Shopping for Sofa Beds – The New York Times


Searching for Sofa Beds

Sleeper sofas promise a great deal, however they don’t always deliver. Mixing a settee along with a bed frequently produces a clunky furniture piece that is not everything comfortable for sitting or sleeping.

Lately, though, that’s been altering, as furniture manufacturers test out new designs that provide a twist around the standard pullout.

“A couple of years back, sleeper sofas counseled me very heavy and hokey, because to be able to fit that mechanism inside, the bottom needed to be so thick,” stated Janice Barta, an inside designer in La. “It’s taken time that people learn how to make this stuff look awesome.”

However it was well worth the wait, because the sleeper sofa is a furniture piece that is equally as invaluable inside a cramped city apartment because it is inside a large home — inside a living room, say, or perhaps a library — where periodic visitors have to be covered.

A sleeper sofa will help you “get the most from the sq footage of your house,” Ms. Barta stated. “You can modify an area within a few minutes.”

May be the bed mattress comfortable enough? “I usually purchase a pillow top that may be kept in a closet,” Ms. Barta stated, and brought out to help make the bed mattress cushier when visitors arrive.

So how exactly does it feel in sofa mode? “Some look wonderful online but they are too shallow whenever you sit, or even the materials are too dense,” Ms. Barta stated, so you should try before you purchase.

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So how exactly does your bed open? Unlike the prior generation of sofa beds, today’s sleeper sofas have mattresses that take out, fold lower or slide out. When the bed is going to be used frequently, select a model that’s simple to operate.

Sofa with foldout seat cushion

About $2,000 at Blu Us dot: 844-425-8368 or

Metal-tube sofa with slide-out seat and fold-lower back

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About $1,400 at CB2: 800-606-6252 or

Sleek sofa with slide-out cushioned platform by Thomas Müller and Jörg Wulff

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From $2,995 at Design Within Achieve: 800-944-2233 or

Pine sofa with slide-out platform for 2 mattresses

From $179 at Ikea: 888-888-4532 or

Belgian Classic Roll Arm

Sofa with pullout bed mattress mechanism

From $3,995 at Restoration Hardware: 800-762-1005 or

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