Lydia Geisel

Published on April 11, 2020

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Photography by by Sara Tramp for Emily Henderson Design

Just because you live in a small space doesn’t mean you can’t have people stay over—and, no, you don’t have to subject them to a blow-up mattress. A sofa bed will make company feel right at home, without taking up any extra room during the daytime. Even once your visitors are gone, you’ll be happy you made the purchase—it makes for an epic movie night setup. That being said, when you’re working with tight quarters, you don’t necessarily have the luxury of lounging around on an 85-inch-plus couch. From streamlined trundles to convertible loveseats, we scoured the web for the best sleeper sofas for small spaces. Discover our 13 favorites, below.

If You’re Nostalgic For Your Trundle Bed…

It’s never too late to return to childhood. Hans Wegner’s minimalist design features a pull-out bunk on the beechwood bottom perfect for sleepovers.

If You’d Like to Put in Minimal Effort…

Like a blow-up mattress, this sofa bed is a one-person operation. Unlike a blow-up mattress, your guests won’t sink to the floor in the middle of the night only to wake up with a backache. Another plus: The armrests act as a footboard and headboard once unfolded.

If You’re Craving a Pop of Color…

Burnt-orange velvet upholstery elevates this trundle sofa from slouchy to sweet dream–inducing. 

If You Never Know How Many People Are Coming Over…

This design has reached staple status in Scandinavian homes, and it’s easy to see why. The piece can convert into a daybed, queen-size bed, or two twins, depending on how you adjust the bolster pillow.

If You Keep Falling Asleep on the Couch…

Cleverly dubbed the Crashpad, this plush option is perfect for late-night TV marathons. Just push the back down and spread out. 

If You Want to Have It All…

What if we told you there was a way to have a chic couch, fold-out bed, and storage space all in one? Well, when it’s time for some shut-eye, all you have to do is rearrange this sofa’s cushions and lift up the base to grab the extra blankets and pillows. 

If You’re Always On-Trend…

Two-tiered anything is buzzy these days and this couch is no different. To curl up for the night, simply remove the top cushion and place it in line with the bottom, making it the perfect place to stretch out.

If You’re a Foam Mattress Fan…

Cushions filled with the material are guaranteed to be comfortable. And with its elegant sloped arms and tapered legs, no one will be the wiser that it takes little to no effort to fold this sofa down into a bed.

If You Love the Millennial Aesthetic…

Warning: guests will want to overstay their welcome due to this cloud-like sofa’s feather-filled cushions and velvety blush upholstery. 

If Your Pal Insists on Bringing Her Boyfriend…

Designed exclusively for The Conran Shop, this style is available in a multitude of fabrics and colors (kelp-hued wool, anyone?) and seamlessly transforms into a bed perfect for two. 

If You Want to Pretend You Don’t Have a Sleeper Sofa…

A classic sofa at its finest, you can barely tell that this piece turns into a sizable bed. It also comes with lumbar pillows for maximum comfort. 

If You Can’t Get Enough of Statement Headboards…

This couch’s hand-sewn tufted back wows on its own, but when it converts to a sleeper, you’re suddenly looking at the headrest of your dreams.

If You Want Extra Wiggle Room…

Introducing the king of all sleeper sofas—high-quality, durable leather and deep cushions make this a family favorite.

Discover more small-space essentials:
8 Intimate Settees Perfect for Small Spaces
11 Budget Sofas That Only Look Expensive
IKEA’s New Modular Sofa Is the Ultimate Small-Space Solution

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