Sofa Bed: Review & Recommendations

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Welcome to our big bed sofa test 2019, where we present all the bed sofas we have tested in detail. We have put together detailed background information for you and also added a summary of the customer reviews on the net.

We want to make your purchase decision easier and help you to find the best sofa bed for you.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer you interesting test videos. You will also find some important information on this page that you should pay attention to if you want to buy a sofa bed.

The most important facts in brief

  • Basically, a distinction can be made between three materials, fabric, genuine leather and artificial leather. Real leather is more expensive, but for higher quality.
  • When choosing the size, it should always be noted that the piece of furniture is much larger when folded out or pulled out. It should always be measured before.
  • Bed sofas are perfect for one-room apartments, smaller apartments, guest rooms and children’s rooms.

Bed sofa test: Favourites of the editors

  • The best sofa bed with spring core upholstery
  • The best sofa bed with wooden base
  • The best sofa bed with cushion set

The best sofa bed with spring core upholstery

The Factory sofa bed is a modern sofa with an attractive price. It is a grey fabric sofa with a sleeping area of 142cm x 186cm and has a bed base and a spring core upholstery. The sofa is delivered in parts, but is very easy to assemble.

The best sofa bed with wooden base

The Chicago-FK sofa bed is supplied with a robust fabric cover in cappuccino colour.

It has a closed overall size of 200cmx95cm and a sleeping area of 146cmx200cm. It is very easy to assemble and has a durable finish.

The best sofa bed with cushion set

The Mirjan24 sofa Weronika is an attractive bed sofa, it is available in over 10 different colours, it can be chosen from different materials and it has a bed base. The sofa has a comfortable sleeping area of 190cmx130cm, on which you sleep well.

Advisor: Questions you should deal with before you buy a sofa bed

For whom is a sofa bed suitable?

Bed sofas are perfect for smaller apartments, such as one-room flats.
As they can be very space-saving and flexible by moving the sleeping surface in and out. This particular type of bed is also very popular and boys and children’s rooms.

Also in various guest rooms, bed sofas can be found very often, as they are very practical for smaller rooms.

They are also very popular in various living rooms, as it can be useful if you ever have more guests visiting.

These types of sofas are available in many different designs, patterns and colours. There is something for every taste. You can also find different materials, such as fabric, leather or similar. You can easily decide what kind of sofa to buy according to your own style.

In what size should I buy a sofa bed?

The size of the bed sofa varies from smaller variants to larger ones. It depends on how much space you have available, but there is sure to be something for every room, no matter how big or small.
If you want to buy a piece of furniture of this type, the first thing you should consider is how much space you have available.
It should be noted that the pulled out bed will also fit in the desired place and not just the size of the pulled in couch.
In addition, if a table is placed in front of the furniture, you will need additional space for it.
When choosing the measurements according to the open bed, it should always be considered that there are transverse and longitudinal sleeper beds and that the widths and/or lengths can vary.
The lengths of the lying surface are mostly between 195cm and 200cm, whereas the widths can be from 80cm up to 180cm.

In summary, a suitable piece of furniture can be found for every room, depending on the playing surface.

How much is a sofa bed?

The price range of the most popular bed sofas is between 150 Euro and 1200 Euro. Here it depends mainly on the size of the couch, how expensive the item is.
Whereby also, depending on the quality, more or less can be spent. With the cheaper prices the quality is often lower and with the more expensive usually higher quality.
The prices of the furniture can vary depending on dimensions and material. Sofas made of real leather are usually much more expensive than sofas made of imitation leather or sofas made of fabric.
The cheapest option is a couch made of upholstery, although these are usually recommended for children’s rooms.

Where can I buy a sofa bed?

The best place to buy your new bed sofa is a furniture store, because here you can watch the live version. You can imagine everything better and you know exactly how big the piece of furniture is and if it fits your wishes.
In addition, you can also buy the items in many catalogues and of course in various online shops. Nowadays they can be bought more and more often even at many local supermarkets.
According to our research, most bed sofas are sold through the following furniture stores and online shops:

IKEA
amazon.com
Otto.com
hoeffner.com
furniture.com
XXXLutz
made.de
Mömax

All the bed sofas presented here have a link from at least one of these pages. If one of the pieces of furniture serves ideas, you can strike here immediately.

What alternatives are there to a sofa bed?

An alternative would be for example the sofa bed, sounds very similar but is not the same. Nevertheless, it is based on the same idea: to save as much space as possible.
The question here is: what is a sofa bed?
A sofa bed is quite simply a bed, including mattress and slatted frame, that can be used as a sofa during the day.
Often called a functional bed, it has a drawer with a second slatted frame underneath, as well as a second mattress. This drawer can be used as an additional guest bed when needed.
Otherwise, the bed could be equipped with one or more compartments or drawers to store various items such as cushions or blankets.

Decision: What types of sofa beds are there and which one is right for you?

If you have decided to buy a sofa bed, there are five different types of these beds to choose from:

  • Lengthwise sleeper sofa
  • Sleeper sofa
  • Sofa bed for every day
  • Sofa bed with guest function
  • studio couch

Afterwards only the material, the design and the colour have to be chosen, but this choice always varies from taste to taste.

What distinguishes a longitudinal sleeper sofa and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The longitudinal sleeper sofa is folded down or pulled out so that the seat becomes a lying surface and you lie on it lengthwise.

Sometimes the backrest is folded down, which creates the bed. In most cases, however, the backrest is not changed, but the lying surface is extended instead.

Advantages

very large lying surface
Arm and backrest often do not need to be adjusted
perfectly suitable for two persons

Disadvantages

often overpriced
a lot of space is needed for the conversion
for some models the conversion can be complicated

What distinguishes a transverse sleeper sofa and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

In this variant, the positions of the arm and back rests are changed by folding them down and thus serve as an enlarged bed. In this case you lie crosswise on the seat.

Advantages

You need little space for the conversion (more space-saving than longitudinal sleepers)
Smooth and uncomplicated conversion
Often there can be a bed drawer to stow away

Disadvantages

Mostly suitable for one person only
Short lying surfaces
uncomfortable lying, because of armrests you can not fold out

What distinguishes a bed sofa for every day and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

This form is very common, especially in one-room apartments. During the day it can be used as a normal sofa, and at night it is converted into a bed.

Since it is intended for daily use, comfort is the top priority. As a result, bed sofas have been designed to be as similar to a normal bed as possible.

In addition to various mattresses, there are also constructions similar to a slatted frame that can be used.

The focus is on ensuring that all desired aspects are met and that the bed is as comfortable as possible.

What distinguishes a sofa bed with guest function and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

As already described in the name, the focus here is on the guests who want to stay with you for one or more nights. No matter if you decide for a guest room or a living room, there is the perfect item for every room.

In the living room it is particularly practical, as in most cases there is a sofa here anyway. If you decide to buy a sofa bed right away, you can always convert it into a bed in an emergency.

What distinguishes a studio couch and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Studio couches are characterised by the fact that they do not need to be pulled out or folded down for practical reasons.

The space available for sleeping is in fact the size of a single bed and is therefore very easy to handle. This makes this variant particularly easy to handle when there is no room to move out.

In addition, most models have a bed box for storing duvets, pillows or similar items. So this version can be space-saving and very useful in many ways.

Advantages

Very space saving
A conversion is not required
Perfect for occasional overnight stays

Disadvantages

Little space to sleep
Not recommended for daily use

Purchase criteria: You can compare and rate bed sofas based on these factors

In the following we will show you on the basis of which aspects you can decide between a large number of possible bed sofas.

The criteria that you can use to compare the different sofas include

  • Dimensions/size
  • Assembly/Tool
  • Material
  • Colour and design
  • Extras/Functions

Dimensions/size

The first thing to think about is how much space you have available.

Furthermore, it should always be noted that the sofa can be a lot bigger when it is moved out, this should not be forgotten.

If you decide on a lengthwise sleeping bed, the most space is needed.

For the seat height, a height of approximately 43cm to 45cm is recommended. The seat depth is 52cm and 55cm, but here you have to consider that the deeper the sofa is the lower you sit on it.

Assembly and tools

The assembly varies from furniture to furniture. There are sofas that are delivered as a whole, but there are also sofas that you have to assemble yourself with instructions.

Everything you need to know is in these instructions, if you have any questions, the sellers will be happy to help you.

The necessary tools, especially a cordless screwdriver, are most important here. It is best to work with a lot of patience, not everything always works the first time, especially when you want to assemble a piece of furniture.

Some suppliers offer a delivery service including assembly, here you don’t have to worry about instructions or tools anymore. Everything is done by the suppliers.

Material

As already mentioned, bed sofas can be found in various materials, such as fabric, real or imitation leather. Shortly to the imitation leather, it is a textile with a plastic surface, in leather look.

Fabric sofas are described as very comfortable, and easy to clean. The offer of the fabric variant, is however small to many furniture stores, in on-line shops they are easier to find.

If you look at the two leather options, you will hardly see any difference optically.

However, one can distinguish between the following aspects: Real leather has only a rough leather back, which is a typical characteristic of it.

It is also much more supple than fake leather, although there are exceptions to high quality imitation leather that feel very similar.

Another difference, which is quite clear, is the smell. Real leather has an odour with a high recognition value that cannot be found in artificial leather.

Colour and design

The taste is of course different for everyone, the sofa should visually fit in with the rest of the furnishings and naturally please the buyer.

There are numerous choices of designs, whether monochrome, colorful, light or dark. There is the right piece of furniture for everyone!

Some aspects should be taken into account when choosing a colour. For example, if you have small children or pets at home, darker colours and easy-care materials are recommended.

The light colours are not suitable here, as they are too sensitive and you want to avoid any stain on them.

Extras/Functions

Bed sofas can of course be supplied with various extras. The most popular of the extras is the bed base. Here you can store all kinds of things under the sofa and save a lot of space.

Trivia: Worth knowing facts about the sofa bed

What do I have to consider when assembling my sofa?

It is very important to know that a sofa can also be set up by yourself, without the help of another person. No previous knowledge of craftsmanship is required.

However, the setup with a helper might be more comfortable, as it could be quicker and possibly more fun.

It is recommended to take as much time as possible for the assembly. The position where the sofa bed is to be placed should be fixed and the materials should be already placed there.

The care of the sofa bed is clearly determined by the type of material. Fabric, leather and artificial leather are all cared for differently. In the following section we will explain how you can best care for your sofa.

Care of fabric covers

When maintaining fabric, it is recommended that the furniture is vacuumed regularly, using an upholstery brush. Every six months it should be cleaned with a damp cloth, from right to left. It should be completely dry again before reuse.

Care of genuine and artificial leather

With real leather you should refrain from using any cleaning agents, as it could otherwise be destroyed by chemicals. It is best to use a slightly moistened cloth and wipe gently over the leather. A normal microfibre cloth can be used to remove dust.

However, a distinction can still be made between cleaning suede and smooth leather. The rough leather is cleaned with a very soft and gentle upholstery brush.

The smooth version can be easily cleaned with a soft cloth. It can also be wiped every few months with a damp cloth.

The artificial leather is cleaned in a completely different way, because it does not tolerate water. It should only be cleaned dry, otherwise the material will foam up which can be harmful.

For how long can I keep my sofa bed?

It depends mainly on how often and how intensively the furniture is used. Furthermore, it always depends on the quality of how long you can keep and use your sofa, as well as on the distribution and the chosen material.

A piece of furniture of a very high quality and possibly with a mattress that is used extra can very well be used for a decade or often longer.

Sofas, which are slightly cheaper and whose quality is a little lower, can unfortunately only be used for a few years.

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