Flight Recliner. Bernett's newest design for DWR is 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. The Soto is a comfortable sofa and a comfortable bed. It features a 4" high-density foam mattress that is supported by a wooden platform and not a bar — a luxury for a sofa bed. The transition from sofa to bed couldn't be easier. The Soto was designed using the Comfort Sleeper mechanism patented by Robert and Barbara Tiffany. I've added many more pictures than usual to this review because the Soto has lots of special design details that make it especially interesting:
- Remarkably, this sleeper looks like a bed when it is fully deployed. The front of the sofa is the same front of the unfolded bedframe.
- The design eliminates the usual empty space at the top of the mattress. This not only keeps your pillow from falling through and onto the floor, but reduces the depth the furniture sticks out into the room by about a foot!
- The cushions are structured to look thicker than they are — in picture #12, you can see how the cushions' unique shape helps hold them snuggly into place and creates a more pleasing proportion aesthetically.
- The removable back sofa cushions both have hidden wooden dowels along the back and sides of the cushions. These dowels (wrapped in cloth) are used to secure the cushions to the sofa. In a few pictures, I've demonstrated how the dowels are pushed into grooves in the sofa frame to discretely hold them in place — a bonus feature to an already winning design.