Sofa beds have come a long way in the last few years, particularly compact sofa beds for small spaces and modern living. There’s now a fantastic choice of small sofa beds in very contemporary designs but before buying a sofa bed (for any size space), it’s important to think about how often it will get used as a sofa and as a bed.
– Do you need a sofa bed to go into a spare room? Space may be very tight, particularly if the room has multiple uses, e.g. as home office too, so the sofa bed needs to take up as little room as possible. It will only be used as a bed when you have visitors, and isn’t your main sofa either.
– Are you looking for a sofa bed for the lounge? It will only be an occasional guest bed, but it’s your main sofa, so comfort – and good looks – are crucial.
– Or maybe you live in a studio flat and your sofa bed needs to be both main sofa and your bed every night. Functionality, sturdiness and ease of conversion from sofa to bed are all important, as are looks and comfort.
And don’t forget about the cushions. The ideal sofa beds for small spaces shouldn’t have lots of cushions you need to find room for every night when you make up your bed. (I once lived in a tiny studio flat and once I’d removed the four plump seat and back sofa cushions there was hardly any floor space left to move around – not ideal).
Not sure where to start? Take a look – we’ve rounded up our Top 10 contemporary sofa beds for small spaces, with choices for all the above scenarios:
First off, sofa beds where the back folds flat with a ratchet mechanism. This style of sofa bed is perfect for longer, thinner spaces, where you have room for a full width sofa, but not much space into the middle of the room. There are also no cushions to take off these sofa beds, so they’re ideal for really small spaces.
The simple lines and uncluttered design of the Yoko sofa bed from MADE make it the ideal sofa bed for a small room. It has a sprung foam seat and back, and a fabric-covered frame at the front. Shown here in dark grey, it also comes in other colours including black, neutrals and a bright, zingy orange.
We love the smart piping and buttoned detailing on the Chou Sofa Bed, shown above in Quartz Blue fabric. It’s also available in other contemporary shades, easily folds flat with a simple mechanism and the arms are removable if need be to accommodate taller guests.
The Francis sofa bed with storage from Modern is ideal for small space living, as it includes generous under bed storage (great for duvet and pillows) and removable arms.
The pocket sprung foam cushions offer a comfortable sit, and it comes in dark charcoal grey as above, and also mid-grey.
Part of the House range by John Lewis, the Louis Sofa Bed is the perfect balance of style and affordability. A full length sofa bed that’s only 88 cm deep, so ideal for smaller rooms. It’s easy to convert too – it opens up with a quick and simple click-clack mechanism into a bed for two. The Louis Sofa Bed is available in over 400 fabrics, and has removable arms for added versatility (as shown below).
Last of the fold-flat contemporary sofa beds for small spaces is the versatile, mid-century inspired Knap Sofa Bed from Heal’s, above and below. The split backrest sections recline individually, giving you three positions: sofa, recline and bed.
Designed in Denmark by Per Weiss, the Knap Sofa Bed comes without arms or with either wooden (below) or upholstered arms. The elegantly tapered oak or walnut legs and streamlined upholstery in cream, charcoal or grey create a contemporary, uncluttered look that’s ideal for smaller rooms.
Moving on now to small sofa beds where the length of the mattress unfolds out into the room. These are the best style of sofa bed when you don’t have space for a wide sofa. They are usually available in very compact sizes, but often with a choice of either 2 or 3 seater options so you can pick the size that works best for your room.
The small Chopin Sofa Bed from John Lewis has gently splayed slim arms, subtle buttoning detail and plump fibre cushions for a comfortable sit. The two-fold sofa bed mechanism is easy to use and has a 10cm pocket sprung mattress that’s ideal for regular use. A very good candidate for when you need both sofa and bed to perform well. It’s from the John Lewis Design Your Own range of contemporary sofa beds, so you can choose from over 400 fabrics.
Another option when you’ll be using both sofa and bed regularly is the Howi 2-seater sofa bed from Habitat as its easy-function bed mechanism and 12cm foam mattress, make it suitable for everyday use. Petite proportions, slim wooden legs and slender arms make it the ideal sofa bed for small rooms. Plus it’s available in 2 sizes and various colour options.
I really like that the Porto 3-seater contemporary sofa bed has simple lines (perfect for small spaces) but also generous padding for optimum comfort. It comes in a range of fabric colours and leathers, and has a 5cm foam mattress that’s the equivalent of a double bed.
Compact corner sofas can be ideal solution for some small rooms, and the Tromso Corner Sofa Bed gives you the best of all worlds. It’s a comfortable sofa/chaise configuration that pulls out into a double bed, with the extra bonus of roomy storage for bedding and pillows.
The Tromso Corner Sofa Bed is part of the excellent M&S LOFT collection of contemporary furniture for small spaces, and can be delivered in 7 days. Perfect if you need a sofa bed quickly for those unexpected house guests.