While ideally, it’s always best to use a traditional bed if you want the best night’s sleep possible, sometimes we know it’s not always that easy. With rooms getting smaller these days, more people are looking into space-saving alternatives. From furniture that also provides extra storage and flatpack, customisable modular sofas to compact tables and sofa beds, this space-savvy generation has it all figured out!
If you’re considering getting a sofa bed to use as a permanent sleeping solution, we’ve put together this guide full of tips and advice to help you make the right decision.
Are Sofa Beds Worth Buying?
In short, yes. Sofa beds are 100% worth buying. Even if you’re not planning on using it every day for yourself, an extra bed and seating area will always be useful to have in the house. Especially if you entertain or have friends and family staying over often. Sadly, over the years, sofa beds have gained a reputation for being uncomfortable eyesores. But, with technology in both mattresses and bed frames improving, sofa beds have massively improved too. Now, they’re a staple piece of furniture and very much sought-after. Compact, stylish, good-quality and comfortable, the right sofa bed can look great in your home and offer an ideal sleeping arrangement.
Are Sofa Beds Comfortable?
Sofa beds are comfortable to sleep on but nothing will be able to compare to a traditional bed and mattress. Typically, sofa beds tend to be firmer as they are usually made from foam, which is one of the firmest materials for sofas. Plus, the mattresses can also be quite shallow.
To ensure your sofa bed is as comfortable as possible, avoid harsh fabrics or leather and instead, opt for cotton, felt or velvet which will make a big difference in comfortability. While you can choose feather or fibre sofa bed fillings to improve the comfort, foam is the more common filling as it’s extremely durable, has no allergy concerns and is very low maintenance.
If you have any kind of back pain or problems, then a foam sofa bed probably wouldn’t be the right choice for you as the firmness could potentially cause more stiffness. Instead, choose a pull-out sofa bed that includes a separate mattress that lays on top of a sprung frame for more support.
When it came to designing our own Swyft Model 04 sofa bed, of course, comfort was key, so we’ve built a sofa bed which is not only practical but comfortable. With a foam mattress that’s 7 inches thick with over 300 pocket springs, an integrated mattress topper, and a frame not built from metal. Say goodbye to the days of chronic back pain from sofa beds and hello to the next generation of couch surfing.
Can a Couple Share a Sofa Bed?
On average, a sofa bed, when folded out, is the same size as a queen-sized bed, or, a 2 or 3-seater sofa. This means that sharing the sofa bed as a couple should be both comfortable and spacious and can be used as an everyday piece of furniture.
If you’re wanting the bed for guests and are short on space, different sizes are available to suit your needs. From a double to twin-sized, whether you’re inviting a couple or a single sleeper to stay you’ll easily be able to find the perfect sofa bed for a comfortable sleeping arrangement. Before buying your sofa bed, remember to measure the space and find out the dimensions of the bed to ensure it will fit perfectly in the intended spot.
How to Make a Sofa Bed More Comfortable
If you already have a sofa bed and are looking to make it more comfortable for either you or your guests follow these quick tips below:
- Use a mattress topper - this can make a big difference to almost any surface, providing a soft, comfortable bed while also offering a level of protection for the fabric too.
- High thread count sheets - while these are a luxury and more expensive than regular sheets, there’s no denying that they are heaven to sleep on.
- Fluffy pillows - feather pillows that you can sink in to make drifting off to sleep far easier. If you suffer from allergies then a synthetic fill can be just as fluffy and cosy.
- Fresh sheets - nothing feels better than sleeping in fresh sheets that have come straight out of the drier. By using clean sheets every time your sofa bed experience will only be improved.