How To Choose A Modern Sofa Bed Sleeper In 2020

Sofa beds are a great option for any homeowner, not only for small homes but also larger ones. They’re a great solution if you don’t have enough space or budget for beds and couches, and also let you receive guests who’ll stay overnight.

Whether you’re thinking of the benefits of a sofa bed for your main home or your vacation home, there are a number of things you’ll think about eventually.

This article will help you know more about sleeper sofas, and what to look for if you want to purchase one.

How to Choose a Sofa Bed

Sofa beds are a versatile furniture element for any home. Just as its name says, it fulfills a double function as a sofa and as a bed, and it results especially practical for small houses, flats and studios.

And it’s precisely because of that functionality and practicality that it has many aspects to consider before buying one, to avoid making the wrong purchase.

But choosing the perfect sofa bed for your home doesn’t depend on good luck. The main aspects you need to consider before buying one are:

Price

Before trying to choose from all the options available, think of how much you’re willing to pay. While sofa beds can be as expensive as any other piece of furniture, a good quality sofa bed can be found in a range from $500 to $1000.

Size

Its looks and price will not make it fit everywhere. That’s why you need to think about space and size.

Start by measuring the space where you want to put it, as well as the height of the room and the doorways. You’ll need to check that you can move it through all the hallways and doors before even entering to your home, and finally, you’ll want it to fit wherever you want to place it.

Take notes and bring the tape measure with you to the store (or check the measurements details, if you’re buying online). Typically, sofa beds have four standard sizes: chair (51 to 58 inches), twin (56 to 65 inches), full (68 to 92 inches) and queen (79 to 101 inches).

Comfort

You’ll need to decide one of the most important aspects of the sofa bed: do you prefer sitting comfort or sleeping comfort?

Because sofa beds fulfill both roles, manufacturers focus on enhancing one of the two aspects, and on rarely both. You must always choose a sturdy frame, but when it comes to comfort, think of what’s the primary use you’ll give it.

In the sitting position, it will probably have better support than a regular sofa because their construction and frame are different. The sleeping position comfort and support varies depending on the mattress.

The quality of the mattress will dictate how comfortable it is, and you’ll need to try it in both positions to see what feels better.

For innerspring mattresses, the balance and support depend on the amount of coil (the more the better).

Air-coil mattresses are a combination of memory foam and innerspring mattress with an air mattress on top.

But the most comfortable option is the memory foam mattress because the foam adapts to the user’s position.

Frame mechanism

Most of them work similarly, but you still need to verify that it’s easy to operate and has no damages if it’s used. Test the mechanism to see if it’s easy to operate by yourself. Move it around a few meters and lift it to check its weight. Try it on both positions -folded as a sofa, and opened as a bed- to see if it feels as you would expect.

Different Types of Sofa Beds

The best type of sofa beds for you will depend on your personal taste as well as some functionality factors. Each one comes with some advantages and disadvantages.

The most common types of sofa beds are:

Futons

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81-IO%2BNhGvL._SL1500_.jpgThey seem to be the most common type among university students and young adults in general. Probably because their weight makes them easy to move around and transport, its folding mechanism is easy to operate, it doesn’t need a lot of space, and it’s affordable.

Unfortunately, futons are not very comfortable. If you want to keep one for a long time, you’ll probably need to change the mattress every couple of years. Its low-density foam and cotton filling hardens with time and can feel uncomfortable against the frame.

 

Pull-out Sofa Bed

Another type of sofa bed, although manufacturers mostly focus on the ‘sitting function’ comfort.

The sofa cushions are usually comfortable. Avoid thin mattresses as they may present the same problem as with futons: it needs to be thick enough so the frame doesn’t feel so close to the body, creating discomfort in the bed function.

 

 

Daybed / Divan

The two terms are usually used indistinctly, but they actually refer to two different things.

 

A divan is basically a backless sofa. Because of this, it’s placed against a wall to provide back support for the ‘sitting function’. As a bed, it only needs to be separated from the wall and cleared off from cushions.

 

 

 

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/66/58/4b/66584ba44f415931baf56c987e785bba.jpgAnd a daybed is something like a divan, but with back support (also, they frequently come with armrests). For this reason, a daybed can be placed at any part of the room and used as a sofa or a bed, as you can easily just bend the back.

The lack of a sturdy frame makes daybeds and divans to lose a bit of shape and support over time.

 

Different Folding Mechanisms

Some sofa bed types come with different folding mechanisms. Ideally, they should be easy to operate and have a good enough quality to make them respond to your everyday routine.

The usual folding mechanisms that convert a sofa bed from its sitting function to its bed function are:

Two Fold

Start by removing the cushions. One of the sitting ‘base’ is free, find the mechanism and pull it out until the leg is on the floor. This mechanism is the one used by the pull-out sofa bed.

Trundle

It works similarly to a drawer. In this type of mechanism, the bed simply slides under the sofa.

Click-Clack

This curious name comes from the sound it makes when it’s unfolded. It’s the simplest type of sofa bed.

This curious name comes from the sound it makes when it’s unfolded. It’s the simplest type of sofa bed. Its sofa form is obtained by folding the mattress in a sitting angle. Unfolding it effortlessly converts into a bed. It’s the common mechanism for daybeds.

Roll-out

While not strictly a folding mechanism, it’s how you convert a divan from a sofa type to a bed. It means to simply move it away from the wall.

Three Fold

A mechanism that simply folds the sofa bed in three parts, just like its name suggests.

The Importance of the Mattress

Sofa beds are especially useful for small places since they fulfill both functions in the same space. Sure, it has some downsides, but whatever the reason you chose to get one, the point is that it can be used as a primary bed, or only occasionally when hosting a guest.

However, sofa bed mattresses frequently don’t have the best quality to guarantee a good night sleep. Manufacturers often prefer to use cheap materials to lower their costs, and unfortunately, the end user is the one who suffers the consequences of a poor mattress.

It’s safe to say most people have experienced a bad night of sleep at least once in their lifetime and felt how much it affects productivity and the overall state of mind for the next day.

So, can you imagine what it would be like to sleep on an uncomfortable mattress every day? Or, would you want to be the one responsible for backaches and cranky moods of your guests?

A good night sleep is known to improve the memory, affect the weight, decrease stress levels, improve creativity, and improve your immune system and overall health. Not to mention that it obviously makes your body and mind feel well rested.

That’s why a sofa bed should be considered an important investment. Whether you’ll use the bed every day or only occasionally, you need to be informed of the different types of mattresses in order to understand what you’re getting, and what to expect.

Memory Foam Mattress

It’s in the middle between too soft and too hard, so it’s comfortable for most people, and it doesn’t transfer motion.

They retain heat, so the best ones are those which use open cell technology (and not closed cells) so that it doesn’t feel too hot. Petroleum foam may produce an unpleasant chemical smell, so you might also prefer the ones created from soybeans, which are also eco-friendly.

Latex

It’s the firmest kind of sofa bed mattress. It can be manufactured from synthetic latex or natural latex.

Synthetic latex breaks down and loses its color when it’s constantly exposed to sunlight. Natural latex is overall better and eco-friendly.

Foam

It provides a good support and reduces motion transfer while remaining comfortable, but this is only achieved by the foam density. The most common go from 1.2 lbs to 2.5 lbs. A number in between will probably be the best option, as it won’t break down too quickly as if it had a lower density, and it won’t retain heat as if it had a higher density.

Again, the foam from soybeans are eco-friendly and breathe more easily.

Air Over Coil

This type is an air mattress with coils in the base. You can adjust the firmness when you’re inflating it.

But unfortunately, they’re easily damaged. You need to beware of faulty valve systems and air bladders or micro-holes.

Also, they can be stored easily, but they take some time to set up and take down before and after use.

Coil

Coil mattresses are the least comfortable type. It’s probably because the low padding on top of the coil. This makes them the most affordable type.

Still, if you’re thinking about purchasing one, consider getting one with heat treated coils to relieve tension and lower discomfort.

 

Our Selection of the Top 10 Best Modern Sofa Bed Sleeper in 2017

Quality and comfort are important, but sofa beds should also be a part of your home decoration and personal style.

These different designs bring comfort and style to your modern home:

1. Movie Sleeper Sofa by Manhattan Modern

Besides fulfilling its double function, it brings under bed storage. Built with wood frames and legs. Comes in 75 x 39 x 36 inches as a sofa, and 75 x 59 x 16 inches as a bed. It’s manufactured in the USA.

2. Ikea Sleeper Sofa, Skiftebo

The frame it’s made out of solid wood, particleboard and plywood. The mechanism is made out of steel and the foam and cushions are made of polyurethane in different densities. It’s 90.5 inches wide with 35.88 inches of depth. Its bed width is 55.13 inches, and its length is 79.75 inches.

3. Modern Sofa Bed Sleeper Convertible Sofa Set by Supernova

This one is the perfect set including one sofa bed and one bench, with the addition of two cushion bolsters. It has resistant wood legs and a metal frame. It’s filled with high-density foam, and the upholstery is made of polyester and rayon.

4. Corner Convertible Left Side Sofa Bed by The Smart Sofa

A modern mix between a sectional sofa and a daybed, that offers a modern and stylish look. It’s made in Turkey.

5. K-56 Fabric Sofa Bed by J Modern Manhattan

With a mid-century modern look, this wide sofa bed comes with a resistant stainless steel base and dark oak wood platform. It unfolds easily to form a large bed of 76 inches long and 53 inches in depth.

6. Athena Convertible Sleeper Sofa by Mercury Row

A traditional looking sofa that unfolds into a futon. Its four block legs provide a good balance. Its foam filling has a density of 1.8 cubic feet, and the upholstery is made from polyester.

7. Segovia Sofa by Fat June

This is another traditional looking sofa but has more of a minimalistic design. It has removable armrests and unfolds into a futon.

8. Modern Florence Style Loveseat Sofa by LeisureMod

Inspired in the Chesterfield sofa, but with soft Cashmere Wool and synthetic fabric upholstery, making it great for formal and informal spaces. The frame is made of hardwood and the external stainless steel base frames are fully welded and sanded.

9. Natuzzi Editions Rananto Sleeper Collection Sofa

Its clean and simple lines make it a great sofa bed for a contemporary home. The unfolding mechanism is easy to operate, and it comes with storage space. The mattress is made of comfortable memory foam with patented antibacterial and hypo-allergenic properties.

10. IDO Fabric Sleeper Sofa by J&M Furniture

This sofa bed comes with two side tables and an easily unfolding mechanism. You can use it as a three seat sofa, as a large bed, or combine it as a two seat sofa and a chaise lounge.

To conclude, it’s safe to say that by now you know that choosing the best sofa bed for your needs is not as easy as it seems. Unlike with sofas where you just mostly consider price, style, frame, filling and upholstery, you have to also consider additional factors that influence its bed function and hence, your sleeping quality.

Again, think of a sofa bed as an investment. Whether you’re buying one for the first time or replacing mechanism or mattress, remember it needs to live up to your expectations, and your back!

How To Choose A Sofa / Couch Under $200 In 2019

A sofa is not only an investment; it’s also a subjective acquirement because it must fulfill several demands: it must feel adequate to the place, be visually pleasing, and be comfortable. Still, for most people, spending countless hours going to different stores and then cashing out thousands of dollars for a luxury sofa is not an option.

But that doesn’t mean there are no options. It is perfectly possible to find an affordable sofa under 200 that fulfills your needs. As long as you keep realistic expectations -as in most cases, quality is directly proportional to price- and use a few tips, looking for a couch under 200 dollars online is a great option to save time and money.

The reasons for this are many. Looking for a sofa online seems risky but it’s actually becoming the preferred method since it allows you to:

  • Check hundreds of options from the comfort of your home
  • Compare a variety of sofas in a short time
  • Read online reviews of verified purchases (especially in Amazon)
  • And, despite not being able to touch it, you can easily research the construction materials
  • All which will save you a lot of time and transportation money, since you won’t have to move from store to store

The process of choosing a couch under 200 is not different from looking for an expensive one. You don’t have to worry about the cost but you’ll still need to take some time to consider its constructing materials, the dimensions of the room, the traffic of the area, and decide which style and design go best with the rest of the decoration.

During your online search for a sofa under 200, you’ll probably find yourself repeatedly looking at couches that look amazing but are cheaply made, or stumble upon expensive sofas completely out of your budget. This article is meant to serve as a guide, where you’ll find a selection of the best sofa under 200 dollars that you can easily get online without much hassle.

Buying a couch on a budget

Determining how much you can spend is the most basic and most obvious step. The budget will give you a frame where you can start looking and considering your options.

Purpose

Next, consider the purpose of the couch: Is it for a business space or a home? Do you plan to spend a lot of time there reading or watching TV, or is it to sit occasionally when you receive guests? Do you need it to be multi-purpose, for lounge and sleep? Or is it mostly for decoration as a focal point? The answer to these questions will help you think more precisely about size, quality, style, and colors, and thus narrow your quest.

Size and Shape

After that, consider its dimensions. Measure the room where you’ll be locating the sofa and the exact spot where you’ll be placing it. You must also measure any passage places (doors, stairs, elevators, etc.), as you don’t want to purchase a sofa only to find out you can enter it.

Don’t be discouraged even if your room is on the smaller side. While it’s true that larger places allow more experimentation, with the right layout and size, you should be able to place your couch without problems.

A useful tip when measuring the room is using a masking tape to plan the layout of the furniture.

Materials

Knowing the purpose of the sofa and environment where it will be, will also hint you the best upholstery and construction materials. It might be best to avoid light colors if you have small children, or if you have pets that spend a lot of time outside. Likewise, avoid delicate fabric and opt for one that’s durable and easier to clean (like canvas).

When to buy it?

New furniture releases occur in spring (late-March), so February is a good month to look for bargains. This is because most online stores are clearing their inventory to make space for the newer collection. Don’t worry about trends, they come and go and it doesn’t mean the old collection is not pretty or fashionable anymore.

Last, but not least, remember to check for the delivery cost. It doesn’t make sense to get an affordable sofa under 200, and then spending almost the same on transportation, so be sure to check that as soon as you find one you like.

Useful Tips and Tricks to Buy a Sofa Online

Everything you have read up until now applies if you’re buying your sofa in a store as well as online. However, getting your sofa under 200 online requires additional considerations.

Like any online purchase, it can be risky, but you can reduce the risk by following a few tips from the experts:

 a. Read the Reviews

Reviews and rates are the best indicators of the product’s worth. If the sofa has an overall good score, then the best chances it has of turning out to be a good product.

That said, keep in mind that almost all reviews are subjective and depend on individual expectations and use. One feature might be a con for some users, but a pro for others. So, you’ll need to read them with an objective point of view and remembering your own expectations.

Also, look for reviews that contain photos of the sofa in a real environment. It will give you a better sense of how it looks without the studio lighting and professional styling.

 b. Picture How it Will Look

One thing is to fall in love with a picture of a couch, and another thing is to actually have it in your place.

Unless you end up having to change the entire decoration of the room, make sure the sofa of your liking agrees with the rest of the decoration.

 c. Order Fabric Swatches

Some retailers offer to send fabric swatches without charge. If you find this opportunity, take it! It’s very useful to see the fabric’s real color and learn if it’s resistant enough, easy to clean, comfortable, etc.

 d. Understand the Delivery, Warranty, Return, and Exchange Policies

Reading the fine print is always the most boring part, but it will make you feel confident after making a decision buying your sofa online. Check these policies to avoid unpleasant situations, and don’t hesitate to contact the retailer if you need additional information.

What should you expect from a cheaper sofa?

At this point, it’s important to highlight one of the previous statements of this guide: in most cases, quality is directly proportional to price. This brings to memory a popular saying that goes “you get what you pay for”.

Whether you buy art, technology, furniture, or clothing, the more expensive the item, the more quality you should expect.

That said, getting a sofa under 200 doesn’t necessarily mean it will break and be unusable after just some months of use. However, it is true that you shouldn’t expect it stays with you for the following 20 years, especially after constant use.

The key is being careful when choosing a cheaper sofa so that you don’t end up throwing away your money. Read about the construction materials and the reviews from verified purchases. Take your time and analyze the different options before making a definitive choice; a slower process is less stressful than wasting money on a product that wasn’t worth it at the end.

A good purchase should last up to three, or even five years at most, but not much more than that.

After considering all the above, take a look of our selection of top 8 couches under 200 $.

Our selection of the top 10 Best Sofas / Couches under 200 $

1 – Modern Futon Couch Bed, by DHP

Futons are always a popular choice since they combine functionality and style. This convertible futon sofa maintains the characteristic minimalistic design of the earlier futons, with a modern design. It’s built on a solid hardwood frame, and the legs are made of chromed stainless steel with a rubber end to avoid it slides and scratches your floor.

The upholstery is made of linen, which is resistant and easy to clean. The dark color is both elegant and practical –which makes it a great choice if you have small kids or pets, as stains and dirt won’t be easily noticeable.

It can hold a maximum weight of 600 lbs (272 Kg), and its length and width can fit about three or four people of average size.

People with small spaces could benefit from this item since it can be turned into a bed for guests, or simply for lounging around during leisure time.

The best thing about its sober color is that it allows you to play and experiment. For a maximum visual effect, add a few bright and colorful cushions and see how much it can improve the decoration.

You can also have it in grey or in black.

2 – Two-Tone Colorful Velvet Sofa, by Divano Roma Furniture

This one is a solid and beautiful couch that fulfills the premise of ‘good value for the price’.

The design is modern, with dark-blue velvet upholstery and a clearer shade trim at the edges, giving it a nice visual detail for contrast. The dimensions of the seat (67″ W x 20″ D, or 170cm W x 51cm D) can accommodate two or three persons, which also makes this one a good option for a small space.

The structure is strong and easy to assemble by two or even just one person. The cushions are firm, filled with high-density foam to retain their original shape without the deforming that usually occurs from constant use. The backside, although somewhat low, is softer and offers enough support.

It comes with two accent pillows that really add up to its design. This couch is versatile and works for homey décor as well as in a modern living room.

If you’d prefer other colors, check out the black/red combination, or the red/white combination.

3 – Memory Foam Convertible Futon, by Mainstay

If you’re looking for a mix of minimalism and coziness, this is the sofa for you.

This futon seems inspired in the classic Chesterfield sofas, with the contemporary elements of the minimalistic futons. The suede upholstery is soft, and the camel color gives it a homey feeling.

It doesn’t contain spring, and the filling is from memory foam, so it can handle the weight without losing its original shape. It’s a rather comfortable option for sitting and sleeping. It’s versatile as well, and you can adapt it to for your personal use: the armrests and back are adjustable in different angles, adjust the right and left parts individually, or make t flat for a full twin bed.

It’s a sturdy futon and only takes a few minutes to assemble. A perfect –affordable and comfortable option for a warm place.

4 – Modern Futon Couch with Faux Leather, by DHP

A simple and elegant couch, with beautiful white faux leather upholstery and chromed legs. Convenient double function as a sofa and a futon, perfect for a minimalistic décor.

Like most sofas made by this brand, it’s very easy to assemble, only requiring to attach the legs. The filling is firm but cozy.

Given its measures (32.5″ x 69″ x 27.5″, or 82.55 cm x 175.26 cm x 69.85 cm), it’s probably a better option if you have a short or average height.

The design looks neat, and its bright-white color makes this sofa look expensive and quite fashionable. This piece can certainly stand out as it allows you to experiment with other colors in the décor.

It also comes in black color.

5 – Modern Faux Leather Futon, by Best Choice Products

With it dark matte color, this one is another chic option for those inclined for the modern and contemporary decor styles.

This futon is made out of resistant faux leather, with four chromed legs for better stability. On a first glance, it looks like a stylish two-seat sofa with a convenient fold-down in the middle to hold cups during social situations or a movie marathon, but the reclining back and the removing armrests turn it in a functional bed without complication.

It’s very easy to assemble by just one person. Its design, dimensions (30″ L x 66″ W x 30,5″ H, or 76cm L x 168cm W x 77cm H) and weight capacity make this suitable for small spaces.

Its elegant design fits in an office, a living room, or an entertainment room, and doesn’t need any additional items to make it look stylish and stand out. You can also have it in a beautiful white color.

6 – Microfiber Reclining Lounge Sofa, by Best Choice Products

Simple, elegant, and versatile, with microfiber upholstery that is durable, soft, and easy to clean. The padding is quite firm, which could be a con for some people, but has the benefit of maintaining its shape.

It’s sturdy and easy to assemble in just a few minutes, as it only requires you attach the legs. Its size makes it ideal for a small room, and the design works in a home or an office.

On its own, this sofa is an excellent choice for a sober and minimalistic design, but you can experiment with a few colorful pillows to make it stand out and look cozier and fun.

Also available in grey color.

7 – Lodge Convertible Futon Couch, by DHP

Sturdy and comfortable, this couch is a versatile solution for small spaces in a house or an office. The design is attractive and simple. The built-in pillow is firm, making it a good choice for people who prefer a firm seat.

As the rest of the sofas listed her, this one also requires minimum assembly (screw-on legs). The upholstery is made of microfiber and the deep and elegant color can blend well with any other colors.

The weight limit is 600 lb (272 Kg), and its size can sit two or three people with average size. As a futon, it’s on the smaller side, with a size of 70″ x 39″ x 13.5″ (178 cm x 99 cm x 34 cm).

The design is neat, attractive, and compact, a good addition for a living room, guest room, or office. It also comes in black, brown, and charcoal.

8 – Convertible Splitback Futon Couch, by DHP

This is another stylish and modern design for home or office. The best details are the chromed and slanted legs that, together with the faux leather upholstery, give this sofa a neat and elegant look.

It takes only a few minutes to assemble. The frame is sturdy and the filling is firm but comfortable. The back can be reclined in three different angles, so you can adjust it according to your own needs, or convert it into a small futon.

It can seat two persons comfortably, and like most of the other sofas listed here, this convertible couch is convenient for small spaces.

 

Comparison Table – Sofas under $200

SofaNameBrandPrice (USD)Seating CapacityUpholstery Material
Modern Futon Couch BedDHP$150.343Linen
Two-Tone Velvet SofaDivano Roma Furniture$199.992Velvet
Memory Foam Convertble FutonMainstays$185.642Faux Leather
Modern Futon Couch with Faux LeatherDHP$140.992Faux Leather
Modern Faux Leather FutonBest Choice Products$178.992PU Leather
Microfiber Reclining Lounge SofaBest Choice Products$139.99-Microfiber
Lodge Convertible Futon CouchDHP$134.992Microfiber
Convertible Splitback Futon CouchDHP$134.992Faux Leather

 

 Should I buy a sofa on Amazon?

The retail world and the traditional way of buying things (clothes, shoes, and even furniture) in the stores are changing. Amazon, the biggest e-commerce store in the world, is at the forefront of this change.

Thanks to customer reviews, easy return policies, and prime delivery, there are many advantages in buying your next sofa from Amazon, including:

  • Customer Service: Amazon has a massive and loyal customer base. Buying directly from Amazon pretty much guarantees that you’ll have your questions answered and issues resolved since the company has a big reputation to live up to.
  • Time-Saving: You can browse through hundreds of couches in one place from the comfort of your home thanks to Amazon huge catalogue. Also, for any product you’re looking at, Amazon will show you similar items in style and price, accelerating your product selection.
  • Customer Reviews: Amazon allows customers to leave verified reviews on any item sold on Amazon, which helps greatly in seeing what actual customers think of the item after receiving it.
  • Delivery: Only brands with impeccable delivery service are allowed to sell on Amazon, guaranteeing a smooth delivery process of your sofa all the way to your home.

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Otherwise, read our selection for the best sofas under $300 in 2018.