Best sofa beds UK for all budgets 2021: we rate our favourites

It is now possible to purchase a stylish sofa bed that provides both a space saving solution and a great place for guests to sleep

modern iterations have taken a huge leap forward in design - and, consequently, comfort.

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We won’t mince words: sofa beds used to be terrible. We have more than one childhood or university memory of crashing at a friend’s house on a saggy sofa bed, springs all but useless, and awakening after a fitful night sleep with our backs in ribbons.

Worse yet, in failing to be a decent bed, the sofa beds of yore still managed to be singularly useless, lumpen sofas. In aiming to provide two services in one, the sofa beds of the our youth failed to achieve either.

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Thankfully, modern iterations have taken a huge leap forward in design - and, consequently, comfort. And so it is now possible to purchase a stylish sofa bed that does precisely what you would hope: provides a space saving solution to how to have both a sofa, and a comfortable place for guests to sleep, in the one place.

Click-clack, or pull out sofa bed?

Sofa beds are generally available in two forms. The ‘click-clack’ sofa is one where the back cushion of the sofa folds down and clicks flat - essentially forming a futon - so you then sleep on the flattened sofa.

A ‘pull-out’ - the more traditional model - is transformed by removing the cushions to pull out the mattress and frame. ‘Click-clacks’ are simple to use and generally cheaper. ‘Pull-outs’ tend to be more comfortable.

What should I look for in a sofa bed?

What sofa bed works best for you will depend on how frequently you plan on using it (if you have lodgers, for example, or family members who visit often, say, you’ll want to opt for something pricier that has a higher-end memory foam mattress), how much space you have, the décor of your room, and how much seating/sleep space you require.

As with everything - the more you pay, the higher the comfort level, but there are still some impressive lower end options available.

In terms of our favourite, it’s easily the superbly comfortable Munich, from Swoon. But if you’re after the best bang for your buck, the Bessie from Made is cheap but lovely to look at and rather comfy.

Here’s our favourite tried and tested sofa beds on the market.

Made Haru

Made Haru

Best for: a good-looking option, ideal for sometime guests

Key specs: L182 x W120 x H26 cm.

This is one of our favourites available, a gorgeous, slightly retro and affordable option.

Available in a range of colours-ways, from flame orange to pine green, this velvet-upholstered sofa will look chic in any living room or bedroom.

A very comfy sofa, it’s more of a temporary solve for sleeping situations - the type of sofa you may want to add into your child’s room, should they host sleep-overs, or in a loft for when guests come to stay for the weekend.

Compared to other ‘click-clacks’ we tried, it’s rather comfy (I wouldn’t recommend buying this to put up a long-term lodger, say). Easy to fold out, the legs come off no trouble and are just as simple to place back on. We like that a portion of the bed can be folded upright if you want to linger in bed idly reading.

It’s also available in a gorgeous single version - perfect for a wee one’s bedroom, for a bargainous £199.

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Darlings of Chelsea Weymouth 3 Seater Sofa Bed

Darlings of Chelsea Weymouth 3 Seater Sofa Bed

Best for: a sturdy option

Key Specs: W 168cm * D 97cm * H100cm

Is your house style elegant, do you live in a period property? You’ll love the Weymouth sofa bed, sympathetic to traditional houses.

We adore the look of the Weymouth - classic, yet modern, with sloped armrests and contrast piping - but, more than that, we love that you can tailor it to whatever specifications you desire - fabric or leather?

Block coloured, or patterned? Family friendly fabric, or matte? A standard mattress, or upgraded to memory foam? Whatever you’re after, the Weymouth can be made to match it.

Comfort wise, if you take the plunge and upgrade to memory foam, the bed itself is delightfully comfy - indeed, this would be a great choice if you have a regular lodger and don’t want to throw their back out.

The price tag increases, of course, as it also does depending on what specs you choose. The frame is guaranteed for ten years, so you can buy in confidence.

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Waverley Sofa Bed 3-Seater

Waverley Sofa Bed 3-Seater

Best for: customising to perfection

Key Specs: W 187cm * H 90cm * D 226cm * L 182cm

Another sofa that you can customise to your heart’s desire is the Waverley, which is available in almost any fabric you can imagine - from herringbone, to floral, to block colour velvet.

It’s a scroll arm sofa - so classic in style no one would suspect it’s dual purpose.

As a three-seater, it makes both a deliciously comfy couch and a spacious fold-out bed - indeed, similar to the Weymouth, this is as near to a standard bed in a sofa frame as you can find. Long-time guests? They’ll thank you for this sofa bed.

The frame is a traditional pull out frame. Made in Britain, it comes with a 15-year frame guarantee.

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Made Bessie Double Sofa Bed

Made Bessie Double Sofa Bed

Best for: Instagram-worthy sofa

Key Specs: H 81cm * W 142cm * D 88cm

Another entry from Made, and back in the click-clack mode, the Bessie is a great choice if your sofa bed is going to be more frequently a sofa than bed. It’s a handsome proposition: velvet detailing, brass legs, and a contemporary frame.

It will look terrific in any lounge and it’s the work of moments to convert to a bed. Much like the Haru, you’ll be wanting to use this for occasional sleepovers, but it’s not a hardship to spend a weekend sleeping on.

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Greta Recycled Leather XL Sofa Bed

Greta Recycled Leather XL Sofa Bed

Best for: loungey days in a flatshare

Key Specs: L: 208.2cm x W: 105.9cm x HL 78.2cm

If you have a slouchy, casual aesthetic in your living room, this recycled leather sofa bed from Urban Outfitters will match it perfectly.

If it’s possible for a sofa to be insouciant, than this one is - armless and legless, it’s nevertheless incredibly cushy to sit on. It’s extra-large, so terrific for sitting with flatmates to enjoy a Netflix binge, with an inner metal structure that allows the sofa to sit upright - or, as the evening wears on, half-reclined (lovely for hangovers or duvet days).

It also goes completely flat, making for a cosy night sleep - though this is more of a sofa bed for sometime sleepovers, rather than regular kipping.

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Swoon Munich Sofa Bed

Swoon Munich Sofa Bed

Best for: style, substance, and a reasonable price

Key Specs: (Mattress): W: 150 cm D: 200 cm H: 10 cm

Forgive us for getting over-excited here, but we loved the Munich Sofa Bed, a clean, contemporary-designed sofa bed that performs beautifully and -while not precisely cheap - is much less pricey than similarly high-spec sofa beds we tried.

Another example of a sofa bed you can customise to your heart’s desire, from colour ways, to fabrics: corduroy, smart leather, smart wool, easy velvet - anything you fancy.

It’s a biggun: this is a king sized bed when converted, and with a sprung mattress it makes for a blissful night’s sleep. It’s genuinely comfortable, both as a bed and a sofa. A real winner.

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Marks and Spencer Jasper

Marks and Spencer Jasper

Best for: cost-effective sofa bed

Key Specs (Sofa): H81 x W204 x D84 cm

Another click-clack option, the M&S Jasper is easy to convert, makes an unobtrusive addition to any living room, and is friendly on the wallet.

The dark grey velvet is an example of understated chic. Sleep-wise, it’s similar to other click-clacks: very good for a short spell, but not the stuff that long-term dreams are made of.

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