How to choose the best sofa bed

How to choose the best sofa bed

Just starting the search for the perfect sofa bed? We have a number of options that will work for a variety of spaces and we have the knowledge to guide you in choosing what will work best. 

How to choose the best sofa bed?

A sofa bed can be a versatile and practical addition to any home, providing a comfortable seating option during the day and a convenient sleeping space for guests at night. However, with so many options available on the market, choosing the best sofa bed for your needs can be a daunting task. We are here to provide you with the knowledge to guide you on how to select the perfect sofa bed that suits both your style and functionality requirements.

Consider the Size
The first step in choosing a sofa bed is to consider the size that will best fit your space. Measure the area where you plan to place the sofa bed to ensure that it will fit comfortably in the room. Start with the maximum size you can accommodate and then consider the next steps to help narrow down your options. Knowing the maximum length that can fit along the wall (or where you plan for it to be) and the maximum length that it can open into the room. We have sofas that open parallel to the wall and sofas that open perpendicular to the wall. These options ensure we have something that will fit all your measurements. For example, a sleeper sofa that opens parallel to the wall like our Movie Night allows for a generous 4 seater with a deep seat, while only opening 70" into room when opened to a bed. This keeps the floor space in front of the sofa bed more open, often eliminating the need to move even the coffee table out of the way. Our Merga is another example of a parallel sleeping sofa bed in our collection. It only comes 55" into the room when opened to a bed. If your room orientation means you have less space along the wall and more space in front of the sofa bed, a perpendicular opening sleeper sofa might be best. Our Stretch Sofa Bed is a compact loveseat that opens to a Queen size bed. It is available with arms or without arms and starts at 67" in width. It is the smallest queen size sofa bed on the market. When open to a bed, it will come 81" into the room.

Knowing the different possibilities that our sofa beds offer to maximize your space is the perfect start to choosing the right sofa bed for you. 

Movie Night Sofa Bed open
Movie Night Original Sofa Bed - Open to a bed. 
Merga Sofa Bed open to a bed.

Stretch Sofa Bed, open to a bed.

Determine the Usage
Next, think about how you plan to use the sofa bed. Will it be primarily used as a seating option with occasional use as a bed for guests, or will it be used frequently for sleeping? Will it be in the family room where everyone gathers for movie night or will it be tucked away in the multi purpose den / office. This will help you determine the type of comfort you will want. To be clear, all our sofa beds are comfortable, your guests will sleep well on any of them. We recommend considering your needs as a sofa first and as a bed second. Let's discuss the differences as a sofa first. If you expect this to be a place to lounge and watch TV, we find most people prefer a deeper seat and a longer sofa. This allows you to curl up or lay out flat. Or Soho, Movie Night and Play (which has storage built in!) are all great options for this. If you prefer a sofa that offers more back support or prefer to sit up straight on a sofa with your feet on the ground - Stretch and Nest are what we would recommend you try.

Play Sofa Bed with Chaise

Choose the Right Mattress Type
For sleep comfort, we really feel our sofa beds all offer a superior sleeping experience. Of course everyone is different in what they look for in a mattress. Some are softer than others and some are thicker than others. Our most premium mattresses are found in Soho and Movie Night. What makes these the best sofa bed mattresses? The Soho and Movie Night sofa beds have a 10" thick mattress. It is made up of pocket coils individually encased to ensure longevity and comfort. The pocket coils are then topped with a number of layers of fibre fill and foam core to increase the sleeping comfort of your guests. Hands down, this mattress feels just like sleeping on a bed. If your guests prefer a firmer mattress, Stretch is another great option. It is a high resilient foam on top of No-Zag springs which ensure the foam maintains its shape over many years of use. Stretch is our best selling sofa bed and the mattress has been verified by thousands of happy households all across Canada. Our softest mattress can be found on our Merga, it is a pocket coil mattress topped with hyper soft foam. 

Premium Pocket Spring used in our Movie Night and Soho collections.

Test the Mechanism
When shopping for a sofa bed, be sure to test the mechanism that allows the sofa to be converted into a bed. Look for a sofa bed with a smooth and easy-to-operate mechanism that can be opened and closed with minimal effort. Avoid mechanisms that are noisy or difficult to use, as they can be inconvenient, especially if you plan to use the sofa bed frequently. Luckily we don't have any sofa beds that are noisy and inconvenient to open! We do have different opening mechanisms and it can be important to reach out and discuss these options if there are any physical limitations and we will be happy to discuss recommendations. 

Consider the Style and Design
Lastly, consider the style and design of the sofa bed to ensure that it complements the existing décor of your home. Choose a sofa bed with a fabric or upholstery material that is both durable and easy to clean. Additionally, look consider features such as storage space, are armrests preferred, do you need a matching ottoman or headrests that can enhance the functionality of the sofa bed.

Choosing the best sofa bed for your home requires careful consideration of factors such as size, usage, mattress type, mechanism, and design. By following the tips outlined in this blog post, you can select a sofa bed that not only meets your practical needs but also adds style and comfort to your living space. With the right sofa bed, you can create a welcoming and versatile environment for both everyday living and occasional guests.

Looking for some guidance? We only sell sofa beds and we only sell our sofa beds. This means we know our product inside and out. We have had all the questions you can think of asking and we have the answers. We have three showrooms to serve you and would love to show you our sofa beds in person.

We have two convenient locations to serve you in Toronto. We can be found at 2373 Bloor St W and 590 Mount Pleasant Rd.
Our third showroom is located in Ottawa at 848 Clyde Ave.

Hope to see you in store soon!

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