The best sofa beds: stylish designs that are actually comfortable to sit and sleep on

Our edit of the best sofa beds for the living room, guest room. or home office; from compact space-saving designs to comfortable corner sofa beds and spacious chaise

A grey sofa bed pulled out into a sleeping area in a large lightfilled living room
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Looking for the best sofa beds? The way that we use our homes has changed significantly over the past few years, and as such the multifunctional sofa bed has truly come into its own, allowing our homes to adapt to multiple purposes as and when required.

Rather than creating a dedicated guest bedroom that might rarely be used, adding a sofa bed to the home office or living room allows for greater day-to-day use of your square footage and allows for easy adaptation when guests come to stay. 

A sofa bed can also be the perfect solution for kid's sleepovers and – with a new breed of sleeper sofas that you won't want to hide out of view – this multifunctional seating can make a space-saving solution for small homes and apartment dwellers who want to entertain guests for more than just one evening.

So, in this guide we've rounded up the best sofa beds on the Livingetc radar, bringing together the seating offering comfort, functionality, and, of course, a good dose of style. 

If you’re inspired to update your main seating while you’re here? Our edit of this year's best sofas will point you in the right direction for design-led modular, two and three-seater, and on-trend corner sofas.  


The best sofa beds

A pale grey contemporary sofa bed in a high-ceilinged apartment with wooden floorsLivingetc badge – tried, loved

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1. Swyft Model 04 3 Seater Sofa Bed

Best sofa bed for fast delivery: the sofa bed in a box that's both quick and convenient

Specifications
Seats: 3
Sleeps: 2
Sofa size: H86 x W208 x D89cm
Extended length: 135cm
Mattress size: L190 x W135
Mattress type: Pocket-sprung foam fold-out
Upholstery options: 7
Reasons to buy
+Delivery available in just 24 hours+Delivered flat-packed in sections - useful for homes with tricky access+Stain-resistant upholstery+Mattress topper included+Standard double bed's worth of sleeping space+Arms removable if you need extra space+Easy to disassemble if you move house
Reasons to avoid
-Fairly firm to sit and sleep on-Low back-Limited upholstery options-(Simple) self-assembly required

Everything about the Swyft Model 04 sofa bed is designed to offer ease and convenience, and if you're looking for a sofa bed with pre-Christmas delivery, then this may well be the sleeper sofa for you.

If you buy direct from the Swyft website then the brand offers delivery within 24 hours, with third-party stockists guaranteeing delivery in under 7 days - a far cry from the usual 8-12 week sofa lead times.

This 'sofa bed in a box' also arrives flat-packed, so although there is a little self-assembly to do on arrival, you have the reassurance of knowing it will fit easily into rooms with awkward access, making it a comparatively stress-free option for apartment dwellers or those with tight hallways and flights of stairs to contend with.

In our trial, we found the 'Swyft-lok' mechanism used to slot the sofa bed together very easy to use, with no tools required for construction, and the benefit of being able to disassemble the sofa bed easily if you move house or change your mind on location.

In order to gain this convenience, you will compromise a little on style options, as rather than being built to specification all models are ready-made, with just one three-seater width and seven upholstery fabrics available. That said, the three linen mixes and four velvet fabrics are all versatile shades, offering a good selection of neutrals alongside a brighter 'Brick' orange or 'Vine' green velvet.

As this is a click-clack sofa bed where the backrest and seat fold down to become your guest's sleeping surface, the fact that all fabrics have built-in stain-resistance is also a bonus – protection achieved via stain-resistant threads rather than a coating applied on top of the finished seating. Thankfully, the promises stood up well to our red wine stain tests, with spills washing out easily.

Extra seating protection is also provided by the mattress topper that comes included with each purchase, a hassle-free extra that adds comfort, and can be hidden in the integrated storage compartment when the bed isn't in use.

That three-seater frame also delivers a full-size double bed worth of sleeping space, and if you think space might be tight you can remove the arms on this design, which also helps to make the sleeping area feel a lot less claustrophobic than some fixed-arm designs.

Admittedly the seating and sleeping experience is on the firmer side, but with cushioning made from foam with integrated pocket springs you get a lot more give than most fold-out sofa beds. The low-profile back perhaps doesn't offer too much support when you're seated, but as long as you don't mind sacrificing some squish then we think this stylish sofa bed makes a great multi-functional addition to a home office or playroom. And, if time is of the essence, you'll be hard pushed to find a sofa bed delivered faster.

A comfortable sofa bed in grey upholstery with orange scatter cushions and rugLivingetc badge – tried, loved

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2. Heal's Oswald Sofa Bed

Best sofa bed for everyday use in the living room: a king-size sofa bed with pocket-sprung seating and sleeping

Specifications
Seats: 3
Sleeps: 2
Sofa size: H98 x W222 x D103cm
Extended length: 152cm
Sleeping area size: H98 x W222 x D152cm
Sleeping area type: Pocket-sprung foam fold-out
Upholstery options: 3
Reasons to buy
+Contemporary design+Pocket-sprung foam seat and backrest makes for comfortable sitting and sleeping+Foam and feather back cushions+A super generous king-sized sleeping area+Hidden storage
Reasons to avoid
-Only three fabric options-Only one width option

A contemporary boxy shape with rounded edges, Heal’s Oswald sofa bed fuses modern design with sit and sleep comfort – often a hard trio to find in the search for a multifunctional sleeper sofa.

This is a fold-out click-clack sofa bed where the sofa seat extends forwards slightly and the backrest folds flat to create the sleeping surface. Often these types of design are less comfortable to sleep on than pull-out sofa beds with a dedicated mattress, but in this case, the seat and backrest are formed from several foam layers and - the important bit - there are 10cm deep pocket-springs nestled in the foam’s midst. 

This makes for a sofa base with a good amount of give and bounce – not a soft and squishy sofa, but definitely enough comfort that you could use this sofa bed as your main everyday living room seating if that's what you're looking for. Plus, this sofa bed offers a comfortable sleep experience too – in our opinion akin to a dedicated mattress - and a generous king-size mattress-sized sleeping area.

The loose back cushions are also a cut above the standard, with feathers and foam creating a really comfortable surface to relax against and the back height providing plenty of support. And, once the sofa bed is pulled out into position via the leather strap – a manouevre made especially easy thanks to the bed legs which unfold automatically - a handy storage area means these cushions can be stored safely away so as not to clutter the room.

The downsides are the limited fabric choices, but the mid-grey and navy blue are both versatile options, and, for some, sleeping with a fixed armrest above the head and below the feet might perhaps feel a little claustrophobic. 

However, this is still one of the best sofa beds we’ve come across; satisfying all needs without too much of a compromise in any area, and is only pipped to the post by the Swyft Model 04 sofa beds due to the latter's super-prompt delivery.

A blue velvet sofa bed with period detailing

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3. Sofa.com Bluebell Sofa Bed

Best classic sofa bed: firm but stylish seating that works well in a period property

Specifications
Seats: 3
Sleeps: 2
Sofa size: H95 x W202 x D110cm
Extended length: 233cm
Sleeping area size: L183 x W143 x D10cm
Sleeping area type: Pull-out foam mattress
Upholstery options: 70+
Reasons to buy
+Classic design is great for a period property+Available in loveseat, 2, 2.5 and 3 seater options+Feather-wrapped foam seat cushions+Wide selection of upholstery choices+Coordinating furniture available
Reasons to avoid
-Fairly firm seating-A little shorter than a standard small double mattress-Takes up a fair amount of space when extended

If you're looking for a sofa bed for a period property, or just prefer a classic sofa shape rather than a contemporary design, then the Bluebell sofa bed from Sofa.com could well fit the bill.

Inspired by classic drawing room seating, the rolled armrests, turned wooden legs on castors and piped upholstery detail offer plenty of traditional detail. However, you will need to be prepared for a firm seat. 

Most sofas have webbing or springs in the frame under the seat cushions which provides give and bounce and generally makes for a comfortable seat. However, pull-out sofa beds must fit the folded bed frame where the webbing and springs would normally be, which often means, as with the Bluebell sofa bed, that the sofa cushions sit directly on top of the bed frame, making for a much firmer sitting experience.

The Bluebell design aims to counteract this loss of bounce by upping the comfort factor of the seat cushions themselves, offering feather-wrapped foam which does increase the sofa base comfort a notch. The high backrest is softer, yet also on the firm side, but we found it pleasantly supportive. 

As the sofa backrest and arms remain fixed in place when the mattress is pulled out it's worth bearing in mind that this pull-out model will take up more space once the bed is extended, and that even with the three-seater model the sleeping space falls just short of a standard double mattress. 

However, on the plus side, this classic design has a fantastic range of upholstery fabrics on offer, with a choice of over seventy options of cotton mixes, linens and velvets in some great shades.

There is also a strong selection of matching furniture available with this pull-out sofa bed - something lacking with most click-clack sofa beds – including an armchair, traditional sofa, chaise and corner sofa, and a coordinating ottoman. So if your living room layout allows, this sofa bed works particularly well as occasional seating alongside the standalone sofa range.

Plus, there are plenty of size options to help you find the best width for a room, including a loveseat sofa bed, the two-seater, a useful two-and-a-half-seater, and the classic three-seater sofa bed model.

A grey sofa bed with woven cane side arms

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4. Heal's Cane Sofa Bed

Most on-trend sofa bed: decorative cane detail with pocket-sprung seating and sleeping

Specifications
Seats: 2 - 3
Sleeps: 2
Sofa size: H72 x W210 x D94cm
Extended length: 140cm
Sleeping area size: H38 x W200 x D140cm
Sleeping area type: Foam fold-out
Upholstery options: 1
Reasons to buy
+Pocket-sprung foam and feather cushions make for comfortable sitting and sleeping+On-trend cane side arm detail+A generous bigger than double mattress-sized sleeping area
Reasons to avoid
-Only one fabric option-Armrests for decoration rather than comfort-Limited showroom availability to try before you buy

Inspired by the Art Deco period, Heal's Cane sofa bed blends on-trend cane lattice-work side panels with striking geometric black elmwood armrests. 

The fold-out sofa bed's foam and pocket-sprung fixed seat and back cushions perhaps aren't quite as soft as the Heal's Oswald model which takes a higher spot on this list, but they still have plenty of give making for a supportive and comfortable sitting and sleeping experience, and feather and fiber mix scatter back cushions add some extra squish-factor.

Transforming the sofa into a bed is a fairly simple task, although on this model you will need to fold the metal bed legs out from under the bed base yourself as opposed to the Oswald's automatic unfolding. 

There is only one upholstery option on offer with the Cane sofa bed, but seeing as it works perfectly to contrast with the cane detailing we don't think that's too much of a sacrifice. 

Overall this is a supportive sofa bed with some great decorative detail that sets it apart from the average sit/sleep option, so if it blends with your decor it's a statement addition that has a lot to offer.

A small sofa bed or chair bed upholstered in flame orange velvet

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5. MADE Haru Small Sofa Bed

Most affordable sofa bed: budget design with luxe looks

Specifications
Sofa dimensions: H78 x W120 x D86cm
Extended dimensions: W120 x L182cm
Sleeping area dimensions: W120 x L182cm
Upholstery options: 11
Reasons to buy
+Super affordable+Compact size+Great for a kids room+Good colour options
Reasons to avoid
-Fairly firm seating-Limited upholstery options

A very reasonable price makes the MADE Haru Small sofa bed perfect for a kid's or teenager's bedroom; providing an instant crash-pad for friends and sleepovers, or working well as a multipurpose accent chair in a boudoir or guest bedroom.

Available in eleven upholstery options, including five luxe-look velvets with fabric-covered button detail and a good selection of shades, the overall look is also more high-end than its budget price tag might suggest. 

On the flip side, because this is a fold-out foam sofa bed both seating and sleeping are fairly firm, and, as the name suggests, the small sofa bed is... well, small... especially in terms of mattress length which is a good few centimetres under average mattress dimensions, making it a pretty tight squeeze for two. 

That said there is the larger MADE Haru Large sofa bed to consider if you want more legroom. It isn't hugely bigger, but it does make sleeping two guests at once a much more doable affair. 

And, if you want even more compact, there is also the single sleeper Haru Single sofa bed that's perfect for one-person stopovers.

A white boucle-upholstered chaise sofa bed with abstract art on the wall behind it

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6. Love Your Home Felix Three Seater Chaise Sofa Bed

Best chaise sofa bed: spacious seating with a king-size mattress and hidden storage

Specifications
Sofa dimensions: H87 x W279 x D170cm
Extended dimensions: W279 x L216cm
Mattress dimensions: W160 x L200cm
Upholstery options: 100+
Reasons to buy
+Pull-out sofa bed with dedicated mattress+Hidden storage in chaise+Full king-size mattress+Mattress upgrade available+Smaller widths available+Over 100 upholstery options

If you have the space and want a sofa bed that can be used as the main seating in a larger living area, then a chaise or corner sofa bed both make good options.

The Felix chaise sofa bed from Love Your Home comes in a range of sizes, from one-and-a-half to two and three-seater configurations, with the three-seater sofa bed offering a generous king-size mattress of sleeping space for guests. And if that isn't comfort enough, you can also upgrade the mattress from open sprung to pocket sprung with a memory foam topping. 

There are also over one hundred upholstery fabrics available, from slubby linens to premium leathers and on-trend boucles, enabling you to tailor the look to a wide range of interior styles. 

And, best of all, that handy chaise section isn't just for putting your feet up, it also hides some spacious storage that's perfect for stashing guest bed linen out of sight during the day.

A blue corner sofa bed from Darlings of Chelsea

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7. Darlings of Chelsea Norbury 3.5 X 3.5 Seater Corner Sofa Bed

Best corner sofa bed: maximise your seating area with this wrap-around couch

Specifications
Sofa dimensions: H83 x W260 x D260cm
Extended dimensions: W260 x L260cm
Mattress dimensions: W143 x L195 x D12cm
Upholstery options: 100+
Reasons to buy
+Pull-out sofa bed with dedicated mattress+Not-quite-a king-size mattress+Mattress upgrade available+Feather-wrapped foam seat cushions+Smaller widths available+Over 100 upholstery options+Coordinating furniture available
Reasons to avoid
-Low backrest

For a family home, or a holiday rental, maximising the amount of seating space that's available is always a good idea, and when it includes the ability to transform that seating into an overnight crash pad for guests, even better. 

The Norbury corner sofa bed from Darlings of Chelsea is a great option for a modern home, with slim curved armrests and a low profile that also makes it a useful piece of furniture for zoning an open plan layout, and feather-wrapped foam cushions ensuring comfortable lounging.

There is a great range of corner size options available, which makes finding the best fit for an individual interior a simple task, and the design is also made in a variety of other styles including a chaise, plus two and three-seater sofa beds.

The sleeping arrangements don't scrimp on options either, with the largest pull-out not-quite-a king-size mattress available in 12cm deep pocket-sprung or memory foam options.

A blocky sofa bed upholstered in pastel pink fabric with graphic black metal legs

(Image credit: Northern)

8. Northern Daybe Sofa Bed

Best contemporary sofa bed: modern and minimalist design

Specifications
Sofa dimensions: H69 x W200 x D92cm
Extended dimensions: W120 x L200cm
Sleeping area dimensions: W120 x L200cm
Upholstery options: 2 (more available on request)
Reasons to buy
+Contemporary design+Ingenious transition from sofa to bed
Reasons to avoid
-Fairly firm seating-Limited upholstery options

Minimal yet satisfyingly robust, the Daybe sofa bed from Norwegian design studio Northern utilises simple building-block construction for its form. The uncomplicated approach is spearheaded by designers Morten and Jonas, two graduates from Bergen Academy of Art and Design, whose collaborative designs are often characterised by irreverence and wit. 

On this occasion it is honesty of purpose that drove the design; doing away with the sofa bed’s usual springs, levers and mechanisms to create a multipurpose unit by the simplest means possible. Just unbuckle the leather corner straps, lift off the padded foam backrest, lay down next to the seat, and rebuckle to hold things in place.

Available upholstered in a range of Kvadrat fabrics, we love the larger-than-life soft pastel pink modules contrasted with the graphic black scaffold frame.


The best sofa beds: a buyer's guide

To uncover the best sofa bed for your home it’s helpful to first understand the two key types of sofa beds that are commonly available; click-clack and pull-out. 

What's the difference between a click-clack and pull-out sofa bed?

Click-clack sofa beds are the simplest design. In these models the backrest and seat of the sofa fold flat to become the sleeping surface, with the locking mechanism making the distinctive 'click-clack' noise after which they're named. 

Most commonly made of solid foam, a fold-out sofa bed generally tends to be on the firmer side for both sitting and sleeping, so they're often best used as occasional seating and sleeping options - good for the home office, playroom or a sleepover space in a children's bedroom, but probably not for your main everyday seating in the living room - apart from in the case of models like the Swyft Model 04 and Heal's Oswald sofa bed at the top of this list. They blend a foam click-clack design with integrated pocket springs which ups the comfort levels considerably.

On the downside, the sleeping surface on a click-clack sofa bed is often very low to the ground - fine for the young at heart, but perhaps not the best option for less spritely guests or longer stays. And, because your guests are sleeping on the fabric upholstery surface you'll probably want to protect this somehow - which can sometimes be tricky as the depth of the sofa bed can mean finding a mattress protector that fits is more difficult.

On the plus side, a click clack sofa bed tends to be more affordable than its pull-out counterparts, this design generally takes up less room once extended than a pull-out option - so is useful for rooms that are limited on space - and click clack sofa beds tend to come in contemporary designs and have shorter lead times - although upholstery options are generally more limited. 

Alternatively, a pull-out sofa bed is often the most similar in design to a traditional sofa. In this design a dedicated mattress and a collapsible bed frame are pulled out of a hidden compartment under the sofa seat cushions, so to look at the seating before the bed is extended you might never know a sofa bed was hiding inside.

Once the bed frame is pulled out then the mattress is generally a similar height to a regular bed, and the dedicated mattress (depending on its thickness and construction) can make the sleeping experience of similar comfort to sleeping in a real bed.

Plus, pull-out sofa beds tend to have a much wider range of upholstery choices on offer to ensure you don't need to compromise on style choices, and, as they are most often produced by specialist sofa manufacturers, it's more likely that the sofa bed will be part of a coordinating furniture range, so it's easier to blend one of these options in with a wider living room suite.

A pull-out sofa bed will tend to take up more room though as the backrest and arms stay in place once the bed is extended, and, because of those upholstery options, there is often a long lead time for a pull-out model compared to a click-clack option, so you might need to be prepared for a wait. They can also tend to be the most expensive sofa bed options. 


Shopping for a sofa bed: top tips

Mattress type The best pull-out sofa beds generally offer a range of mattress options to suit sleeping preference, and budget. Open-sprung mattresses are the most basic of the bunch, graduating to pocket-sprung and then memory foam. It pays to check mattress depth too - cheaper models have very thin mattresses that guests are more likely to feel the metal bed platform through, whilst higher-end models tend to have mattresses that range from 10 - 14cm deep. If you want to offer guests the most luxury possible, then the deepest pocket-sprung or memory foam mattress is the most likely to deliver.  

Cushion type If your sofa bed is also going to be used for sitting a lot, then you want the sofa cushions to be comfortable. The best sofa beds are similar to the best sofas in that a mixture of feather and foam is often best. Feathers offer a deep and comfortable seat to sink into, but can need plumping, whereas foam is usually much firmer but keeps its shape. The new hybrid options tend to offer a foam seat pad wrapped in an outer layer of feather for the best of both worlds.  


Amy Lockwood
Amy Lockwood

Amy’s eye for colour, form and composition was honed in the design studio, creating prints for the interiors industry whilst studying textile design at Winchester School of Art. Here she developed her knowledge of key design principles and gained a deeper understanding of how a space can influence our sense of wellbeing, the ways we respond to our environment, and what we deem to be of value.


Amy’s own style is considered, contemporary and timeless, with a strong interest in contemporary craft and homewares that champion collaboration between traditional makers and innovative technologies. A belief that design must exist in balance with the natural world fuels her interest in exploring sustainable, circular, and regenerative design processes and underpins her passion for natural materials and responsible craftsmanship.


When she’s not writing about interior design or sourcing the latest homewares for Livingetc, Amy is most often found deliberating over the perfect shade of white paint, adding to her ever-growing plant collection, or printmaking in her home studio.