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Do good sofa beds actually exist?

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plumnc Fri 01-Aug-14 11:26:43

I mean ones that actually work both as a sofa and a bed?

I need to kit out a room to both work as spare room and family room and a 2 or 2 1/2 seater sofa bed would be perfect - only I have never come across one that is not either crap to sit on or sleep on - actually usually both!

Any recommendations?

Beenspotted Fri 01-Aug-14 11:31:27

I like futons, but they are low for sitting on and firm for sleeping. To me those are both positives but may not be for everyone.

plumnc Fri 01-Aug-14 11:39:14

Thanks but not so keen on futons- especially as sometimes I'll have my elderly parents sleeping on it.

I'm looking for something that looks/feel like a proper sofa and as close to a good mattress as I can get.

KingJoffreysBloodshotEye Fri 01-Aug-14 11:39:55

We have a Leo from Harveys.

Comfy enough as a bed, very comfy as a sofa.

Penguin0fMadagascar Fri 01-Aug-14 11:40:16

We've got an L-shaped sofa that turns into a double bed from Ikea that has been very good - the sofa is comfy, and the mattress is quite firm. We've never had complaints from guests! Might be a bit big for you though?

plumnc Fri 01-Aug-14 11:45:06

I'll check out the Leo
An L shaped one sounds too big. The room is fairly snug, more like a good size study ( which will be its 3rd function!)

stargirl1701 Fri 01-Aug-14 11:45:21

Yes. We slept on one this year. It was slatted like a bed at the top. Very comfortable.

No idea of the brand though, OP. Sorry.

callamia Fri 01-Aug-14 12:02:07

I've got one from John Lewis. It's a great bed - I spent two weeks on it while I was pregnant and it was fine. It's also a lovely compact sofa. I can't remember what it's called, but I'll check when I get home.

Moogdroog Fri 01-Aug-14 12:02:23

We've got one from ikea which is bloody great. Spent out on a comfy mattress and it's a wonderful bed. No arms so can sit all 4 of us, plus a cat or two.

plumnc Fri 01-Aug-14 13:18:24

Thank you
Would love to hear which models you've got.

Not sure about no arms - l like to completely slouch so fear I would fall off!

Sofa only needs to seat two. This is a small spare room I call it a family room, but it's secretly mostly for me & the pooch ( ok maybe I'll allow dh too) to escape to when the teens are hogging the big TV/wii wink needs to have a sofa bed because we don't have a spare bedroom and have friends and family who live far away.

LosBreakingBad Fri 01-Aug-14 13:24:42

I am doing exactly the same thing with my son's newly vacated room. I've sold it as a family room but it is really for me.
I've been looking at sofa beds and Next seems to have a good selection of well priced sofas.

Whoateallthecheese Fri 01-Aug-14 13:47:52

Yes. We have one from sofa workshop which is a comfy sofa and a comfy bed. Wasn't cheap, but we use it regularly for friends/parents staying over.

hiccupgirl Fri 01-Aug-14 14:16:06

We've had 2 from IKEA over the years.

The Beddinge one is a great bed but a 3 sweater sofa and the seat was a bit long for my short legs. We now have a lysckke (?) which is a 2 seater. Not the most stylish to look at but is comfy as a sofa, easy to convert to a bed and back and is a great bed to sleep on. I think it was around £200.

cafesociety Fri 01-Aug-14 14:48:09

I like Alstons sofa beds. Nice quality, prices not too bad.

weegiemum Fri 01-Aug-14 14:52:56

We have an ikea one a bit like this and it's great! visitors like it and I had to sleep on it recently for 6 weeks when I broke my leg. Very comfy!

sherbetpips Fri 01-Aug-14 14:54:57

get one with slatted supports - needless to say the more expensive the better they are. We also bought and Ikea mattress topper to go on top when it is a bed to make it more bearable.

Gen35 Fri 01-Aug-14 15:00:08

I have a Laura Ashley one (not slatted) that's both an uncomfortable bed and an uncomfortable sofa...and one of our heavier guests managed to bend one of the poles!

fledtoscotland Fri 01-Aug-14 15:11:02

We have a metal action sofa bed (brown leather) with wooden slats that I got from gumtree for £100. Will look later when I unfold it to see the brand but it's comfy - we've been sleeping on it for 3 wks whilst building work going on upstairs

Clawdy Fri 01-Aug-14 15:20:15

Anyone tried the Haru sofa bed from Got one arriving in a week or two!

Waspie Fri 01-Aug-14 16:05:34

We have this one Harry from Sofa Workshop. I've had it for about 7 years and it's in the living room so gets lots of use as a sofa plus lots of use as a sofa bed too. It wasn't cheap but I'd definitely recommend it.

lurkerspeaks Fri 01-Aug-14 16:09:26

I have a lyksele from ikea. With the expensive mattress it is very comfortable to sleep on. Designed for studios and as a permanent bed. I used mine as such for 6 months.

Not the best sofa but perfectly adequate. It has no arms though but in compensation is pretty wide so you can snuggle you legs up.

LePetitPont Fri 01-Aug-14 16:54:05

Nothing helpful to contribute but in exactly the same market as the OP so place marking!

thegreylady Fri 01-Aug-14 17:35:10

Ours is great. It is a comfy sofa and a full 4'6" double bed which everyone says is lovely to sleep on. I bought it at Alan Ward near Shrewsbury but there are other sources.
Our friends liked it so much they bought one for their own spare room.

GarlicAugustus Fri 01-Aug-14 17:42:38

A big vote here for They are 'proper' beds, with springs, that pull out in one lift-and-pull movement. Also very comfortable as sofas. They're expensive - though there's often a sale on, and if you go to the showroom they sell ex-display models. Well worth the money if you can afford it. They last for ages. I think the guarantee's ten years, and the bed part is certified for permanent use whereas most are only 'temporary' or 'semi permanent'.

I had to give mine away last time I moved. It was 5 years old, still almost perfect, and I slept on it last Christmas. It's now 15 years old and good to sleep on smile

DollyParsnip Fri 01-Aug-14 18:18:39

Another vote for Lykselle (sp) here; got 2 from Ikea 14 years ago and both still going strong. Covers are easy and inexpensive to change and wash really well.

We also got a Futon Company sofa bed which is good (use it as our sofa). Again v comfy and a decent sized bed though the covers are a bit spendy (though they have plenty of sales to stock up)

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