Written by Victoria Purcell

9 of the best sofa beds for small spaces

Sofa beds come in all shapes and sizes these days, with plenty of clever solutions for smaller spaces. Small sofa beds come with or without arms, with foldable or click clack mechanisms. Some are made as well as a proper bed with deep, sumptuous mattresses, while others are cheap and cheerful, better suited to the occasional sleepover. You can even get small, single-person chair-beds that look great as an accent chair, or a sofa bed in a box like this clever little number from Made.com.

Check out Good Homes magazine’s pick of the best small sofa beds…

1. Teddy sofa bed, Sofa.com

This soft, sumptuous sofa bed with deep seats and feather-back cushions looks too comfy to be a fold-out bed. The Teddy from Sofa.com, handcrafted and delivered to your door in around four-to-six weeks, is available in a range of colours and fabrics, including this chic shade of Rhubarb, with a choice of two styles of wooden leg – mahogany or English oak. This 2.5-seater starts from £1,590, so this one is at the higher end of the price spectrum of the Good Homes’ selection, but the frame comes with a lifetime guarantee. It measures 201cm wide, 115cm deep and unfurls into a sofa bed measuring 236cm by 133cm. You can also get a single loveseat sofa bed from £1,325, two-seat from £1,445 and three-seat sofa bed from £1,730.

2. The Model 04, Swyft

The Model 04 by Swyft, £2,095, is a sofa bed that’s designed well enough to function as your main sofa, as well as a sofa bed of standard double bed proportions. Comfort was a priority when designing the Model 04, eschewing the thin mattresses and metal frames for seven inches of premium foam with additional pocket springs. The arms can be removed if you have a compact space to squeeze it into. Plus, for added convenience, it comes in boxes that can easily fit through tight entranceways and up multiple flights of stairs, and is delivered within 24 hours. Also, the fabrics are stain resistant, durable and guaranteed for two years.

3. Haru sofa bed, Made.com

Made.com’s Haru sofa bed is an absolute classic. The stylish space saver has no bulky arms taking up extra space and looks great as both a sofa and a bed. Available in multiple colours – some with contrast piped detailing for a subtle retro look, as well as more luxurious velvet-effect finishes – it goes from sit to sleep in seconds with a simple click clack mechanism. Pictured below is the two-seater Haru in moss velvet green (£390), but it also comes as a large sofa bed and small single sofa bed. As a sofa it measures 120cm wide by 86 cm deep, while as a bed it measures 182 x 120 x 13cm.

4. Freya sofa bed, Homebase

Freya sofa bed, £250 from Homebase, has become a real hit thanks to its good value price tag and compact size. It’s similar in style and mechanism to Made.com’s Haru sofa bed, but cheaper and smaller, making it ideal for those with a box room looking for a small sofa bed solution. The pared-back design and wooden legs give off Scandi vibes, plus you can partially unfurl it into a chaise for reading or gaming. The click-clack mechanism and fold out legs make transition from sofa to sofa bed super easy. As a sofa it measures 120cm wide by 90cm deep, and as a bed it’s 42 x 120 x 190cm.

freya sofa bed from homebase in grey with wooden legs, ideal for smaller spaces and cheap

Freya sofa bed, Homebase

5. Metro sofa bed, Furl

The Metro sofa bed from Furl is clever and compact with an unusually deep, luxurious 18cm mattress. Furl offers plenty of options for its sofa beds, so you can tailor it to your needs. The Metro comes in five sizes, from chair-bed to extra large sofa bed, as well as numerous fabric options, a choice of arms, mattresses and add-ons such as extra cushions, stain guarding, chaise and footstool options. It has a steel frame, the cushions stay on as you unfurl it, and it stands at normal bed height. Plus, they say it’s as comfortable as a real bed. This is a good choice for those looking for a tailored sofa bed that lasts a long time. From £1,875.

6. Bower velvet sofa bed, Homescapes

The pink velvet Bower sofa bed from Homescapes is an absolute bargain. Priced just £199.99, it can be quickly transformed from a three-seater sofa into a single bed for one with a click-clack mechanism. The ideal piece of multifunctional furniture, this sofa bed is upholstered by hand in a smooth pink velvety fabric with a quilted pattern, and is padded with springs and soft cushioning for comfort. Available in dark red, dark green, dark grey, navy and gold, it looks more expensive than it is. Measures 175cm wide by 83cm deep as a sofa, extending to 97cm wide as a bed.

cheap pink velvet single click clack sofa bed with grey zigzag cushion

Bower sofa bed, Homescapes

7. Emile sofa bed, Bensons for Beds

The Emile sofa bed from Bensons for Beds doesn’t waste any space with its small, neat, armless design. It’s available as a small double (£599.99) and double sofa bed (£649.99), with 10 colours and three fabrics (velvet, woven and linen effects) to choose from. Easy to use, you simply drop down the backrest to convert the sumptuous sofa into a cosy bed in a matter of seconds. It has chic, silver metal feet, arrives fully assembled so there’s no faffing about attaching the legs, and it has a one-year guarantee. The small double measures 125cm wide by 93cm deep as a sofa, and 125cm wide by 192cm deep as a bed (the double is 145cm wide). The Emile is pictured below as a small double in Sunningdale Midnight fabric.

midnight blue velvet look small fold down bed

Emile sofa bed, Bensons for Beds

8. Texas armchair sofa bed, Oak Furnitureland

Modern and stylish, the Texas armchair sofa bed from Oak Furnitureland (£899.99) is super compact in size and will fit into any room beautifully. Ideal for when you just have one guest over to stay, the seat has a hardwood frame and fibre-filled back cushion so it’s also a comfy little accent chair, as well as a two-fold bed frame of durable metal to provide a strong base for the sofa bed. The chair is available in four shades and even comes with a complimentary scatter cushion.

Pink chair bed for one with cushions on grey carpet

Texas armchair sofa bed, Oak Furnitureland

9. Lycksele Lövås, Ikea

No sofa-bed roundup is complete without an Ikea sofa bed. While the Good Homes team personally recommends the Friheten grey corner sofa-bed with storage (the author of this piece has one and loves it!), it is quite sizeable. For smaller spaces, try the Lycksele Lövås two-seater folding sofa bed (£279), pictured below in Vansbro bright green. Cheap and cheerful, this one is best for occasional use. Simply remove the cover and slide the easy-to use mechanism forward, et voila, you have a bed in seconds! As a sofa it measures 142cm wide and 100cm deep, while as a bed it’s 140cm wide and 188cm long. The mattress is 10cm thick.

cheap ikea fold down bed in green

Lycksele Lövås, Ikea


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