Sleeper Sofas: Your Buying Guide

One of the most versatile pieces of furniture is the sleeper sofa. If you don’t have a dedicated guest room, buying a sleeper sofa is a great way to still host out-of-town friends or family. More comfortable than an air mattress, you can use a sleeper sofa in your living space or create dual-purpose spaces, such as a combination home office and guest room or den and guest room. Because it’s more than just a place to sleep, you want to choose a sofa bed that will be comfortable day and night. Here’s what you need to know:

buying a sleeper sofa
The La-Z-Boy’s Mackenzie-VI Queen Sleeper Sofa is available at Art Van stores and online.
Measure the Room

When measuring your space, don’t forget to think about how much room the bed will take when fully extended. You don’t want to have to move a lot of furniture to use it. When buying a sleeper sofas, you need to know they come in a variety of sizes. Be sure to find something that works with the space you have.

Sleeper Sofas Have Gotten More Comfortable
buying a sleeper sofa
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Gone are the days of thin mattresses that rest on iron bars. Today’s sleeper sofas now come with comfortable mattresses, including memory foam as well as regular innerspring.

Check the Seat Comfort

Your sleeper sofa will be used closed most of the time, so be sure to check the comfort of the cushions. Also make sure it fits the style of your room. When buying a sleeper sofa you’ll find options that are casual, urban, traditional and modern, as well as fabric and leather upholstery.

The Soho II 2-Piece Left-Arm Facing Sleeper Sectional, shown here in Pearl, is available at Art Van stores and
Accommodate Guests

Sleeper sofas come in twin, full, queen and queen-plus sizes. Determine how many people you will be hosting to choose the right size of the pieces you need. You could combine a queen with a twin to host a small group, for example.

The Kennedy II Queen Sleeper, shown here in Indigo, is available at Art Van stores and

Test How It Opens

Opening and closing a sleeper sofa should be an easy task. Test how it feels and make sure it operates with minimal effort. You don’t want to have to ask guest to struggle before they go to sleep.

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