The Best Sofa Beds To Shop Now, From Sumptuous To Functional

A day bed doesn’t pretend to masquerade as a squishy sofa that you can flop out on at the end of a busy day, but it does offer plenty of reclining potential and most styles come with a trundle function, meaning you can position two single mattresses side-by-side, scoring high on comfort. The best part? They are ripe for personalization. Interior designer Laura Stephens took the headboard off this John Lewis style and designed her own with fabric by Mulberry to fit into the eaves of her home office. Bolsters and a linen valance believe the functionality that lies beneath, whilst creating a sweet reading nook.

A simple yet functional John Lewis bed is transformed by designer Laura Stephens.

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What is the best sofa bed to buy now?

Which sofa bed to invest in is, of course, entirely subjective to your needs. If it’s to be used as a secondary sofa, then a structured style with a fold-out mattress will give you the best of both worlds. For something more occasional, then a click-clack will do just the job, whilst day beds are savvy solutions to place in children’s rooms. Below, we’ve scoured for styles that look pleasing to the eye, come interior designer-recommended, and promise to appeal to even the most demanding of visitors.

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What with everything that’s packed under seat cushions, some sofa beds can make you feel like you’re perpetually sat that bit too high up, about to be catapulted into the air. Not so with Swoon’s Munich style, which comes with a satisfyingly deep seat other a spring mattress inside. We love it in coral-hued cord – a durable velvet with a raised, tactile texture. But it also comes in flat velvet, wool, and leather.

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Versatility is the name of this sofa-come-day-bed’s game – and its punchy orange colourway scores highly, as does its mid-century-inspired aesthetic. Now for the science part: the foam mattress components of this Duplet separate entirely – creating twin beds, or they can be placed together to form a king-size surface. When not in use, they stack up to create a chic daybed perfect for taking calls in the spare room that’s also moonlighting as an office.

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The more affordable cohort of sofa beds tends to favor a contemporary aesthetic, so if your style errs on the traditional, Made’s fold-out sofa bed Orson is the one for you. Available in two striped fabrics (and three plain) it taps effortlessly into a Cottagecore look, while its stitched scrolling arms make it look more expensive than it really is. Add a cast of ruffled floral cushions to this three-seater to complete the country-house sleepover vibe.

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For tight spaces and occasional house guests, Marks & Spencer’s click-clack sofa bed folds out into a mattress in an instant. Granted, it’s not huge – but then nor is its price tag. Offering ample room for a single sleeper, we think its arresting colourway elevates the simple design. Simply layer with a soft pink throw or a patterned bolster cushion to personalize it.

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This is one of the few sofa beds that can confidently take on the mantle of your every day, investment-worthy slumber surface. Its L-shape formation means that once the mattress is folded out, one side is flanked by seat cushions, offering more space. Roomy yet flexible (choose from arms or without), it comes with a lift-up storage box (ideal for storing excess bedding) and a whopping 164 different fabric options.

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Consisting of two premium quality single mattresses (one which tucks away when not in use) there’s no compromise when it comes to comfort with a daybed style such as this. It tends to be the preferred choice of interior designers, such as Rebecca Wakefield of Studio Fortnum, who says; “These are more flexible and look so much more elegant. Adding cushions to the back makes it really chic.”

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Laura Stephens recommends the Clementine to clients so frequently, she welcomed it into her own home. “The shape doesn’t scream sofa bed,” she assures. “It’s super comfortable to sit on and you can upgrade the mattress. My mother was skeptical about my space-saving swap from a standard bed but she fully approved the comfort after staying with us for Christmas.”

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The way the backrest of this modern style simply lifts up in a single action to convert into a double mattress is a thing of wonder, and you’ll be showing it off it to everyone who sets foot through the door. It comes in nine colors and takes 15 weeks, but it’s certainly worth the wait.

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Like a giant marshmallow, the foot-less style of this budget-friendly design adds to its informal look (and yes it does look remarkably similar to a cult style by a well-known French brand). Its inner metal structure allows it to sit upright, lay flat or dangerously for your productivity levels, half-reclined.

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Even easier than a click-clack, this daybed simply transforms into a bed thanks to an extra set of pull-out slats. The side frame – which is hidden by scatter cushions – becomes a headboard and the mattress simply folds out. The bolster cushions ingeniously zip to the base, so you won’t be forever rescuing them off the floor.

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’60s Vintage Wilhelm Knoll Sofa Bed

Luxury marketplace 1st Dibs is a fabulous resource for finding a one-off design classic minus the lengthy lead time. This ’60s style features swiveling seat pads and reclining backrests to create a desirable guest bed.

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Even just the term “love seat” conjures a cosy, solitary afternoon lost in a book. But the surprising detail about Sofa.com’s Bluebell style is that it converts into a decent double, making it ideal for an alcove in a period property where a click-clack might look too modern.

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The Sophie from Love Your Home is both Rebecca Wakefield and Sophie Rowell’s favorite high street find. With its slim arms and removable linen covers, its profile is certainly more refined than most around the same price. Take on Rowell’s tip for increased sleep satisfaction: “I upgrade the mattress from the coil-sprung one that is included to the pocket-sprung option with memory foam layer.”

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Sleek, sophisticated, and in super-soft leather, the Osaka is a must-see if you have a soft spot for midcentury-inspired design. And with BoConcept being a Danish brand, it comes with considered design details like velcro cushions for a neat look. Scan the QR code and you can see how it will look in your setting.

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Admittedly quite the splurge but this is the sort of design you’d cherish for life. And listen to this: the mattress is made from lambswool. Everything about this sofa is handcrafted by specialist artisans in the UK and the materials used are sustainably sourced. You can request custom sizes too, and supply your own fabric – so creating your dream piece could be a reality.

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distress technically a sofa bed, but Rebecca Wakefield treats desirable French brand Caravane’s Mon Prince as one because its double mattress seat and reclined back make it the ultimate surface for a solo sleeper to flop out on in style. Its shape also echoes Sophie Rowell’s aforementioned creation.

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Sofa.com’s Otto is another style regularly recommended by interior designers across the board, marrying functionality with timeless style. Its concealed base gives that loose cover look but the cushions are suitably neat, win-win.

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