4 min read

Say the words ‘sofa bed’ and many of us will recall memories of sleeping on lumpy, uncomfortable makeshift furniture. Often clumsy and dated in design, the sofa beds of the past were a purchase of convenience. Choosing the practicality that a sofa bed offered used to mean compromising on style.

But not any more. The new generation of sofa beds is no longer limited to bulky, unsophisticated designs. The ideal solution for smaller living spaces – from studio apartments to flats – this multifunctional space saver can be a real lifesaver when you have guests staying over.

The best sofa beds for your living space

Maybe your home is a little on the smaller side – that doesn’t mean you should feel like you can’t entertain your friends. If you live in a studio you probably only have space to fit your bed and a sofa in the living area. Without the floor space to accommodate an air bed or other temporary mattress, it can be tricky to find somewhere for your guests to rest for the night.

A sofa bed is the ideal solution. Thanks to the huge range of stylish designs that are now available, it’s easier than ever to find a multifunctional sofa that you’ll love having as the centrepiece of your living room.

With a compact design and choice of 25 fabric options, the Bella is the perfect example of a sofa bed that doesn’t look at all like you’d expect a sofa bed to look. Its traditional shape and soft comfy seats will give your home a cosy country feel that means you don’t have to choose between something that looks great and offers the practical solution you need when space is limited. When you open it up, the Bella has a standard foam mattress inside – perfect for occasional overnight hosting.

Choosing a sofa bed as the main piece of furniture for your living space doesn’t mean you have to stick with fabric. The Florence is a beautiful leather option, with fabric embellishment on the arms that adds a touch of unique style. Crafted from warm, natural leather, this sofa bed gently folds out to reveal a firm foam mattress supported by a metal base. You’ll love relaxing on this stylish sofa every day, and if your friends ever want to extend their visit, they’ll have a comfy bed for the night.

Sleepover with friends

The best sofa beds for spare rooms

Even in homes that aren’t quite so compact, a multifunctional piece of furniture can still come in really handy. Perhaps you have a spare room fully equipped with a bed and another room that doubles as a study or home office. Adding a sofa bed is a great way to maximise the space. Enjoy it as a peaceful place to work from home during the day, but give yourself the option to host more friends and family if the need ever arises.

The Glastonbury is a chunky, striking styled sofa that’s handmade in a choice of velvet or warm woven fabric. The cosy deep seats make it the ideal place to curl up if you’re using your room as a relaxation space during the day, but if you choose the 3 seater sofa bed you can also open it up into a full size double bed when your friends stay over. With a slatted base and a deluxe sprung core mattress, this super comfy sleeping space is ideal if your visitors need to stay for longer than just one night.

Similar in style and comfort, the Coco is another great option when you’re looking for the best sofa bed for your spare room. With 17 subtle shades to choose from, this range just goes to show that choosing versatility doesn’t mean compromising on a style that will make your room look great.

Sociable yet stylish

When your home is equipped with a handy sofa bed you’ll earn yourself a reputation as the ultimate host. Whether your friends stay around after a party or your family is visiting from the other side of the country, you can guarantee them a super comfy bed for the night. What’s more, thanks to careful design and signature Sofology style, your sofa bed will look beautiful so you’ll love coming home every day.

Family visiting relatives
About Sofology

Helping everybody feel happier and more comfortable at home - that's what we’re all about. Originally founded in the North West of England in 1974, Sofology now has stores all across the UK. Providing specialist sofa advice and interiors inspiration for your home, our stores are designed to be a haven from the chaos of traditional sofa shopping.


  • Christine Blunt says:

    Where is my nearest store.? I live near Hexham , Northumberland.

    • Lauren Harvey says:

      Hi Christine,

      This would be our Gateshead Sofology store which can be found at Unit 4B, Metro Centre Retail Park, Gateshead, NE11 9XU.

      Many thanks

  • L says:

    Do you do double and king sized mattresses in sofa beds? What are the dimensions of the mattresses on sofa beds?

    • Alice Flemming says:

      Each mattress differs per range/configuration so to ensure we give you the correct measurements please call our team on 0800 140 40 40 to discuss your needs.

      Many thanks