Last updated: August 6, 2021

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Welcome to our big sofa bed test 2021. Here we present all the sofa beds we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best sofa bed for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a sofa bed.




Summary

  • Permanent sofa beds are sofas that can be converted from a piece of seating furniture into a bed in just a few simple steps.
  • A basic distinction is made between sofa beds and corner sofas, with both variants available in different sizes and price ranges.
  • Sofa beds are small and compact and are therefore particularly suitable for small living spaces. Corner sofas, on the other hand, can also be used as room dividers due to their size.

The Best Sofa Beds: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a sofa bed

What is a sofa bed?

A sofa bed is a sofa with a sleeping function. The sofa bed is especially practical as a guest bed.

A sofa bed is a piece of furniture with a wide range of uses. (Image source: 123rf.com / AnikaSalsera)

Many sofa beds can be easily converted from a sofa into a cosy bed in just a few steps. This makes a permanent sofa bed suitable for smaller flats as well.

In large cities such as Berlin, Düsseldorf, Munich or Hamburg, the compact bed set is very popular.

What does a sofa bed cost?

The price of a sofa bed varies depending on the model you prefer. As a rule, corner sofas are somewhat more expensive than sofa beds. In the following table, we present you with rough guide values:
Model Price
Sofa bed From € 215
Corner sofa From € 350

Can I buy a second-hand sofa bed?

Yes! Many people offer their used sofa beds for sale on the Internet. However, when buying a used piece of furniture, you should always pay attention to its condition. If you haven't already done so, you should clean the sofa bed thoroughly.

You can learn how to properly care for a sofa bed in our trivia section below.

What are the alternatives to a sofa bed?

An alternative to the sofa bed is an upholstered lounger. Upholstered loungers can also be used as sun loungers in the garden. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a place to sleep, a classic bed is recommended. In contrast to the fold-out sofa bed, however, a bed takes up more space. An upholstered bed, which unlike a conventional bed does not have a frame made of wood or metal, is generously upholstered like a sofa. This means that an upholstered bed is also a possible option for you.

Decision: What types of sofa beds are there and which one is right for you?

If you want to buy a sofa bed, there are two alternatives to choose from:

  • Sofa bed
  • Corner sofa

Both models have advantages and disadvantages. Depending on the size of the room and your personal preferences, a different type is suitable for you.

What are the characteristics of a sofa bed and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A sofa bed is usually a two- or three-seater that you can convert into a bed. The seating or lying surface of a sofa bed is rectangular. Sofa beds are already available at a low price and are therefore less expensive to buy than corner sofas. In addition, a sofa bed can be converted from a seat to a bed in just a few steps. This makes a sofa bed a space-saving alternative to a bed, especially during the day.

Advantages
  • Cheap to buy
  • Compact
  • Easy to use
Disadvantages
  • Small lying surface
  • Hard mattress

One disadvantage is the small lying surface. Most sofa beds are therefore less suitable as double sleepers.

What are the characteristics of a corner sofa and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A corner sofa is L-shaped and is also known as a sofa bed. Because of their size, corner sofas are often used as room dividers. Corner sofas stand out above all because of their large reclining area and are therefore particularly well suited as double sleepers. The large seating area also invites you to spend movie nights together. Compared to a sofa bed, however, a corner sofa is more expensive to buy and also takes up a lot of space. A corner sofa is therefore less recommendable for smaller flats.

Advantages
  • Large reclining surface
  • Wide range of uses
  • Easy to handle
Disadvantages
  • Expensive to buy
  • Bulky

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate sofa beds

In the following, we will show you which factors you can use to decide between the many possible sofa beds. The criteria you can use to compare sofa beds with each other include:

  • Cover
  • Reclining surface
  • Accessories
  • Design

In the following paragraphs, we will explain what is important in each of these criteria.

Cover

There are two different materials for the cover of a sofa bed: Fabric and leather. There are numerous sub-types of both materials. We have summarised the most frequently used types in a table:

Material Description
Smooth leather Smooth leather is a particularly soft and hard-wearing leather.
Rough leather Rough leather is characterised by its roughened surface. This is particularly breathable.
Natural fibres Natural fibres include wool and linen.
Synthetic fibres The synthetic fibres polyester and nylon are used particularly frequently.

Lying surface

The size and upholstery of the lying surface play a very important role when you want to buy a sofa bed. The lying surface should not only correspond to your individual body measurements, but should also be flat. Uneven mattresses can quickly cause back or neck pain.

A well-padded and even lying surface is an important factor for a deep and restful sleep. (Image source: unsplash.com / Paul Hanaoka)

You can find out which accessories you can use to make your sofa bed even more comfortable in the following paragraph.

Accessories

A mattress topper - also called a "topper" - is particularly suitable if the surface of your sofa bed is too hard. The topper is usually made of latex or cold foam and is intended to provide a comfortable sleeping experience. In addition, a cushion can compensate for the unevenness of the lying surface.

Did you know that a mattress topper makes your bed more hygienic? On average, people lose about one litre of sweat per night. The mattress absorbs the sweat and creates the perfect breeding ground for mites and bacteria. Mattress pads, on the other hand, absorb dirt and sweat and keep your mattress fresh and clean for a long time.

To make your sofa bed even more comfortable, you can add cushions and blankets. With many sofa beds and corner sofas, the colour-coordinated cushions are already included in the set. However, you can also buy additional cushions afterwards to give your sofa bed a personal touch. However, we recommend a bed base on castors, as this protects your floor from scratches and is much easier to use.

Design

Sofa beds are available in a variety of colours and shapes. When choosing a sofa bed, you should therefore base your choice on your own personal preferences and style.

A sofa bed should not only fit well into your interior, but also be practical. (Image source: 123rf.com / Katarzyna Białasiewicz)

Especially with plain-coloured sofa beds, you can set accents with colourful and patterned cushions. In this way, you can transform your sofa bed into an original and unique piece in just a few simple steps. Do you want to optimise your living room for the next DVD evening and turn your sofa bed into a wellness oasis for film lovers?

Facts worth knowing about the sofa bed

Where can I find testimonials from other owners of sofa beds?

You can exchange information about sofa beds in a wide variety of internet forums. As a rule, these are household and family forums. On these sites, you can follow discussions and write and comment on articles.

How do I clean a sofa bed?

If you want to clean your sofa bed thoroughly, it is important to follow these steps:

  1. Vacuum the sofa bed completely with a hoover. You can reach the crevices better with a special attachment.
  2. You can gently remove particularly coarse dirt with a brush.
  3. Remove annoying fluff and hair with a lint roller.
  4. Pay attention to the additional care instructions on the label of your sofa bed. These indicate which cleaning agents you can use. We have summarised the most important abbreviations in the table below:
Abbreviation Meaning
W Water-based cleaner
WS Both water-based and chemical-based cleaner
S Chemical-based cleaner
O Cold water only
X Contact a professional cleaning company

Can I build a permanent sofa bed myself?

Yes! So-called "upcycling" is currently in vogue. This sustainable DIY method creatively reuses actual waste products.

Image source: 123rf.com / Mlynek M.

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