Advantages of a Sleeper Sofa
1. Retain the functionality of a sofa with the comfort of a regular mattress
It used to be, combination sofa/beds could did mediocre jobs as either. When in “sofa” mode, it would feel too lumpy and uneven. When it was time to turn the sofa into a bed, the bed felt too hard or uncomfortable to sleep in. Today, however, many sleeper sofas look and feel just like any sofa and the beds are just as comfortable as any pillow-top mattress.
Many homeowners don’t have the space or want to give up an extra room (which can be turned into a study, exercise room or nursery room) just to have a guest bedroom that’s seldom used. With a sleeper sofa, you can turn your living room into a guest room at any time.
3. Availability of Styles and Colors
Unlike the sofabeds from the 80s or 70s, sleeper sofas today come in a wide range of styles and colors. You don’t have to worry that your sofa will look outdated or it won’t match your living room décor. In fact, many sleeper sofas today look just like any other sofa and it can be your little secret just what lies underneath your living room sofa.
Now that you know why you should buy a sleeper sofa, here are a few tips on finding the right sofa.
Tips for Buying a Sleeper Sofa
1. Decide on what you need in terms of size.
Sleeper sofas come in different styles and sizes and you may be confused as to which one to get. Size is the most important consideration, since most likely you will be limited in terms of how big your living room is. First, decide on how big you want to sofa to be, that is how many people would be sitting on it at a given time. If you’re a couple with no kids, then perhaps a two-seater would be fine. But, if you have a large family, then you should get a larger sofa.
2. Decide on how much sleeping space you need.
If you have your in-laws coming over every frequently or for long periods of time, then you should get a Queen size or larger, and perhaps spend a little more money to make sure it’s extra comfortable. If you have the occasional guest sleeping over a few times a year, then you can probably go for a Twin or Double/Full sized sleeping space.
3. Consider style.
Since sleeper sofas come in a variety of styles, you can pick one that matches your existing style. That means if you have a modern-style living room, you should pick something that matches it, like a nice, sleek black leather sofa. If you pick something that’s in a country or Old English style, it may look out of place.
4. Inspect the Quality and the Warranty.
Much like anything you buy, you want to buy a quality mattress that will last you a long time. Make sure you check out the mechanism and materials. A good-quality sleeper sofa shouldn’t feel flimsy and rickety. It should have a good warranty that covers almost everything so you can get your money’s worth.
When you consider all these facts, you’ll realize that a sleeper sofa today is worth the investment. You can have more flexibility, while still offering your guests comfort and hospitality.
This is a guest post by Christon Meltdown. Christon built his furniture expertise while working at an International furniture manufacturing company in East Asia, which he help expand into Europe and North America. A Columbus native, he now works for his family's sofas and sectionals store where he has worked to expand both markets and product lines, including sleeper sofas and dining room furniture.
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