months ago

I got the West Elm Haven sleeper sofa because I only wanted to order a sofa whose bed I could test out in person. Delivery was a NIGHTMARE. No communication, endless months of delays, rude customer service (and I have two other friends that have had similar recent experiences with West Elm). And when it finally arrived, the bed itself was super uncomfortable. They must have added a feather bed to the top of the one in store. So now, in addition to what I spent on the sofa, I had to spend an additional $350 for a support board and a new mattress. Which is to say DON’T BUY YOUR SLEEPER SOFA FROM WEST ELM.
I have however slept on and loved the Room + Board sleeper sofas. And having owned one of their sofas myself in the past, can attest to how well made and comfortable they are. I shouldn’t have tried to save money with my West Elm purchase and should have invested in a Clad Home or Room + Board sofa. Lesson learned.

C
8 months ago
Reply to  Colleen

Another vote for American-made Room&Board! So comfortable and great quality!

Monique Wright Interior Design
8 months ago
Reply to  Colleen

Haha – I so agree with your comment! I’ve not had good luck with their sofas. Love the look, but the comfort is just not there. I’ve been using Room & Board for clients A LOT lately – hard to beat the quality/service/delivery times. I wish I had started using them sooner!

As a side note to the team – it’s really hard to comment on here with the ads getting in the way every time. I completely understand the need to have them to support your incredible team, but they make it super difficult to comment. 😅

T.
8 months ago

Pro tip: whether it is a sofa bed or an air mattress, use a 3-in foam topper. On sofa beds it gives you that extra couple of inches, makes the sheets fit better, and smooths out and protects the mattress. On air beds, it blocks the cold, and stabilizes the mattress a bit. I am forever hosting people, and this tip has served me well.

MBJ
8 months ago
Reply to  T.

I want a topper for my sofa bed mattress, but I NEED TO KNOW – do you keep it on the mattress at all times and fold it up inside the sofa when not being used, or do you need to store it separately? My 1950’s house is sorely lacking on closet space…

Lauren Owen
8 months ago

I love our sleeper sofa by American Leather. Full size queen mattress. I needed something that my 6′ 1′ son would fit on. It’s a great sofa as well. The local company we bought it from took it apart to to deliver it to our condo and reassembled it quickly once inside. American made. We’ve had ours for 10 years and it has held up beautifully. They go on sale once a year every fall.

Drea
8 months ago

Throwing another one out there – BenchMade Modern. Love that the pieces are made in the US and super fast for lots of options. Excited for holiday guests to come snooze in ours!

EF
8 months ago

Words of Wisdom: Get the Fair Play book and chore cards. Great system to divvy up domestic drudgery. You can find both new or used.

Sarah F
8 months ago

I’ve had my eye on the Katina sofa from Anthro (in dark green) for a while now and was wondering if you were going to feature it! There is was at the end 😁 They have great colors available.
Thanks for this list to consider other (& some less expensive) options! It’s really hard to know if they will actually be comfortable IRL. And I didn’t know about some mattresses being shorter lengths! Super helpful.

Sara
8 months ago

I have an older sleeper sofa that is still in good shape, but the mattress is lacking. Can you order a regular memory foam mattress or a replacement mattress without buying an entire new sofa? Has anyone tried that?
Love this post, btw!

8 months ago

Your extensive research into sleeper sofas is impressive, and the options you’ve shared are not only stylish but also practical. Your FAQs provide valuable insights for potential buyers. I particularly like the versatility of options like the Coniston and the Soto Queen Sleeper Sofa. Best of luck with your sofa shopping and future adventures with Dennis!

Julie
8 months ago

Such a helpful and well-organized compilation! Thanks, Caitlin!

JeffreyC
8 months ago

Adding a pillow top makes almost any sleeper sofa more comfy.

8 months ago

I’ve had the Joybird Hughes sleeper (https://joybird.com/sleeper-sofas/hughes-sleeper-sofa) for 5 years now and I don’t really ever see an end in sight for it! It’s a comfortable sofa and also a really great sleeper — I’ve slept on it a few times and my friends have had rave reviews too.