Lydia Geisel

Published on August 13, 2019

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Just because you live in a small space doesn’t mean you can’t host overnight guests—and, no, you don’t have to subject them to a blow-up mattress. A sofa bed (or pull-out couch, sleeper sofa, or whatever you like to call it) 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 love seats, we scoured the web for the best sleeper sofas for small spaces. Discover our 15 favorites, below. 

If your friends will be up binge-watching until 2 a.m…

Will you visitors be parked in front of the TV for the foreseeable future? Get cozy by sliding this couch’s top seat cushion down to the ground—no funky maneuvers required.

If you’re making room for two…

Hans Wegner’s minimalist design features a pull-out bunk on the beechwood bottom.

If you want guests to feel like they’re on cloud nine…

You don’t even have to go digging through your linen closet for spare sheets. Cushions covered in an ultra-smooth velvet will put your visitors right to sleep.

If you want 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 bonus: The armrests act as a footboard and headboard once unfolded.

If your living room is craving color…

Burnt-orange velvet upholstery elevates this trundle sofa from slouch status to sweet dreams. Warning: Overnight guests may want to overstay their welcome.

If you never know how many people are coming over…

Flemming Busk’s Twilight sleeper sofa 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’re squeezing into a tight corner…

Push this armless sofa against the wall and slide a C-shaped side table right up to its edge.

If your upper-arm strength is not all that…

All that’s required when you’re ready to snooze on this number is folding down the backrest. A versatile piece of furniture that can double as a room’s focal point is always a win in our book.

If you live in a sixth-floor walk-up…

Fold out this ultra-lightweight couch’s high-density foam seat to reveal the bed (no pull-out mechanism necessary).

If you’re clumsier than you’d like to admit…

Have a tendency to spill red wine on every white surface? No problem. You can zip the covers right off of this sofa’s detached cushions and get them in the washing machine stat.

If want it to look as little like a sofa bed as possible…

This tufted, mid-century–esque pick with bolster cushions screams classic. But in case you decide to go in a more contemporary direction after it’s arrived on your doorstep, Joybird offers free returns on all its sofas.

If the sleeper sofa isn’t for guests, but for you…

Cleverly dubbed the Crashpad, this plush option is perfect for late-night movie watching. Just fold the back down and spread out.

 If you need to stretch your legs…

You’d never know that there’s a queen-size mattress tucked neatly away inside this streamlined couch. Plus, it’s constructed with gel-infused memory foam, so you’ll feel like you’re napping on a TempurPedic.

If your living room is also your office…

A sleeper sofa that comes with a built-in side table? That’s something we can definitely get behind. Use it as a laptop perch during the day and for housing your guests’ reading material in the evening.

If you don’t want to spend a small fortune…

Constructed of solid wood and a linen-like fabric, this transitional sofa is a steal. Once you hear the click of the backrest transforming into a mattress, it’s time for bed.

The story was originally published in February 2018. It has been updated with new information. 

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