A Guide to Buying a Sofa Bed | Sofa Bed Buying Guide

The sofa bed is one of the most versatile and practical pieces of furniture you can furnish your home with. The sofa bed provides an extra bed without taking up an entire room. So if you are in need of an extra bed for guests but do not want to worry about losing all of your space, sofa beds are a wonderful solution.

Is your place too small for an extra bedroom or guestroom? Sofa beds for the home solve these problems, allowing you to save space while giving you the option of having a full-sized bed whenever you need it. Modern sofa beds give you the comfort and design of a regular sofa while adding the option of a pull out bed. Today, sofa beds are just as comfortable to sit on as they are to sleep on.

Before you purchase a sofa bed, make sure to test some of the key features. Take a second to think about what will be most important to you - comfort and functionality. Do not hand over your cash until you've lain down on the sofa bed while it is in the shape of a couch, as this is most likely the position that will be used the most. Treat your sofa bed like any other couches you would purchase; make sure you feel comfortable sitting and lying on it.

The same goes for the sofa bed when the mattress has been pulled out. Your family and guests will be sleeping on the sofa bed at some point, so make sure that they will be comfortable. Roll around on the bed to make sure there are not any lumps or crevices. If you can feel the support beams running underneath the mattress, either ask for a different mattress or start looking at a new sofa bed.

It's equally important to test out the pullout function. Sofa beds are designed to transition from couch to bed quickly and easily, so there should be no jamming or grinding. The transition should be smooth, so any difficulties should be seen as a red flag. If you can keep sheets on the bed while it is tucked into the sofa, all the better.

The modern design of sofa beds means there should be minimal difference between a sofa bed and a regular sofa. It should be quite difficult to tell the difference between the two, so do not settle for a large, boxy sofa bed. Fashionable looking sofa beds are out there.

Look at the room you are planning on putting the sofa bed in - notice the colors, designs and other pieces of furniture. Your new sofa bed should fit in seamlessly with the rest of the décor as if it were bought in a set. Also, depending on the size of the room you can choose between a convertible, loveseat or sectional sofa bed. If you are looking for something a little different, a futon sofa bed might pique your interest.

Depending on the size and shape of the room, you will be able to find standard sofa beds, love seat sofa beds, convertible sofas and sectionals. Sectionals and some standard sofas come with queen sized mattresses, and the majority of standard sofa sleepers give you a double mattress. These are great if you need the bed for more than once person, but they will obviously take up more space.

If you are concerned about space, or if the bed will be used mostly by children, a twin sleeper sofa could be the solution to your problems. Because the main function of a sofa bed is to act as a couch, you want to make sure that it's just as comfortable in sofa mode as it is as a bed.

Sofa bed prices fluctuate with the size of the sofa bed. A full size sofa bed with a full size mattress will almost always cost more than a love seat with a double size mattress. Just remember that you are essentially getting two pieces of furniture for the price of one, so the cost may be higher than it would be with a regular sofa.

POLL: do you find it more comftorable sleeping on your bed ,sofa or floor?

bed... it's comfy because of the down comforter if i stole the blanket from my bed i think my couch would be the most comfortable :) my floor is rock hard... and causes rug burn ;) :(

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POLL: Do You Find It More Comftorable Sleeping on Your Bed ,sofa Or Floor?
I sleep in my bed, but I love sleeping on the couch, except for the fact that I really hurt in the morning lol. Whenever I am at my friends houses we always sleep on the floor1. do u like to sleep on ur BED or SOFA !!!!????definitely my bed!2. my dog is not listening to me when i tell him to get off the bed or sofa what should i do?Thats mean of you, a dog is a member of the family, let him up there3. POLL: do you find it more comftorable sleeping on your bed ,sofa or floor?I find my bed more comfortable. =]4. I feel dizzy every time I lay on the bed or sofa for a whiel and when I get up i feel dizzy and about to faint?OMGshe, While laying or sitting every ones B/P takes a slightly but if ur like me ur B/P takes a bigger drop, anytime ur B/P drops 20 points or more you get very dizzy when u get up, this is called Orthostatic Hypotension I have even passed out and my B/P was really low at 86/42, now i have to take sodium tablets anytime my top number (systolic) is 90 or lower, sodium tablets are over the counter drugs, salt which raises ur B/P, so if u have a B/P cuff at ur house take ur B/P while laying or sitting then when u stand up. You need a doctor to Diagnose this. Good Luck ( try to get up slower )5. Why is my 8 month old housetrained dog peeing and pooping in my mother-in-law's house on her bed and sofa?are you saying its a LOVELY DOG ............. ??6. Help! How do I stop my 1 1/2 yr old lab/weim. mix form digging up our furniture ( bed,sofa) when she is alone?google separation anxiety in dogs. This is what is going on and you will find lots of info on it, and more than I can type here. Best of luck.7. what wall color would look best with a yellow mustard bed and sofa ?brunt orange and white8. how can i clean a used hide a bed sofa?I would not be concerned about cleaning it. I would be more concerned about fumigating it. If there are no bugs, any aerosol carpet or upholstery cleaner will work.9. moving into halls of residence: There is just a bed in my room How can i use the bed as a sofa in the daytime?Get 2 body pillows, the long ones and get slips for them. I did it for my dorm room and used the "Bedazzler" to jewel it up and some bright fabric paint and did a lot of 60's and 70's stuff on them and then bought a plain black comforter for a twin and got some stencils and carried the design. You can make your own real easy and since your a guy I am sure you do not want jeweled pillows (lol) but you can make your own stencils for stuff you like they even have glow in the dark paint too! Best under a black light something Scifi. Add a lamp with a shade that matches the colors you used. Hope I could help. Have fun. It's a great stress reliever too!10. I need a chair bed but sofa beds and futtons are the option I have found.Could someone tell me where can I buyif you only need a small one walmart has foam ones that are not expensive11. Why is my 8 month old housetrained dog peeing and pooping in my mother-in-law's house on her bed and sofa?Could be he smells another animal that's been on the sofa and bed and is 'marking' the territory as his now. Just because he's housetrained, remember, that's in YOUR house. You might need to do some more of that training for your in-laws house. When he's older he will likely understand that housetraining is for wherever you take him. I suggest having him go potty before he enters the in-laws house, if you do not already. And how excited does he get once he's inside? Maybe it's a case of his being over-excited. If that's the case, try to have everyone act calmly around him when he's first there and not letting him get too wound up. Myst
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