Creating space for guests to sleep or relax comfortably can be a challenge, especially if you live in a smaller house or flat. There are times, though, when you want to be able to put guests up overnight, particularly on special occasions such as Christmas or when friends who live a distance away are travelling to see you.
If you have a spare bedroom, this is the ideal, but if the room is small it can feel cramped and uncomfortable as somewhere to relax. Even the closest of friends sometimes like to get away from each other, and offering guests the space where they can be alone for a while will make them feel even more comfortable.
Choose Mattress Type According to Sleeper
Sofa beds used to be a poor alternative to a proper bed that’s purpose designed and built for just one thing – sleeping. The mattresses on sofa beds were, at one time, lumpy and thin, almost guaranteeing a poor night’s sleep. Thankfully those days are long gone, and now sofa beds can be just a comfortable as normal beds, with the added benefit, of course, of folding nicely away to provide comfortable seating when they’re not being slept on.
The first thing to consider before you rush out to buy a sofa bed, is the type of guest you normally play host to. Couples, for instance, need a bigger bed if they’re both to sleep well, so look for three seater sofa beds that will open up to a queen bed size. Similarly, the quality of mattress is important for older people, so avoid low density foam mattresses. They’re fine for kids, but older folks need more support. If you do host parties or sleepovers for your kids friends, a sofa bed can be invaluable for those quick put-me-ups, but think about the kind of use they’ll get. Removable covers you can take off and wash are a good idea.
Pay Attention to the Construction
The type of construction of the bed is also a major consideration. Timber frames are popular but need to be well constructed and strong. A way to test this is to push down on the back of sofa bed to see if it’s strong and secure. Give the arms a wiggle to see how much movement they have. A little movement is normal, if it seems excessive the bed may not last long.
Hardwood frames that have been kiln-dried are the longest lasting because all the moisture in the wood has been removed, making them less prone to warping. Steel frames last the longest, but are generally the most expensive. It all depends on what you expect from your furniture and how often it will be used, as to which you go for. If you’re interested in learning more, Channel 4 have lots of good information, and here’s a cool piece on sofa beds which gives an alternative use for them besides sleeping in.
There are so many different styles of sofa bed, it’s worth taking your time to choose. You’ll have a great addition to your decor, and you guests will enjoy visiting and staying over.
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