Many color options
Doesn’t take up much room
Adds an extra sleeping spot without sacrificing seating
Hardware isn’t durable
Not super comfortable
We purchased Ebern Designs' Tynemouth Convertible Sleeper Sofa so our writer could put it to the test in her own home. Keep reading for our full product review.
We recently downsized our home and no longer have a guest room, so it’s been difficult to find a spot where guests can sleep comfortably for a couple of nights. We wanted to find an affordable solution that would work for everyday life, which is why we were drawn to the Ebern Designs Tynemouth Convertible Sleeper Sofa. This sofa is affordable, stylish and—best of all—converts to create more sleeping space with the flick of a wrist. Still, we wondered whether the low price tag would affect the quality and if it was worth the purchase? Let’s take a look.
Setup: A simple process
The Tynemouth Convertible Sleeper Sofa arrived at our house in one box and took about half an hour to set up. The main part of the couch is completely upholstered and arrived in one piece.
We had to screw in the legs, which was more difficult than we expected. What made assembly of the couch legs difficult was that the couch cover had to be unzipped to get them on and the zipper pull broke before we had even unzipped it. We were able to make do and unzip the upholstered cover without the zipper pull, but it wasn’t easy. Although the company has a 90-day warranty, we decided to not hassle over the zipper pull since the rest of the couch appeared to be in perfect working condition.
After the legs were screwed in, we easily slid the arms into place. On the upside, the setup was simple minus the broken zipper. There wasn’t much more that had to be done.
Design: Retro and versatile
Between the upholstery and the shape, the design of this sleeper sofa is a bit retro with its tufted button accents, which is mainly what we liked about this couch. It’s versatile and classic enough to fit with most decor, but it also went well with our midcentury modern pieces, too, which would likely not be the case with other sleeper sofas. The arms were rounded and the wooden sofa legs were a dark, espresso color.
The Tynemouth sleeper sofa is available in several colors: gray, beige, charcoal, mocha, blue, violet, burgundy, green, and orange. We ordered it in mocha because it went well with our current color scheme and were happy to find that the color looked just like it did online.
The upholstery wasn’t a flat brown color but had flecks of lighter brown and tan throughout, and the fabric upholstery was soft, not itchy or uncomfortable. The upholstery had an upscale look and feel about it. Plus, the color variation gave the sofa some character and helps camouflage lint or dust. According to the manufacturer, unfortunately, the material is not stain-resistant. We didn't test that out, but if a stain should happen, the manufacturer recommends stain removal via spot-cleaning preferably by a professional.
It’s super easy to turn this sofa from a couch into a flat surface for sleeping. We toggled the back half of the sofa forward and then backward, and it fell into place. If you are familiar with how futons convert to a sleeping platform, this works the same way. It requires almost no effort to convert it, which is a huge improvement from traditional sleeper couches that have to be pulled out from under the couch cushions. The seatback and seating cushion of the sofa double as your sleeping mattress.
Also, the back of the sofa can adjust to recline to another angle before laying it all the way flat, which can be great for kicking back to watch a movie with some popcorn.
This couch is pretty lightweight, weighing 50 pounds, which was nice because we weren’t sure where to put it at first and had to move it several times to find the right spot. This can be a double-edged sword since the couch can slide around when you’re on it. It is best to push it against the wall to keep it from moving around. Keep in mind that if you push it against the wall made, it is difficult to fold down without hitting the wall and can potentially mess up the paint or drywall. When converting the sofa, you will need to pull the sofa away from the wall before folding it down. If you will be using the bed a lot, this sofa tug game could get old after a while.
Comfort: Good enough
This sleeper sofa is not as comfortable as some of the other couches we’ve tried out, but it’s certainly adequate, especially for people who prefer firm mattresses. The seating is made up of coil springs and the fill material is 5.5 inches of dense foam. The frame is made of solid poplar wood. It’s fine to sit on while watching television or reading a book, but it isn’t a place we’d want to sleep on for more than a few nights.
The couch is pretty short, even when it’s folded down; it may be difficult for people taller than 6 feet to sleep on. The matting under the fabric also feels a little thin, it’s not a good solution for long term guests. It’s fine offering it to family or college kids coming home for a weekend, though. It’s what we expected from a sleeper sofa that retails for under $600.
Size: Perfect for small apartments or limited spaces
A downside is that this couch can be dwarfed by other furniture. We like furniture with clean lines and a sleek footprint, but if most of the furniture in your house is oversized and overstuffed, this couch will look out of place.
Another negative is that while two people can sit together comfortably on the Tynemouth sofa, a third person on the couch would make for awkward, too-close conversation.
Once the sofa is converted, it's adequately sized for one average-sized person. Two adults could not sleep comfortably on this sofa, although, two small children could. The manufacturer states the sofa bed can safely accommodate 2,000 pounds of weight.
The Tynemouth Convertible Sleeper Sofa retails for under $600 and can be found on sale for about $400. It is a great price for a couch that converts into an extra sleeping space. A small mattress and bed frame would be much more expensive, plus you’d have to find a place to put it.
Competition: Tons of sleeper sofas in this price range
Latitude Run San Diego Sleeper: There are a surprising number of sleeper sofas available online for under $700. The San Diego Sleeper by Latitude Run is similar to the Tynemouth in price and style. It retails for about $680, but it only comes in one color: brown, which is limited compared to the choices available for the Tynemouth upholstery. It features built-in cupholders in the arms and accommodates less weight about 750 pounds, which is probably because its frame is not all solid wood but contains some manufacturer wood components. The other issue is that the San Diego Sleeper is faux leather, consisting of vinyl upholstery, not fabric, which could get sticky and hot if you sleep on it.
Sealy Perris Sofa: Another comparable option is the Sealy Perris Sofa. It’s a similar style to the Tynemouth sleeper and also easily converts from a couch to a sleeper. There are only two options for fabric colors, though: Heavenly Linen and Sydney Pecan, which are basically tan and brown. The Perris retails for almost $900 but can be found on sale for about $720. We prefer the sleek lines of the Tynemouth sleeper to the overstuffed look of the Perris, but this sofa would be a good option for someone who prefers a more classic or homey look. Similar to the Tynemouth, the seatback reclines to another angle before laying flat. And, unlike the rest, the Sealy Perris has a storage compartment under the seat cushion, which is perfect for stowing throw pillows.
It’s a good option for extra bed and extra seating.
The Ebern Designs Tynemouth Convertible Sleeper Sofa is a great option for people who want an extra bed in their home but don’t want to sacrifice seating to add it. At under $700, this couch would be an easy way to turn your living room into guest quarters without spending a ton of money.
- Product Name Tynemouth Convertible Sleeper Sofa
- Product Brand Ebern Designs
- SKU 4SP4150342
- Price $509.99
- Weight 50 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 31 x 70.5 x 33.5 in.
- Color Gray, beige, charcoal, mocha, blue, violet, burgundy, green, and orange
- Upholstery Material Linen
- Frame Material Solid wood
- Fill Material Dense foam
- Weight Limit 2,000 lbs.
- Warranty 90 days