Aaron Able
Aug 19, 2009

In my weekly pursuit of finding a great sleeper sofa, it is impossible to ignore the varied options from IKEA. With a price point under $1,000 the TYLOSAND sofa bed is one of IKEA's more popular options and is part of a larger TYLOSAND family of seating. I played around with a floor model at the Red Hook IKEA for this report.

Perhaps it's the fate of any IKEA floor model, but my first impression of the TYLOSAND was depressing. Designed around individual, modular cushions supported in a metal frame — a weak interpretation of Le Corbusier's LC seating — the TYLOSAND has a disheveled appearance. This is one sofa that takes some extra effort to look nice.

After I fluffed some cushions and made the sofa bed more presentable, I started taking photos and attempted to figure out the transition process from sofa to bed — this proved much more difficult than it appears! There are lots of moving parts and it took a lot of effort to transform the sofa in a way that resulted in a balanced and un-rickety bed.

The transformation would have been much easier with two people — it takes effort to yank and pull on the parts without moving the entire piece of furniture. This does not behave like a sofa bed designed for regular transitions. Also the site mentions that TYLOSAND has built-in storage for extra pillows and comforters, but I didn't even notice this during the transition process.

The TYLOSAND series includes ottomans that can be added to a sofa bed for the look of a sectional. and TYLOSAND is currently available with 6 slipcover options. The basic model in a "sand" 100% polyester slipcover is $799. The 5 other slipcovers are a combination of cotton, rayon, polyester (and some include linen), these are all priced at $899.

PRICE $799 (as shown in sand ) other colors/slipcovers $899
DESIGNERS C. Ojerstam & M. Eleback
DIMENSIONS 30"H x 94.5"W x 36/78.75"D Mattress height 12.25''

Aaron will be profiling a different sleeper every week. Is there one you're curious about? Let us know in the comments.

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