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To ask... if you were a guest in someone's home would you

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monkeymamma Sun 14-May-17 20:47:10

prefer to sleep on:

a) a futon (e.g. posh Futon Company style one)

b) a day bed (e.g. IKEA Hemnes) with decent mattress

c) a traditional fold-out sofa bed

I am veering towards option B because the mattress would be firm and supportive rather than the foam options that the traditional fold-out sofa offers.

We would use it 2-3 times a year, the main people using it will be 70+ (and one has back problems) so the more comfortable we can make it the better.

It's to go in our playroom, so as a sofa to sit on it doesn't need to be wildly comfortable (we have other sofas for sitting on).

I'd prefer something compact to maximise space for playing. Don't mind spending more if anyone has ideas beyond the above but I don't want a big old sofa that takes up loads of space.

IABU to put this in AIBU I know. Especially as this topic has been done before just not very recently.

Thanks for reading.

AmserGwin Sun 14-May-17 20:48:01


OfficiallyUnofficial Sun 14-May-17 20:48:54

Day bed, I have a bad back and the other options would mean getting down lower to floor level.

Redpriestandmozart Sun 14-May-17 20:49:51


FlyingGoose Sun 14-May-17 20:50:09

I would prefer a day bed.

BlueSunGreenMoon Sun 14-May-17 20:50:12

I'm not sure what a day bed is, but I think I'd pick that.

TheSnowFairy Sun 14-May-17 20:50:49

Not a futon. It's like sleeping on a horizontal ladder confused

ColourfulOrangex Sun 14-May-17 20:51:49

Day bed

CaulkheadNorth Sun 14-May-17 20:51:53

Is it an option for the hosts to give up their bed?

KingJoffreysRestingCuntface Sun 14-May-17 20:52:00

Either A or B.

Cs are cunts. Never met a comfy one. We have a quite expensive one and it's still bloody uncomfortable.

AlternativeTentacle Sun 14-May-17 20:52:26

Why not ask them?

CaulkheadNorth Sun 14-May-17 20:52:44

Sorry, I didn't really read the opening post properly. If you're buying one then B.

NataliaOsipova Sun 14-May-17 20:52:51

B - day bed. Definitely. They are much better because you can put a proper mattress on them.

robinia Sun 14-May-17 20:53:01


Code42 Sun 14-May-17 20:53:02

I personally prefer a futon: but if it's mainly going to be older people, I think you definitely need something higher up, on a par with a regular bed. If you put a decent mattress on it, I think the day bed is the best option - you can get them with a trundle so that they turn into a double bed too.

Katie6448 Sun 14-May-17 20:53:15

Day bed, definitely. Although if the guests are of that age with back problems I would offer them my bed.

FrancisCrawford Sun 14-May-17 20:53:24

Definitely B

PurpleDaisies Sun 14-May-17 20:53:38


Our friends have one from Ikea which is amazingly comfy.

Alison100199 Sun 14-May-17 20:53:48

B. Futons are the work of the devil.

Kiwi32 Sun 14-May-17 20:53:58

Growing up we had a really comfy sofa bed. God knows what it cost though. I'd go for whichever has the best medium to firm mattress.

Dillite2 Sun 14-May-17 20:54:03

B because it can be made into a double.

Kiwi32 Sun 14-May-17 20:54:42

Forgot to add most definitely not a futon for 70+ visitors. They'll never be comfy and it's way too low

ChardonnaysPrettySister Sun 14-May-17 20:54:42


Fold out sofas are the work of the devil. Although they can be tolerable with a good topper.

Elanetical Sun 14-May-17 20:55:37

I've been sleeping on an Ikea brimnes day bed (with the more expensive mattress option) for six months. It's very comfortable.

user1andonly Sun 14-May-17 20:56:47

B - my parents have one and it's fine.

I'd sleep happily on C if I was by myself but would hate to try and share it with DH - they are just not big enough for two! I'd prefer two single airbeds to that!

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