Like most furniture shopping, buying a sofa bed can be great fun; but also a little overwhelming. With so many options to choose from – in terms of both style and functionality – it’s easy to feel confused when you first begin your search. The good news is that choosing the perfect sofa bed for your home doesn’t need to be difficult. A little research and careful planning is all it takes to ensure that the sofa bed you choose is right for you and your home, for now and for many years to come. This guide will take you through all the ‘dos and don’ts’ for buying a sofa bed which combines maximum comfort, ease of use, efficient use of space, and aesthetic appeal.
Benefits of owning a sofa bed
Like a phone with a GPS, the sofa bed is one of those genius inventions that combines two functional items in a way that makes life that little bit simpler. Here are a few of the benefits of owning a sofa bed:
There’s no other piece of furniture that will allow you to expand your home’s capacity quite like a quality sofa bed. Whether you need to accommodate one or two extra overnight guests, your sofa bed will create the flexibility you need.
Not all of us are able to devote a whole room just to guests, and with a sofa bed, you don’t need to. Your space can be used for recreation during the day, while your guests can rest in comfort at night in the very same room.
The sofa beds available today rival single-purpose sofas in comfort, style and choice. Quality sofa beds last for years, making them an excellent investment for your home.
Comfort, Quality & Choice
Sofa beds offer better comfort and sleep quality for your guests than inflatable mattresses or sleeping bags. And with the exceptional quality and variety of sofa beds these days, you can offer friends and family the same level of comfort that is provided by a conventional bed.
What to consider when ordering your sofa bed
Sofa beds come in a large variety of styles and price groups, and there is no single best sofa bed to suit everybody. When making a selection, consider your own requirements and expectations.
Sofa beds can range from compact ottoman beds to luxurious, high-capacity double and queen sofa beds. Consider your available space and what your needs will be. Would a fold-out ottoman bed suffice for the occasional visitor? Or are you looking for a comfortable, stylish, plush sofa that will double as a pull-out bed?
Make sure your room has plenty of space for the kind of sofa which you are considering, keeping in mind the sofa bed’s size when unfolded. Depending on your selected model, we can customise the dimensions of your sofa bed, which allows you to adjust the length, height and other dimensions according to your needs.
FABRIC AND COLOUR
Our sofa beds can be upholstered in the fabric of your choice. Ask yourself what type of material would best match the your existing interior. Your design consultant should be able to work with you to customise your sofa bed according to your preference. You can even supply your own material if you have a design in mind.
Consider whether you need a stain-resistant finish, or a textured fabric (these tends to look fresher for longer because stains are less obvious). The colour you choose will also make a difference here - darker colours tend to hide dirt and grime a lot better.
SHAPE AND STYLE
Sofas come in a wide variety of shapes and styles, so take the time to browse through our range and explore which sofa bed will satisfy your specific requirements.
- Back – The three main styles are fixed back, scatter back, and cushioned back;
- Seats – Seats are typically cushioned and can come in different feelings from soft to firm;
- Arms – The arms can alter the look of your sofa bed quite dramatically. The main styles include scroll, flared, and square;
- Legs – Common leg designs include metal legs, timber legs, gliders, sabre legs, plinth, bun feet, turned legs, and stiletto.
Our sofa beds can be made with a variety of different mattresses, from standard innerpsring mattresses to options with latex and memory foam comfort layers. Each option will have its own benefits. If you’re unsure what to choose, a combination of innerspring and latex or memory foam is a good choice, as it provides both luxurious comfort and guaranteed durability.
- Foam – Foam is decreasing in popularity for sofa beds, but high density foams can be incredibly durable and last a long time. However, high density foam is quite firm, and could be challenging to sleep on for an extended period of time;
- Innerspring mattress – Our sofa beds include a selection of innerspring mattresses on a trampoline base;
- Premium mattresses – You may be surprised by just how comfortable and supportive the best sofa bed mattresses can be! Specialty options can include supportive innerspring mattress with latex, or the relatively new innerspring mattress with a plush, gel-infused memory foam comfort layer.
Most sofa beds incorporate two frames. The first frame supports the shape of the sofa, while the second frame supports the mattress and enables you to operate the bed. Frames can come in different materials, such as timber and steel, so check with our team about the durability of the materials used.
Sofa beds are designed to balance durability, flexibility and ease of use; a great frame design will support both the utility of the sofa for comfortable seating, as well as the pulled-out sofa bed for a peaceful night’s sleep.
When it’s late at night and you have guests waiting, the last thing you want is a battle with your pull-out mechanism. Not to worry; these days, most sofa beds are designed with an easy-to-use bedding mechanism. As with anything, the more you pay, the better quality you’ll get, so opt for a device that suits both your budget and technical abilities. Speak to our team about our sofa bed mechanisms.
- Click-clack – This is the most basic fold-out mechanism available in sofa beds. To convert the sofa into a bed, simply pull the frame forward until it clicks. To fold back, do the opposite;
- Pull-out – The pull-out mechanism lets you open up the sofa bed into a bed by pulling on a handle that’s hidden under the cushions or elsewhere in the sofa;
- Slide out - The slide out design allows you to slide the main seating area of the couch forward and fill in the gaps, using 100% of the lounge as the sofa bed, which means no finding space for excess cushions around the house!
PRICE AND BUDGET
Be clear about what you’re willing to spend before you start shopping around. Quality sofa beds retail upwards of $1,500. With a budget of $2,000 to $4,000, you usually can buy a comfortable, high quality sofa bed that will suit the style of your home. Of course, factors such as size, upholstery, and mattress will affect the purchase price.
Tips for buying the best sofa bed for your needs
Now that you’re aware of the key options and features available, how might you go about finding the right sofa bed for you? To get started, consider the following questions:
- Living space and functionality – Where is your sofa bed going to live and what will you be using it for?
- Priorities – What’s going to be the main use of your sofa bed - sitting or sleeping? This can help you determine what’s most important in the design.
- Aesthetic features – How will the sofa bed look in the context of your home’s style?
Make a list of additional criteria that are important to you. You might include things like durability, support, fabric requirements, cushioning, capacity, and dimensions.
Time to buy: buying tips and steps
When it comes time for you to buy, you will want to try out the product and see display sofa beds in person. Ask us whether your selected model is on display at our showroom.
CONVERTING TO A BED
Try out the sofa bed’s opening mechanism and check how easy it is to operate.
TEST THE MATTRESS
Apply gentle pressure to the mattress to check for firmness, comfort, and support.
SLEEPING AND SITTING
Test the bed by experimenting with different sleeping and sitting positions. Get in and out of the bed (as well as the sofa) a few times, to get a better idea of the height.
Inspect the display sofa bed and check its dimensions. It can be difficult to imagine how your sofa bed will fit in your home, so bring a tape measure to help you check things such as the distance between walls and other furniture pieces.
FEEL THE FABRIC
The upholstery material is one of the most important features of a sofa bed. Speak with your design consultant about the fabric composition and its features. If you need something that’s stain resistant, ask them about care instructions for the fabric.
Talk to our team about the warranty we offer. This is a great way to know you can trust the durability of your sofa bed.
CHECK DELIVERY ACCESS
Make sure your sofa bed can fit through your doorways to ensure a smooth delivery.
To ensure your sofa bed fulfills all of your requirements in terms of quality, style and aesthetic features, talk to your design consultant about any customisation options they have available.
After delivery: sofa bed maintenance
Sofa beds are generally very easy to look after. With some basic, DIY maintenance every once in a while, your sofa bed is sure to last for a long time without needing professional attention.
Rotate the mattress
If your sofa bed is used on a regular basis, rotate the mattress (where the design allows) as you would a standard bed mattress. This ensures wear is evenly distributed.
Remove any cushions or unattached components to clean and shake these down every week or so.
Vacuum your sofa bed regularly to avoid settled dust wearing down the fabric. Once a week or fortnight is ideal.
Minimise exposure to direct sunlight, as this can lead to premature fading and cause fabric fibres to break down more quickly.
Plump up any cushions by standing them on edge and beating downwards with your hands.
Spills and stains
Address any spills and stains immediately, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the best results.
Strictly Comfort Sofa Beds
Sofa beds provide great multifunctional utility with comfort and aesthetic appeal, as long as you choose carefully and work with a reputable retailer. At Strictly Comfort we are dedicated to providing you with the very best in home furnishings and pride ourselves on our exceptional customer service. Strictly Comfort's sofa beds are fully customisable and come in a huge range of fabrics, features and options, along with a standard 10 year warranty.