This is my fifth Best of list for this category, and it's the biggest. The good news is that sofa beds are getting A LOT more comfortable and the options are much better at multiple price points. The list also reflects a great deal more intelligence because Aaron's been going to showrooms and testing a lot of sofa beds. Take a look at my list, but don't miss the comments on the past lists as well. There's a lot more meat on the bone where the comments are living. Got your own suggestion? Add it to the comments of this year's post.
WAY HIGH $$$$:
>> Mostra Sofa Bed by Ligne Roset ($5655) - New last year and designed by Didier Gomez, the Mostra is unassuming in presence and has one of the easiest transitions from sofa to bed we've ever experienced. It uses a patented Lampolet mechanism that takes care of the heavy lifting. Remarkably, all the cushions stay on the sofa as it transforms to a bed — meaning you don't have to have a place to store them.
>> Soto Sleeper Sofa from DWR ($4600) - Designed by Jeffrey Bernett, this sofa bed for DWR is part of the Soto family of upholstered seating which includes a sleeper sofa, sleeper chair and storage ottoman. The Sleeper Sofa is a meticulously designed sofa bed that is one of the best we've seen and experienced.
>> Reese Sleeper from Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams ($3220 - 20% discount right now) - For a few different styles, Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams are a good option and offer 15 sleepers with a traditional spring mattress. I chose to show the Reese because it's the most unusual sleeper design I saw, as well as being very svelte.
>> Nomade Express from Ligne Roset ($3610) - A classic design with simple action, the quilted back folds down to give you a nice big bed surface with no springs or bars.
>> Havana Sleeper Sofa from DWR ($3500) - Aaron really likes this because it's big and low with storage.
>> James Lounge Sofabed by Gus Modern ($1695) - The James Lounge is the only convertible sofa from Gus Modern. Similar to the classic George Nelson daybed, it's a simple design that is a quick transition from armless sofa to twin sized mattress.
>> Natasha Comfort Sleeper by American Leather ($2599) - Not just about leather anymore (though they do have plenty if you want it), AL has made a name for themselves in the sleeper category with the patentedTiffany 24/7 platform sleep system, which removes the springs and bars to create a totally even sleeping surface. It can also be topped with Tempurpedic foam. There are eight other designs in their Comfort Sleeper line.
>> Pierce Sleeper at Room & Board ($2699) - Room & Board offers some exclusive designs with the Comfort Sleeper platform system which is made by American Leather.
>> Twighlight Sofa from DWR ($1880) - A very popular solution, this daybed design is slim and modern, without any fuss.
>> Metro Sleeper from Room & Board ($1899) - A classic design that can be customized with fabric or stain and a more affordable air coil inflatable mattress: "The mattress features a combination of supportive coils topped with an inflatable air chamber for customizable comfort."
>> One Night Stand from Blu Dot ($1799) - This is a great new solution, which takes mid-century styling and has it fold open to make a bed in a cool way.
>> Flat Out Sofabed by Blu Dot ($1099) - Blu Dot's other sofa bed option — Flat Out — combines the company's felt-like upholstery and straightforward, modern aesthetic into a multipurpose piece at one of their lowest price points for a sofa.
>> Flex Sofa from CB2 ($999) - Similar to the Nomade, but at a fraction of the price, this is a nice budget solution.
>> Troy Sleeper Sofa from Crate & Barrel ($1399) - Very traditional design with a bi-fold innerspring mattress. It consistently gets high marks.
>> Manstad Sectional Sofa Bed & Storage from IKEA ($899) - MANSTAD packs a lot of punch — it's a (1) small scale sectional sofa that's also a (2) bed and (3) storage. While there are options for sectionals with built in beds, few are this small, this inexpensive and few are designed to take advantage of the full footprint.
• Sofa Sleeper of the Week - Reviews by Aaron