The ultimate guide to sofa beds

If you’re looking for a sofa bed, you might not be sure where to start. No need to worry we’ve got all the answers right here in our guide. Be sure to read on and find out everything there is to know about sofa beds…  

What is a sofa bed?

A sofa bed is a piece of furniture that looks like a sofa and functions as a bed. You can easily convert it from one to another by folding out its seat cushion. You can use it in your bedroom, in your office, or the living room, and you can transform it into a bed when you want to. There are also many different types – some are fold-up beds and some are built-in beds that pop out of the furniture. 

What’s the purpose of a sofa bed?

A sofa bed has many purposes that make them a popular choice. Let’s start with the fact it saves a considerable amount of space compared to a traditional bed as it can be easily folded away. This is especially beneficial in smaller homes or multi-use guest rooms as a dual-purpose sofa bed can serve as a place to sit during the day and a place to sleep at night. 

If you’re hosting for a night or two, it’s useful to have the option of extra sleeping space. Sofa beds are also a functional way to add a guest bed to your home so you’re always prepared for any overnight visitors. 

How many can sleep in a sofa bed?

Naturally, the number of people that can sleep on a sofa bed depends on the size of the sofa bed. Most sofa beds are doubles and made for two people to comfortably sleep.

In terms of sizes of sofa beds for different numbers of sleepers, here are some general rules to follow:

  • A single person will be comfortable on a sofa bed that is at least 137cm x 175cm
  • A couple will sleep snuggly on a sofa bed that is at least 191cm x 200cm
  • If three people plan to sleep on the same sofa bed one night, then the ideal size would be 239cm x 203cm
What size sofa bed can you choose from?

Just like a regular bed, sofa beds also come in different sizes – so it’s important to figure out your sofa bed’s dimensions before purchasing one.

One of the most important things to know about sofa beds is that they aren’t one-size-fits-all – literally and figuratively.

There are many different sizes and styles available; it’s all about finding the right for your space and sleeping needs.

There are also several factors besides size that should be considered when making a choice, including: 

  • Firmness 
  • Material
  • Ease of use
  • Durability of mattress 

Let's explore sofa beds...

1. 2 seater sofa bed

A 2-seater sofa bed has a small compact design primarily for studio flats, snugs or even as an additional piece of furniture in bedrooms. This twin size is a good option if you need extra sleeping space for children or a single adult sleeper. 

2. 3 seater sofa bed

A 3-seater sofa bed provides extra room to easily accommodate two sleepers. Typically found in larger rooms, they’re equally as comfortable as a traditional bed and will make the perfect addition to either your living room or spare room. 

3. 4 seater sofa bed

A 4-seater sofa bed is the best choice for two adults who want plenty of room to spread out while sleeping. Though it’s worth bearing in mind, as it is one of the larger sofa bed options, it may not be an option for those limited on space. 

How to measure for a sofa bed

To measure for a sofa bed remember to take measurements both when the bed is extended and folded away. It’s best to account for at least a 30cm gap on either one side of the sofa bed or ideally on both sides so your guests can easily manoeuvre around when it’s in-situ.

What colour sofa beds are there?

There are lots of different coloured sofa beds to choose from. The most popular are black sofa beds, grey sofa beds and cream sofa beds. This is likely because these are the most versatile shades and therefore fit in effortlessly into a catalogue of colour schemes. 

The colour of your sofa bed is very much down to personal preference, so think about the room you want it for and what will fit well in there. 

Is it easy to transform the sofa into a bed?


Converting your sofa bed back, either way, is simple to do, with its easy to use mechanism. You might expect there to be some complicated assembly procedure involved, but it’s usually very simple – just pull out the seat or back cushions, and you’re ready to go. 

What is the difference between a sofa bed and a futon?

The main difference between a futon and a sofa bed is that a futon lays right on top of the floor while a sofa bed has legs.

A futon is great for small spaces because it takes less space than other types of beds and is often used for sleeping purposes only. On the other hand, sofa beds are more versatile because they can double as seating space and sleeping areas at the same time.

How to look after a sofa bed?

For your sofa bed to provide long-lasting comfort, you should keep it clean and vacuum regularly. Be sure to use synthetic fibres or microfibre cloths instead of harsh household cleaners, such as bleach, as these will not damage the fabric on your sofa bed.

Check out our fabric care guide for more top tips on cleaning your sofa bed material. Thinking of opting for a leather sofa bed? Our leather care guide will answer all of your questions. 

You should also take care when moving your sofa bed from room to room so that you don’t scratch or damage it. You can move it in one piece by lifting one end at a time. If you need to move it, then you should first remove all of the cushions and frame pieces so they won’t get damaged in transit. 

Read more in our sofa care guide here.

How long does a sofa bed last?

Our modern sofa beds are built with quality materials and functionality in mind, so they will hold up fairly well to regular use. As long as it’s cared for correctly, a sofa bed can last for many years to come, just the same as a traditional bed.

Our sofa beds come with a 20-year frame guarantee, so if something goes wrong with it after 10 years or even 15 years you can get it fixed without having to worry.

Can a sofa bed be as comfortable as a bed?

Sofa beds are the ultimate combination of comfort and functionality. They have all the benefits of a traditional sofa – cosy, warm and able to seat multiple people – with the added bonus of acting as a bed when you need it to (or even when you don’t). 

How can I make my sofa bed more comfortable?

Dressing your sofa bed with plenty of pillows, throws and blankets can help it feel more homely and cosy. If you have a spring mattress or are not ready to replace the mattress yet, there are some things you can do to improve the comfort of your current bed. We recommend purchasing a thick memory foam topper and investing in good quality sheets; these will be softer on your skin and last longer. 

Can you sleep on a sofa bed every night?

On the whole, sofa beds are designed to be slept on occasionally, rather than every night. When you sleep on your sofa bed, it’s not like sleeping on a regular bed. That’s because the mattress is thinner than your average bed mattress (though still plenty soft enough!). 

Published: 6th July 2022