Top Ten: Best Sleeper Sofas & Sofa Beds

Apartment Therapy's Annual Guide 2015

Check out our lowest priced sleeper selection, The Ava Tufted, below...

I've taken back over our top picks for this crucial part of the home - the sofa/extra bed. I've slept on a lot of these in my day and the one REALLY GOOD thing I can tell you is how much better the technology around them has gotten. You really can get a good night's sleep and have a stylish sofa these days. So, without further ado, here are our top picks for 2015. NOTE: Your comments are crucial, so please do tell us your experience.

Top 10 Sleeper Sofas of 2015


A top solid bed offering from R&B that uses the American Leather mechanism, this is a great classic shape that will provide a perfect night's sleep.


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. Serendipidy1110 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."


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.It is also their patented sleep mechanism that is inside Room & Board's great sleepers. Says BizzyGirl1, "The Brynlee is sassy and these are SO comfortable and available in many nice color choices in both leather and microfiber. (no, I don't work for them, I just own one and love it)."


Slipcovered, with a causal cottage look, this sleeper gets the thumbs up. Cooklyn says, "We bought the Willow a few months ago. Guests have said it is super comfortable to sleep on, and I like that it doesn't look clunky. A few people said the cushions sag in the middle, but I haven't found that to be the case. Unlike a lot of sofa beds, it is really comfortable to sit on."


With a variety of classic styles and solid construction, MGBW always scores high. The Alex has received the most mentions and the Luxe versions get the callout. Says Popkit, "The nicest - most comfortable - sleepers I've found are the luxe sleepers from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams."


R & B takes this category seriously. This new design has a great clean shape and has a more accessible price. The mattress is totally air filled, which gives it a much more alive feeling, but you do have to blow it up with the included blower like an Aero Bed.


A new entrant with high marks in the comments, I've noticed La Z Boy coming up over the past few years with solid, standard designs at very good prices. Says Jukesgrrl, "I agree with the recommendation of LaZBoy. I sold furniture for several years in a store that carried a lot of brands. LaZBoy compared favorably to any brand we carried (some far more expensive) and they have tons of upholstery options."


This may not be a super sophisticated sleeper, but it has a great price, lots of style and some believers. 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."


Very modern with a firm platform and easy opening construction, the Diplomat opens up to be a queen sized bed. This is for the occasional guest. K_T says, "We have a Blu Dot convertible sofa, an earlier version than the Diplomat, and I think it is so sleek and perfect for us. It stays in a room which is mostly used as an office but is also where our guests stay. TO report on the comfort, I think our loved ones like the way it sleeps, but it is quite firm."


Resto's English Roll Arm Sofa will fool you into thinking you have thirty-room manse instead of a one bedroom in Brooklyn. The price, depending on size and upholstery choices, is aspirational but who's counting?

(Image credits: SHK; Room and Board; IKEA; American Leather; Crate & Barrel; MGBW; Room & Board; LazBoy; Blu Dot; Restoration Hardware)