When you hear the words "sleeper sofa," do you picture your grandmother's floral sofa with lumpy cushions and a musty smell of stale perfume, mothballs, and old socks? The sleeper sofa of your childhood was uncomfortable and pancake thin so that it could be folded up and tucked away during the day.
Fortunately, you were just a kid and could sleep anywhere on anything, with a marching band parading around you. And now that you're older and wiser, it is time to leave those ragged sofas in the past and embrace options that are stylish and comfortable, too. We're here to help you find the best sleeper sofa!
We've selected our Top Sleeper Sofas to get you started in your search for an updated and modern sleeper.
- Best high end design: Grand Deluxe Excess Lounger
- Best affordable option: Splitback Deluxe Sofa
- Best new design: Unfurl Lounger Sofa
- Best armess sofa bed: Cubed 02 Sofa
- Best mid Century sleeper: Recast Plus Sofa
Click here to check out all of our favorites, or read on and let's discuss some of the basics!
What Is a Sleeper Sofa?
A sleeper sofa is a piece of furniture that serves as a sofa by day in a living room, office, or just about any other space, and can be folded down flat at night to make a bed.
Why Buy a Sleeper Sofa?
Maybe you live in a studio apartment, efficiency, or a tiny house and need a versatile piece of furniture. In this case, a sleeper can serve as your sofa during the day and your bed at night to give you an option for a smaller footprint. Or perhaps you like to be able to accommodate houseguests and don't have a designated guest room. You might want a sleeper sofa to go in your living room so that you have a comfier option for the occasional sofa crasher/house guest.
How Do Sleeper Sofas Work?
It really depends on each individual sleeper sofa. We offer a wide range of styles and each one is a little bit different so that you can find one that's the perfect fit for you. For some, you simply lay down the back of the sofa to create a level surface, while others have several moving pieces that maneuver in order to convert to a comfy bed.
What Is the Difference Between a Sleeper Sofa and a Pull-out Sofa Bed?
A sleeper sofa is what we carry here at Modern Digs because it has a minimalist style and contemporary look to blend with your modern decor. Sleeper sofas sometimes have removable back cushions, but they don't typically have bed frames tucked into them. Instead, the bed consists of the same cushions that make up the sofa seat and back to keep it more streamlined.
A pull-out sofa bed typically has a skirted base to disguise the folded bed frame that is tucked inside. They usually have a more traditional style with back cushions that remain in place, and removable seat cushions so you can pull out the bed frame and unfold it into place.
Without further adieu...
Our Top Picks for the Best Sleeper Sofa
The Cassius Deluxe Sofa is a versatile sleeper that comes in a wide variety of fabrics and finishes to allow for a great deal of customization. With a more traditional style and reversible quilted cushions, the Cassius is a classic and comfortable option for any room in your home. The steel frame and 7-inch pocket spring mattress are easy to convert into a full size bed - simply pull the seat forward and fold the back down for a comfy night's sleep.
If you like the Cassius Quilt Deluxe Sofa but are in need of a bit more space, the Cassius Deluxe Excess Lounger converts into a queen size bed so it's just what you need. It's like a big brother to the Deluxe Sofa version, but with the same great styling. It works in the same way as well but does have a 10-inch pocket spring mattress to add to its luxurious feel.
The Cubed 02 Sofa, with its stylish tufting, is anything but square! It has a unique armless configuration that exposes the side profile of the sleeper to give it a modern, industrial feel. Plus, the Cubed 02 Sofa comes in two different sizes so you can choose between a full or queen size freon-free foam mattress for your guests. Simply pull the seat cushion out, unfold the concealed legs and then lay down the back cushion to complete the set-up.
If you like the Cubed 02 Sofa but would prefer a sleeper with more traditional styling, you might like the option with arms as an alternative. By concealing the side profile and adding the practicality of arms to the Cubed 02, this version is decidedly more customary and might be just what you're looking for. With a few choices of fabrics and a black steel powder-coated frame and legs, you certainly can't go wrong.
Classic mid-century modern style meets twenty-first century engineering to create a sleeper sofa that will fit your style and needs to a tee. With a simple forward pull of the backrest, the cushions easily fold down flat to create a comfy sleeping surface atop the built-in 7-inch pocket spring mattress. The split-back design allows for a single backrest to be laid down while the other remains in position to create a stylish chaise lounge. And with a powder-coated steel frame, the Splitback Deluxe will be as durable as it is versatile.
Do you love the Splitback Deluxe Sofa, but just wish it had arms to give it a more refined and finished style? A recent change to this classic sleeper style is the addition of simple and straightforward modern arms to make it the sleeper of your dreams. The folding mechanism of this sleeper works the same as the original click-clack design and still allows for a chaise option with only one backrest laid down flat. Form and function go hand in hand to give you a sleeper sofa that is not just practical, but nice to look at, too.
And for good measure, the Splitback Sofa comes in one more variation which has lacquered oak arms and legs that give it a distinctly Danish contemporary design. All of the things we love about the original Splitback Sofa, like the versatility, construction, style and comfort of the 7-inch pocket spring mattress, are still present so you can rest assured you'll love it just as much as the original, if not more.
The Oldschool Sofa is an updated version of the iconic Chesterfield sofa from centuries past. This throwback style in a modern and practical design will speak to your inner vintage-loving self. With the choice of the standard button-tufted vintage fabric or a custom fabric and retro or styletto legs, you can make this one-of-a-kind sleeper all your own. And to accommodate overnight guests, the mechanism works by pulling each portion of the backrest forward a bit to release it and lay down flat. If you're looking for something out of the norm or eclectic, this sleeper is the one for you.
A striking silhouette, the Long Horn Deluxe Excess Sofa is the perfect accompaniment to any modern decor. The signature T-shaped backrest is where this sofa gets its name since it mimics the characteristically long horns of the Texas Longhorn cattle. With a 10-inch pocket spring mattress that measures 55-inches wide (full size), you'll be able to host one or two of your closest out-of-town pals. Remove the pillows and pull the back forward a bit to release and lay it down flat, then just lift the back up into place when you're done. The back legs of the Long Horn Sofa have casters to make it easy to move around for the perfect configuration in any room in your home.
With the same great look as the Long Horn Deluxe Excess Lounger, this version with curved walnut-veneered arms will give you a more classic style that is both modern and chic. The click-clack folding mechanism works the same to lay flat and welcomes any and every guest you may have. The removable pillows add to the comfort of the Long Horn Sofa and make it easy to swap it from sofa to bed and back again.
If you like a button-up style, the Recast Sofa might be your perfect match. The button-tufted seat, back, and cushions give the Recast Sofa a refined and formal look, but don't let that fool you. Although this sleeper may look all business, it is comfy and perfect for lounging and binge-watching Netflix. The powder-coated matte black steel frame and dark wood legs give a base to the 7-inch pocket spring mattress. The Recast Sofa can be made into a full-size bed by removing the cushions, pulling the seat forward and laying the backrest down.
The Recast Plus Sofa takes the style quotient up a notch by adding shapely walnut veneer arms to give it a whole new look. This sleeper has a way of looking classic and stylish, but also fresh and current, too. And with all of the same great features as the Recast Sofa (without arms) like the 7-inch full size pocket spring mattress, go ahead and invite your closest friend for a weekend visit.
With a combination of removable quilted cushions and a button-tufted seat and backrest, the Supremax Quilt Deluxe is both modern and timeless. The functionality of this sofa is unmatched, as is the comfort of the 10-inch pocket spring mattress - just fold it down to make a full size bed! To convert the Supremax Quilt Deluxe Sofa into a bed, just remove the back cushions, pull the seat forward and lay the back down, and you or your guests will be ready for a restful night's sleep.
If you're wanting a sofa bed that's a bit more luxurious and offers a queen size mattress, then the Supremax Deluxe Excess Lounger is just the thing for you. With a button-tufted seat and backrest and comfy cushions all atop a powder-coated steel frame and sleek chrome legs, the Supremax Deluxe Excess Lounger marries form and function for the perfect union. This sleeper folds down the same as the Supremax Quilt Deluxe Sofa, but the 10-inch pocket spring queen size mattress gives you a bit more room for a more spacious sleeping experience.
The epitome of classy comfort, the Dublexo Deluxe Sofa is the answer to your sleeper needs. With a style that is enduring and chic, the Dublexo offers the flexibility to convert from a sofa to a chaise or bed to adapt to your particular needs. Simply fold the backrest forward to release the click-clack mechanism that allows for each half to lay down and enjoy the pillow-top style 9-inch dual mattress yourself... or invite your out-of-town family to enjoy your new digs. Enjoy personalizing the Dublexo Deluxe Sofa with your choice of fabrics and either chromed steel, dark walnut or light oak wooden legs.
If you prefer a sofa with arms for everyday use but love the functionality and look of the Dublexo Deluxe Sofa, you're in luck! The Dublexo Sofa with Arms is just the sofa for you and any other lucky guest that gets to enjoy it. The distinctive mid-century design of the Dublexo Sofa with Arms is perfect for someone looking for a sofa that doesn't look like a sleeper, but still wants all of the practicality of one.
The Zeal Deluxe Daybed is the perfect sleeper option for a small space, or as an accent piece in a bedroom or office. With a more delicate look than our other sleepers, the Zeal functions more like a chaise or lounger than a sofa. In fact, the backrest of the Zeal does not move at all, but each end of the 7-inch pocket spring mattress seat folds up or down to create a comfy resting place that is almost the size of a twin mattress. You can choose from several fabrics and dark walnut stained wood or lacquered oak legs. Just imagine propping up one side of the Zeal to just the right angle and plopping down for an afternoon nap. Sign us up!
The Frode Sofa is minimalism at its best, with a simple and streamlined look that is no fuss and all comfort. The absence of tufting and stitching on the Frode cushions, seat and backrest give it a unique look that is crisp and contemporary, especially when you include the dark walnut styletto legs. To switch it from sofa mode to a sleeper configuration, just pull out the seat and lay the back portion down and you'll have a full-size bed for you or your visitors. As an added bonus, the Frode Sofa has a built-in "bedding box" underneath the seat that is perfect for storing guest bedding.
The name of this next sleeper says it all; Grand. Deluxe. Excess. Sofa. You might wonder what all the fuss is about, so here it goes. Just looking at the Grand Deluxe Excess Sofa, you'll notice its oversized arms, eye-catching dark wood accents, and overall bold design. The 10-inch pocket spring mattress is plush and slightly wider than a standard queen size mattress to give you or your guests the ultimate sleeping experience. The included bentwood table complements the design and functionality of the sleeper and is further proof that the Grade Deluxe Excess Sofa lives up to its name. With several choices of fabric to choose from, you'll be able to find the one that fits your space and style perfectly.
If you want our pick for a great overall sleeper that looks and feels amazing and will fit most design styles, the Dual Sofa is it! You can check off the box for comfort with the plush 9-inch dual mattress with a "pillow top" to add extra cushioning for seating or sleeping. Convert the Dual Sofa to a full size bed by removing the back cushions, pulling the seat out and laying the backrest down. And with simple and smart tufting, a choice of neutral fabric colors and stainless steel or lacquered oak legs, the Dual Sofa delivers in the looks department as well.
To get the same desirable qualities of the Dual Sofa with stylish and sleek arms, we present to you the Dual Sofa with Arms. What we love about the Dual Sofa is still very much a part of this version and because of the options of stainless steel or lacquered oak legs, the style can range from modern and sleek, to a classy mid-century modern look. Have fun making the Dual Sofa with Arms just your style by choosing from the available fabric options or choose a custom fabric if you find one that speaks to you.
The seamless and streamlined silhouette of the Unfurl Sofa gives it an elegant style that you can incorporate into your modern home or office with ease. Because the Unfurl does not have removable cushions or tufted surfaces, it has a minimalist look that is simple and chic. The 7-inch pocket spring mattress and steel frame make this sleeper a sturdy piece that will be perfect for hosting guests for years to come. To convert the Unfurl into a bed, simply pull the backrest forward to release it and lay it down flat or into a reclined position. Let the Unfurl Sofa help you relax and unwind.
A recent addition to our sleeper sofas is the Unfurl Lounger Sofa. It offers more spacious seating and sleeping surfaces than the original Unfurl Sofa and even includes two back pillows for added comfort. You still get the same great style as the original Unfurl, but with a more luxurious feel. The Unfurl Lounger Sofa features high-end click-clack hinges and an interlocking seat and back to transform from a sofa to full size bed for family, friends or yourself. Design and durability go hand in hand to make this an exceptional sleeper for any space.
Maybe your preference is for a sleeper sofa with more traditional styling, something akin to a pull out sofa. If that's you, let us present our subdued take on classic: the Toke Sofa. Its unique slide-out design converts into a full size bed that is supported by matte black steel legs to offer a sturdy and clean look. With streamlined arms and an understated motif, the Toke will give you a minimalistic appeal, plus two 7-inch pocket spring mattresses to offer unmatched comfort and style. With an inviting design like this, you'll just need to figure out how to get your guests to leave!
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posted on 4/17/2018