There are many creative and brilliant minds in the furniture industry. The variety of styles and functions of a sofa, loveseat or a chair that can be turned into a bed has grown and has become very trendy. In fact, even ottomans and other furniture items can be surprisingly transformed into a very useful bed for your special guests. Even those with the luxury of space in their homes often choose these multifunctional couches and chairs to provide extra sleeping options.
The pull out sofa is the most common type of space saving bed available in the market. By day it is a comfortable couch for sitting in the living room or family room, then at night it can be pulled out and magically transformed into a bed. These couch beds are no longer the ordinary and mechanical ones from several decades ago. This design has evolved into many efficient and decorative styles.
The Many Varieties
The best place to start when deciding on the type of pull out couch to get will depend on how much space you have, and if you want it to accommodate one or two people. Many people choose a particular type not because of its obvious purpose and function, but simply because of the look and how it fits into their overall décor.
Here are some of the popular types of beds that are transformed from everyday furniture.
- Traditional Pull Out Sofa: These vary in design and dimensions. A full size couch/sofa is great because it is provides extra wide seating when closed, and then opens into a nice wide queen or king size bed. This is ideal for sleeping two adults comfortably. A pull out couch may also be a part of a sectional or other furniture seating arrangement.
- Pull Out Love Seat: You can also select a smaller couch or even a love seat size of pull out bed. These take up less space when closed, and also create a smaller bed size when open. Depending on the width, this may still accommodate two cozy or small adults, but is definitely great for one guest.
- Sleeper Chair: This is a much smaller version of the hide a bed and fit for children and those who can comfortably sleep in a twin size bed. Another type of sleeper chair is a recliner that tips back all the way. With the extension of leg supports, these reclining chairs let you simply go to sleep right in place after watching TV in the living room.
- Futon Sofa Bed: The futon is more of a stripped down version of the traditional sofa bed. The transformation of turning it into a bed is simple. You just pull a handle underneath the mattress, push it down and a bed is made. This too comes in many fashionable designs, with different types of frames and a variety of fabrics to go with the motif of the room.
Pros and Cons of This Type of Space Saving Bed
There are many benefits of having a pull out couch. They allow you to have a nice comfortable piece of furniture in your room by day, and turn it into a bed as needed.
For those with a studio apartment or otherwise limited space, these may actually function as your everyday bed. Even if you have enough room for your own bed, you may not have enough space for a permanent guest bed. So a sofa bed or a pull out love seat could be great so that you’re ready to take in overnight guests in style. People who regularly have visitors, such as parents, grandparents, and other family and friend situation, can all benefit from a pull out couch.
But do be sure that the sofa bed you choose has a good quality mattress and doesn’t have any metal bars or springs that jab into you. Always test the bed out in the store before buying. This is especially important if you plan to use this as an everyday bed. For added comfort, some people add an inflatable mattress on top after opening the bed.
Another consideration is that you will need to be able to move furnishings out of the way to make room for opening the sofa bed. This can sometimes be a challenge and be a bit of a time-consuming task. Also be aware that this type of fold up bed is extremely heavy. If you tend to move frequently, or enjoy rearranging furniture, then this may not be the best solution for you.