Sofa beds are a versatile and space-saving solution for overnight guests, offering both seating and sleeping options in a single piece of furniture. They come in a range of styles and sizes to suit different needs and decor.

Sofa beds - Top 5 in the UK

Mee Staff

Sofa beds can be a convenient and space-saving option for people in the UK, as they can provide both seating and sleeping space in one piece of furniture. They can even be a more comfortable option for those who can't sleep! Sofa beds are beneficial in small homes or apartments where the area is at a maximum, as they can serve as both a sofa and a guest bed when needed.

These beds can also be cost-effective, as they can save money on purchasing a sofa and a separate bed. Additionally, sofa beds can be a time-saving option, as they can easily be converted from a sofa to a bed and back again without the need to set up or take down a separate bed.

It's essential to choose a high-quality sofa bed with a thick, supportive mattress and a sturdy frame to ensure comfort and durability. However, it's worth noting that sofa beds may not be as comfortable or supportive as regular beds and may not be suitable for everyday use as a primary sleeping surface.

However, it's also good idea to consider the size and style to make sure it will fit in your home and complement your other furniture.

What is the best size for a sofa bed?

Because we now have to put in longer hours at the office, the first thing we want to do when we get home is kicking our feet up, relax, and watch some television. It is usual for those with smaller areas and only enough room for one sofa to want to accommodate the largest size of sofa that they can fit into their space.

When planning the layout of your room, we would suggest exercising caution and ensure that you allow enough room for a coffee table on which you place your tea and books.

One of the more important decisions you are going to have to make, is determining which size best suits your particular space. Naturally, the larger the size of the couch bed, the larger the size of the bed underneath it.

Sofa bed size

Mattress Size (Width/Length)

Chair

80cm x 200cm

Small 2.5 Seater

115cmx200cm

Medium 3 Seater

140cmx200cm

Large 4 Seater

160cmx200cm

Extra Large 5 Seater

180cmx200cm

 

Things to Keep in Mind

  • In a perfect world, at least 40cm of space should be between your sofa and your coffee table. This will allow you to comfortably move around the coffee table to get to the sofa.
  • It is preferable to have at least 30cm of space on either one side of the couch bed or both sides of the sofa bed as this ensures your guests will have a simple time getting into bed when it is opened. Naturally, the more space you have, the simpler and more convenient the entrance will be for your guests.
  • You will need a length of approximately 210cm to open the couch bed. Consider that most of our sofa beds have an opening length of 205 centimetres when deciding where to place your sofa.

Sofa bed sizes in the UK

Sofa sizes can vary, as they are made by different manufacturers and come in various styles and sizes. Here are some standard sofa bed sizes in the UK:

Type of Sofa bed

Size

Single 

190 cm long x 90cm wide

(90cm deep when closed as a sofa)

Small double 

190cm long x 120cm wide

(90cm deep when closed as a sofa)

Double 

190cm long x 140cm wide

(90cm deep when closed as a sofa)

 

Make sure the sofa will fit in the room by first measuring that space. Once you have done that, compare those numbers to the specifications of the models you're considering.

Top 5 Sofa beds in the UK

It's challenging to identify the "top" sofa beds in the UK, as different people have different preferences regarding comfort, style, and functionality.

However, here are five popular sofa beds that may be worth considering:

John Lewis Clapton Fixed Back Sofa Bed

John lewis

If you are looking for something for the spare room, this click-clack sofa bed is a perfect alternative. The fact that it is uncomplicated but alluring at the same time, in addition to the fact that it costs little less than $300, makes it a significantly more budget-friendly option than the alternatives. 

Because it is equipped with a foam mattress, the sofa is acceptable for occasional use, despite the fact that there is a chance that some individuals will find it to be too firm (in which case, we recommend using a mattress topper).

It is also essential to highlight the fact that the legs of the sofa, which are constructed out of wood, are not very tall. As a result, the seating height of the sofa is very low. 

Key Features

Dimensions

H78 x W278 x D168cm

Colors Available

Fraser Teal / Fraser Steel / Jade Pink Velvet

Price

£349.00

Estimated delivery time

Within 7 days

Made Haru Velvet Sofa Bed: Best mid-range sofa bed

The Haru is yet another sofa bed available from Made. Although its price has increased over the years, it is still a good option for those looking for something in the middle of the price spectrum.

It is perfect for adding a touch of contemporary luxury to any area.

With this purchase, you will receive a sizeable double mattress suitable for accommodating two people. If this size doesn't fit your space, the Haru is available in a two-seater or a single sofa chair.

Key Features

Dimensions

H82 x W142 x D89cm

Mattress Size

142 x 184 x 26cm

Price

£575.00

Estimated delivery time

8-10 weeks

 

John Lewis Sansa Splayed Arm Sofa Bed with Storage

John lewis sleeper couch

This roomy corner sofa has a pull-out mechanism hidden underneath the sofa's two-seater section, allowing it to be changed into a bed. In addition, the chaise section of the sofa can be used as an ottoman chest to store your bedding. Even better, the two portions may be removed from one another, allowing for the layout of the sofa to be altered to fit the space better.

 The Sansa features a supportive foam mattress that will conform to your body when you lie on it, and it will spring back into shape when it is not in use: this is comfortable while obviously on the firmer side of the spectrum. It is available in various fabric options, and you can choose between a light or dark finish for the wood legs.

Take note that a small space between the chaise and the bed results from pulling out the sofa so that it may be used as a bed. Nevertheless, John Lewis does not consider this to be a flaw in the sofa's design. But, there is a potential that some customer may find it to be an annoyance, regardless that it is intended to be there.

Key Features

Dimensions

H84 x W242 x D152cm

Mattress Size

L204 x W130 x D8cm

Price

£1399.00

Estimated delivery time

21 weeks

Ikea Friheten Corner Sofa Bed with Storage

Ikea bed

This popular sofa bed has a sleek design and a comfortable foam mattress that can be converted from a sofa to a bed. It also has a built-in storage area under the seat.

There are numerous advantages to purchasing this sofa bed. Including the fact that it is simple to assemble, that it can be placed in a corner, and that it has accessible storage integrated into it — making it ideal for flats that do not have a lot of storage space.

It comes with three back cushions. It is possible to finish the set with one additional FRIHETEN back cushion, which is supplied separately.

Key Features

Dimensions

L230 x D151 x H66cm

Price

£679.00

Estimated delivery time

It depends on the postal code

Ikea Hemnes Day Bed

Ikea day bed

 This multifunctional furniture may be used as a sofa, a single bed, a double bed, or even storage space, thanks to its ingenious design.

The timeless Shaker-style pattern will easily incorporate into the country's chic decor. It will look charming when layered with blankets and throw pillows in neutral colours or nautical stripes.

It is good to know that the daybed requires a combination of two mattresses measuring 80 by 200 inches. Firstly, when you want to use the dayed as a single bed, you stack the pillows on top of each other. Alternatively, when you use it as a double bed, you position the pillows next to each other. 

Key Features

Dimensions

L209 x W86 x H83cm

Price

£319.00

Estimated delivery time

It depends on the postal code

In conclusion, sofa beds can be a convenient, cost-effective, and space-saving option for people who need both seating and sleeping space. They are typically cheaper than regular couches and beds, as they combine both functions in one piece of furniture. Sofa beds can be handy in smaller homes or apartments where space is at a premium, as they can serve as both a sofa and a guest bed when needed.

However, it's worth noting that sofa beds may not be as comfortable or supportive as regular beds and may not be suitable for everyday use as a primary sleeping surface.

It's essential to choose a high-quality sofa bed with a thick, supportive mattress and a sturdy frame to ensure comfort and durability.

Lastly, it's a good idea to consider the size and style of the sofa bed to make sure it will fit in your home and complement your other furniture.

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