5 Tips to Choose the Best Sofa Bed - Chervin Furniture & Design

5 Tips to Choose the Best Sofa Bed for Your Home

If you are looking to add extra sleeping space to your home or apartment, a sofa bed can be a great solution. Not only does it offer a comfortable place to sit during the day, but it can also transform into a bed for your guests at night. However, with so many different types and styles of sofa beds available, it can be overwhelming to choose the best sofa bed for your needs. 

Not sure where to start in your search for a quality sofa bed? We are here to help. Our 5 tips for choosing the best sofa bed for your home will ensure that you make an informed decision and find the perfect pull-out sofa to suit your needs and lifestyle. 

Tip #1: Look for a Hardwood Frame 

If you’re wanting to know how to check sofa quality, the quality of the sofa frame is a big insight. The best sofa beds are made with a hardwood frame as they are usually more durable and sturdier. Look for frames made of hardwoods like oak, ash, or maple. Avoid sofa beds with frames made of softwoods like pine as they tend to warp and crack over time. Quality engineered wood sofa beds are also very durable and long-lasting. At Chervin Furniture, we offer a variety of sofa beds made in Ontario, with high-quality options of hardwood frames and engineered wood.  

Tip #2: Measure – The Sofa Bed and Your Entries & Exits 

It is essential to measure the space where you plan to place your sofa bed, as well as the entry and exit points to your home. Make sure to consider the size of the sofa bed when it is open and closed. You do not want to end up with a sofa bed that will not fit through your door or in your living room. 

The Best Sofa Bed Space Saver 

Even though sofa beds are ideal for saving space on a guest bed, they can still take up valuable space if it is too large for your room. Fortunately, there are Chair-and-a-Half sofa beds for those who need a sofa bed but do not have a lot of space to spare, designed to provide a comfortable sleeping surface for one guest, and typically have a single mattress built in. One of our favourites is the Marinette Chair-and-a-Half by Best Home Furnishings which is available at our furniture store in Elmira

Marinette Chair-and-a-Half pull-out sofa bed by Best Home Furnishings

Marinette Chair-and-a-Half couch bed by Best Home Furnishings

Tip #3: The Best Sofa Bed is Easy to Open and Close 

Ease of use is an important factor when choosing a sofa bed. The best sofa beds have a good-quality open-and-close mechanism that can be opened and closed with one hand and has a smooth mechanism. A good quality sofa bed should be effortless to operate. 

There are some sofa beds that have a simple and intuitive flip-open mechanism, which allows you to transform it from a comfortable couch into a cozy bed in just a few seconds. One of our favourites is the Kildonan couch bed by Palliser, which is available through Chervin Furniture & Design.  

Palliser Kildonan pull-out sofa - One of the best sofa beds!

Palliser Kildonan Flip-Open Sofa Bed

Tip #4: Check for the Sofa Beds Mattress Quality 

The mattress quality is a crucial factor to consider when selecting a sofa bed. The best sofa beds have a comfortable mattress ensuring a good night’s sleep. Look for a mattress that is comfortable and supportive, and made of high-quality materials. Memory foam or innerspring mattresses are good options. A memory foam mattress is a great option as it conforms to your body’s shape and provides good support. At our Chervin Furniture & Design, nearly all sofa bed models we offer have the option of upgrading to a memory foam mattress.  

I would say the most crucial aspect of a sofa bed is the mattress. People should really invest in the upgraded memory foam mattress. It is usually only a couple hundred dollars more, but so worth it. Pretty much all the manufacturers have the option now to upgrade the mattress.

Tracey Ryan
Chervin Furniture & Design Sales Room Associate

Tip #5: Test It 

Do not be afraid to test out the sofa bed in person. This will give you a good sense of how it feels and how easy it is to use, helping you make a more informed decision. Sit on the sofa bed, lie down on it, and try out the mattress. Look for any areas that may sag or feel uncomfortable. Make sure the sofa bed is stable and does not wobble or creak when you move. The best sofa bed should feel comfortable and steady, giving you a good indication of its quality. Visit us at our furniture showroom in Elmira to try out our quality sofa bed selection for yourself! 

Choosing the best sofa bed for your home can be a challenging task, but by considering these 5 tips, you can ensure you make an informed decision. Look for a hardwood frame, measure your space, ensure it is easy to open and close, and most importantly, check for mattress quality and test it. By taking these factors into account, you will be sure to find the best sofa bed for your home that provides both comfort and functionality.


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