The 8 Best Small Sleeper Sofas of 2020

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Our Top Picks
"With style and comfort, plus your choice of more than 50 upholstery options, this is a comfortable sleeper sofa you can customize."
"A transitional futon, this sleeper sofa looks like a million bucks with faux velvet upholstery but costs just a few hundred."
"This small sleeper sofa sectional offers the best of both worlds."
"Quality construction and materials, along with a memory-foam mattress, make this pick a popular choice for sitting and sleeping."
"This 84.5-inch-long version is stately enough to anchor your living room and be a great spot for lounging."
Best with Washable Cover:
Ikea FÄRLÖV Sleeper Sofa at Ikea
"Worry less about keeping this sleeper sofa clean, thanks to the removable and machine-washable slipcover."
"This sofa bed requires just 3 inches of wall clearance to fold out into a bed wherever the road leads you."
Best for Quick Setup:
Article Simplis Sofa at Article.com
"For a sleeper sofa that requires virtually no work to become a bed, check out the single cushion setup of the Simplis."

Sleeper sofas are an unsung furniture hero. Looking like a typical couch, they have a well-kept secret and fold-out into a ready-to-go bed for unexpected guests. Your apartment, living room, den, playroom, basement, or any other room can instantly be transformed into a guest room with the convenience of a small sleeper sofa.

Measuring under 85 inches in width, these small sleeper sofas are a versatile way to add to the functionality of your home. Despite their smaller size, these models come in twin-, full-, or even queen-size mattresses in a variety of styles and price points.

Here, the best small sleeper sofas on the market today:

Best Overall: Joybird Hopson Sleeper Sofa

While multifunctional furniture is meant to serve a variety of purposes, few pieces can do it with as much success and style as the Joybird Hopson Sleeper Sofa. This mid-century-style sofa converts into a queen-size bed quickly and easily and is available in more than 50 custom upholstery options.

Joybird constructs the Hopson sleeper sofa with a sturdy kiln-dried hardwood frame, which is wrapped in foam for further cushioning and support. The seat and back cushions are made from a high-density foam as well. The queen-size memory foam mattress stands out in a sea of lumpy, hard sleeper sofa mattresses. It is often favorably compared to the comfort and stability offered by a conventional mattress. At just 78 inches across, this small sleeper sofa makes an inviting spot to sit or a comfortable bed for guests and is a great addition to any room in your home or apartment. 

Best Budget: Willa Arlo Interiors Nia Velvet 81.5" Square Arm Sleeper

If you’re in the market for an affordable but stylish small sleeper sofa, you won’t want to sleep on this deal. For just a few hundred bucks, the Nia sleeper from Willa Arlo Interiors gives you a comfy spot to sit but easily folds out into a twin-size sleeper. Also, this 81.5-inch sleeper sofa comes in a half-dozen beautiful shades of velvet-like upholstery.

Keep in mind that this style of sofa sleeper is considered a transitional futon—the tufted back cushions lower into a bed. The advantage of this style is the option to flatten just one side of the sofa for lounging or sleeping while leaving the other side upright.

Best Sectional: Latitude Run Matney Reversible Sleeper Sectional with Ottoman

You don’t have to sacrifice the comfort of a “chofa” (part chaise, part sofa) or the space of a sectional to gain a hidden mattress. Instead, this small sleeper sofa sectional offers the best of both worlds. You can stretch out on the chaise portion of this sofa (basically an ottoman that can be positioned on either end of the sofa), or pull out the queen-size innerspring mattress for serious slumbering when family or friends need a place to crash.

The Matney Sleeper Sectional from Latitude Run features a solid wood frame and measures 81 inches from arm to arm, making it a good option for the smallest living spaces. Extend the mattress for a bed that is suitable for one to two adults and has a generous 750-pound weight limit. It’s available with either light cream or dark gray upholstery. 

Best Splurge: Article Oneira Sofa Bed

With such a sweet spot to sit and a soft spot to lay your head, it’s no wonder that the Oneira has a spendy price tag. This sofa bed from Article measures 76 inches from arm to arm and is constructed of kiln-dried eucalyptus and stainless steel components for a sturdy, long-lasting sofa sleeper. High-density foam cushions are wrapped in removable velvet covers. It’s worth noting the textile has a Martindale rating of 40,000—well beyond the recommended 10,000 rating for residential use.

The real star of the show is the included memory foam mattress. While many hosts find it necessary to add a memory foam topper to thin, hard sleeper sofa mattresses, Article includes a soft, cushy mattress right from the start. Impressively, the mattress is also equipped with a hotel-grade Leggett & Platt folding mechanism for a long life of service. 

Best Leather: West Elm Urban Leather Sleeper Sofa

A classic leather sofa gets even better when combined with a comfortable fold-out mattress to accommodate family and friends. The Urban Leather Sleeper Sofa from West Elm is a sophisticated option for a sleeper sofa that looks anything but dull or dated. The deep seats offer plenty of room to lounge, and you can choose from a handful of leather upholstery options, including animal-friendly vegan leather. 

Getting into the nitty-gritty of this leather sleeper sofa, you’ll find that the hardwood frame features reinforce joinery for stability while the seat cushions feature high-resiliency polyurethane foam for a long, springy life. The queen mattress utilizes pocket-coil construction to minimize movement and maximize support for a great night of sleep. 

Best with Washable Cover: Ikea FÄRLÖV Sleeper Sofa

This capable sleeper sofa from everyone’s favorite Scandinavian furniture superstore is a popular pick for its comfy seating and sleeping options, combined with the convenience of a washable cover. Let’s face it: A sofa that pulls double-duty as a bed is likely to get plenty of use, and breakfast in bed or late-night snacks have the potential to create spills and stains. Fortunately, the FÄRLÖV sleeper sofa pairs well with Ikea’s DJUPARP cover, which is a viscose-polyester velvet blend that is machine-washable and easily cleans up whatever comes its way.

Other standout features of the FÄRLÖV sleeper sofa from Ikea include sturdy support offered by Ikea’s iconic slatted bed base. The mattress itself offers 4.75 inches of thick foam to cushion your sleep. A removable mattress cover also makes it easy to keep the sleeper portion of your sofa spotless. 

Best for RV: RecPro Charles Double RV Wall-Hugger Recliner

Add more sleeping space to your RV for friends or family with this space-saving but functional sleeper sofa from the RecPro Charles collection. This 70-inch jackknife sleeper sofa easily converts from seating to sleeping positions without any heavy mechanisms or latches, which is especially convenient when you’re often switching back and forth between the two uses for this sleeper sofa.

Just make sure you have at least 3 inches of wall clearance when the sleeper sofa is in the upright sofa position to ensure that it will easily fold flat into a bed with a 6-inch thick mattress. The sleeping area is 62 inches long and 42 inches wide, which is ideal for two children or one adult. This sleeper sofa makes a great upgrade or addition to your RV and will bring you many sweet nights of sleep on the road. 

Best for Quick Setup: Article Simplis Froth Gray Sofa

If you’re looking for a soft landing spot for overnight guests instead of a crash pad, check out this super simple sleeper sofa from Article. Appropriately named the Simplis, this cozy couch transforms into a bed by sliding the oversized single cushion from on top of the couch to the ground. It forms a level sleeping surface that is great for lounging or snoozing and is ready in a snap. No latches, pull mechanisms, or springs to contend with—just a simple cushion for a quick and cozy bed. This simple setup makes it a good option for kids, too.

Final Verdict

Comfort and style really can coexist.
If you want the all-around best sleeper sofa, we recommend the Hopson Sleeper Sofa (available at Joybird). Super-comfortable and customizable, it has a queen-size memory foam mattress built into its mid-century frame. If you are looking for something stylish but more affordable or smaller, consider the Nia Square Arm Sleeper (available at Wayfair). The transitional futon comes in a half-dozen colors and folds out into a twin-size bed.

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