I've slept on a lot of sofa beds and sleeper sofas in my day and the one really good thing I can tell you is how much better the technology around them has gotten over the years. Forget what you always knew about sofa beds, because you actually can get a good night's sleep and have a stylish sofa these days. So, without further ado, here are our 15 (updated!) picks for 2017. (And, please leave your review for these or others in the comments.)
This may not be a super sophisticated sleeper, but it has a great price, lots of style and some believers. Reader Cupcake Caper says, "I have the Ava* from Urban Outfitters-and my feelings are pretty much in line with most of the reviews on their site. It's a bit hard (to sit) at first, but softens up over time.
The fabric quality is OK, not awesome, but I needed an inexpensive and not wide option to fit in my small space, and I get skeeved about used sofa beds. I would never in a million years use this as a bed for myself, but it's fine for my tiny studio, where I don't want guests overstaying their welcome anyway."
*since this comment was originally posted, the Ava sofa was renamed the Adeline.
IKEA always does a great job holding down the low end of this category. The Manstad and Moheda used to be a favorite, but we can't get them anymore, and folks turned on the Karlstad (which looks great), so the current favorite is this very well priced corner sofa, which comes with extra storage for all the bedding. Smart.
Apartment Therapy reader Serendipity1110 says, "We bought FRIHETEN about a year ago just after it was available. It was the cheapest of the prettier sleeper sofas at IKEA (and here in Germany much cheaper than in the US!) We've had tons of guests sleep on it, some even for more than a week, and everyone loved it and said how comfortable it is."
During the day, this modern sofa has cushions every side you like to make for an extra comfy sitting fest. At night, it unfolds into a roomy queen-sized bed. And because the sides and back height are equal, it takes on the cocoon-like quality of a wingback bed.