Sleeper sofas, or sofa-sleepers as they are also known, are incredibly practical pieces of furniture. Unlike the traditional steel-frame sofabed, a sleeper can be purchased at a better price online, then assembled quickly at home. I happen to own the conventional sofabed design myself and I love knowing that I have an extra bed just in case. However, it weighs a ton, so I couldn’t imagine paying the shipping charges for a steel-frame one today.
Luckily, manufacturers have “tweaked” the futon design into larger, more couch-worthy styles that convert from sofa to bed by allowing the back-cushion area to be placed flat down. As with any type of assembly-required seating, there are benefits as well as challenges which I list at the end of this page. In the meantime, here are six budget-friendly sleepers in various colors and styles that are available online from The Wayfair Furniture Company:
Sleeper Sofa Options From Wayfair.com- Under $600 Dollars
* Upholstered in black microfiber materials
* Comes with two contrasting decorative pillows
* Opens into a bed using the hinge-style design
* Assembled sofa measures 35″ H x 88″ W x 35″ D
* Bed measures 75″ W x 44″ D
* Cons: The color choice here is certainly not for everyone. Black and red are highly passionate decorating colors. Black microfiber may not be the best choice for pet owners.
* Pros: The textured upholstery makes it look more expensive than it is. The v-pattern stitching is contemporary and adds a lot of interest to an otherwise plain background color.
* Under seat storage for sheets
* Textured upholstery adds decorative flair
* Assembled measurements of sofa 35″ H x 88″ W x 35″ D
* Bed measures 75″ W x 44″ D
* Cons: The short legs/ low-profiles of many sleeper sofa are things to consider as you get older or if you have medical issues.
* Pros: This color looks luxurious when used as sofa and chair upholstery.
* Opens into a convertible bed design
* Tufted upholstery with hand-stitched details
* Neutral color works well with many decorating themes
* High-density foam seats and back cushions for support and comfort
Cons: As of the time of this post, there are no customer reviews on Wayfair.com about this sofa.
Pros: The light shade of this upholstery is perfect for rooms that are using an airy decorating theme or for people that prefer neutral decor and accessories.
* Futon sleeper sofa converts to a full size mattress in seconds
* Under seat storage compartment
* Dark beige microfiber upholstery
* Traditional style sofa with wood frame construction
Cons: This sleeper is made with firm cushion construction; a plus for some, but unbearable for others.
Pros: Any kind of built-in storage is always a plus; especially on those furniture items where we normally don’t expect to find storage.
* Comes in several shade options: Sage, Crimson Red, Mocha and Dark Brown
* Detachable armrests can be used as pillows
* Includes two decorative pillows with purchase
* Opens into a full-size bed
Cons: Some color options in this model cost more than other color options.
Pros: This one looks more like a “real” couch and is getting positive customer reviews on Wayfair.com.
Sleeper sofas are designed to provide the same versatility as a conventional sofa bed without the higher price tag, bulk and added weight. Below, I have listed 3 positives and 3 negatives to consider about this type of furniture.
- Sleeper sofas have a middle “ditch” area that can be a challenge to sleep on.
- Unlike a conventional sofabed that allows the bed portion to be pulled out directly without needing extra wall space, a sleeper needs expansion room to lay flat.
- For me, the worst negative is the low-rise legs that many of these products come with. For some, that may not be a problem.
- These items are the perfect sleeping/ sitting combination product for one-room living situations like studio apartments, dorm rooms, or anywhere where a person prefers the look of a sofa instead of a daybed or futon.
- They are much less expensive than conventional sofabeds and are much lighter to move around for cleaning, vacuuming, e.t.c.
- They can offer you great style and function for your money if you pick the right one from a reputable manufacturer. It’s always nice to have an extra sleeping spot for guests.