16 Best Sleeper Sofas & Sofa Beds 2013

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Need an extra bedroom but don't have a room? For all you city folks looking for a perfect sleeper sofa we offer you our updated 2013 roundup of our top picks at high and low prices. There is reader intelligence and a fit for everyone here, including one with style. Enjoy!

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Returning Favorites

  1. One Night Stand Sleeper Sofa from Blu Dot ($1,899) I like the modern design and the fact that the seat cushion flips over to create a bed, thereby avoiding the dreaded metal bar that often makes sleepers so uncomfortable.
  2. Payton Comfort Sleeper from American Leather They're slightly more expensive than other models, but we've heard time and time again that American Leather makes the best, most comfortable sleepers.
  3. Alex 89” Sofa from Mitchell Gold Bob Williams ($1,775) Commenters have praised this sofa as being comfortable for both and sleeping.
  4. Soto Sleeper from DWR ($4,830) This sofa bed from DWR has made our list for a few years now. It owes its popularity to great traditional styling and a patented sleeper mechanism.
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Reader Favorites
  1. KARLSTAD Sofa Bed from IKEA ($849) For a few years we'e heard that IKEA's MANSTAD was the reader favorite but it's no longer available. Regarding the KARLSTAD, commenter ajdc says, "We just got Ikea's Karlstad sleeper sofa. It's brand new so no one has slept on it yet, but it looks great (modern styling, but not at the expense of comfort) and I think it's comfy as a couch too. We have a small studio but we make it work—the fact that it is trundle-style helps a LOT on the space factor (but that may just be because of how our apartment is laid out). In my mind, it comes close to the unicorn sought by others—it just can't be separated for friends who don't want to sleep next to each other."
  2. Nomade Express from Ligne Roset (starts at $3,945) We've heard a lot of comments about the comfort of this option. From redesign, "We have a 13yrs old Nomad Express it is wonderful! So wonderful in fact, I slept on it while pregnant! It has moved 7 times and still looks great. The mechanism is not silent but it is so easy to use. I will recover rather than replace. We love it!"
  3. Sofa Bed from BoConcept ($1,795) Commenter Druzhok says, "Comfy, very good looking in silver, small enough to turn a tiny office into a guest room. Had it for over a year and love it!"
  4. Ian 81" Queen Air Coil Sleeper Sofa from Room and Board ($2,499) Commenter midcentmod says "in my office/den/guest room, i have the ian leather sleeper from room & board. the mattress is actually an air mattress, and SO comfortable."

New Additions
  1. BEDDINGE LÖVÅS Sofa Bed from IKEA ($279) You can't beat the low price on this new option from IKEA. They also offer a variety of covers to keep the sofa looking fresh and clean.
  2. Tandom Sleeper Sofa from CB2 ($1,399) A reader recently pointed us in the direction of this new offering from CB2. Great styling. Anyone tried it out for comfort?
  3. Henry Sleeper from West Elm (starts at $1,149) I like the simple styling of this sofa. But what I like even more is that it's built in the US with many recycled materials.
  4. Queen Sleeper from Lee Industries Easy styling plus green cred makes this a great sleeper.
  5. Trent Leather Queen Sleeper Sofa from Raymour & Flanigan ($999.95) Simple clean lines and, based on user comments, comfortable as a sofa and as a bed.
  6. Axis Slipcovered 2-Seat Queen Sleeper Sofa from Crate & Barrel ($2,299) Looks like a casual and comfortable sofa. The slipcover allows for easy cleaning.
  7. Anywhere Convertible Sofa from Urban Outfitters ($399) For the budget conscious, this seems like a great option. The seat cushion folds out to become a bed and the whole thing is only 56" wide. Made in the US.
  8. Pearce Sleeper Sofa from Pottery Barn (start at $3,499) Designed without bars or springs for a more comfortable sleep. Also made in the US.

Reader Reports
We rely on our readers to let us know how furniture behaves in the real world. It's one thing to sit on a sofa for a few minutes in a showroom; it's quite another to live with on a daily basis. Here's what some of our commenters have said about sofa beds:

What's nice about Ikea is that they have (or at least had when I was purchasing) different levels of mattresses available for their futons. I knew that mine would be folded up everyday and then open to be slept on nightly. With that in mind, I purchased a futon mattress "graded" for nightly sleeping. It was a foam/coil combo. Granted it was more expensive (I think I spent about $500 nearly nine years ago for the frame, mattress and cover), but I slept on it for 5 years and am still using it as a guest bed with no complaints. -jbatman

We have an American Leather comfort sleeper. We purchased it for our basement media room, where long term guests (grandparents!) stay for weeks at a time. We needed something that was as good as a medium-firm bed... and I think we found it. No complaints. It's been about three years, and it's been slept on, oh... maybe 200 nights? And folded, just sleeping on it in its sofa form, it's still pretty great. I've done that a lot myself, too, falling asleep in front of the TV. Ahem. - magoo1

I have a Manstad from IKEA and love it. It's incredibly comfortable, easy to pull out and set up for guests, the storage is great, and it looks fantastic. I was actually sold on buying one after I spent a long weekend with friends and slept well on their Manstad. Yes, traditional sleeper sofas are typically heavy and awful, but after moving mine this summer, I have no issues with endorsing it. - potterychick
We looked into www.carolinachair.com based on EnergyNet's recommendation. We received our new sofa the other day and love it. With our upgrades, we paid $2500 including shipping. It's construction is comparable to a much more expensive sofa. Because they build every sofa custom, we were able to adjust the dimensions of the sofa to fit our bodies for a minimal upcharge. We upgraded to the Air Dream mattress for just $250. We've slept on it, and it's very comfortable. Because it's part air mattress, you can adjust the firmness. They have about twelve zillion fabrics to choose from. And they have literally the best customer service I have experienced in years. It was a little weird to buy a sofa without sitting on it, but it turns out the most important thing is the dimensions of the sofa. We sat in enough sofas to know the dimensions we wanted, and when the sofa appeared it was perfect. - unprotectedwrecks
I own the only sleeper sofa I've ever liked, and its fantastic. Its an amazingly comfy couch, and a better bed than any of the expensive futons I've owned. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams - Alex II Deluxe Queen Sleeper. It was expensive, and worth EVERY. SINGLE. PENNY. We've had several guests extend their stay just to sleep on this bed, and its the best couch I've ever sat on. Plus its slipcovered (easily removeable), and I can get new slipcovers in more colors whenever I want. - sandyliz
Another vote for the Room & Board air coil - it feels like a regular mattress! - slangevar
I got the Valencia sleeper from Sleepers In Seattle. Almost got a Comfort Sleeper from them, but $2500 was really not in my budget. I got the valencia for under a grand..and it is still super comfy and compact. Also got the spring-free latex mattress, which I've heard nothing but good things about from my guests. - janeh

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