Lydia Geisel

Published on April 19, 2019

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Just because you live in a small space doesn’t mean that you can’t host overnight guests—and, no, you don’t have to subject your visitors to a blow-up mattress. Putting up guests in a bed (or something that approximates one) can go a long way in making them feel comfortable. A sofa bed (or pull-out couch, sleeper sofa, or whatever you want to call it) is one option that can help you make company feel right at home. 

That being said, working within tight quarters means you don’t have the luxury of splurging on an 85″+ sofa. Read on to get the scoop on the best sleeper sofas for small spaces.

If You Want to Put in Minimal Effort…

Like a blow-up mattress, this convertible sofa is a one-person operation. Unlike a blow-up mattress, you can get the job done in one minute flat (plus it won’t sink as guests sleep through the night). In three simple steps, this polished sofa converts into cloud nine. Bonus: The sides act as a footboard and headboard once unfolded.  

If Your Living Room is Craving Color…

TempurPedic has nothing on this ultra-plush pick. The elegant addition of velvet upholstery elevates this trundle sofa from slouch status to sweet dreams. Warning: Overnight guests may want to outstay their welcome.

If You Never Know How Much Room You Need…

Flemming Busk’s Twilight sleeper sofa has reached staple status in Scandinavian homes, and it’s easy to see why. Don’t let its compact size fool you: The piece can convert into a daybed, queen-size bed, or two twin beds depending on how you adjust the bolster pillow.

If You Consider Yourself a Couch Potato…

It’s amazing the difference an armless sofa makes in a tiny home—hey, every little square inch counts when you’re tight on floor space. Featuring a mod textured fabric and ultra minimalist wooden legs, this blush-toned sofa reclines into a full-sized bed for easy comfort.

If Your Upper Arm Strength Is Not All That…

A versatile piece of furniture that can double as a room’s focal point is always a win in our book. This vibrantly colored piece, with its streamlined design, simply requires a swift flip of the backrest to transform it into a spacious bed.

If You Live on a Six-Floor Walk-Up…

We don’t know what we love more: the very on-trend olive hue of the fabric or the fact that this sofa is surprisingly lightweight and ultra-compact in size. Though, if we had to choose, we’d probably go with the latter. Simplicity is at the core of the design for this one: Fold out the high-density foam seat to reveal the bed, no pull-out mechanism necessary.

If Mom and Dad Come Into Town Often…

Upon first glance, we would be hard-pressed to guess that this one is actually a sleeper sofa. Its chic, two-tone finish will instill with a major dose of style thanks to the sleek wooden base frame and the neutral-toned cushions. Seemingly compact, the sofa unfolds to reveal a full-sized mattress within.

If Nostalgia Is Your Decorating Style …

It’s not often that we come across a sofa bed. This customizable high-style sleeper means you’ll be going home with a relatively unique couch: Choose from a wide variety of saturated hues (don’t worry, neutrals are available as well), three different wood finishes, and between an innerspring or Memory Foam mattress. Its retro-inspired composition, foam bolsters, and craftsmanship earmark this one as a must-have.

If the Sleeper Sofa Isn’t For Guests, But For You…

Featuring an adjustable backrest that converts into a deeper lounge and bed, this couch was made for the contemporary aesthetic. Sans armrests, the build of this natural-toned sleeper results in a streamlined finish with relaxation at its core. Pair with colorful throw pillows for added style and a dynamic finish.

If You’re Detail-Oriented…

While this one errs towards the larger side, it can still work within a small area due to its relatively streamlined structure. Featuring hand-finished upholstery, this handcrafted sleeper is available in an array of custom shades and fabrics. With a foldout capability that opens up to a queen-sized mattress, this mod sofa is both chic and spacious.

If You Want to Bring Coastal Charm to the City…

This traditional piece exudes pure comfort and relaxation courtesy of its laidback composition and casual frame. Versatile enough to fit within a wide variety of decorative schemes, its deep seat and cottage-inspired style would make one hard-pressed to even guess that it’s a sleeper sofa.

If Your Living Room Is Your Office…

A sofa that comes with a built-in side table? That’s something we can definitely get behind. While this versatile piece can function as a bed, sofa, and even a daybed, its noteworthy feature is, without a doubt, the clever storage spot built within the arms. To convert from sofa to bed, simply remove the cushions. Yep, it’s that easy.

If You Don’t Want to Spend a Small Fortune…

Constructed of solid wood and a linen-inspired fabric, this convertible sofa is ideal for the urban dweller. Simply unfold to go from sofa to bed.

The story was originally published February 2018, it has been updated with new information. 

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