The Best Sleeper Sofas for Small Spaces

The Best Sleeper Sofas for Small Spaces

Nancy Mitchell
Apr 24, 2018
(Image credit: Joybird)

Just because you live in a tiny space doesn't mean you don't have friends who want to spend the night. But most sleeper sofas are massive. What's a small space dweller to do? We've gone on a hunt for the sleeper sofas that are best suited to your small home.

If space is an issue, you've basically got two choices—a full-sized sleeper or a twin-sized sleeper. A full-size mattress is 54 inches wide, which means that most full-sized sleepers are going to be around 64 to 70 inches wide (since you have to account for the width of the arms).

Another option is a twin sleeper. Since a twin mattress is about 38 inches wide, a twin sleeper is definitely going to be on the small side, about 50 inches wide. You can still fit two people on one (for sitting, that is), as long as they happen to be people who are fairly comfortable with one another.

We've rounded up six of the best examples of each size, so you can choose the one that's right for your space. Each of these full sleepers is less than 70 inches wide. If even that is too large for your space, then a twin is your best bet.


This full sleeper is only 52 inches wide, since it's essentially just a mattress that folds into a couch. If you can get over the fact that it doesn't have arms, it's a great option for fitting a full-sized sleeper sofa into a small space.

This 64" sleeper also comes in blue and grey, as well as this jaunty yellow.

Starting at $420 for a single section

VALLENTUNA is IKEA's modular sectional sofa that's also a sleeper. You can use a single section individually, or pair two together to create a sofa that pulls out into a double bed. A single section starts at $390, and you'll also need the backrest and cushion, if you want to create the arrangement shown above. Two sections placed together will measure about 64", which more than meets our less-than-70-inches requirement: you can also get sections with a back and arms, but two of these paired together will result in a sofa that's almost 90 inches wide.

This 70 inch wide sleeper has an appealingly slouchy style.

This 68 inch wide full sleeper packs a bit of mid-century style.


Maybe not the best choice for your main sofa, but if you're in need of a versatile piece for an office or guest room, this could be a great pick. And at only 43 inches wide, it's quite compact.

This little sofa, which measures 45 inches wide, comes in a stylish velvet — and at a great price.

It's little—only 54 inches wide—but the split cushions give this small sleeper the look of a "real" sofa.

This small sleeper measures 45 inches wide and has a touch of mid-century flair.

West Elm calls this 49 inch sleeper a "chair and a half", but I bet you could fit two people on it if you really tried.

If you like the slouchy, comfy look, this is a great choice. It measures 53 inches wide but has all the presence of a much larger sofa.

Apartment Therapy supports our readers with carefully chosen product recommendations to improve life at home. You support us through our independently chosen links, many of which earn us a commission.
moving--truck moving--dates moving--dolly moving--house moving--cal Created with Sketch. moving--apt