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Tips on Buying a Sofa Bed

Puja Lalwani
Sofa beds are available everywhere, but you should know what exactly to look for when buying a quality sofa bed.
A sofa bed is a great piece of furniture that helps save a lot of space. Open it up into a bed when you have visitors or simply let it be the regular sofa to unwind and relax on. Moreover, because it is such a big space saver, having one has become almost mandatory in every house.
But how do you go about buying the right kind of sofa bed? What do you look for, and how do you know which one is the best? Here are some pointers that will help you buy a sofa bed to suit your needs.

Tips for Buying a Quality Sofa Bed

To buy a quality sofa bed requires you to look around a little and to analyze your own needs. How big it should be, its placement, and all these factors need to be kept in mind. Here's a list of all that you should consider when purchasing one.

Available Space

Analyze where you are going to keep the sofa bed, and how much room there is around the space you have demarcated for it.
Is there enough space to move around after the bed has been opened? Is there enough space for someone to stand and close it once opened? Check for the measurements of the sofa when it is closed as well as when it is open.

Matched Décor

Considering the décor of the room is important and choosing a sofa bed in a color that is suitable to the décor is a good idea.

Fabric Quality

Speaking of the color, texture and print, taking a look at the quality of the fabric on the sofa bed is also important. It should be soft and comforting, and though the mattress will have its own sheet, you are likely to be sitting on the sofa and spending time on it more often


While most sofa beds have a metal framework that is affordable, you may also choose one with a hardwood framework that is rich and long lasting. Open the sofa bed and look inside. There should be no protruding framework from any side that can hurt you, but smooth and covered all along.

Mattress Size

Check for the size of the mattress and the bed, and ensure that you fit into it comfortably. Small beds for tall people are unhealthy as they leave feet dangling off the edge of the bed.
While lying on the mattress also check if any of the internal parts of the sofa bed touch you and hurt. This is then not a great choice and should be avoided.

Sofa Mechanism

Check whether the sofa closes and opens properly. You do not want to find yourself struggling to do both when all you want to do is kick off your shoes and relax.

Mattress Quality

The quality of the mattress is of utmost importance, and you should buy one based on your needs. For instance, if you have a back problem, then a firm mattress is important to maintain your posture. On the other hand, if you are used to sleeping on a soft mattress, you will find it uncomfortable to sleep on a hard one.

Other Features

It is ideal to find a sofa bed that can be fitted with sheets, pillows and blankets if necessary and then closed. While such settings are rare, it would be great if you found one.
If your sofa bed does not support these features, ensure that you remove all these items (including the bed sheet) to prevent their damage or from ripping.

Test the Sofa

Before you buy the sofa, ensure that you have tested it in all the aforementioned respects and then bought it. You don't want to end up making the wrong purchase and then regretting it.
At the end of it all, remember the fact that your sofa bed is primarily a seating space, so it should also cater to the qualities expected of a good regular sofa. Of course, the bed portion of it is as important, which is why you should attempt to find a sofa bed that strikes a balance between both these aspects to be able to make the best purchase.