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11 Best Sleeper Sofas to Keep Overnight Guests Comfortable

Make overnight guests feel right at home — even while sleeping in the living room.

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We updated this article in May 2022 to ensure top-tested and top-rated products selected by the Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab were in stock and reflect current pricing.


For when your in-laws come to town, your friend swings by for the night, or your kid wants to have a sleepover, a sleeper sofa can be the save-the-day piece of furniture for overnight guests. More expensive than a traditional sofa, sleeper sofas are worth the investment as they make your living room double as a guest room too instead of (or addition to) using an air mattress.

Sleeper sofas come in a wide variety of styles and shapes. The style that is best for you will depend on which will fit best in your space and your personal preferences. We recommend measuring your space to ensure that not only the sofa will fit perfectly, but will be able to fit through your door frames and into your home. Here are the most common types of sleeper sofas:

  • Pull-out couches have a real mattress stored inside. After removing the seating, you pull a handle to transform your sofa to an actual bed. These beds require more space than its counterparts below.
  • Sofa beds feature a sofa that folds down, creating a bed without an additional mattress or having to remove couch cushions. They are the most space efficient and convenient option.
  • Futons fold flat to make a bed, but lack sofa cushions altogether. They're great for small spaces that can't accommodate a full-sized pull-out couch.

    The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab, comprised of experts and engineers who test fabric, furniture and textiles every day, rounded up the best online sleeper sofas according to categorical expertise, reputable user reviews and responses from our panel of consumer testers. When we tested couches, we tallied over 93,000 data points collected from more than 3,450 people on our tester panel to narrow down the sleeper picks that people actually swear by.

    Our top picks

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    Best Overall Sleeper Sofa
    Grattan 81.1" Velvet Square Arm Sleeper
    Mercer41
    Mercer41

    • Easily converts from couch to sleeper
    • Twin-size sleeper
    • Budget-friendly and on-trend

    With dozens from our panel loving the easy and seamless ordering process, Wayfair features a wide variety of options at a range of price points to find your perfect piece. This sleeper sofa features a back that will recline to a flat position, creating a comfy sleeping spot without the hassle of a pull-out mechanism.

    The luxe polyester velvet fabric is available in neutrals and bolder shades. Note that because of the sleeper design, it must be placed about 6 inches away from the wall.

    Best Pull-Out Sleeper Sofa
    Bladen Full Sofa Sleeper
    Ashley Furniture
    Ashley Furniture

    • Affordable
    • Leather appearance
    • Full-sized mattress
    • Queen-sized mattress

    Over 500 of our panelists purchased their sofas from Ashley HomeStores, giving rave reviews for both style and comfort. The Bladen Sofa Sleeper is a pull-out couch with a full mattress inside. Online reviewers rave how comfy the sofa and bed are to lounge on; they also love the affordable price, as it's made from polyester with a leather appearance. Plus, this piece will arrive in as little as 1-2 weeks.

    Best Sleeper Sofa for Apartments
    FRIHETEN Sleeper Sectional
    Ikea
    Ikea

    • Storage in the chaise
    • Reversible sectional
    • Budget-friendly

    In small spaces, space-saving pieces make all the difference. This sleeper sectional from Ikea features storage in the chaise: Perfect for holding pillows, blankets and sheets. The sofa converts to a bed by removing the back cushions and pulling out the under-frame. Like all Ikea furniture, you have to assemble this sofa at home, but you can then customize this piece by deciding which side to place the chaise — this can be switched at any time.

    Best Sleeper Sofa-In-A-Box
    Nomad Sleeper
    Burrow
    Burrow

    • Easy assembly and delivery
    • Sleep kit and bedding included
    • Twin-sized mattress

    Coordinating a delivery time can be annoying with your work and personal schedules, so this sofa from Burrow is delivered by mail in three boxes for you to assemble at home. Online reviewers found set-up to be much easier than expected and loved how comfy the olefin fabric was on the sofa.

    To convert this sofa to a bed, it comes with a sleep kit that includes a memory foam mattress, custom sheet set, quilted blanket, a pillow and eye mask. This set converts your sofa to a comfy twin bed with every needed accessory: No more lending your favorite blankets and sheets to your guests!

    Best Daybed Sleeper Sofa
    Luna Upholstered Daybed Sleeper
    Potterybarn
    Pottery Barn

    • Bench design with sleeper functionality
    • Full-sized mattress
    • High quality feel and look

    A great solution for a space where a sofa would be too big, daybeds are the perfect spot to read a book, use as a bench, or lounge and relax. The Luna Upholstered Daybed Sleeper from Pottery Barn features a trundle that’ll pull out to convert the daybed into a full mattress.

    Available in a range of shades, Pottery Barn will send you free swatches so you find your dream color without the commitment. Our panel found Pottery Barn's ordering process and furniture set up to be super easy. Plus, they gave high marks for comfort, durability, fabric feel and stylish color options.

    Best Sectional Sleeper Sofa
    Sloan Sleeper
    Interior Define
    Sloan

    • Roomy sectional design
    • Customizable fabric, cushion and wood options
    • Seamless delivery

    If you love being able to stretch out on a sectional style sofa, but also want the option of a pull-out bed, this sectional sleeper from Interior Define checks every box. Interior Define lets you customize the sofa completely with tons of different fabric options (they’ll even send you free swatches to check it out yourself before ordering). You can also specify the legs material, chaise length, seat cushion type and fill. Reviewers were blown away by the fabric selection and appreciated the seamless delivery.

    Best Rolled Arms Sleeper Sofa
    Centerton 89'' Rolled Arm Sofa Bed
    Centerton
    Birch Lane

    • Wood frame
    • Over 50 shade options
    • Comfortable bed feel

    Made with a sturdy wood frame and features rolled arms, this sleeper sofa has a classic look with a hidden pull-out Queen size mattress. It's available in over 50 different shades with the option to receive free samples before choosing a fabric. Reviewers were impressed by this sofa with one saying she's "surprised of how comfortable the bed was, as sleeper sofas are usually not this comfortable."

    Best Twin-Sized Sleeper Sofa
    Eliot Twin Sleeper
    Joybird
    Joybird

    • Customizable fabric and wood
    • Oversized loveseat
    • Generous return policy

    Sleeper sofas for small spaces are hard to find, but this sofa from Joybird is a pull-out couch with a twin bed. Reviewers love this sofa in home offices, nurseries and small apartments. Joybird offers free return shipping if returned after 14 days from delivery but will accept returns for 365 days (you just have to pay the shipping).

    You can customize the exact fabric color and the wood stain. Note that some people from our panel said it took longer to arrive than they anticipated. If you love the look of the Eliot Twin Sleeper, check out the entire Eliot collection at Joybird.

    Best Futon Sleeper Sofa
    Emily Futon Sofa Bed
    amazon.com
    DHP

    • Convertible futon design
    • Quick conversion from sofa to bed
    • Budget-friendly

    Futons are perfect for people who move frequently or are looking for a more affordable sleeper: They're a great value and easy to transport. This pick from DHP on Amazon is an upgraded futon style with tufted fabric for a more high end look. Available as a convertible futon, there's an arm rest option for a more sofa-like appearance. With thousands of 5-star reviews, reviewers love this affordable sleeper sofa for being easy to set up and use. There are matching loungers, chairs and ottomans (with hidden storage!) available for a full set.

    Best Trundle Sleeper Sofa
    Bedford Queen Trundle Sleeper Sofa
    Crate & Barrel
    Crate and Barrel

    • Hundreds of customization options
    • Easy to pull out trundle design
    • Excellent feedback from our tester panel

    This sofa bed from Crate and Barrel has a trundle that pops up to create a full bed for your guests to sleep on with high-density cushions for a comfortable sleep. It’s easier to maneuver than a traditional pull-out couch and this style offers total customization with hundreds of color options and multiple fabric types to choose from – you can even customize the wood stain. Our panel loved ordering from Crate & Barrel and also gave high scores for comfort, style and durability.

    Most Popular Sleeper Sofa on Amazon
    Brittany Sleeper Sofa with Memory Foam Mattress
    Novogratz
    Novogratz

    • Queen size memory foam mattress
    • Soft outer fabric
    • Easy self assembly

    • Stiff cushions

    With over 6,000 rave reviews on Amazon, this affordable pull-out sleeper sofa from Novogratz is an Amazon best-seller. Reviewers especially like that it's super easy to assemble yourself, with many saying it took under an hour. With stiffer cushions, some reviewers wish it was more plush while others love the firm support. Available in a variety of trendy shades, it has an included Queen size memory foam mattress too — all for under $1,000!

    What to look for when shopping for sleeper sofas
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    When looking for a comfortable sleeper sofa, you need to look for two things: The upholstery and the mattress.

    ✔️ For sofa beds and futons, the cushions will be used as a mattress, so it's key that you like their feel and fabric. Typically, the seat cushions are filled with foam that is wrapped in either down or polyester fibers for both support and comfort. Although it's more expensive than polyester, down filling gives a more plush feel.

    ✔️ In pull-out couches, the mattress is typically made of foam without springs so it's easier to compress into the sofa when not in use.

    Where is the best place to buy sleeper sofas online?
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    Online furniture brands are making it easier than ever to make big purchases online because of the ease of setup and more lenient return policies. Before even ordering, some companies will send you fabric swatches free of charge to ensure you love the shade and feel of the fabric before purchasing. You can always reach out to the company to ensure the delivery will be as seamless as possible.When ordering sofas, expect wait times for delivery ranging from 1-10 weeks. To ensure you have your sofa when you need it, confirm with the company on scheduling farther out in advance – especially if you are ordering with custom fabric!

    How to make a sleeper sofa more comfortable
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    Keep in mind that if you love the look of the sofa but end up not loving the mattress, you can purchase a new sofa mattress – just make sure it's the correct size. To make your sleeper sofa even cozier, we love to add throw pillows and a soft blanket for both a stylish look and an extra comfy feel.

    Why trust Good Housekeeping?
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    Emma Seymour is a senior textiles product analyst at the Good Housekeeping Institute. She’s been at Good Housekeeping for more than three years, overseeing in-Lab and consumer tests for luggage, tampons, pillows, sheets, period underwear and more. With a degree in fiber science and apparel design from Cornell University, she has extensive research experience, particularly focused on athletic wear. As a lifetime sewer with previous product-development experience, she has a strong fashion background with expertise on proper fit and construction. She continues to expand her knowledge with additional coursework on sustainable manufacturing and new textile testing methodologies.

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