10 best sleeper sofas 2021: the most comfortable sofa beds

Discover the best sleeper sofas for sitting and sleeping; the sectional sofa beds and pull-out couches that we’re happy to give floor space

A navy blue sleeper sofa in front of an exposed stone wall
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The best sleeper sofas offer comfortable lounging in their couch form and versatile extra sleep space when transformed into guest bedding. But with so many options to choose from, working out which model is going to offer the style and comfort we're all looking for can be a tough task.

In order to narrow down the search, we've used the Homes & Gardens team's expertise to round up the best sleeper sofas available. 

From compact sofa beds that offer space-saving multifunctional design and are ideal for the occasional overnight guest, to spacious sectionals perfect for everyday use in the lounge and slimline daybeds that are blend effortlessly into the home office; these are the best sleeper sofas to complement your home.

For the essential rules for sofa and chair layouts, plus inspiration for the look you'd like to go for, browse our guide to living room seating ideas.

The best sleeper sofas 2021

A white sleeper sofa with loose slip covers

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1. Arhaus Baldwin Slipcovered Air Sleeper Sofa

Best sleeper sofa overall

Sofa dimensions: 89"W x 42"D x 37"H
Mattress dimensions: 60”W x 80”D
Upholstery options: 70+
Matching furniture: Sofa, armchair, swivel armchair & ottoman
Reasons to buy
+Machine-washable slip covers+Good-sized queen mattress+Comfortable feather and fiber seat cushions+Great range of upholstery options+Wide range of coordinating furniture

If you're looking for the best sleeper sofa for timeless design, then the Baldwin Air Sleeper Sofa from Arhaus with its classic rolled arms, comfortable seating, and traditional skirted slipcovers more than fits the bill.

The versatile design is available in either a 76" two-seater with a full-sized mattress, or the 89" three-seater (pictured) with a generous queen-sized mattress that offers plenty of seating and sleeping space for you and your guests.

Made in North Carolina, we love the fact that the Baldwin is manufactured with an awareness of its environmental impact; using wood certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, and foam cushion core partly derived from sustainable, plant-based materials.

Over seventy upholstery options ensure plenty of fabric and color choices and, even better, twenty of those fabrics are machine-washable so the slipcovers can easily be removed and freshened up. Ideal for families or for a sleeper sofa that will be used in a vacation rental, and further extending its sustainable credentials by offering an easy way to ensure longevity.

On top of that, feather-wrapped foam cushions deliver comfortable seating and a wide range of matching furniture ensures plenty of options for planning your entire interior scheme. What's not to love?

A navy blue sleeper sofa in an open plan living room

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2. Mulholland Drive 2pc Sleeper Sectional

Best sectional sleeper sofa

Sofa dimensions: 109"W x 87"D x 29"H
Mattress dimensions: 52"W x 72"D x 5.5"H
Upholstery options: 50+
Matching furniture: No
Reasons to buy
+Spacious chaise longue sleeper sofa+Good range of upholstery options
Reasons to avoid
-Not quite a full-sized mattress-No coordinating furniture

One of the best sleeper sofas for everyday use in the lounge, the Mulholland Drive Sleeper Sectional from Apt2B offers spacious seating thanks to its roomy chaise longue module.

The solid wood base creates a contemporary look, whilst a good selection of over fifty upholstery options allows plenty of color choices to make it your own, meaning we'd be very happy giving this sectional pride of place in the lounge.

Our one gripe is that - despite the sofas generous width - there is only a full-size mattress hidden in its depths, and that mattress is a little on the small side compared to a standard full. 

We would have liked to see a queen mattress option, but, to cushion the blow, you can upgrade from the innerspring mattress to the memory foam alternative to treat your guests to a little luxury. And there is always the chaise section to offer taller visitors a little extra legroom.

A dark grey and wood mid-century style sleeper sofa

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3. AllModern Gabi 86'' Sleeper Sofa

Most affordable sleeper sofa

Sofa dimensions: 86"W x 35"D x 33"H
Mattress dimensions: 48"W x 76"D
Upholstery options: 2
Matching furniture: No
Reasons to buy
+An affordable fold-down sleeper sofa that doesn't compromise on style
Reasons to avoid
-Fairly firm seat and sleeping area-Limited upholstery options-No coordinating furniture-Not quite a full-sized mattress

If budget is top of your agenda, then the Gabi Sleeper Sofa from AllModern offers an affordable price tag without too dramatic a decrease in style. 

The mid-Century inspired sofa bed is available in a versatile gray linen-blend or an attractive olive green velvet, which, whilst not offering the breadth of upholstery choice available with other models, are perfectly in keeping with the design, and the solid elm frame is simple yet well-finished.

The main point of difference - and reason for the lower price tag - is that this is a fold-down sleeper sofa rather than a pull-out mattress, so the sofa seat and backrest become the surface guests will sleep on. 

The folding design makes for a firmer seating and sleeping experience so it's less likely you'll be content with this as the main sofa for everyday use, but, for occasional use this budget sleeper sofa makes a really useful addition to a home office or guest room.

A classic cream sleeper sofa from Arhaus

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4. Arhaus Kipton Sleeper Sofa

Best small sleeper sofa

Sofa dimensions: 84"W X 39"D X 35"H
Mattress dimensions: 60”W x 80”D
Upholstery options: +70
Matching furniture: Sofa, sectional, armchair, chaise & ottoman
Reasons to buy
+Space-saving compact design+Good-sized queen mattress+Comfortable feather and fiber seat cushions+Great range of upholstery options+Wide range of coordinating furniture

If space-saving design is top of your wishlist, then the compact Kipton sleeper sofa from Arhaus could be just the ticket. 

The 84" design will fit into smaller spaces with ease, whilst the vast array of coordinating furniture means it's easy to sneak this sleeper sofa into a mix of sectionals and armchairs in a larger room.

We love the versatile design which has that elusive quality of blending perfectly into either a modern or classic interior, and the choice of upholstery options is second to none. 

And the best part? That compact design hides a generous queen-sized mattress, so guests will be just as happy with your furniture choice as you are. 

A dusky pink trundle sleeper sofa from Anthropologie

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5. Anthropologie Denver Trundle Sleeper Sofa

Best trundle sofa bed

Sofa dimensions: W86" x D39" x 32"H
Mattress dimensions: 69"W x 69"D
Upholstery options: 40+
Matching furniture: Sectional, armchair & chaise
Reasons to buy
+Space-saving compact design+Comfortable feather and fiber seat cushions+Good range of upholstery options
Reasons to avoid
-Small sleeping area

If your friends are used to sofa surfing then the Denver Trundle sleeper sofa from Anthropologie will offer some welcome extra legroom.

Its sleeping surface might not be huge, but if space is too restricted for a full extending sleeper sofa then the pull-out trundle section offers a much more comfortable night's sleep than the couch alone would do. It also offers the option to extend the couch into a comfortable chaise whenever you're in need of putting your feet up!

Available in a range of pretty linen and velvet shades, we think this is a good option for a guest room or teenager's bedroom, where the multifunctional seating and extra sleeping space is perfect for impromptu overnighters or accomodating extra guests.

A green fabric sleeper sofa from Crate & Barrel

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6. Hayward Rolled Arm Queen Sleeper

Best classic sleeper sofa

Sofa dimensions: 88"W x 38.5"D x 32.5"H
Mattress dimensions: 60”W x 80”D
Upholstery options: +100
Matching furniture: Sofa, sectional, armchair & ottoman
Reasons to buy
+Good-sized queen mattress+Comfortable feather and fiber seat cushions+Great range of upholstery options+Wide range of coordinating furniture

For classic design, the Hayward sleeper sofa from Crate & Barrel offers traditional rolled arm detail with a touch of modernity in its tailored yet casual look.

A wide selection of upholstery fabrics allows you to specify the aesthetic finish to suit your decor, and the selection of coordinating furniture means this sleeper sofa can easily complement the rest of your living room suite. 

Meanwhile, guests will appreciate the generous innerspring queen-sized mattress the frame conceals.  

A grey sofa bed with a wooden frame from CB2

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Best mid-Century style sofa bed

Sofa dimensions: 84"W x 40"D x 31"H
Mattress dimensions: 54”W x 84”D
Upholstery options: 3
Matching furniture: No
Reasons to buy
+Space-saving compact design+Mid-Century style
Reasons to avoid
-Limited upholstery options-No coordinating furniture

The CB2 Una sleeper sofa makes for versatile seating in a home-office-come-guest-room, or an apartment where space is limited. Plus, it couldn't be easier to transform from couch to bed; simply flip the back down and you're ready for guests. Or a workday snooze. 

Although it's a fold-down sofa bed rather than a sleeper sofa with a dedicated pull-out mattress, the foam cushions contain a pocketed coil springs so the sleeping surface is more comfortable than you might expect. 

And despite the fact there are only three upholstery options - black, grey and white - paired with the simple yet shapely wooden frame this mid-Century inspired design does exactly what the original design era set out to achieve - combining form and function to great effect.

A navy sectional sleeper sofa in a room with a sloped ceiling

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8. Apt2B Monroe Drive 3pc Sleeper Sectional

Best corner sofa bed

Sofa dimensions: 112"W x 111"D x 29"H
Mattress dimensions: 52"W x 72"D x 5.5"H
Upholstery options: +60
Matching furniture: Sofa, sectional, sleeper sofa, armchair & ottoman
Reasons to buy
+Spacious corner sectional+Great range of upholstery options+Wide range of coordinating furniture
Reasons to avoid
-Not quite a full-sized mattress

The curvaceous design of the Monroe Drive sleeper sectional from Apt2B aims to bring some Hollywood glamour to the lounge. 

Available in over sixty fabric options, we especially like the velvet upholstery in pastel shades which adds a further softness to the rounded corner sofa configuration. 

Ideal for zoning a larger room, this large sectional design has the benefit of being constructed from separate smaller units - including two straight sections and the curved corner unit - which makes installing it into rooms with tricky access a much less daunting proposition. 

As with the previous Apt2B sleeper sofa, we would have preferred to see a queen-sized mattress on offer, but there is the option to upgrade from the innerspring mattress to a memory foam topper for some added luxury. 

A brown leather pull out couch from RH

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Best leather sleeper sofa

Sofa dimensions: 84"W x 40"D x 36"H
Mattress dimensions: 60"W x 80"D x 5"H
Upholstery options: +150
Matching furniture: Sofa, sectional, armchair, recliner, chaise, daybed, swivel chair & ottoman
Reasons to buy
+Good-sized queen mattress+Also available in 96" and 108" king mattress+Comfortable feather and fiber seat cushions+Great range of upholstery options including 30 leather choices+Wide range of coordinating furniture
Reasons to avoid
-Investment piece

This robust leather sleeper sofa manages to combine modern design with classic materials to create a timeless design that looks as at home in a contemporary loft apartment as it does in a traditional period property.

The Maxwell sofa bed from RH can be crafted in thirty premium types of leather, from the barely-there Pebble to rich Chestnut and dark Espresso, and there are also a wealth of woven fabrics to choose from including linens, velvet, and on-trend boucle.

Feather and fiber seat cushions ensure a comfortable sitting experience, whilst the cooling gel-topped mattress comes with the choice of a generous full, queen, king or extra-large king sleeping area. 

Naturally, the deluxe options also come with a deluxe price tag, but if you're looking for an investment piece that will stand the test of time, then this may well be one of the best sleeper sofas for you.

A black leather daybed with woven surface and bolster pillow from Design Within Reach

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10. Design Within Reach Barcelona Couch

Best daybed

Sofa dimensions: 39"W x 78"D x 25"H
Mattress dimensions: 39"W x 78"D x 25"H
Upholstery options: 3
Matching furniture: No
Reasons to buy
+Iconic design classic+Space-saving compact design
Reasons to avoid
-Investment piece-Small sleeping area-Limited upholstery options-No coordinating furniture

Of course, sometimes a sleeper sofa may not be the best option. If you don't want the bulk of a larger sofa bed that will rarely be used, then a daybed can provide a stylish and multifunctional alternative. 

The iconic Barcelona couch by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was originally designed for Knoll in 1930, and its minimalist, mid-Century influenced style has endured to this day.

In 1953, architect Philip Johnson selected the Barcelona Couch for his New York apartment, cementing its reputation as a design classic. 

It may not offer the best night's sleep of all the options on our list, but it's a versatile piece of furniture - perfectly suited to a daytime nap - that we'd be very happy to give a home.

What to consider before buying a sleeper sofa

Firstly, check your measurements. It may sound obvious, but if you are measuring up for a large piece of furniture yourself then check, check and check again!

As well as width, make sure to take into account the sleeper sofa's height, especially if it needs to fit under any existing architectural details like a windowsill or picture rail, and remember to also consider the sofa's depth - especially for a chaise or corner sofa bed - as you want to ensure there is still plenty of room to walk and move around the sofa.

Browse our guide to sofa scaling: how to choose the right sofa to get tips from the experts on the most successful ways to scale your furniture within a room.

You'll also need to check there is still plenty of space once the sofa bed mattress is extended. A good tip is to mark out the sofa dimensions on your floor with masking tape to get a feel for the floor space it will take up.

Next, consider access dimensions. If you have a narrow entranceway or awkwardly shaped hallway, or you want to position your sleeper sofa on the first floor and need to negotiate a staircase, then measuring up to ensure your sofa bed will fit through any tricky access points will save a lot of stress on delivery day. 

A sectional sleeper sofa that is built in several parts and can be configured in situ is a good option for homes with difficult access.

Which is the best sleeper sofa for you?

The best sleeper sofa for you will depend on a range of factors, including whether you want to use it for everyday or occasional seating and how many guests you need it to accommodate, plus how long they're likely to be staying.

If you're looking for a sofa for everyday use in the lounge - that can also double up as extra sleeping space when the house is full - then the comfort of the main sofa is going to be paramount. Look for a sofa that has all the makings of a regular sofa - like a solid wood frame, webbed backing, feather and fibre seat cushions and upholstery options you really love.

And, as with a regular sofa, consider how many people will be using the furniture on a daily basis. If you have a large family or regularly entertain - or just want space to sprawl! - a chaise, corner or sectional sleeper can be a good investment. 

If the sofa bed is only likely to get occasional use, and you just want to add extra functionality to a guest room or home office, then a more compact sofa bed - or even a daybed - might fulfil your requirements, and will offer a more budget solution to the odd overnight guest. 

What type of sleeper sofa mattress should you choose?

When it comes to the sleeping surface, all sleeper sofas are not created equal, and it's important to check the details to ensure your sofa bed is going to fulfil your requirements.

Size: Although many sofa beds are marketed as being equipped with a full-size mattress, by comparing to the average measurements for a standard mattress - see below - you will often find they come up a little shorter or narrower than you may be expecting. 

This isn't necessarily a problem if guests are only staying a night or two, but if you have friends or family staying for longer - or taller guests to accommodate - then this could be an issue, so it's well worth checking what size mattress your favourite sleeper sofa has as default, and if you can upgrade to a larger size.

Mattress sizes:

  • Full: 54” x 75” 
  • Queen: 60” x 80” 
  • King: 76” x 80”
  • Californian King: 72” x 84”

Construction: Just like a regular mattress, a sofa bed mattress can come in a range of different designs; from more comfortable memory foam and pocket-sprung mattresses at the top end of the market to the firmer foam-filled mattresses most commonly used in the most affordable sleeper sofas. 

The decision on which type of mattress you and your guests might prefer ultimately comes down to personal preference, but, as with most things in life, you generally get what you pay for, so if you want to offer guests a sleeping experience that will make them eager to return, then it can be wise to invest in the best sleeping surface your budget allows.

Amy Lockwood
Amy Lockwood

A background in art and design informs Amy’s love of colour, texture, and form, with a degree in Printed Textiles for Interiors at Winchester School of Art opening a gateway into the world of interior design and grounding her knowledge of the importance of decor, furnishings, and furniture in curating a well-considered space. 

Amy’s own style is considered, contemporary and timeless, with a strong interest in contemporary craft and homewares that champion collaboration between traditional makers and innovative technologies. A belief that design - and all other aspects of our lives - must exist in balance with the natural world fuels her interest in exploring sustainable, circular, and regenerative design processes and underpins her passion for natural materials and responsible craftsmanship.

When she’s not writing about interior design or sourcing the latest homewares for Homes & Gardens’ readers, Amy is most often found deliberating over the perfect shade of white paint, digging through antique markets to unearth buried treasures, or printmaking in her home studio.