You might be moving into a new home or your first home, and you want to get a new furniture item that has multiple purposes. There are so many different types of furniture out there with so many different and sometimes similar names. If you’re looking for a couch that has a good daytime function and can also change into a bed in case you’re having overnight guests, you might be looking for a sofa bed, or is it a sofa sleeper? Here is our take on the difference between sofa bed and sofa sleeper, and hopefully this post will help clear up some confusion on your end so your next furniture shopping trip will be as efficient as possible!
What’s a Sofa Bed?
Sofa beds are couches that can open up and lay flat to become a bed. They usually do not come with a mattress, so that will be something you might need to supply on your own. They’re usually rather small because the sizes of sofa beds are usually twin-sized or just meant for a single person. These are meant to be space savers for smaller homes; like studio apartments or just smaller bedrooms.
The biggest issue with these is trying to find sheets that will fit this bed size. If you’re lucky, it might come in the size of a standard twin-sized bed, but sometimes they come in non-traditional sizes, so finding the proper bedding might be a hassle.
But What’s a Sofa Sleeper?
The biggest difference between a sofa bed and a sofa sleeper is the size. As we talked about before, sofa beds are usually for one person at a time. Sofa sleepers, on the other hand, are more suited to couples. The size of a garden variety sofa sleeper is queen size. This also makes purchasing the bedding for it easier, since it usually does run in standard bedding sizes.
Another plus to a sofa sleeper is that it comes with a foldable mattress, so when you pull it out, there is built-in comfort. A lot of people say that sofa sleepers yield a more restful night of sleep because they come with the mattress and warrant more space to move around. This makes sleeping a lot more comfortable and easy, so a sofa sleeper might be the choice for you if you prioritize comfort above all else. One downfall of a sofa sleeper is that it is bigger, so you’ll need a larger room for it to function properly.
How to Choose the Right Sofa Bed or Sofa Sleeper
First off, you’re going to want to decide which form you can fit in your space. Do you want something that is efficient for the space it takes up, or do you have a lot of floor space and that’s not an issue? Do you want something that can fit multiple people, or just one? How comfortable do you want it to be? How much are you willing to spend, whether it be time or money, on the bedding to accompany this new furniture piece?
Answering these questions will help guide you on whether or not you want a sofa bed or sofa sleeper. Once you decide that, continue reading this and we’ll help you narrow down some of the other choices.
Now that you have the type of dual-purpose couch in mind, you’re going to want to make a decision on the design of it. Though this piece will also be a bed, you’ll want to spend more time thinking about how it looks in couch form, since it will spend most of its time in that form. You’re going to want to look at the color and design of the room you plan on putting it in. Is your room colorful and vintage? Or is it more monochrome and modern? Depending on the style you have, you’re going to want to get a couch that will match that theme.
Next, you’re going to want to think about the type of mattress you want for the inside of your sofa bed or sofa sleeper. The standard is the innerspring style of mattress, which just means that it is filled with springs that make the mattress bouncy and comfortable. If you don’t like the innerspring type and want something more cushiony and soft, you might want to opt for a foam mattress instead. These are just mattresses made out of foam, so they can feel softer when you rest on them.
This mattress decision is something you’ll want to make before purchasing the actual furniture item because most of these sofa beds or sofa sleepers come with a mattress and replacing it might be too expensive or difficult. So it’s best to consider your wants and needs before making the final purchase.
The last thing you’re going to want to pay attention to is how the actual piece opens and closes. You’ll want to look at customer reviews, recommendations from the place you’ll be purchasing the piece from, and testing it yourself, if possible. You’re going to want the mechanism that helps the couch move to be something that is easy and trustworthy, so if you can try it out, we highly recommend doing so.
Being able to make sure that you will know how it works and you can do it is important because if you can’t figure out how to properly make it fold open or shut, you won’t be able to use it and the entire thing will be a waste of time and money. So, please, make sure that you’re comfortable with the mechanism that helps this piece function properly.
Hopefully, this little guide on the differences between sofa beds and sofa sleepers was helpful for you. We also hope that our tips for helping decide which furniture piece you want and how to effectively choose the right one for you were useful. If we weren’t able to answer all of your questions, hopefully, we gave you something to think about and start brainstorming to help you make the big decision. Good luck and happy shopping!
Written by Amanda Fort