contemporary blue fabric sofa bedSofa beds have come a very long way in the last few years, particularly compact sofa beds for small spaces and modern living.  Take your pick of exciting contemporary styles and a fabulous range of colours and fabrics.

These modern sofa beds have definitely put the fun back into functional.  BUT – before buying a sofa bed (for any size space), it’s really important to do your homework first in order to invest wisely.

How to choose the best sofa bed for your small living space

Your essential sofa-bed pre-purchase checklist:

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. home office.  So the sofa bed needs to take up as little room as possible.  But it will only be used as a bed when you have visitors, and won’t be your main sofa.

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 – along with good looks – are crucial.

– Does your sofa bed need 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.

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:

‘Clic-Clack’ / Fold Flat Sofa Beds for Small Spaces

First off, then, are 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.  Another benefit of this style is that they have fixed seats, so there are no seat cushions to take off and need storage space for come bedtime.

Yoko grey fabric clic clac sofa bed1. 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.Yoko clic clac sofa bed in blue fabric, extendedThe Yoko contemporary sofa bed converts easily from sofa to bed and comes in a range of colours including grey, blue (above), zingy orange and butter yellow.

Dark blue John Lewis Recast Sofa Bed with grey blanket

2. The extremely handsome Recast Sofa Bed, above, is a collaboration between John Lewis and Danish design company Innovation.

Crafted in Denmark with dark wood legs and mid-century styling, this pocket-sprung sofa bed is designed for ease of use.  It has a simple pull out base and drop down back (below) plus there’s useful storage space in the bottom of the sofa back.

John Lewis Sofa Bed by Innovation in dark blue with dark wood legs

3. We love the smart piping and buttoned detailing on the Chou Sofa Bed, also from MADE, shown above in Sherbert Blue fabric.

chou click clack blue fabric sofa bed extended

Also available in other contemporary shades, it easily folds flat with a simple mechanism.  And the arms are removable to accommodate taller guests.

If you’re really tight on storage space there’s also the Chou Sofa Bed with Storage, shown below in Butter Yellow.

Chou storage sofa bed in yellow fabric by MADE.COM


John Lewis Fluted sofa bed in grey4. Last of the fold-flat, ‘click-clack’ contemporary sofa beds for small spaces is the mid-century inspired Fluted Medium Sofa Bed, above. The subtly ridged back and brass tipped wooden legs ooze style, whilst the supportive foam upholstery will please those who prefer a memory foam mattress for sleeping. It’s from John Lewis, has a 15 year frame guarantee and gives you lots of wow factor for under £600.


Pull-Out Mattress Sofa Beds for Small Spaces

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’re usually available in very compact sizes, but often with a choice of either 2 or 3 seater options.  Which means you have the option to pick the size that works best for your room.

Disraeli grey fabric sofa bed by Love Your Home5.  The Disraeli Sofa Bed, above and below, is an updated, angular and very slender chesterfield design from UK sofa specialists Love Your Home.  It’s available as a 2, 2.5 or 3 seater (or your own bespoke size) and there’s a choice of over 100 fabrics.  You can also upgrade the sprung mattress if desired.

Disraeli grey fabric sofa bed for small spacesSmall 2-seater grey sofa bed for small spaces6. Next, a great choice for when you need both sofa and bed to perform well.  The Bailey 2-Seater Sofa Bed from John Lewis, above, has a neat silhouette, slim arms and a choice of leg colours.  Suitable for regular use as a bed, the pocket sprung mattress is only slightly less deep than a standard double mattress. When used as a sofa, the seats are supported by webbing as in a tradtional sofa.  A 15-year frame guarantee is included and you can choose from over 250 fabrics so you’re bound to find something to suit your own decor.

See the whole range of nine Bailey Sofa Beds here, including corner chaise sofa beds.

Exmouth sofa bed for regular use from Darlings of Chelsea7. Another good choice for when the bed will be used regularly is the Exmouth Sofa Bed, above, from sofa specialists Darlings. It has a stylish wooden plinth and comes in a great choice of fabrics or leathers. It also features generous padding for optimum comfort (luxury foam and fibre wrap seat cushions) and the option to upgrade to feather-wrapped foam.

Made in the UK with a hardwood frame, there’s a good choice of sofa sizes available. The bed offers premium features too – the pull out mechanism is 10cm longer than standard, which gives you a thick and comfy 12cm pocket sprung mattress that’s 195cm long. You can also upgrade to memory foam if desired.


Sofia contemporary velvet sofa bed MADE.com8. For more occasional use as a bed, gorgeous Sofia 2-Seater Sofa means that you don’t have to go short on style when choosing your sofa bed. Available in three jewel-bright colours, there’s  Mallard shown above and also moody Indigo and sunshiney Turmeric.

Herton blue fabric contemporary sofa bed9. The contemporary yet timeless Herton Sofa Bed, above and below, again has neat proportions and timeless styling, with just the tiniest mid-century vibe from its tapered wooden legs.

Herton blue fabric contemporary sofa bed, extended with neutral bedding



John Lewis Kip Small Sofa Bed for small spaces10. To round off, the John Lewis Kip sofa bed, above and below, which is rather more basic.  It simply comprises 3 thick foam upholstered slabs that fold out to form a mattress on the floor. And the sofa back then acts as a headboard.
Kip Small Sofa Bed for small spaces extended on floor
It is, however, beautifully compact, being only 84 cm deep.  You can buy the Kip sofa bed for immediate delivery in the Light Teal colourway below as well as Mid Grey and Burnt Orange.
Kip Sofa Bed from John Lewis in Light Teal fabricThe Kip sofa bed is definitely a neat solution for very small spaces, as long as being at floor level isn’t an issue.  I can see this being a great solution for a space-starved spare room/home office.
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