Are you choosing a sleeper sofa? Wondering which ones are the most comfortable? We’ve done the research, and the verdict is in.
While the Devon from Signature Sleep is the best pick overall, there are a few other models worth mentioning, from the best budget buy to the best sectional sleeper…
Key Takeaway: We’ve made sure to pick the best sleeper sofas in each important category.
- 1. Signature Sleep Devon with Memory Foam Mattress – Best Overall & For Appartments
- 2. Stone & Beam Fischer Queen-Sized Sleeper Sofa – #1 Leather Sleeper Sofa
- 3. Furniture of America Charlton Contemporary Corner Sectional with Pull-Out Sleeper – #1 Sectional Sleeper Sofa
- 4. HONBAY Leather Convertible L-Shape Couch – Budget Sectionals for The Money
- 5. Signature Design by Ashley – Alenya Queen Size – Top Queen Sleeper Sofa
- 6. Walsunny Modern Faux Leather Couch – Best Budget Option
- 7. Joybird Hughes Sofa – Comfortable Bed for Daily Use
- 8. Sarah Sleeper Sofa – Good Contemporary Model
- 9. Ikea Sandbacken Sleeper Sectional – Top Ikea Sofa
9 Best Sleeper Couches to Buy in 2020 (Updated List)
The categories in this list were handpicked to include the best rage of sleeper sofas to suit your individual needs and preferences. The top models have been selected not only for their comfort but for their durability, practicality, and value for money.
1. Signature Sleep Devon with Memory Foam Mattress – Best Sleeper Sofa For Apartments
The Devon from Signature Sleep has a luxury foam mattress that molds to fit the contours of your body. It folds out quickly and easily, and the twin sleeper size fits in smaller spaces, but it’s also available in full and queen sizes.
It’s upholstered in fabric or faux leather and designed to match any type of interior. On top of this, it stands the test of time…
And that is why it is the top pick.
Fits Any Space – The modern design with wide track arms can be added to any living space, while the various sizes mean you can pick the size that works in your space.
Independent Coils – The independently cased coils in the cushions add extra support and comfort, whether you want to lounge, relax, or sleep.
Quick Conversion – The seat pulls out into a sleeper in a matter of seconds.
Memory Foam Mattress – The high-quality memory mattress molds to the shape of your body and keeps you comfortable for a superior night’s sleep
Key Takeaway: The Devon is our top pick as a comfy sofa sleeper because, while it isn’t the most expensive, it offers all the necessary luxuries and durability a good sleeper should. It’s a great space saver in the smaller size (which is small, take note), but may not be a great sleeper for heavier people as the mattress is on the thin side – like all pull-outs.
2. Stone & Beam Fischer Queen-Sized Sleeper Sofa – Best Leather Sleeper Sofa
Made for Amazon by Amazon, the Fischer comes in a variety of fabrics, but the Chestnut and Driftwood are upholstered in top grain leather.
These sleepers are comfortable, not too hard, not too soft, and with just the right reclined angle on the backrest to make them comfy as a sleeper sofa.
But the reason this is our top pick as far as leather couches, they use high-quality materials, with a hardwood frame and real leather. The couch is also made per order, which does mean it can take some time t to be delivered, but it also means you’re getting a good piece of handcrafted furniture, which is what you want when purchasing a leather couch…
Stylish and Functional – The classic design has a modern edge for versatile interior placement while the pull-out bed is big and spacious enough for intermittent use.
Good Quality – Using solid hardwood for the frame, real leather upholstery, tightly fixed back and reversible cushions, the manufacturers have ensured that this sleeper sofa will last a long, long time.
Return and Warranty – The free returns policy is valid for 30 days. And the 3-year Warranty ensures you won’t have to worry about this model failing you any time soon.
Made to Order – Each Fischer couch is specially made to order.
Key Takeaway: There is only one major drawback, there have been issues with delivery for this model. Because it’s real actual genuine leather, the price is understandable, especially given that it’s a heavy, durable piece of furniture, making it a good investment if you can afford it.
3. Furniture of America Charlton Contemporary Corner Sectional with Pull-Out Sleeper – Best Sectional Sleeper Sofa
The Charlton by Furniture of America is not only a sectional, but it has a hidden pull-out couch to boot. It’s a solid piece of furniture, made from solid wood and veneer and upholstered in plush foam for extra comfort.
It’s relatively well priced and offers a reversible chaise, which has extra storage underneath, great for keeping the extra bedding. This is a great investment if you have children who like sleepovers or you want to make the most out of a smaller space.
Versatile and Functional – The contemporary style works in most interiors while the storage under the reversible chaise provides a great place to store extra bedding and pillows, on whichever side of the main sleeper sofa works in your personal space.
Good Quality – The frame is made from solid wood and veneer, so the sleeper sofa won’t bend or break with years of use.
Upholstery – The plush foam is held in place with a tufted design on the pillows and seats, which is both visually appealing and satisfyingly comfy.
Key Takeaway: The Charlton offers a comfy and versatile sleeper/sectional duo that can be arranged in a variety of ways, with extra storage to boot.. This is a good option if you have children who enjoy sleepovers with lots of friends or if you have guests who like the option of either a pull-out bed or a sectional sleeper.
4. HONBAY Leather Convertible L-Shape Couch – Best Budget Sectional Sofa for The Money
Considering the price of this sectional, it’s a pretty good buy, although sectional may be pushing it. It doesn’t exactly have a chaise, and rather it has an ottoman which can be used to create a chaise on either side of the main sofa.
The sofa itself is big enough to sleep on, and the design is sturdy and well-made for the price. Obviously, don’t expect the best sofa in the world, but this will do on a tight budget in a small space.
Versatile Design – The independent ottoman means you can arrange this sectional in a variety of ways. Whether you want a sofa with an ottoman or a chaise on either side, versatility is there.
Good Spring System – Wih individually pocketed coils in seat cushions covered with comfortable foam and serpentine springs in the seat base, this set has good support.
Solid Wood Frame – The frame is made from solid wood to increase durability.
Check out this article on best sectional sofas.
Key Takeaway: This is a smaller convertible sofa set that does the job as a sofa that you can sleep on. It’s very affordable and cozy. Unfortunately, as with most cheap things, customer service isn’t good, there are some defective models in the bunch and it’s not real leather. That being said, for the price, you can’t really complain…
5. Signature Design by Ashley – Alenya Queen Size – Best Queen Sleeper Sofa
The Alenya is a queen size sleeper from the well-known Signature Design by Ashley. This is a well-made sleeper sofa, but the pullout is what makes it the best in its class.
The double-fold pullout is not only big, but it also has an innerspring design, putting it a cut above the rest, including memory foam mattresses, which can be a bit on the thin side in pullouts.
Comfortable – Above all else, this sofa-sleeper is both stylish and luxurious, with box cushions and an innerspring mattress combined with track arms and mid-century modern style & design – it will fit comfortably into any style living space.
Easy to Clean – The polyester/nylon blend microfiber upholstery is easy to clean and maintain.
Well-Made – Buying from a well-known brand has its perks, including a track record of making long-lasting furniture.
Key Takeaway: The Alenya by Signature Design is a comfortable, large pull-out sleeper that is well made and stylish. The only drawback is delivery, which can be less than satisfactory, with damaged couches and unreachable customer service. But for the most part, this sleeper is a worthy investment.
6. Walsunny Modern Faux Leather Couch
The Walsunny is a sofa bed with faux leather upholstery material that is designed for the modern apartment. While it isn’t the most comfy sleeper, as it’s only a sofa/futon-type bed, it does offer a modern style with a minimalist approach.
Included in this it the great hidden cup-holder, like the back seat of a car. It’s big enough to seat two adults or for a single adult to sleep on. It’s an inexpensive solution to small-space seating and occasional sleeping problems.
Reclining Backrest – The backrest reclines to a 45-degree angle for deep relaxation. Or all the way down for a sofa bed.
Hidden Cupholders – Jus, like the back seat of a luxury car, the backrest has a hidden armrest in the middle that flips down to reveal two cupholders.
High-Quality Materials (for the price) – With faux leather upholstery material, sturdy padding and chrome legs (finished metal), the design is stylish yet durable.
Perfect for Small Spaces
Returns and Warranty – 30 Days free replacements or returns and a one year warranty.
Key Takeaway: If you’re looking for a sleek yet bold sofa that doesn’t take up much space, but can provide an extra sleeping space in a pinch, this is a good buy. Do however take into consideration the cost – while this is a good buy in this price range, it isn’t the world’s top sleeper sofa.
7. Joybird Hughes Sofa – Comfortable Sofa Bed for Daily Use
The Hughes Sleeper Sofa from Joybird, which has been accredited by wirecutter as building some of the best couches ever, is the sofa bed you want to save up for if you’re going to be using it every day.
It offers ample enough seating with a pullout sofa bed. It is made from exceptional quality materials; although the mattress is of lower quality compared to the couch itself, there are ways to make it more convenient.
This is a worthy investment, even if it means saving up for a while. There are numerous consumer reports attesting to this fact.
Hand-Made – Each couch is individually made with the textile of your choice to ensure quality, durability, and customer satisfaction.
Functional – The Sleeper Sofa acts as a sleeper and a sofa, so you can change a small living space from comfortable seating to functional sleeping quarters in a flash.
Stylish Design – This sofa is stylish in every aspect, from its tapered feet to its slanted armrests, it will be an eye-catching addition to any room, including a living room or guest room. With over 40 high-quality textiles to choose from, you’ll be sure to get a couch that matches your home office or your home perfectly.
Comfort – Medium Plush seat cushion and a supportive backrest ensure that you’re comfortably seated, while the 5” high-density and foam mattress make reclining a dream.
Perfectly Proportioned – with a 76” wide, 25” deep seat at the height of 18” the couch is perfectly proportioned for a comfortable seat – something Joybird prides themselves on
High-Quality Materials – The frame is made from kiln-dried hardwood and held together with glue, staples, and screws for a structure that won’t warp, wobble, or come apart over time.
Key Takeaway: If contemporary mid-century furniture is your thing, this couch is a good investment. But, even if it isn’t, the quality of the materials and design is enough to make you like the style. It’s the best option for a sleeper you’re going to be using on the daily.
8. Sarah Sleeper Sofa – Good Contemporary Model
The Sarah sleeper sofa by Wade Logan, available from Wayfair, is a contemporary Danish-style sleeper that unfolds into a queen-size sleeper.
It has sleek, sleigh-style legs, with detachable feet that support the bottom half of the sleeper that folds down. The velvet upholstery fabric option is sleek and stylish, and the plush throw pillows add a cozy feel t the otherwise minimalist design.
High-Density Foam – The couch and sleeper are upholstered with high-density foam padding that is hard wearing and supportive.
Removable Sleeper Legs – When converting the couch into a sofa bed, two legs attach to support the bottom half of the bed when the bed isn’t in use, the legs can be removed, so they don’t get in the way.
Queen Size – The sleeper couch folds out into a queen-size bed, which can be used as is, but it is recommended to add an extra mattress or sleeper pad and to secure it with a fitted sheet. Sleeper pad can be used
Key Takeaway: The Sarah sleeper is a great addition to a city apartment or loft space, but can be a bit too hard for everyday use. While the price may justify the visual elements of this couch, it doesn’t justify the lack of comfort.
9. Ikea Sandbacken Sleeper Sectional – Best Ikea Sleeper Sofa
Ikea’s Sandbacken is the best from Ikea in terms of quality and value for money.
It is a bit of an unconventional sectional sleeper. The three-seater sofa comes with an ottoman included, which moves to the left side of the couch (when facing it), and then the bed rolls out from underneath the two “open” seats, fold open and latches onto the sofa.
This is a very versatile and hard-wearing sofa with a resilient yet springy seat.
Comfortable yet Durable – The springy foam seat and 25,000 cycle fabric ensure that this couch is most comfortable (link) and durable.
Hidden Storage – The collapsable bed extension is hidden under the sofa while the hollow ottoman provides extra storage space for necessities like pillows and sheets.
Spacious Bed – Once assembled, the sofa bed has enough room for two average-sized adults.
Versatile – The Sandbacken set can be arranged in a number of ways. Whether you want a loose ottoman or a chaise, this sectional couch set can move to match your needs.
Key Takeaway: This is a nice addition to the living room or den if you often have guests. It’s an interesting design that is comfortable and versatile, but converting the sofa to a bed can be a bit complicated.
Some models I decided not to include in this review:
- Emily Futon Sofa Bed
- Shelter Queen Sofa at West Elm
- Eliot Sofa (frame is constructed from kiln-dried hardwood with customizable wood stain & fabric color)
- DHP Emily Futon
- Swiger Convertible (espresso finish with wooden legs)
- Pottery Barn Luna Upholstered Daybed
- Willa Arlo Interiors Nia
How Can I Make My Sleeper Sofa More Comfortable?
Having a sleeper sofa is always a practical, functional choice… But it’s not always a comfortable solution to your housing overnight guests, especially if they decide to extend their stay. Here’s how you can make your sleeper more comfortable:
Fill in the Blanks
Of the different types of sleepers, pullout sleepers are infamous for swallowing pillows and sheets as guests try to get some beauty sleep.
To remedy this, try filling up any gaps with something soft. Whether it’s an old blanket or the unused seat cushion off the couch, make sure all the gaps are all filled up.
Once they’re good and filled up, you can keep the filling in place with a fitted sheet that will wrap around everything nicely.
This can also add extra length to shorter pullouts for taller guests, something they will truly appreciate.
Sleepers aren’t always comfortable. Whether you have a pullout, futon, or sectional sleeper, sometimes the mattress wears or is just plain uncomfortable from the get-go. Here you have a couple of options…
A mattress topper is a good start. Sometimes all you need is a little bit of extra padding. We suggest getting a medium to the medium-soft topper.
But if your pull-outs mattress is especially flimsy, go for hard and add the topper as a “bottomer” instead. High density or memory foams are a good option for toppers and “bottomers.”
Make sure you get the right size and thickness. Too thick and it will need to be stored separately, too thin, and it will be redundant.
If this seems like an unnecessary mission, you can always buy a brand-new mattress. There are a couple of things to keep in mind, though.
As with a topper, you need to measure the size of your sleeper. Now, here’s the tricky thing. With a pullout, you can’t get an especially thick mattress. It needs to fold. For ultimate comfort, consider getting a mattress that can be stored somewhere else.
Duvets, especially the down type, can provide the necessary cushioning you need to make a mattress or base just the right amount of comfy. Think of it as a “pillow top” for the existing mattress
Make sure the duvet is spread out to cover the entire sleeping area with no folds, as this can become uncomfortable during the night. You can secure it in place with a well-fitting fitted sheet.
Using a duvet as a topper is a good short-term solution, but it can be quite warm in summer and in winter you may want to use the duvet to sleep under instead of on top of, so investing in a topper, even for a sectional might end up being worth it in the long run.
Sleeping on quality pillows and bedding can make all the difference in the world.
Having a special set of best pillows and linen fabric for guests will not only make their experience more enjoyable, but they will feel special and welcomed.
There’s nothing worse than sleeping on a washed-out sheet that doesn’t stay tucked or under a scratchy blanket with an accent pillow that’s both too hard and too soft because it’s gone all lumpy and most of the stuffing is stuck on one side.
Give your house guests the very best. Because the bedding won’t be used very often, you don’t have to buy the most expensive, hard-wearing items, but don’t be cheap either.
Know Your Guest
If you know the sleeper is going to be used by your parents who are reaching the more refined terrain of old age, make sure the mattress is sturdy enough for them.
Also, consider that a sectional sleeper may not be the best option in this case – climbing in and out of bed (literally) may not be their idea of fun.
If the sleeper is mainly going to be used for kids’ sleepovers, get a mattress protector. You never know who’s going to spill hot-coco all over your couch…
If your best friend lives in the next town and they often spend a Friday night crashing at your place, get them a special set of sheets that matches their taste and tell them to bring their own pillow.
Knowing who you’re catering for will help you make the bed more comfortable for their specific needs.
Keep it Clean…
The inside of the couch bed is the land of lost socks and crummy old things. This is especially true if you have two-legged or four-legged children.
You don’t have to clean the inside of your couch every day, but if you have a pullout, make it part of a routine to check the inside for dirt and debris.
You’ll soon learn to know when it’s going to need a good cleaning out.
If you know guests are coming over, make a point of vacuuming the entire couch.
There’s nothing worse than trying to fall asleep to the musty smell of old chips and human.
Yes, that’s gross, but next time you’re at your friend’s place, stick your nose on their sofa and get a whiff of that.
Your sofa might feel and smell clean to you, but for a guest sleeping in a strange environment, there’s nothing better than the clean smell of laundry detergent and room spray.
What Should I Look for When Buying a Sleeper Sofa?
First and foremost, you want to consider the type of sleeper you’re getting:
Types of Sleeper Sofa
There are three main types of sleeper sofa: Pull-out, Futon, and Sectional. Each comes with its own set of pros and cons, so choose the type that matches your needs the best.
Pullout sleepers are arguably the most convenient kind because you don’t need to move the entire sofa to have a bed. Some sectionals even come with a pull-out bed for this exact reason.
That being said, pull-out sleeper sofas are not necessarily comfortable. Most of them come with a relatively thin mattress on a spring base. You’d think the design would have changed after years of complaints… it hasn’t.
Springs can be too bouncy or too hard, mattresses are generally too flimsy, and often, there’s a lot of wasted space at the backrest, which swallows your pillow into the depths of couch-world where food droppings and pocket fluff go to multiply and thrive.
But, if you’re the one struggling to move the furniture around for guests, this isn’t always your problem, and the ease of setting the pull out up is unparalleled.
Futons are fun. They are relatively easy to set up and offer a sturdy base for visitors to sleep on.
On the downside, futon couches and sleeper sofas are not the most comfortable to sit on. Generally, the seat and backrest are exactly the same, and they’re often at an uncomfortable angle for sitting.
They do, however, offer a better sleeping experience for guests as they are more sturdy. But, the types with armrests aren’t always great for taller people. For some reason, futons are short, so make sure to pick one that matches the size of your expected guests.
All sectionals can be converted into some type of sleeper. They offer good support and a lovely built-in headrest (armrests).
But there is a down-side… Not only is it a good exercise to set up the sectional sleeper, but it’s a bit of a climb into bed as well. The backrests of the sofa and chaise will become the sides of the bed, so to get in, you’ll have to crawl.
It’s also much more difficult to tuck in sheets, and there’s a possibility that the two parts will move apart as you sleep.
Some sectionals also have a hard edge on the seat. This is something you don’t notice while you’re sitting, but if you’re sleeping across the bed, it might dig into your hip or shoulder.
Key Takeaway: Each type of sleeper has its own pros and cons. Of course, no sleeper will ever live up to the comfort of a real bed, but there are some key factors to take into consideration for each:
Difficult to set up.
Good support, comfortable seating.
Easy to set up and comfortable seating
When choosing a sleeper sofa, you want to make sure it’s comfortable, but you also want that comfort to last!
To make sure you’re buying a sleeper that’s going to stand the test of time, take care to ensure you get the very best by checking the following components:
For the longest-lasting sleeper or sofa, you want a frame that’s made from hardwood. Yes, this is a more expensive option, but it is worth it.
Softer wood, plywood, plastic, and metal all have a greater risk of warping, cracking, bending, or simply breaking.
Also, look at how sturdy the frame is. When standing in front of or behind the couch, you want to be able to lift the one corner 6” or less before the other front or back corner lifts. This shows that the sofa frame is sturdy and won’t sag-out over time.
Because your best off opting for a hardwood frame, it’s important to make sure that the components of the frame are joined in the best possible way, so make sure to ask the manufacturer which method they use.
The best is a combination of both glue and dowel or screw. Staples are always a bad join; they can pull out easily. The same goes for nails but to a lesser degree. Glue on its own also isn’t a good join,
Good joins include wooden dowels and screws. Adding extra stability to this join, so it lasts even longer, is done with glue and corner blocks.
When you choose a sleeper, it’s best to choose one that uses springs in the seat and/or mattress. Make sure to check that they are close together and give good support.
The closer the springs are together, the better support they will give over time, preventing that “bounce” effect or seat/sleeper bed sagging that can happen over time when springs become worn.
Steer clear of sleeper sofas that are only supported by mesh or netting as the material wears much faster than springs, which is doubly true if you’re using a futon or sectional sleeper.
Yes, you’re obviously going to want to choose a design that you like, but try to go for a more timeless design rather than a trendy one. That bright red minimalist couch might look nice now, but how are you going to feel about it in five years’ time?
Going for neutral tones and classic designs will ensure that you’ll love your couch for its entire lifetime.
Go for a supreme strength material that will allow for strength in both a seating area and a sleeping surface.
Linen Upholstery and cotton are great… But they’re not exactly stain resistant. Leather is good, but it requires quite a bit of maintenance. Also, consider pets. If you have pets, do they lose a lot of hair? Do they tend to jump on your furniture and play? Do they have sharp nails?
Picking a material that’s hard-wearing and stain-resistant is a must. But then also look for a material that suits your needs.
Faux leather, PU leather, and the real Maccoy can be easier to clean than fabrics, but they aren’t exactly scratch resistant.
Fabrics are scratch-resistant but can pick up a lot of fluff and stains. A good throw can remedy this problem, though.
When considering a fabric, do look for a thicker material with a dense weave, it’s less likely to sag out over time and get snagged.
Last, but definitely not least, you want to check the foam or filling the sleeper is stuffed with. Dense foams take longer to get squishy, which can be less comfy in the beginning but lasts a lot longer.
Soft foams are great for a while, but after a while, they lose that comfy cushioning and become rock hard.
Some sleeper sofas are made with layered foam, which is a good compromise between the two. Remember that the foam cushions will lose some hardness within the first month, so pick a medium squish, and then, if the cushions wear out, you can fluff or re-stuff them as needed.
Key Takeaway: To make sure you get the sleeper of your dreams you need to take a lot of factors into consideration, not just how comfortable it looks…
Final Words. What is the Most Comfortable Sleeper Sofa?
The most comfortable sleeper is definitely Hughes. It’s so comfortable people use it as a bed on a daily basis, but that doesn’t make it the best model.
When considering all factors, Hughes is definitely good quality and worth the investment, but it’s a pretty hefty investment if you’re not going to be using it every day.
Of course, there’s also the Sandbacken, which is great value for money, but setting up the sofa bed can be a bit tedious, especially when you’re tired.
While the cheaper models are great when you’re in a pinch, they won’t be as comfortable as the more expensive models…
And the Stone & Beam leather sofa is also pretty pricey – but again, so worth it if you can afford it!
If you’re looking for a comfortable sofa that’s worth the sleeper it comes with, which you’ll pull-out occasionally, then the Devon from Signature Sleep is definitely a worthy and affordable investment.
It’s comfortable to sit on, matches basically every interior, and will last you a good long time. It’s the best all-rounder on the list.