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A sofa bed for us to save space

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Onthemove16 Mon 14-Mar-16 20:01:11

We're about to move into a small flat and think it would be the best space saving solution for DP and I to use a sofa bed in the living room for our permanent use. Bit wary about having to open it out and collapse it every day, and I'm a bit worried about comfort as I do have a tendency to back pain, but we can't think of a better way to use the space. Anyone else doing this already? Any favourite sofa beds that have proven to be comfy and easy to use?

Qwebec Mon 14-Mar-16 20:24:37

Well if you have back issues a sofa bed is not the best way to IME. It's ok fro a few nights, a few weeks if you must, but not much more.
How about a murphy bed?
wow I looked them up and there are even some that start as a sofa.

I wish I knew how to make the images appear on a thread!

Onthemove16 Mon 14-Mar-16 21:02:43

Wow, didn't think of that at all! Thanks for the tip Qwebec! I'll look into it but it'll depend on cost and delivery time too hmm

Teds77 Tue 15-Mar-16 01:12:10

I don't think you'll cope sleeping on a sofa bed everyday. Too uncomfortable even without a back problem. What about a loft/raised bed? You could then used the space underneath. A couple of friends with studios opted for this.

Onthemove16 Tue 15-Mar-16 07:50:40

Thank you for your out-of-the-box thinking Teds77! Unfortunately I'm prone to doing weird things in my sleep including running at full speed out if bed in a panic!! blush Not sure a raised bed would be safe for me!

Flutterbye Tue 15-Mar-16 13:46:31

We regularly give up or bedroom to guests and use our Ikea Lycksele sofa bed, has a choice of 3 mattresses. Would be a bit of a faff storing the bedding underneath, etc.

Onthemove16 Tue 15-Mar-16 16:42:36

Sounds like a possibility Flutterbye, thanks. Budget is an issue and Ikea is a more affordable option...

Qwebec Wed 16-Mar-16 02:03:55

If price is an issue, you could try to find a second murphy bed/find a cheap one and put a sofa with weels in front, just make sure they lock!

found this site fairly cheap.

I'd suggest if you can take your time finding the right thing for you. I slept for weeks on an air bed so that I could get the right matress. It felt like an eternity, but now I'm really happy with it.

BikeRunSki Wed 16-Mar-16 02:30:37

We have a sofa bed that we gave slept on a lot in the last few years (we've had it 15 years) - often for several weeks at a time.

LeaLeander Wed 16-Mar-16 02:32:22

A futon would be more comfortable than a sofa sleeper.

BikeRunSki Wed 16-Mar-16 02:34:16

... Posted too soon!

FiL is also a regular visitor. It is really comfortable and I think this is because it is mAde by a bed company rather than a dos company. It's by Relyon and we got it from John Lewis. It wasn't cheap - I seem to remember £700 in the sale, even then, but it has proven to be one of our best ever purchases.

Onthemove16 Wed 16-Mar-16 06:50:53

Thanks so much for all your suggestions. I can now talk to DP about all the possibilities. Getting something temporary and taking our time to choose something that really works for us is a great idea!

Ifailed Wed 16-Mar-16 06:57:05

we tried using a sofa bed when space became an issue. Firstly, they tend to be quite small, and secondly they don't seem to like be constantly folded/unfolder each day, we go through two in less than a year - they weren't cheap either! What about bunk beds?

Onthemove16 Wed 16-Mar-16 07:28:18

Well it's for DP and I in the living room/bedroom. I don't think he'd appreciate sleeping in a bunk bed! Nevertheless you're confirming my worries over a sofa bed...

MiaowTheCat Wed 16-Mar-16 07:45:27

To be honest I tend to sleep on our sofa bed most nights (DH snores to ridiculous levels and has restless legs as well so there are nights where it's either that, or murder him) and it's actually more comfortable for me than our proper bed really (I have hip/back/pelvic problems - SPD that never went away basically).

Tuiles Wed 16-Mar-16 07:50:22

We have a futon sofa bed designed for permanent use, it is very comfortable. It had a click clack mechanism so is easy to convert (though if against a wall do need to pull it out a bit). Similar to this (though we have one without arms):

slebmum1 Wed 16-Mar-16 08:01:38

What about an ikea day bed? Can't remember what puts is called but pulls out to double and is much comfort than a sofa bed

Babymamamama Wed 16-Mar-16 08:37:54

Check out the futon company. Much more comfy than a sofa bed.

leoniethelioness Sat 19-Mar-16 21:14:14

I second the Ikea day bed idea. Ours is really comfortable but doesn't get used much, as it's in a spare room.

Summerdaydreams1 Sun 20-Mar-16 06:58:10

I also recommend the futon company. They have some really nice stuff and lots of their furniture works well in smaller living areas. We found that the three seater was a lot easier to put up and down than the two seater.

Onthemove16 Sun 20-Mar-16 21:21:31

Thank you all so much for your advice! This was the first time I posted on mumsnet and I really appreciate how lovely and helpful everyone is! flowers

catbasilio Mon 28-Mar-16 00:57:18

Dont futons sag in time? I mean, the top part of mattress would go down all the time? Or that is what I heard... Otherwise I love the look of futons.

We slept on Lycksele for almost a year. It was manageable but uncomfortable long term. We moved in the end. If I had to sleep on sofa bed I would choose something which rolls out (like the discontinued Karlstad) and has storage for bedding.

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