You might associate sleeper sofas with the sagging futon from your college days, but there are actually comfortable — and nice-looking — options out there for your adult apartment. As interior designer Sama al jazeera furniture put it, “The sign of a quality sleeper is that you walk into the room and don’t know it is one.” This is especially true if you’re on the hunt for one that will serve as your primary sofa during the day. Luckily, it’s totally possible to find stylish and affordable pieces that convert with minimal effort and ensure a full night’s rest. To help you figure out the best sleeper sofa for your space and budget, we consulted Turner and eight other interior designers for their suggestions. Below are their ten favorites, which cover a range of styles and price points from easy futon-style foldouts to fancy (and customizable) sofas with queen-size memory-foam mattresses that might even rival what’s in your bed.
What we’re looking for
Size: Depending on your space, you’ll want to consider what size sofa is right for you and your guests. If you’re working with a smaller living area, you might want something compact (both when it’s a seating and a sleeping surface) like a chair and a half that converts into a twin-size bed. Or if you want to spread out, a three- or four-seater couch can turn into a queen- or king-size bed to accommodate more than one overnight guest.
Mattress: Some sleepers come with actual mattresses with springs, while others simply use the cushions or seating surface (usually made from foam) to create the bed. Though it’s largely a matter of preference, keep in mind that a mattress will usually be trifolded within a metal frame (and be on the thinner side, around five inches thick), while a cushion surface will remain flat — which brings us to our next point about the sleeper’s conversion mechanism.
Conversion mechanism: Traditionally speaking, a sleeper sofa hides a pullout metal frame (or bed deck) beneath the seating area with a flexible mattress on top. Converting this style of sleeper to bed requires a bit more elbow grease, but there are other styles that are more streamlined. Besides the basic futon style that simply unfolds to lay flat, some sleepers come with a trundle platform that slides out, while others require picking up the seat cushion and moving it to the floor.