Growing up my folks had an old pull-out sofa bed from the 1970’s. As a sofa it was pretty cool. As a bed it was terrible.
One of my earliest memories of that tank of a sleeper sofa was I managed I was goofing around with some small toy that ended up under it. It had a rigid frame and weighed an absolute tonne. I reached underneath to get my lost toy and while I could get my elbow underneath, I couldn’t pull it out. I was stuck on the flow with my arm wedged under that several hundred pound couch.
I screamed as usual when in a predicament and my dad rescued me. My arm hurt, but no harm done. I never reached under that sofa bed again.
Now let’s get to the heart of the matter.
Table of Contents
- How to Choose a Sleeper Sofa
- 3 Reasons to Choose a Sleeper Sofa
- How We Created This List
- 10 of Our Favorite Sleeper Sofas
- 1. Hammondale Pin Tufted Convertible Sofa
- 2. Varick Gallery Ferris Sleeper Sofa
- 3. Emmons Sleeper Sofa
- 4. Serta Upholstery Cia Sleeper Loveseat
- 5. Byrdhill Sleeper Sofa
- 6. Larkinhurst Sleeper Sofa
- 7. Simmons Upholstery Trafford Sleeper Sofa
- 8. Lakeview Adjustable Storage Sofa
- 9. Trista Sleeper Sofa
- 10. Zeb Sleeper Sofa
How to Choose a Sleeper Sofa
Our list includes pull-out sofas and convertible sofas. The difference is a convertible sofa doesn’t have a built-in mattress. Instead pillows are used for the mattress. A pull-out bed has a built in mattress that folds and tucks away.
Moreover, a sleeper sofa is different from a futon in that the futon totally transforms into either sofa or bed. Sleeper sofas convert or produce a bed while retaining its sofa form. Our list does not include futons.
There are two key things to look for in a sleeper sofa: the size of the frame and in the case of a pull-out bed, the mattress included.
Sleeper sofas come in four standard sizes:
- Chair (51-58 in)
- Twin (56-65 in)
- Full (68-92 in)
- Queen (79-101 in)
It may be tempting to go for the largest sofa because the idea of a twin bed isn’t appealing. But you’ll also need to choose the sofa according to the measurements of the space you’re putting it in.
Be sure to measure the space as well as the doorways it needs to pass through to make sure the sofa bed you choose will fit. It will need to make it into your home and to its final destination without removing any door frames.
If you’re unsure of what size doorway a sofa can clear, always ask the manufacturer.
You’ll also choose between three common mattresses:
Though, not all sofas include a mattress. There are plenty of reclining models for those looking for a sofa sleeper for occasional use and who aren’t fussed about having a mattress.
3 Reasons to Choose a Sleeper Sofa
1. Sleeper sofas make the most of a small space.
Sleeper sofas are the perfect solution for a small floor space. They’re great for studio apartments and one-room dwellings because they make it easy to convert a living space into sleeping space in a few moments.
2. Sleeper sofas create dual purpose rooms.
Want a home office but can’t justify giving up a guest room?
Create a dual-purpose room with a sofa sleeper and use each space as you need it when you need it.
3. Sleeper sofas sometimes offer storage solutions.
Sleeper sofas are designed to be space savers. In addition to doubling as a sofa and a pull-out bed, they also often include storage solutions like drawers and hollow areas to help reduce clutter.
You’ll also free up existing storage space taken up by air mattresses.
How We Created This List
We put together a list of highly-rated sofas to showcase the variety of sleeper sofas available on the market. It demonstrates that your next sleeper sofa can be both practical and stylish.
We only included sofas that are popular among customers and consistently receive reviews of 4.5 stars or better.
Here are the top 10.
10 of Our Favorite Sleeper Sofas
1. Hammondale Pin Tufted Convertible Sofa
- Style: Glam Sofas
- Design: Velvet-upholstered 3-seater sofa on a hardwood frame
- Dimensions: 34” H x 81” W x 34” D
Thought sofa beds had to be modular and well… ugly? Think again.
The Hammondale model looks like it was plucked right from a 1950s-film set with a velvet print tufted style.
The sofa includes a partial recline option in addition to fully folding out into a sofa bed.
What we love about this sofa bed is how easy it is to move. It fits through a 30-inch door and weighs only 117 pounds, which is lighter than traditional mattress models. It also includes padding on the feet, so you can drag it from wall to wall or even from room to room.
2. Varick Gallery Ferris Sleeper Sofa
- Style: Modern & Contemporary Sofas
- Design: 3-seat convertible sofa upholstered with linen with a wood frame
- Dimensions: 32” H x 78.5” W x 33.5” D
Unlike the futons of the 1980s and 1990s, this one is designed to get a good night’s sleep on. The design includes a frame to support the back, bottom, and sides to prevent the sagging futons are so well known for.
This sofa is perfect for homes with kids. It’s lightweight at only 86 pounds and the linen fabric keeps it easy to clean compared to other materials.
3. Emmons Sleeper Sofa
- Style: Traditional sofa
- Design: 2-seater sofa with polyester upholstery and manufactured wood frame
- Dimensions: 37.5” H x 82” W x 36.5” D
The Emmons Sleeper Sofa is the sofa you always imagined you could have but was never available on the market. As a sofa, it’s has a clean, modern look that fits perfectly in a living space, and that look doesn’t disappear when it pulls out.
When set up as a sofa bed, it looks like the real deal and the perfect place to spend a lazy weekend morning.
The mattress and pillows are filled with foam, so you can be sure you’re not sleeping right on the boards, and the polyester cover keeps it easy to clean.
4. Serta Upholstery Cia Sleeper Loveseat
- Style: Glam sofa
- Design: Loveseat with wood frame and a twin size mattress
- 32” H x 52” W x 35” D
You’re looking for a modern sleeper focused on providing the best sleep possible, then consider the Serta Upholstery Cia Sleeper Loveseat.
The foam mattress is a single and is made from Serta’s Certi-PUR range. The size of the sofa and the size of the mattress make it ideal for dual use rooms like guest rooms that double as office space.
5. Byrdhill Sleeper Sofa
- Style: Traditional sofa
- Design: 3-seater sofa upholstered with brown chenille; queen size bed
- Dimensions: 37” H x 86” W x 38” D
A queen-size mattress with an inner spring turns the Byrdhill Sleeper Sofa into a suitable alternative to an individual guest room.
Those who buy it love the chenille fabric and the oatmeal color, which goes well with existing living rooms and doesn’t require a whole remodel to add another bed to the home.
The size and weight of this sofa make it one to keep where it is, but because it’s so easy to match, you can always re-decorate your living around it.
6. Larkinhurst Sleeper Sofa
- Style: Rustic sofa
- Design: 3-seater sofa with polyester upholstery and a queen mattress
- Dimensions: 38” H x 89” W x 39” D
A faux leather sleeper sofa allows for the best of both worlds: a sofa worthy of center piece status and an added bed.
The Larkinhurst sleeper sofa is washed in neutral and earthy tones complemented by rolled arms and turned feat for a classic and effortless look. As a sofa, it offers extra support both on the back and the seat of the sofa.
The queen-size bed is easy to pull out and both the steel frame and the memory foam provide enough support for a good night’s sleep.
7. Simmons Upholstery Trafford Sleeper Sofa
- Style: Traditional sofa
- Design: Espresso faux leather upholstery on a wood frame in 3 sizes
- Twin: 39” H x 66” W
- Full Size: 39” H x 80” W
- Queen Size: 39”H x 87” W
The Simmons Upholstery Trafford Sleeper Sofa brings masculine design in the form of a hide-a-bed. The sofa is upholstered with faux leather and the details are made with bonded leather.
The bed is as practically designed as the sofa itself. It includes a removable frame and an enhanced foam mattress. The mattress is medium-firm, but those who prefer a softer medium may find the mattress too firm for their liking.
Keep in mind that the sofa itself is made of faux leather, so it won’t stand up to the elements as well as genuine leather. But it is a good way to achieve the classic armchair look with an added sofa bed at this price point.
8. Lakeview Adjustable Storage Sofa
- Style: Sofas and sectionals
- Design: Convertible sofa with a microfiber cover and under-seat storage
- Dimensions: 34” H x 84” W x 36” D
The Lakeview Adjustable Storage sofa is a convertible model. Its plush microfiber cover offers a cube pattern that screams quilted comfort. As an added bonus, it’s filled with memory foam to ensure it’s as comfortable as it looks.
When converted, the sofa bed is twin size and has a medium-soft feel because of the memory foam.
Because it’s a convertible sofa, this model offers both a bed and storage space, which makes it great for small square footage living.
9. Trista Sleeper Sofa
- Style: Modern sofa
- Design: Linen upholstered sofa with a coil spring seat and twin mattress
- Dimensions: 35.5” H x 54” W x 32.5” D
This loveseat size sofa sleeper makes an impact in any room. Add it to a living room to add an extra bed without sacrificing the beautiful full-size sofa you’ve always dreamed of. Alternatively, set it up in an oversized guest room to sleep an additional person, which is useful when friends with kids visit. It could even be a sweet addition to a home office turned occasional guest room.
The modern lines and gray linen of the Trista Sofa Sleeper make it easy to add into any room. Hide it among some book cases or other storage units to create a comfy, multi-purpose sitting area. Add some accents to transform it into a stylish and easy to update center piece.
10. Zeb Sleeper Sofa
- Style: Traditional sofa
- Design: Traditional sofa with polyester-blend upholstery and full-size mattress
- Dimensions: 38” H x 76” W x 38” D
Looking for the bog-standard sleeper sofa of yore that’s all practicality and no frills? Look no further than the Zeb Sleeper Sofa.
The Zeb sofa is upholstered with a polyester blend material (5% nylon and 95% polyester). The cushions themselves are firm, but they can’t be flipped around, which is important to keep in mind if you anticipate heavy use of the sofa.
Remove the cushions, and it folds out into a full-size bed. The mattress on the Zeb sofa is 4.5 inches thick with a foam top for added comfort. So, even though the sofa itself is firm, guests who aren’t used to memory foam might find the mattress a bit soft.