For a lighter-weight option that works for small spaces, there are also futon-style couches that fold in such a way that you can lie down straight on the surface of the couch itself, rather than pull out additional materials. These feel more like memory foam mattresses in terms of support and simply unfold to lie flat. They also offer greater flexibility in style (since you’re not necessarily limited by the addition of a mattress).
Another that we’d lump into this category is the even lighter-weight daybed. These can come in various forms: the very lightweight but questionably supportive chaise longue and the convertible sofa daybed that transforms into a twin or queen bed with or without a pullout trundle.
Then there’s the “very long couch,” usually in sectional form, that has the length and comfort to get you through the night. We’d even recommend certain chaise longues here so long as they’re comfy enough for guests to sleep on—trust us, they’re out there, we’ve owned one! These are ideal for people who want to make their moves as streamlined as possible and want something low-maintenance to fill their space. They might not be right for a heavier person or back sleeper who needs extra support.
Though we haven’t had the pleasure of testing all of these out for ourselves, we cherrypicked some of our top picks (among all different styles and price points) that are adjustable and functional, but also won’t look like something you just plucked off of Facebook Marketplace for cheap. We looked for variability and high-quality materials, and punted anything that had wishy-washy reviews. Here, the best sleeper sofas for all styles and budgets.
The Best All-Around Sleeper Sofa: Interior Define Sloan Sleeper Sofa
For the complete package of customization and color options, a mid-range price point, style, and comfort, Interior Define’s Sloan sofa is one of the best you can get. It feels very much like the Toyota Camry of couches: Dependable, comfortable, and durable. It’s also completely customizable, offering a generous selection of more than 120 color and fabric options including linen, plush velvet, chenille in jewel tones, pastels, and muted greys and blacks. From there, you can fine-tune the legs and decide how downy you want your seat cushions to be. There’s even an option to choose between a hybrid box spring and foam mattress or a high-density memory foam mattress, which isn’t very common. The reviews are exceptional, and it’s not a crazy amount to pay for a good-looking couch compared to its competitors.
The Best-Looking Pull-Out Sofa Bed: West Elm shelter queen sleeper sofa
If your guest room gets nearly as much foot traffic as an Airbnb, it might be worthwhile just shelling out for a legit pull-out bed frame and mattress situation. This West Elm model is one of the best we’ve seen, in terms of design. It skews to the medium-soft end end as a couch, which helps if you want something cushy but supportive to sit on. It also has a solid hand-built frame and hand-finished upholstery for a more bespoke feel. And when the pullout bed emerges, the sturdy support leg props up a two-layer, five-inch gel memory foam mattress that has a cover made of a breathable knit.
The Best-Looking Futon-Style Bed: Blu Dot Thataway 102″ sofa bed
Many design-y brands have skirted the bulk and stodginess of standard sleeper sofas by simply offering streamlined futon-style sofa beds instead—ones that just require some dismantling and rearranging to transition into a bed. This gently sloping Bluedot model is perfectly minimal in design, with just a low-lying solid wood frame and a foamy fill as its couch and bed. Its thick, but plushy seat cushion flips forward to create a flat sleeping surface that rests on the ground, so the bed area remains stable while you sleep.
The Best Boucle Sleeper Sofa: CB2 Claremont Ivory Boucle Sofa Bed
Ride the boucle wave with a sleeper sofa that’s the visual extension of a giant teddy bear. It may not be the most practical couch for putting up guests, but there’s nothing more decadent than an impractically creamy fabric like this, spills be damned. It’s also less conspicuous as a makeshift bed than other “sleeper” styles. The arms of the couch become the headrest and footrest of your makeshift bed while the rest of the sleeping surface pulls out from hidden zippered pockets. Toss your hardiest sheet on it, and say a prayer.
The Best Splurge-y Sleeper Sofa: Gus Rialto Sofa Bed
This best-selling Gus sofa bed is Scandi-style design at its best. It’s curvy, minimal, spacious, and pleasing to the eye. The bed also doesn’t give away that it’s concealing a steel bed frame in its interiors, which folds out easily to prop up a full-size foam mattress with bent plywood slats and support straps. This sofa’s ideal if you want a super stylish couch that has thought through the details of its pull-out mattress. It’s a little pricier than the rest of the options here, but it’s going to look good in any room you place it in.
The Best Day Bed Sleeper Sofa: Room & Board Oxford Pop-Up Platform Day Bed
The ideal daybed situation is one where it looks functional for sitting or lounging during the daytime, and doesn’t give away the fact that it’s concealing a whole ‘nother bed under there. This looker from Room & Board comes in a stylish boucle fabric that wouldn’t look funny in a home office space, and the front rail rolls out to reveal a trundle bed that supports a queen size mattress.
The Best Design-y on a Budget Sleeper Sofa: Croydon Klick-Klak Sofa
And if you’re obsessed with the idea of owning one of Togo’s endlessly ‘grammable Ducaroy sofas, we found a cheaper option at an unlikely place: Raymour & Flanigan, the furniture chain favored by your grandparents (probably). It has an adjustable frame for rendering it totally flat for sleep, and can support up to 900 lbs., so it should be decently supportive.
The Best DIY Sleeper Sofa: Burrow Arch Nomad Sofa
Sometimes you really just want a couch that you can slap a sheet on, no pullout bar involved, and call it a day. Burrow has just the setup for that (the focus groups have spoken!) which involves a customizable sectional couch—make it chrome-y or go for bold in brick red—with an additional sleep kit including a custom-fit memory foam topper, bedding, and even an eye mask. That may sound janky in theory, but it’s pretty ideal if you’re really hunting for the couch without the bulk of additional pullout options. Everything packs away when it’s not in use, and the memory foam topper will certainly be a lot more comfortable than a deflated air mattress come morning.
The Best Long Sofa that Doubles as a Bed: Floyd Two-Seater Sectional Sofa
Ballet dancer Isabella Boylston gets it. “I always appreciate a sofa that can double as a bed but isn’t a pull out and still looks chic,” she told us in 2020 of her ultra-long sectional couch. That’s the potential of this Floyd couch, which is fully modular so you can stretch it out to be super long or draw separate pieces of the couch to opposite ends of the room when you’re feeling uninspired. An elongated daybed or sectional situation usually means a much easier time assembling the thing in your apartment, and this one is thankfully designed for comfort no matter how it shapes up, thanks to dual-layer foam cushions that provide softness and support.
The Best Velvety Sleeper Sofa: Urban Outfitters Natalie Velvet Two-Seat Sleeper Sofa
Urban Outfitters hosts a decent selection of aspirationally stylish, but still affordable-ish home decor and furniture gems for Zoomers and beyond. The only downside being that the quality is usually pretty hit or miss. If you’re willing to roll the dice, this velvety two-tone loveseat is about as luxe-on-a-budget as you can get, with a foldout futon design that quietly tucks away when your couch-surfing friend Steve is on his way out the door.
The Best Vintage-y Sleeper Sofa: Joybird
If you’re gonna buy a sofa, it may as well be from a brand that specializes in just that. Take this Joybird option that looks like it time-traveled from someone’s shag-carpeted ‘70s home. There’s a queen-size mattress within its innards that pulls out and rests on stabilized support legs. Nicely, the design details are flexible (it can be as splashy as you want it—swap out the orange here for a wallflower blue or grey), and its glowing reviews are certainly persuasive enough to help you swallow the high price tag.
The Best Sleeper Sofa on Amazon: Novogratz Brittany Futon Sofa
Amazon is maybe not the final destination on your pursuit of the perfect sleeper sofa, but it does offer decent stopgap couches for those times when you just need something budget-friendly to fill the empty space in your living room whenever your friends need a place to crash. The Novogratz is the retailer’s best-selling futon couch, with a midcentury-style design. It comes in a couple different fabric options, or faux leather if that’s your speed, with a sturdy wooden frame construction and a foamy polyester base that folds down.
The Best Sleeper Sofa at Ikea: Ikea Friheten Sleeper Sofa
Many of us have been buoyed by Ikea’s couches from apartment to apartment, which has everything to do with how accessible and affordable they are. Maybe you’ve owned some version of this Friheten sofa in the past: It’s a lift-and-tug model that conceals pillows and blankets, and the couch surfaces themselves flip to form a surface that you can tuck a sheet over. Reviews state that it’s comfortable and slightly larger than a queen size, which is nice if you’re sharing the bed with another person. The 10-year warranty is also helpful if you run into any longevity issues.