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How to Choose the Best and Most Comfortable Sleeper Sofa for Your Home or Apartment

Whether you live in a studio apartment or just need extra guest accommodations, a sleeper sofa can be a wise purchase. You may wonder if you have room for a sofa bed. They come in all styles, shapes, and sizes to fit all decor and spaces, ranging from cozy to large. If you’re in the market for a sleeper sofa, consider these helpful shopping tips.

Check the Construction

Those older, noisy, and rickety sofa beds are a thing of the past, but you still need to be on the lookout for quality construction, just as you would with any sofa purchase. Here’s what to look for:

  • Frame: The best sofa beds use kiln-dried hardwood for durability.
  • Snags: Look for smooth edges on the frame and mechanism so it doesn’t have any protrusions or points that might snag pajama fabric or bedding.
  • Fabric: Microfiber upholstery holds up well for sofas that get a good workout day and night.
  • Cushions: Look for high density sofa cushions for extra comfort.
  • Warranties: Check the warranty and understand which parts (frame, mechanism, mattress) are covered.

Assess the Mechanism

Who wants to open up a clunky sofa bed? Today’s models, regardless of price point, have better lift-and-pull mechanisms that are easy to use. Shop with these points in mind:

  • Innovative: Higher end sofa beds have mechanisms that allow you to unfold the bed by grabbing the back of the sofa to unfurl the mattress.
  • Test it: Pull the bed out in the store to ensure it’s easy and smooth to use.
  • Toe-stubber: Make sure you or your guest won’t be able to hit toes and feet on the base or legs when it’s open.

Confirm Seating Comfort

You won’t always need to use the sofa bed for guests, but you still want the most comfortable sleeper sofa, even if you plan to mostly use it as traditional living room seating. It’s best to sit on the sofa to test its comfort level, just as you would any couch. Make sure the cushions aren’t sitting directly on the folded up mattress but rather on durable seating suspension material. Regardless of how the cushions are suspended, it should be a little firmer to sit on than a non-sleeper model.

Check Mattress Comfort

Check the mattress for its construction and comfort. You can expect to find three common types of mattresses for today’s sofa beds:

  • Traditional innerspring mattresses
  • Gel-infused memory foam mattresses
  • Inflatable air mattresses over coils (called air-coils)

Innerspring mattresses for sofa beds are more padded than in the past and have improved coils and extra layers of padding for comfort. You rarely feel that “metal bar” in your back when sleeping on a modern sofa bed. It’s best to test all three types to determine maximum comfort.

Measure for Fit

Choosing a sofa bed takes correct measurement to fit in your space. Consider the following pointers:

  • Compare sizes: Sofa bed mattresses are not the same size as regular bed mattresses.
  • True dimensions: Measure the true mattress dimensions. For example, a standard queen-size mattress is 60 inches wide by 80 inches long. A queen-sized sofa sleeper mattress may reach only 72 inches long, which could make a difference in fit and comfort.

You also have your choice of sleeper sectionals, loveseats, and chairs. To find sleeper sofas that rank high in quality and style, explore the array of sleeper sofas offered by CORT Furniture Rental to enjoy comfort without a long-term commitment.