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Modern Sofa Bed Buying Guide: How to Buy a Sofa Bed

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Modern Sofa Bed Buying Guide: How to Buy a Sofa Bed

If you're on the hunt for a new sofa bed, we're launching Model 04 at the beginning of May. For more info and to be the first to hear about the launch, click here.

When space is limited in your home, choosing to buy a sofa bed is a great option. Not only can they be comfortable, stylish and add to your decor, but they’re also flexible and functional, allowing you to turn any room into a place for someone to sleep peacefully.

There are many different types of sofa beds available, so it can be a little confusing navigating the market to choose the best one for your home and your needs. Luckily, we’re here to help and have put together this useful guide to help you learn the differences and offer our top tips for buying a sofa bed.

What are the different types of sofa beds?

Before you dive into buying a sofa bed, it’s important to really research the different types available to ensure you’re choosing the correct one for your space.

Pull-out sofas

A pull-out sofa, much like our Model 04, is a sofa-bed designed to look more like a sofa, and less like a sofa bed which suits many people's personal style and preference. Pull-out sofa beds typically have storage under the seats that hold a mattress and bedding that can then be unfolded to make a bed whenever needed.


A futon is similar to a pull-out sofa bed, the only difference being the futon uses the same cushions for both the sofa and the bed. Many of them also don’t have armrests, making them easy to fold out into a bed in seconds.


Daybeds are usually a twin-sized sofa bed usually found in home offices or spare rooms and are great for lounging, relaxing and sleeping on. These sofa-beds don’t fold out, they are static pieces that can be dressed up for being either a sofa or a bed.

Corner sofa beds

A corner sofa bed is a great option for utilising space and ideal for small living rooms. During the day, it’s a comfortable place to lounge and in the evening, it can be transformed into a comfortable, spacious bed for if any guests want to stay the night.

Chair beds

If you’re limited on space, then a chair bed could be the best option for you. These are the smallest type of sofa bed and work well in any room. They are very multi-functional, providing both a cosy seating area and a hidden bed when needed.

5 Top tips for buying a sofa bed

Buying a sofa bed is a big investment so you need to love the look of it and choose it in the same way as you would choose a sofa. Here are some of our top tips to ensure you buy the perfect sofa bed:

1. Measure up properly

The last thing you want is to buy a sofa bed only to realise it doesn't fit properly in the intended space. Before you start browsing, measure the area you picture the sofa bed going in and make sure you get the correct dimension for the sofa bed itself so you can be confident you get a perfect fit. Have a read of our complete sofa dimensions and measuring guide for more help and advice.

2. Comfort is key

One of the most important things to consider when buying a sofa bed is how comfortable it is. You’ll need to find a sofa bed that’s comfortable for both sleeping on and everyday use. And with so many options available, you and your guests shouldn’t have to compromise. Avoid any sofa beds that don’t use a high-quality mattress or bed mechanism, as these won’t offer good support and may do more harm than good. Ideally, you should test the sofa bed before buying, but if this isn’t possible make sure you do plenty of research and read customer reviews.

3. Look for good quality mechanisms

A good sofa bed will have high-quality mechanisms that will help you lift the bed up and out in a smooth motion. If the mechanisms squeak or stick it’s probably best to look elsewhere. You want to make sure the mechanisms are put together well and unlikely to break or come loose.

4. How many people will it sleep?

Another thing to consider is how many people you intend the sofa bed to sleep. If you only need it for one guest, then a chair bed will be ideal. But, if two people are sleeping round, you’ll need a sofa bed that’s at least a 4ft double so your guests can sleep comfortably. The dimensions of our Model 04 sofa bed is 1350 X 1900MM, meaning it’ll sleep two people easily.

5. Match your decor

As one of the bigger pieces of furniture, choosing the right style and colour of the sofa bed to match your decor can really enhance the aesthetic of the room. Pair your sofa bed with existing colours and patterns in the room to match and complement the style. Or, if you’re wanting to make a statement, go for contrasting colours and textures to make the sofa bed stand out.

You can also add a touch of personalisation to the sofa bed by adding cushions, throws and other accessories to make it look cosy and inviting. Take a look at our top styling tips for how to dress a sofa for more ideas and inspiration.

If you're on the hunt for a new sofa bed, we're launching Model 04 at the beginning of May. For more info and to be the first to hear about the launch, click here.

Not sure what type of fabric to choose for your sofa bed? Take a look at our fabric sofas buying guide for tips and advice.

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