Committing space to an extra bedroom for guests in your home isn’t always an option. That’s where a sleeper sofa can really come in handy. With smaller options available, even those in apartments and lofts can enjoy the benefits of this versatile piece of furniture. Raleigh, North Carolina-based Interior designer Megan Coleman recommends finding a versatile piece that can serve multiple purposes when buying furniture for a small space.
Look for a sleeper sofa that fits your space, including when it is put away and when it is extended. It should also be comfortable with cushions that provide enough support and construction that will ensure your guests have a nice place to sleep for years to come.
Here are the best sleeper sofas to provide extra accommodations even in a small space.
Best Overall: Crate & Barrel Barrett II Queen Sleeper Sofa
Multiple fabric options
Part of a furniture line
A bit pricey
Custom fabrics take longer
The Barrett Queen Sleeper from Crate & Barrel has just about everything you may need in a sleeper sofa for a small space. At just 78 inches wide, it can fit in a variety of spaces while still being roomy enough for three adults to sit on the sofa. It folds out to a Queen mattress and has a reinforced base to prevent any sagging.
If you are worried about the overall profile of a sleeper sofa, the Barrett is the solution. It has clean lines that can work with a variety of styles. It also comes in 17 fabric options, although 15 of them are made-to-order and will take longer to ship. It isn’t the cheapest option on our list but offers one of the best values. If you end up loving it, you can also get other pieces in the same style to create a whole-room look.
Best Budget: Ikea FRIHETEN Sleeper Sofa
Multiple fabric options
Not very soft or comfortable
Having a space for guests to spend the night doesn’t have to cost a lot. The FRIHETEN sofa from Ikea costs just over $600, a good price for a standard sofa. When you consider that it folds down into a Queen bed, it quickly goes to the top of our list for value. The FRIHETEN is on the wider side for extremely small spaces at just over 88 inches. But it will still fit in dorms, guest rooms, kids’ rooms, or bonus rooms.
Like all furniture from Ikea, you will need to assemble the sofa. You can pay for expert assembly, but that will increase the price slightly. It comes in five different fabric options. Reviewers noted that the cushions were very hard and that you may want to invest in a mattress topper to increase your comfort. Fortunately, bedding, pillows, and a mattress topper can all be stored inside the couch when not used as a bed.
Best Splurge: Pottery Barn Buchanan Square Arm Upholstered Deluxe Sleeper Sofa
Extra-long Queen mattress
A lot of fabric options
Long delivery times
It’s hard to believe that the narrow profile of the Pottery Barn Buchanan Square Arm Upholstered Sleeper Sofa actually supports a Queen size pull-out mattress but it does. The sofa looks great in either configuration but it is the extra two inches of mattress length that really sets it apart from other great sleeper sofas.
This is an expensive sleeper sofa for its size but comes with white glove delivery included. There are an impressive 91 fabric options, including performance fabrics, outdoor fabrics, and velvet. They are made-to-order, which means that delivery will take 10 weeks or longer and you can’t return the sofa unless there are manufacturing defects.
Best Leather: West Elm Harris Leather Queen Sleeper Sofa
Multiple leather options
Folds out to Queen mattress
Extra long delivery timeframe
It can be difficult to find a leather sleeper sofa that combines both style and function. The Harris sleeper sofa from West Elm has a modern design and comes in 15 different leather options, including vegan leather and top-grain leather. The profile leans toward modern, with square arms and a straight back.
This is an expensive sofa, one of the priciest on our list. That’s not surprising from West Elm and given its leather fabric options. But what may not work for some is the 12+ week delivery timeframe. At the time that we are compiling this list, delivery estimates are six months out from the time of ordering!
Best Sectional: Joybird Eliot Sleeper Sectional with Storage
Multiple fabric options
90-day return policy
Wider than other options
Joybird makes a lot of great sofas and the Eliot is our top recommendation for sectionals that include a pull-out mattress. The sofa has 18 fabric options, accommodates a Queen-width mattress, and has a modern profile that will look at-home in any decor style. It is a little bit pricey but still a good value.
It should be no surprise that this is the largest sofa on our list. Sectionals in general tend to be wider and take up more space. What makes the Eliot worth the extra floor space is the included chaise lounge that doubles as storage. You can store extra sheets and pillows or other home living items, like toys, blankets, or even holiday decorations. If storage is at a premium in your small space, this sofa will do triple duty–seating, sleeping, and storage.
Best for Apartments: Edgecombe Clark Square Arm Sofa Bed Sleeper
A lot of customization
Delivery can take a long time
The Clark Square Arm Sofa Bed by Edgecombe Furniture is a great choice for apartments where your furniture may get a bit more use and traffic, especially if it is in your main seating area. The Clark sofa has reversible cushions to make sure that it holds up for a long time and stays comfortable. It comes in 41 different fabrics, including some that are water- and stain-resistant. It also has four leg choices and the option to select an innerspring or hybrid mattress. Overall, it has the most customization of all the recommendations on our list.
Because it is made-to-order, the sofa can take awhile to be delivered. It is also one of the shallower options out there, which some people may dislike. For apartment living, however, the smaller size is a great feature.
Best Modern: Article Solna Sofa Bed
Easy to fold down
Only three fabric options
There is no shortage of modern looking sofas but the Article Solna Atelier Sofa Bed brings modern style to every detail. From the tapered legs to the neutral fabric colors, this bed embodies Scandinavian simplicity and elegance. It folds down into a full size mattress, although the shape of the seat (which makes up half of the sleeping surface) does leave some cutouts at each end.
It only comes in three colors, Stratus Gray, Atelier Ivory, and Shoreline Blue. All three work with a variety of decor styles but overall the sofa does not have much customization available. Because it uses the back of the sofa for part of the sleeping surface, it can be harder than a traditional mattress. A mattress topper is a great way to make it more comfortable but it will need to be stored separately.
Best Memory Foam: Burrow Slope Nomad Sofa with Sleep Kit
Memory foam mattress
Comes with sheets and blanket
Small sleep surface
Only for one person
The Burrow Nomad sofa is a fantastic small sofa for any space. With built-in charging cords, easy modular assembly, and a well-supported seat cushion, it’s a great option for apartments. While not a pull-out or fold down sofa bed, Burrow does offer a sleep kit that works with the Nomad to transform it into a sleeping surface using a memory foam mattress.
It has five fabric options, six leg finishes, and three different arm profiles. You can also choose reversible or non-reversible cushions. Because it is modular, adding additional elements like a chaise lounge or additional seating is also possible. The sleep surface is comfortable but small, best for only one person. The sleep kit does come with custom sheets and a quilt, a good addition given that it is an unusual size.
Best Daybed: Mercer41 Chadlee Daybed
Multiple size options
Multiple fabric options
Mattress sold separately
Looks like a bed
Small spaces are a great place for daybeds for both extra seating and sleeping space. The Chadlee daybed by Mercer41 has a modern look that will make a statement whether you use it to sit or rest. It comes in eight fabric options and two sizes, full or twin. The tapered legs elevate it in both style and function, a great feature for its budget-friendly price.
Keep in mind that you will need to get a mattress separately. This allows for more customization since you can buy the mattress of your choice but will add to the overall cost. If you want something that will blend into other living room furniture, this may not be the look you want because it does look more like a bed than a couch or sofa.
Best Twin-Sized: Pottery Barn Cameron Roll Arm Upholstered Twin Sleeper Sofa with Memory Foam Mattress
Multiple fabric options
Takes a long time for delivery
Our favorite twin-sized sleepers are pull-out oversized chairs and the Cameron Roll Arm sofa from Pottery Barn is a great mix of quality, value, and options. It comes in 106 fabric choices, although all are made-to-order and can take 12 weeks or more for delivery.
The mattress is made of foam and gel, which keeps you cool. The supports are reinforced and have adjustable feet to make sure that your pull-out bed is level even if your floors are not. This is not a cheap sleeper sofa but it is a quality piece of furniture that you will love for years. If you want some extra sleeping space and a quality piece of furniture but aren’t ready to spend a lot on a Queen-sized sleeper sofa, this is a great option.
Our top pick is the Crate & Barrel Barrett Queen Sleeper. It has a small profile that works in small spaces while still providing plenty of seating and a Queen-sized mattress. There are custom fabrics and in-stock fabrics to choose from and it just looks great. The Joybird Eliot Sleeper Sofa with Storage is another notable option, especially for those who want a piece of furniture that can work with all of their needs. It is a sectional with plenty of seating, has a Queen-sized pull-out sleeper, and comes with an extra storage compartment.
What to Look for in a Small Sleeper Sofa
If space is at a premium, a small sleeper sofa can be a great way to provide additional overnight accommodations without a dedicated guest room. The smallest options are under 80 inches wide but consider the size of the pull-out or fold-down mattress as well. Look for a sleeper sofa that fits within your width constraints while still providing the largest size mattress possible.
“Size is the number one consideration when picking out any piece of furniture,” says Coleman. “If you will be constantly bumping into your furniture or can’t get around it, it just won’t work for your space.”
The most comfortable sleeper sofas have a pull-out mattress and reinforced base to prevent sagging. A thicker mattress will provide more support but often means that the sofa will be larger. Fold down sleeper sofas are another option but most have less cushion and comfort since they use the back of the sofa as part of the sleeping surface. Adding a mattress topper is a great way to make any option more comfortable.
Sleeper sofas, especially pull-outs, have more complicated construction than a regular couch. Look for a sofa that has quality mechanical parts that will hold up over time. If you have to assemble the sofa yourself, expect to take some extra time if you need to connect these parts and pieces.
How do you measure for a small sleeper sofa?
Before purchasing any piece of furniture, it’s important to know that it will fit in your space. For a sleeper sofa, this includes the measurement when the mattress is fully extended. Sleeper sofas can be pull-out mattresses, which are generally larger, or fold-down mattresses.
First measure your space for the couch configuration. This includes the width, height, and depth. In small spaces, the width is often the limiting factor. Then measure your space for the extended sleeper configuration. For pull-out mattresses, this extends the depth to accommodate both the mattress and the back of the sofa. If the mattress length is 80 inches, you will need to also add in the depth from the back of the mattress to the back of the sofa, usually between 6 and 12 inches.
Fold down sleeper sofas offer a sleeping surface that uses the couch seat and back. This means that it often takes up less space but will extend into the room at least a little bit. Keep in mind that folding down the back of the sofa may require some additional room away from the wall. You might have to pull the entire sofa out from the wall by 6 to 12 inches before you are able to fold it down.
How can you make a sleeper sofa more comfortable?
Sleeper sofas aren’t known for being the most comfortable options available. Most companies even note that they are not recommended for a primary sleeping solution but are best used only occasionally. To make the sleeper sofa more comfortable, you can use a mattress pad in the same size as the sleeper mattress. Look for a sleeper sofa that has included storage to make accessing your mattress pad, sheets, and pillows even easier.
Where’s the best place to put a sleeper sofa?
With small sleeper sofas, the possibilities are almost endless due to their smaller profile. Some of the best places to put a sleeper sofa include a home office, nursery or kid’s room, family room or den, or bonus room. You can also put a sleeper sofa in your main living room, although just make sure that guests know that other members of the family may come into the makeshift bedroom early in the morning. You can use a privacy screen to create temporary walls to allow for more privacy, if needed.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was researched and written by Katie Begley, a freelance writer specializing in home and family products. Katie has been writing for The Spruce since 2019. Living in an apartment and hosting out-of-town family has given Katie the chance to test out different sleeping arrangements, including some of the sleeper sofas on our list. She also consulted with design expert Megan Coleman and used The Spruce tester data to compile the list of top recommended sleeper sofas for small spaces.