This IKEA Living Room Staple Has a Hidden Double Feature (It’s Perfect for Small Spaces!)

published Jun 9, 2024
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No guest bedroom … or even floor space to fit an air mattress, for that matter? No problem. IKEA has the perfect small-space-friendly seating staple that doubles as a (secret!) bed. 

You may already know and love the brand’s budget-friendly sleeper sofas, but allow me to introduce you to the next best thing: a sofa chair. As a continuation of its popular KIVIK line, IKEA now sells a compact chair that converts into a single bed, so you can add extra seating and an unassuming sleepover spot to any empty living room, bedroom, or home office corner.

The KIVIK one-seat sleeper sofa features a built-in bed frame that pulls out from the base of the chair. The cushions then form the mattress — aka no need to pile them elsewhere when you’re transitioning from chair to bed — but trust me, it’s more cozy than it sounds. The seat portion actually unzips and unfolds to reveal a padded inner lining, so visitors aren’t sleeping directly on top of cushioned upholstery.

Fully extended, the bed measures 87.75 inches long by 35 ⅜ inches wide — sizable, yet doesn’t dominate a ton of floor space. One reviewer noted that “when opened up to a bed it was surprisingly large and comfortable,” but a few others mentioned adding an extra foam topper or additional mattress for a better sleep experience. 

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As for the chair component, you can choose from 13 different cover colors — from light beige to dark green — all of which are removable and machine-washable. The armless, low-slung silhouette is also incredibly minimalist, so it’s easy to style and personalize with decorative pillows or a patterned throw blanket. It’s the exact same width as the built-in bed, too, but surprisingly deep at 38.25 inches.

Prices for the KIVIK one-seat sleeper sofa vary by color, starting at $549. It’s definitely more expensive than the standard living room accent chair, but you’re essentially getting two pieces for the cost of one. If you don’t have the space to pull out a full sleeper sofa, or you already own one but still need more guest accommodations, you can’t go wrong maximizing extra sleeping and seating with this double-duty, better-than-a-futon IKEA find.