Sleeper Sofa Buying Guide
In an ideal world, every home would come with a fully furnished guest room with a full en suite bath so that you could offer your house guests the best possible stay, but we live in the real world. In the real world, you’re lucky if your master bedroom has an en suite. Actually, you’re lucky if you have a big enough master bedroom to fit an easy chair and a bed in.
This is where sleeper sofas come in. Sleeper sofas allow you to give your guests a place to sleep when you just don’t have the room to offer a bed. Although they are more expensive than other options, such as air mattresses, sleeper sofas offer more comfort and back support for your guests, and we promise they won’t deflate in the dead of night.
If all you remember of sleeper sofas is a thin cushion over backbreaking steel bars, you haven’t seen the new offers on the market. Modern sleeper sofas are truly multi-use pieces of furniture that are equally comfortable as couches or as beds. If you want to bring home a sleeper sofa that will serve you well for many years to come, follow these tips.
Look into the frame
To avoid an achy morning, look for sleeper sofas that use firm, consistent back support, like American Leather’s sleeper sofas (we love the Hannah, it’s beautiful). American Leather uses a platform as support, while other high-end sleeper sofas use kiln-dried hardwood frames that resist warping.
Try the mattresses
Sleeper sofas now mostly use memory foam mattresses or hybrid air/foam options that come with inflatable portions to add more cushioning. These hybrid options can add a couple hundred dollars to the final cost, so be sure to try them out on the floor before deciding on which to buy.
Use it as a couch
Even if you’re sleeping on the sleeper portion every night, you’ll probably be using it as a sofa at least 50% of the time, so be sure to try it out as a couch as well. Stretch out on it and make sure there aren’t any weird lumps or bumps that will bother you.