The Best West Elm Sleeper Sofas, According to an Editor Who Tested Them

updated Aug 24, 2023
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Traditionally, pull-out sofas have been looked down upon as unfashionably economical. These days, however, you can find an affordable, comfortable sleeper in just about any style, color, and fabric at a variety of price points. Whether you’re after a sophisticated convertible sofa that’s under $250 or something with a mattress so comfortable it rivals the one in your bedroom, you never have to look for too long. West Elm is a prime destination for furniture that’s both beautiful and functional, and we saw this firsthand after visiting a couple of their NYC brick-and-mortar stores for our Personal Shopper series. We sat on every sofa in-store to determine what kind of apartment dweller it would suit best. Our list included a couple of sleepers that are too good to pass up, especially if you live in a smaller space. But there’s no need to go searching through the Personal Shopper post to find them (although you should definitely read it anyway) because we’ve listed them below and detailed their most notable features.

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This plush, timeless sleeper sectional scored a 10 out of 10 on former Best List writer Kendall's multi-functionality scale thanks to its roomy storage chaise lounger, customizability, and full-sized pull-out. The fact that it's also super comfy doesn't hurt. "Everything moves easily, and the lid of the chaise closes softly with or without the easy-pull tab — no finger-crushing here," Kendall wrote after viewing it in person. She also rated it highly on nappability; clearly the Urban Sleeper's small size doesn't negatively impact its versatility.

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In AT's original Personal Shopper post about the best West Elm sofas, Kendall actually mentioned the Harmony 2-piece chaise sectional — a solid option, no doubt. But now, we want to bring your attention to the fact that you can customize the configuration of this sofa. The Harmony Modular Sectional offers a build-your-own alternative, in which you can turn this chic sofa into a sleeper. Pricing obviously varies depending on which parts you include in your design. Regardless of the final form, the Harmony's cloud-like, modern, and ultra-nappable DNA will stay the same.

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One of West Elm's more compact sofas, the Shelter Queen Sleeper is great for a small living room, or maybe even an office space that has extra square footage to spare. Its bench-style seat cushion and long back pillows give it an inviting, homey aura, so it's no wonder Kendall rated it so highly in terms of nappability. Still, "the (Queen-sized!) pull-out bed these cushions conceal is this sofa’s star feature," she emphasized.

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AT's original West Elm best sofa roundup featured the Harris Two-piece Bumper Chaise Sectional, which Kendall praised for its family-friendly design, supportive cushions, and upholstered edges. And with your choice of performance upholstery, "no amount of spilling or cat scratching will get in the way of you having a beautiful, comfortable, long-lasting sofa," she wrote. On top of all that, the Harris also comes with a build-your-own option, in which you can customize your own sleeper version. It appears that the benefits of this sofa are practically endless.