When you are looking for a comfortable sleeper sofa you can start to think that you are searching for the Holy Grail. Trust me, there are comfortable sleeper sofas out there – you just have to know what to look for.
The problem with choosing a sleeper sofa is that there are so many different styles and they seem to span such a large price range. My suggestion is do a little research by your won before buying one, Chriply.com can be a great website to help you for this.
There are two important aspects. Firstly you need an attractive and comfortable sofa; secondly you need a bed which is comfortably enough for a guest to sleep on.
Depending on your budget you may need to make compromises, but these do not have to be drastic, so don’t panic yet. Assuming that the sofa will be an everyday sofa then it is important that this fits well with your other furniture and is comfortable to sit on. A comfortable sofa should have plenty of built in padding and good thick cushions. The cushions are important on a sleeper sofa as you will probably have a metal frame underneath, and if you have insufficient padding on the seat you will be able to feel the frame after a year or so and your sofa will start to be rather uncomfortable.
As far as the bed part of the sofa goes – this is not that difficult. A comfortable sleeper sofa must have a proper pull out bed, not a foam base. The bed frame should be made from metal and should have taut mesh or fabric held in place with tight springs to support the mattress. The mattress support is what will give the bed its comfort, so this is as important as the mattress.
Ideally for a comfortable sleeper sofa you should have a mattress which his at least and inch thick. If you find that this is stretching your budget then get the best possible design and the thickest mattress you can. You can also turn your regular sofa into a sleeper sofa. If you want to do it, just buy a sofa bed mattress and put it on your sofa. Below are a couple of tips to make improve your sleeper sofa if the mattress is a little on the thin side.
If you have had to compromise on the mattress you have two choices which will make it more comfortable. The first is to invest in a thin memory foam topper. The only problem with this is that it will have to be stored separately from the bed when it is not in use. These do actually roll up quite tightly and can be fitted in the bottom of a wardrobe. If you haven’t either the budget or space for this the other choice is cheap and takes up no extra room. We have all replaced our duvet at some time and wondered what to do with the old one. Well, if you have a sleeper sofa, you put it on the mattress and underneath the sheet and your guest will sink into a glorious night’s sleep. Yes it will compact, but not until well after they have gone to sleep and assuming that your sofa is not being slept on every night there will be plenty of recovery time.
So, the answer to getting a comfortable sleeper sofa is to buy the best quality you can and if you have to compromise don’t compromise on the design, compromise on the mattress.