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? We get it! The sleeper sofa of your childhood was uncomfortable and pancake thin. Supposedly 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. But 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 perfect modern sleeper sofa!
We've selected our #faves to get you started in your search for an updated modern sleeper.
- Cubed 02 - the best "pull out sofa"
- Unfurl Sofa - a classsic Danish sofa bed
- Cassius Quilt Deluxe Sofa - our favorite modern sleeper sofa
- Grand Deluxe - our most comfortable sleeper sofa
- Long Horn Deluxe - a stunning sleeper on wheels
- Cassius Deluxe Excess Lounger - the perfect modern Queen sleeper sofa
- Osvald - our newest Queen Sofa Bed
- Supremax - an armless design you'll love
- Cubed 02 with Arms - a favorite style plus arms!
- Unfurl Lounger - Danish lines, full size sleeper
- Zeal Deluxe Daybed - the perfect accent piece for small spaces
- Dublexo Deluxe Sofa - a bold splitback design
- Dublexo with Arms - same design, plus comfy arms
- Dublexo Eik Sofa - the best mid Century sleeper sofa
- Long Horn with Arms - the Long Horn design plus Walnut arms
- Recast Sofa - a stunning tufted fold out sofa
- Recast Plus - same tufting, plus Walnut arms
- Frode Sofa - a stylishly simple sofa bed
- Ran Deluxe - the best modern sleeper sofa
- Filuca - a unique contemporary sleeper sofa design
- Dublexo Frej - classic splitback with stunning wooden arms
- Tripi - like the Osvald... with arms for versatility
- Frode with Arms - with upholstered or Walnut arms
- Aslak - an ingenious take on the "click clack" design
Click here to shop all of our favorite modern sleeper sofas, or read on and we'll cover 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. Pair it with a modern TV stand, a few modern accent chairs, and you've got the perfect living-room-guest-room hybrid!
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's 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 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.
Why Are Our Sleepers the Best?
We allude to a bit above, but the designs below all feature cozy innerspring mattresses designed for comfort. Although memory foam mattresses have come a long way in recent years, they don't fold into most sofa well. In short, we question any design that requires the mattress to fold.
To create truly comfortable sofa beds, you can't compromise on the mattress.
Whether you go with a 7-inch mattress design like you'll see on our Dublexo Deluxe Sofa, or you choose the plush 10-inch mattress on our most comfortable styles (like Grand and Ran), you're ensured a legit mattress... for sleeping comfortably! Rather than folding a mattress and creating uncomfortable bumps, seams and joints, our designs break them into segments to create stunning sleep sofas.
Without further adieu...
Our Top Picks for the Best Modern Sleeper Sofa
Cubed 02 Sofa
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. Choose the steel legs if you want a modern pull out sofa bed, or go with the dark wood legs for a more classic look. Plus, the Cubed 02 Sofa Bed is available in two different sizes so you can choose between a full or queen size sofa bed.
Regardless, Cubed boasts a 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.
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. Choose a bright colored Unfurl, and it pairs perfectly with a white coffee table! Oh yeah... It's also a very affordable sleeper sofa!
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.
Cassius Quilt Deluxe 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. A more traditional style sofa bed with reversible quilted cushions, the Cassius is a classic and comfortable option for any room in your home. It's also probably the most beautiful full size sofa bed you can find!
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.
Grand Deluxe Excess Sofa
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 arm 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.
Long Horn Deluxe Excess Sofa
A striking silhouette, the Long Horn Deluxe Excess Sofa is the perfect accompaniment to any modern decor. Oh, and it's one of the most comfortable sofa bed designs we offer! 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.
Cassius Deluxe Excess Lounger
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 sofa 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.
Osvald Sleek Sofa
A mirror image to the Tripi Sleek Sofa but without the arms, our Osvald Sleek Sofa has the same fabulous functionality and practical storage. It might be the queen size sofa bed. As if the convertible seating and sleeping feature wasn't enough, our Osvald Sleek Sofa goes one step further by including a hidden storage space tucked neatly under the surface.
Use the space as you wish, but we'd recommend it to store the bedding used for guests sleeping on your sofa bed and any other pillows, cushions or blankets that need a home. Perfect for a small space or home office that converts to a guest room for visiting family or friends, Osvald's queen size bed that measures 59"w 79"d 17"h is just what you need. Pair it with the Cornila Puff to complete your space!
Supremax Deluxe Excess Lounger
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. It's sort of the embodiment of the phrase sleeper couch.
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.
Cubed 02 Sofa with Arms
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.
Unfurl Lounger Sofa
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. To put it plainly, it has quickly become our most popular full size sleeper sofa.
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.
Zeal Deluxe Daybed
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!
Dublexo Deluxe Sofa
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, or "styletto" dark walnut legs.
Dublexo Sofa with Arms
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 sofa bed 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 having the best modern sofa bed.
Dublexo Eik Sofa
We're not sure what we like best about our Dublexo Eik Sofa. It could be the functionality and versatility of its design. Or perhaps its the clean Danish modern styling that gives us all the feels. Luckily, we don't have to pick only one feature to appreciate since the Dublexo Eik Sofa has it all. It's one of our favorite mid century modern sleeper sofa designs in many years!
A split backrest with multi-level adjustable recline allows for a comfy seat at anytime by simply adjusting the angle. Or change it up entirely by reclining the backrests completely to convert the sofa into a sleeping surface that measures 83-inches wide, 45-inches deep and 16-inches high, giving you a quick solution for unexpected house guests. Available in four colors (or a custom color of your choosing) and with the choice of black or oak lacquered legs, you can create the sleeper of your dreams.
Long Horn Sofa with Arms
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.
Recast Plus Sofa
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.
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.
Ran Deluxe Excess Lounger
Our Ran Deluxe Excess Sleeper is an all around gem of a sofa bed! What makes this sleeper special is that upon full extension, the measures 79-inches wide, 59-inches deep and 16-inches high, which is equivalent to a queen size bed. That alone makes the Ran Deluxe a worthy contender, but add to that the classically styled arms and legs in a smooth walnut veneer that give it an undeniably minimalist design. Available in your choice of light grey, natural, blue and taupe or an assortment of custom colors and fabrics, so you can customize it to fit your needs.
Filuca Sofa Bed
We're big fans of the Filuca Sofa Bed and upon further investigation, it's not hard to see why. Let's begin with the unique rounded silhouette, geometric seam detailing and sophisticated matte black steel leggs with brass accents. By appearance alone we're sold, but then when you add in Filuca's versatility, we can't imagine life without her. Filuca can be configured as a traditional sofa, a convenient sofa and daybed, a luxurious lounger, two single beds or a double bed (measuring 79"w 63"d 16"h). Now that's impressive and proves that our Filuca Sofa Bed is more than just good looks!
Dublexo Frej Sofa
With all of the benefits of our Dublexo Deluxe, the Dublexo Frej Sofa goes the extra mile with the addition of handsome Oak arms that give it and extra touch of Danish design. A plush pillow-top surface with cushy pocket springs make the entire Dublexo line one of our comfiest picks for your home, and the best click clack sofa bed you can find!
The split back with multi-level adjustable recline only adds to the comfort factor and is what allows the backrest to lay flat, converting seating space into a sleeping surface that measures 83-inches wide, 45-inches deep and 16-inches high. Now the only problem may be getting your guests to leave after they've enjoyed the Dublexo Frej Sofa!
Tripi Sleek Sofa
A triple threat, our Tripi Sleek Sofa is more than just classic Scandinavian design done right, it also provides a comfy seating space, spacious sleeping surface and a built-in bedding box beneath the seat. This bonus feature is the perfect place to stash sheets, blankets and pillows for your guests without taking up precious closet or drawer space. Add in the optional ottoman (Cornila Puff) and you get even more storage space, plus a place to lounge comfortably after a long day. Lay the Tripi Sleek Sofa down for a bed that measures 87-inches wide by 60-inches deep and sits at 17-inches high.
Frode Sofa with Arms
Like the look and features of the Frode Sofa, but prefer a sleeper sofa with arms? Our Frode Sofa with Arms provides the appeal of the Frode Sofa with its sumptuously stuffed cushions and dual layer of comfort foam, both of which give it just the right amount of support to make it perfect for seating and sleeping. And as for style, our Frode Sofa with Arms has loads of it. Select between stately upholstered or curvaceous walnut arms that allow you the choose the look that fits perfectly within your space. When fully extended, Frode's bed measures 84-inches wide by 55-inches deep and sits at 18-inches high.
Aslak Sofa Bed
From the solid oak wood legs to the seamless seat and back, our Aslak Sofa Bed is an all-in-one design that is the offers the ultimate Scandinavian vibe. A sofa by day and bed (measuring 79"w 55"d 15"h) by night, Aslak can also be converted into a lounger for everything in between. Aslak's Scandi-inspiration and materials make it an ideal mid century modern sofa bed.
Simply extend two-position backrest down to a flat position and raise the four-step head elevation to the desired position for relaxing, reading a magazine or working from home on your laptop. Our Aslak Sofa Bed is the perfect blend of practicality, a luxury sleeper sofa giving you a little piece of heaven in your own home. It's easily our most comfortable click clack sofa bed.
Shop our complete collection to find the very best sleeper sofa for your home!
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- Originally published 4/16/2018. Revised with new products
posted on 1/1/2020