Maximize your sofa’s functionality and make it an extra-comfy place to lay back and relax with a sleeper sofa. These transformable couches go from seating space to a full bed in mere minutes, turning any room into a spare bedroom or a comfy spot to snooze.
When you choose a sleeper sofa, you’re getting a dual-use piece of furniture, but it’s still a sofa first. "Although sometimes a sleeper, the primary use of these pieces is typically still seating, so comfort is a must," says Michelle Castagna, president of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA), Florida Chapter. Ideally, you want your sofa to be as comfortable while you're watching TV as when you're spending a night on its mattress—and when it comes to the mattress, you'll want to look for air-over-coil engineering for a combination of comfort and support.
As for the sofa frame itself, ease of use is key. "[It] should be made of kiln-dried hardwoods or furniture-grade plywood," says Castagna, which can make it easier to lift up and out. Smooth edges, a locking mechanism, and maneuverability are also signs of a quality sleeper sofa, and they are all factors that we considered when researching and testing different picks on the market.
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Pottery Barn Cameron Roll Arm Slipcovered Sleeper Sofa
Dozens of upholstery options
Firmer, polyester-wrapped cushions
Cooling gel-infused memory foam mattress
Easy-to-clean removable slipcover
Lengthy shipping time frame
Plush couch cushions and a memory foam mattress come together in Pottery Barn’s Cameron Sleeper Sofa, offering a blend of comfort and support that makes it our top pick. Available in two sizes, this made-in-America couch offers a cozy place to relax, thanks to its polyester-wrapped cushions, which are firm and don’t require any plumping—even with rough-and-tumble daily use. After five months of sleepovers, movie nights, and more, we found that the sofa maintained its overall quality and comfort.
With mortise-and-tenon joinery, the corner-blocked frame is strong and durable, meant to last for years to come. When it’s time to pull out the queen-sized mattress, it’s a smooth effort: the pull-out mechanism is designed for heavy use, and a double-locking headrest and fall-away crossbar allow for customized adjustments for all-night comfort. A five-inch memory foam mattress infused with cooling gel gives you a supportive and heat-wicking sleep surface. And when it comes to comfort, you won't have to worry: our at-home tester's husband, who usually suffers from back pain, slept on it for 10 nights while sick and reported no issues at all.
You can choose from dozens of different upholstery fabrics in varying shades. No matter the color or material, this sleeper sofa comes with a slipcover that’s easy to pull off when it’s time for a cleaning. While it is an expensive investment—and takes some time to ship—you can expect this dual-use couch to last.
Price at time of publish: $2,599 for 2 Seat Twill, White
Dimensions: 74 x 35 x 38 inches | Weight: 290 pounds | Seating Capacity: 2-3 seats | Mattress Size: Queen | Mattress Type: Foam and gel-infused memory foam
West Elm Harmony Modular 2-Piece Sleeper Sectional With Storage Chaise
Plush, comfortable feel
Unreliable White Glove delivery service
Too many pillows for some
Mattress could be comfier
The West Elm Harmony Modular Sleeper Sectional brings together the roomy seating space of a classic, mid-century modern sectional and all the perks of a sleeper sofa into one living room-worthy piece. There’s enough room on this sofa for three or four people to relax comfortably atop the well-stuffed cushions filled with high-density foam. The chaise arm, which can be configured to either the left or right side of the couch, offers extra space to stretch out. Under its cushion is a storage spot for essentials like blankets and throw pillows.
After months of testing, the star feature of this sectional was just how sturdy and easy to convert it is. Both our tester and her husband were able to convert the sofa into a bed in less than a minute, with minimal strength or finesse required. While it won't compare to the comfort of your actual bed, the mattress itself should be comfortable enough for a night or two of sleeping; our tester noted that she was able to feel the bars of the frame underneath, which might bother more sensitive sleepers. However, all things considered, this is a reliable option that works great for those who are mainly planning on using it as a sofa (most sleeper sofa owners, anyway).
Price at time of publish: $2,299
Dimensions: 105 x 64 x 31.5 inches | Weight: 294 lbs | Seating Capacity: 3 seats | Mattress Size: Full | Mattress Type: Memory foam
Lark Manor Rasberry 81'' Upholstered Sleeper Sofa
Multiple color choices
Buttery-soft top grain leather
Sturdy mattress supports
Cushion edges and couch seams don't line up
Crafted from genuine top-grain leather, this Lark Manor Raspberry Rolled Arm Sofa Bed is truly as luxurious as it seems. It’s both sumptuous and versatile, thanks to its ability to convert into a queen-size bed with an easy-to-use pull-out mechanism. Classic in its style and available in a range of 13 different shades of leather, it’ll look like a standout no matter where it’s placed.
In our home testing, this sofa impressed immediately upon arrival. With supple softness, it’s comfortable to sink into when you sit on its leather-covered foam cushions. We loved the buttery feel of the leather, which felt wonderful against the skin. The sofa is sizable, but not large enough to overpower a smaller room. And its lower 33-inch back allows it to take up less real estate.
When you’re ready to convert this leather couch into a sleeping space, you’ll be supported by a metal frame with springs. The mattress offers enough room for two adults, though its weight limit is somewhat low at just 350 pounds. It’s got plenty of space, but the mattress is thinner; it stands just 5.5 inches high, which means some sleepers may want the added cushioning of a topper. While it doesn’t compare to a standard 9- to 12-inch mattress, our tester still slept reasonably well on it.
While getting the couch converted is relatively simple, moving the mattress once it’s out can be tricky, as the mattress is surprisingly heavy. One small detail we didn’t love about the sofa itself appears in its cushions. The edges don’t perfectly line up with the seams along the back of the couch. It’s a minor design flaw, but guests likely won’t notice.
Price at time of publish: $3,116
Dimensions: 81 x 33 x 35 inches | Weight: 223 pounds | Seating Capacity: 3 seats | Mattress Size: Queen | Mattress Type: Innerspring
Best for Small Spaces
Room & Board Bruno Convertible Sleeper Sofa
Easy to convert
Comfortable and supportive
Doesn't have a traditional mattress
Limited fabric options
If you’re working with a smaller room or limited space, the Room&Board Bruno Convertible Sleeper Sofa will fit almost anywhere. With enough seating for two and a compact design that takes up just 79 inches of space, this couch can convert into a full-sized bed in no time. With a clean design available in three neutral color options, this is a sofa that can suit just about any interior design style.
Constructed with a solid wood frame, this convertible sofa can support up to 400 pounds whether you’re sitting or sleeping. It’s built with versatility in mind, from the streamlined silhouette to the interior storage space. We found converting it into a bed to be relatively easy, but our tester was most impressed with its durability—crucial for households with kids or pets. Any pet hair has lifted easily with a hand vac.
Though the sofa is small, it doesn’t skimp on comfort. The couch cushions feature coils encased in dense, high-resiliency foam, keeping you supported while resting and lounging. Just note that the bed has a firmer feel, so you may want to add a topper if you or your guests prefer a softer, more cushioned feel. And because there aren't any armrests, we recommend positioning it against a wall to mimic that headboard feel.
Price at time of publish: $2,699 ($2,999 with mattress topper)
Dimensions: 79 x 42 x 28 inches︱Weight: 212 pounds︱Seating Capacity: 3︱Mattress Size: Queen | Mattress Type: Foam
Mopio Chloe Convertible Sleeper Sofa
Sleek mid-century design
Multiple color choices
Easy to assemble
Very firm sleeping surfaces
Short for tall sleepers
The Mopio Convertible Sleeper Sofa will enhance your space, giving you a versatile piece of furniture that shifts into a compact sleeping spot in seconds, all without breaking the bank. Affordably priced and simple in its mid-century modern design, it’s a futon-style sleeper that folds flat and offers enough room to seat three people comfortably. With eight fabric shades to choose from, you’ll love the sleek chevron stitching and wooden legs paired with 100 percent polyester fabric that feels like microfiber.
While this sleeper sofa doesn’t offer a traditional mattress, its futon-like design makes it easy to shift into a bed. A split back fold-down backrest lays flat to create a firm “bed” anywhere. When you’re using it as a couch, you can angle and adjust that backrest to your liking for a customized level of comfort, too. Levelers are included for the legs to keep the sofa stable. Setup is a breeze, with reviewers reporting that it takes just a few minutes.
Keep in mind that this convertible sofa does run a bit small: when folded flat, it falls between a twin and full mattress in its size, running slightly short for taller sleepers. The foam material is on the firmer side, which might not be preferable for side sleepers.
Price at time of publish: $369
Dimensions: 77.56 x 33 x 28.3 inches | Weight: 93.92 pounds | Seating Capacity: 3 seats | Mattress Size: Futon | Mattress Type: Foam
Crate & Barrel Fuller 2-Piece Sleeper Sectional with Storage Chaise
Easy-to-use gas-lift mechanism
Supports up to 600 pounds
Durable kiln-dried hardwood and pine frame
Includes storage chaise
Designed with both versatility and comfort in mind, the Crate & Barrel Fuller Sleeper Sectional is a luxurious pick that we think is worth the splurge. This plush couch looks like a classic sectional sofa, with a lounge-worthy chaise (which hides extra storage space!) and generously plump seat and back cushions. Underneath those cushions, however, is a comfort-forward mattress that pulls out with ease, thanks to a smooth-operating gas-lift mechanism that's free of bars, springs, and tricky hinges.
Sized to accommodate two sleepers, this sofa converts into a roomy bed with a mattress made from high-density, high-resiliency foam. Along the top, a 1-inch ThermaGel layer works to keep you cool and wick away heat while offering solid back support. Whether used as a couch or a bed, this convertible sofa’s highly durable frame made of kiln-dried engineered hardwood and pine won’t warp or sag. The high-density foam and polyfoam cushions can also withstand plenty of wear.
Your typical queen-size sheets won’t perfectly fit the mattress inside this sleeper sofa. Because of its unique 68 x 80-inch sizing, the mattress will require special sheets. It’s a pricey investment piece, but it’s one that offers a whole lot of versatility, from convenient in-couch storage to a quick-converting pull-out mechanism.
Price at time of publish: $7,998
Dimensions: 110 x 68 x 36 inches | Weight: Not listed | Seating Capacity: 4 seats | Mattress Size: Extra-long queen | Mattress Type: High-density foam and ThermaGel
Best Memory Foam
Raymour & Flanigan Charlotte Queen Memory Foam Sleeper
Reversible wrapped foam cushions
Supportive memory foam mattress
Traditional, classic design
Low rolled arms
Cushions soften quickly
Only available in one color and fabric
Inside Raymour & Flanigan’s Charlotte Queen Sleeper, you’ll get the supportive, body-conforming comfort of sleeping on a memory foam mattress—and it’s a cozy couch to lounge on, too. This classic couch with rolled arms is a sleeper sofa that can match most interior aesthetics, thanks to its versatile beige upholstery and easy-to-care-for polyester blend material. The reversible and refillable cushions are stuffed firm with Dacron-wrapped foam, and you’ll enjoy the support of a sinuous coil spring system in the seat.
Perhaps the most exciting detail, though, is the queen-size memory foam mattress sitting underneath the sleeper’s cushions. It’s thinner than a standard memory foam mattress, but this pull-out version still offers body-hugging comfort and comfort for sleepers in any position, with decent pressure relief.
While the cushions on this sleeper sofa are nicely firm and supportive upon arrival, they do tend to break in quickly and soften. Within the first year, you may find that they’ve softened significantly. If you’re searching for a custom color or fabric option, your choices are limited here; this sofa only comes in one upholstery color and type.
Price at time of publish: $1,995
Dimensions: 81 x 40 x 39 inches | Weight: Not listed | Seating Capacity: 3 seats | Mattress Size: Queen | Mattress Type: Memory foam
Rove Concepts Bristol Sleeper Futon
Comfortable for sitting and sleeping
Lots of shades to choose from
Some issues with the pullout bed not laying flat
Longer wait times for custom selections
If you don’t need a full-sized sofa, but you’d love a versatile piece of furniture, the Rove Concepts Bristol Sleeper Futon will fit the bill. It’s nothing like the futons you remember from college; instead, it’s stylish, modern, and aesthetically pleasing in a variety of colorful shades and upholstery types. It’s still incredibly easy to convert from a sitting space to a full-size bed whenever needed.
In addition to its stylish appearance, this sleeper is also well-built. The kiln-dried hardwood frame is constructed with reinforced corner blocks and dowelled joints, whose lock-in-place mechanism makes the futon extra sturdy. The foam-filled cushions have a medium firmness to suit a variety of preferences.
Because this piece is a true futon and not a full sleeper sofa, keep in mind that it doesn’t offer an actual mattress. Instead, the back folds down to create a flat sleeping surface. You’ll definitely want to cover the futon with sheets, and perhaps even a mattress pad, to protect the upholstery each time it’s used for sleep.
Price at time of publish: Starting at $2,570
Dimensions: 80 x 39.5 x 33 inches | Weight: Not listed | Seating Capacity: 3 seats | Mattress Size: Twin | Mattress Type: Innerspring
Joybird Brooks Twin Sleeper Sofa
A number of fabrics and shades to choose from
On the pricier side
Potentially long waiting period
Those who are tight on space but still have guests to host will appreciate the über-compact Joybird Brooks Twin Sleeper Sofa, which is just over 50 inches wide but still manages to sleep one and sit up to two. Unlike a futon, this option pulls out to reveal an actual mattress and has a sleek and refined look that will make a seamless addition to your living room, office, or guest bedroom.
This sleeper is available in nearly 20 fabric options, ranging from pet-friendly performance fabrics to plush velvet and chenille. Both the cushions and mattress are made with high-density foam, which will feel firm at first but soften over time. The frame itself is composed of engineered wood that's been reinforced with corner backing and kiln-dried wood spring rails, adding extra sturdiness and protection against warping. Reviewers boast about the compact yet cozy feel of this sofa, with one person saying that it allowed him to truly maximize his space without sacrificing style or comfort. Just note that the waiting period might be on the longer side, depending on your fabric selections and where you're located.
Price at time of publish: Starting at $2,399
Dimensions: 51 x 36 x 36 inches | Weight: Not listed | Seating Capacity: 2 seats | Mattress Size: Twin | Mattress Type: Foam
Lark Manor Lourenco 77” Upholstered Sleeper Sofa
Solid, engineered wood frame
Numerous upholstery fabric and color choices
Includes throw pillows
No assembly required
Slightly shorter than a traditional queen mattress
Mechanism can be sticky on first uses
The Lark Manor Lourenco Upholstered Sleeper Sofa is a reasonably-priced staple piece with plenty of perks. Not only does it boast a queen-size mattress inside its frame, but this convertible couch is also made to order, includes matching throw pillows, and is made in the USA. Of course, its clean lines and classic silhouette make it a seamless style fit in living rooms, guest bedrooms, and other spaces.
Covered in a polyester blend fabric, this sleeper sofa is made cozy thanks to a supportive solid engineered wood frame and foam-filled cushions (which, as an added perk, are reversible for a longer lifespan). Under the seat, sinuous springs offer support for up to 500 pounds of weight. When you’re ready to convert the couch into a bed, you’ll rest atop an innerspring mattress that stands 6 inches high for a bit of extra support. With enough room for two sleepers, it’s plenty of space to welcome guests—expected or not!
While this sleeper promises to unfurl a queen-size mattress, it does run a little short. At 72 inches long when extended, it’s about eight inches shorter. This means true queen sheets will run large, and taller sleepers may not have enough length. It’s also worth noting that reviewers mention the pull-out mechanism can be sticky at first. After a few uses, it should loosen up, but it does require strength initially.
Price at time of publish: $1,802
Dimensions: 77 x 34 x 37 inches | Weight: 180 pounds | Seating Capacity: 2 seats | Mattress Size: Queen | Mattress Type: Innerspring
Raymour & Flanigan Harris King Sleeper Sofa
Supportive gel mattress
Lasting cushion shape retention
Smooth, quick pull-out mechanism
Reinforced hardwood and pine frame
If you’re in need of extra sleeping space, the Raymour & Flanigan Harris King Sleeper goes big, providing a king-size mattress without requiring an entirely separate bedroom. Compactly packaged inside a classic sofa, you’ll save space and have all of the convenience of a roomy bed for guests, or even yourself!
With seating for up to three people, this dual-purpose sofa features 100 percent polyester upholstery and rotatable zippered cushions stuffed with Dacron-wrapped foam cores. A durable hardwood and pine frame with reinforced joints can support up to 500 pounds. To pull out the king mattress inside, the smooth-gliding mechanism works quickly and with ease, making it a breeze to maneuver. The mattress itself offers a comfortable, supportive night’s sleep, thanks to its gel construction, which relieves pressure while cradling the body.
Though the weight isn’t specified for this king sleeper sofa, reviews note that it’s very heavy; you won’t want to try to move it around on your own. As a larger sofa—one with a larger internal mattress and more framing—it’s also more expensive than other options on this list.
Price at time of publish: $5,680
Dimensions: 86 x 37 x 39 inches | Weight: Not listed | Seating Capacity: 3 seats | Mattress Size: King | Mattress Type: Gel
CB2 Flex Gravel Sleeper Sofa
Adjusts into three different positions
Durable 100 percent polyester fabric
Durable powder-coated metal frame
Very firm sleeping surface
Not a perfect fit for standard sheets
Customize your couch’s comfort level—and angle—with CB2’s Flex Gravel Sleeper Sofa, a three-position adjustable piece. Sleek and modern, it’s a sofa that’ll fit right into your living room, spare bedroom, office, or anywhere else. Thanks to its smaller size, it’s a stylish addition for those with limited space. With just a quick adjustment, this lounge-ready couch can lay flat and turn into a comfy sleeping spot. And thanks to its adjustable nature, it can also lean back for reading, watching TV, or simply getting a touch more comfortable while relaxing.
This sleeper sofa adjusts to three positions: upright, angled-back at 45 degrees, or flat. Underneath its tufted poly fabric in dark gray is a real mattress, one with pocketed coil innersprings and high-density foam. There’s enough room for two to sleep comfortably. Supporting the sleeper is a powder-coated hand-welded metal and mesh frame with a polished chrome base.
When you’re ready to hit the hay and lay this sleeper sofa down flat, it offers up a pretty firm surface. If you’re in need of more cushioning, you may want to add a mattress topper to soften it up. Getting sheets onto this convertible sofa is a bit tricky. Queen sheets offer the closest match, but the unique 49 x 80 inch sizing makes for an imperfect fit.
Price at time of publish: $1,499
Dimensions: 80 x 37.5 x 33.5 inches | Weight: Not listed | Seating Capacity: 3 seats | Mattress Size: Futon | Mattress Type: Innerspring
Best with Storage
Raymour & Flanigan Lugano Sleeper Sofa with Storage
Sleek, midcentury modern-inspired look
Only one fabric option
Storage space is somewhat limited
Don't let its sleek look fool you: the Lugano Sleeper Sofa not only transforms into a bed for one but also packs in a decent amount of under-seat storage, making it a versatile addition to your home. We love the midcentury modern-inspired design and low price point, especially considering its multi-functional design.
This sofa acts more like a futon than a traditional sleeper, with split seat foam cushions that fold down to create a twin-sized bed. You can access the under-seat storage in both couch and bed modes—and while it's on the shallower side, the storage space is still large enough to accommodate sheets, remote controls, and other necessities.
The Lugano comes in a handful of different shades, including versatile gray and beige hues to a statement-making canary yellow, but it's only available in one fabric option, which might be a turn-off for some. Still, the polyester performance fabric is designed to be both stain- and liquid-repellent, making it a great option for high-traffic households.
Built for the long haul and comfortable enough to sleep on for a week or longer, the Pottery Barn Cameron Roll Arm Slipcovered Sleeper Sofa is our top pick. While it is an investment with its higher price, in our testing the cushions and mattress held up and remained comfortable and supportive, even with daily use. For a sleeper on a budget, the Mopio Chloe Convertible Sleeper Sofa is a great alternative that quickly converts, offers up a firm sleeping surface, and even lets you adjust your sofa’s angle for added comfort, day in and out.
How We Tested the Sofas
We sent a variety of sleeper sofas from top retailers to our group of at-home testers, who sat, lounged, and even snoozed on their given sofas over the course of a year. They rated each option on its comfort, ease of use, durability, and overall value, along with providing detailed insights on everything from how long the sofa took to convert to whether it was actually comfortable. We kept these ratings and insights in mind when choosing the best picks to include in this roundup.
What to Look for in a Sleeper Sofa
A sleeper sofa's frame can determine how long a sleeper sofa will last, especially if you're frequently converting it between a bed and a sofa. And while metal might be your first thought in terms of materials, hardwood is actually your best bet. “The sofa frame itself should be made of kiln-dried hardwoods or furniture-grade plywood,” says Castagna. The process of kiln drying removes moisture from the wood, reducing its susceptibility to warping, bending, or cracking.
Just like a normal couch, the type of upholstery that a sleeper sofa is made with can determine both how well it will fit into your space and the overall longevity of the sofa. If you have a high-traffic household—particularly one with pets or kids—we recommend opting for a high-performing polyester fabric, which can better repel spills and stains. Some options that perform well on that front include the Lugano Sleeper Sofa and the Joybird Brooks Twin Sleeper Sofa, both of which come in pet-friendly performance fabrics. Busy households might also opt for a slipcovered option like the Pottery Barn Cameron Roll Arm Slipcovered Sleeper Sofa, which can be removed for easy cleaning.
Comfort is obviously key in a sleeper sofa, and when it comes to the mattress inside a sleeper sofa, Castagna recommends opting for an air-over-coil for a combination of support and comfort. Spring mattresses tend to be the most common (and the most affordable), but they aren’t the most comfortable to sleep on. Memory foam mattresses are another common option that's particularly well-suited for stomach sleepers.
Some of the mattresses that you'll find in sleeper sofas are on the thinner side. If that's the case, we recommend adding a mattress topper in the appropriate size. One of our favorite budget-friendly options is the Lucid 3-Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper, which wowed our lab testers with its breathability and support.
The size of the mattress inside a sleeper sofa can range anywhere from twin to king. Just like traditional mattresses, these convertible couches can offer enough sleeping space for one or more people. If you’re searching for a sofa that’ll fit in an apartment or a small room, a twin-sized mattress may be the best fit. If you have room to spare and want your sleeper sofa to double as a full-size bed, a full, queen, or king-sized mattress will suit your needs.
Ease of Use
Skip the struggle and opt for a sleeper sofa that’s a breeze to lift, pull out, and put away. An easy-to-use pull-out mechanism makes a world of difference, especially when it works smoothly, seamlessly, and without any sharp edges or challenging components.
“Since you are basically just dealing with the shell of a sofa with a mechanism inserted, make sure the mechanism is a quality one,” says Castagna. Look for details like smooth edges, easy lifting, locks, and easy-to-use pull-out components as you browse. If you’re shopping in-store, test out the sofas you’re considering, to judge how smoothly their mechanisms work.
How long do sleeper sofas last?
A well-constructed sleeper sofa should last just as long as a quality couch. That means you can expect a sleeper sofa to last anywhere from seven to 15 years, depending on the wear and tear it faces. To ensure that your new sofa will last, we recommend opting for a kiln-dried hardwood frame and a durable performance fabric, particularly if you're a household with kids or pets.
Do you need special sheets for a sleeper sofa?
Since most sleeper sofas include traditional mattresses, your typical sheets are likely to fit. However, it’s important to note that sleeper sofa mattresses do tend to be thinner than standard mattresses. They’re often 4 to 5 inches deep, which means your sheets may have deeper pockets that create a looser fit. Double-check your sheets and the depth of the mattress on the sleeper sofa to determine whether you’ll need specially-sized sheets for a secure fit.
Can you sleep on a sleeper sofa every night?
While sleeper sofas are built for long-term use, the mattresses inside them aren’t necessarily meant for every-night use. The mattresses can be comfortable for the short term, but they aren’t directly equal to a traditional bed frame and mattress. Sleeper sofas are meant to fulfill two purposes, which means they can be lacking somewhat when it comes to nightly, long-term sleep comfort and support.
Why Trust The Spruce?
Heather Adams is a senior editor for The Spruce and researched the products in this roundup, considering the design, functionality, and comfort of various sleeper sofas and sofa beds. She considered options reviewed by our testers and researched the best sleeper options, choosing sofas that offered comfort when used for sitting or sleeping, durable construction details, and value for the cost. She also previously wrote for Clean Eating Magazine, covering food, nutrition, and wellness content, and The Drive, covering automotive, garage, and tool content.
Contributing writer Theresa Holland conducted additional reporting, speaking with Decorist designer Mikayla Keating and Michelle Castagna, President of the Florida chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) for insight on what to look for in a sleeper sofa. The Spruce's Lily Sperry added additional updates.