While your options might be lesser than shopping for a quality sofa, there are a lot of benefits to having a sofa bed and they come in handy more than you think.
They’re the ultimate lifesaver when friends pop around, family visits from out-of-town or for when your kids want to have a sleepover. Plus they’re always useful during the holiday season.
"Contrary to popular belief, sofa beds can look great and be extremely comfortable to curl up on after a long day at work," says Temple & Webster’s style team.
A sofa bed is a space-saving and quick-change version of a bed that best suits apartment living or small bedrooms. However, they can also suit everyday use so long as you know what you’re looking for.
"A plush sofa with plenty of cushions will have you in disbelief that beneath your seat is a metal frame."
11 best sofa beds to buy in Australia 2024
To help find the best sofa bed for your space, we’ve consulted the experts and have rounded up some of best sofa beds below for every budget.
In six statement colours comes the new Beauty sofa bed from Koala that makes an elegant focal point in the living room. Transforming into a bed, it features the trademark comfort of the classic Koala mattress with its Kloudcell topper. Plus, with free delivery, a 120-night trial and a five-year warranty, sofa snoozing is made stress-free.
The cult-buy Emma sofa bed is made from sustainably-sourced fabric and wood, comes with a 100-night trial and features built-in storage compartments. Talk about nifty multi-purpose usage.
Embrace the on-trend modern Scandinavian styling of the Nikko sofa, seamlessly blending style and functionality for a youthful and inviting feel. Ideal for both hosting and unwinding, this sofa features a fully adjustable backrest and thick padding adorned with elegant button-tufting. Crafted for durability from a solid rubber wood base, it also comes in a variety of colours.
"So affordable, not chunky and great for our two bedroom city apartment," said a reviewer. "Folds down in legit two seconds and is very stable to sleep on when it’s payed out. Also we got the mustard colour and it’s a very nice tone, great to lighten up the room."
The Cushy comes in six stylish shades and folds out into a bed in seconds. As the winner of the Product Review 2023 Award and recipient of over 500 five-star reviews, this is a cult favourite sofa bed.
"Super easy to assemble and move," wrote a reviewer. "It is a super comfy couch (have fallen asleep on it many times) and an equally comfy pull out bed! Very impressed!".
It's the additional bed tucked away underneath that makes this functional day bed a great design addition to any kid's room.
If you're a fan of Koala's mattress-in-a-box, you're bound to love its sofas. This memory foam sofa bed comes in three different sizes and four colours and has a four-second set up.
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This shape-retaining sofa is made cosier with its plush fabric cover and foam and fibre-filled cushions. Plus, it comes in 10 natural colourways to suit any space.
Stay comfy whether you’re sleeping, lounging, or a bit of both. Made from the same premium cushioning foam that Ecosa is known for, simply lift and transform your sofa into a bed in an instant.
After a chic and functional sofa bed? This one from Freedom has natural leather upholstery, a supportive high back and pillowy cushions and armrests.
Perfect for guests after a long relaxed day of catching up, this floor sofa bed is adjustable in four positions in a minimalistic design.
Indulge in the casual modern style of the Buffy sofa, offering a perfect blend of comfort and elegance. Its stylish design features tufted upholstering, solid rubber wood legs and thick padding, providing the most inviting and relaxing lounging experience. The foldable headrest adds an extra layer of comfort to this sofa, all backed by sturdy craftsmanship.
"I am so impressed with its quality," wrote a five-star reviewer. "Silky kitty fabric, soft pillows. All positions are very comfortable. Everything is working. Very happy. Used to have a 2k couch that was silky and soft but downsized to Buffy due to limited space in the living room and, surprisingly, now I spend more time on [the] sofa."
What to look for when buying a sofa bed?
"When shopping for a sofa bed there are many considerations – function, comfort, size and how much you want to spend. Firstly, decide where it will be used in the living room or guest room? The second consideration is comfort and finding a type of mattress that suits your needs," says Kylie Burgon, Senior Furniture Buyer at Freedom.
Most sofa beds are either a clic-clac, which is where you can simply push the back of the sofa down until it lies flat, or the traditional pull-out sofa which typically has a metal frame that is stowed away inside the sofa.
If a clic-clac or pull-out aren't to your taste, there are other creative and low-maintenance alternatives. One option is a modular sofa, which can be arranged into a bed or why not try a stacked style sofa bed, which is where the firm seat cushions become the mattress.
Are sofa beds comfortable?
As sofa beds are required to be a more compact size, this can mean the bed is thinner than a standard mattress and the length can fall short. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean less comfortable.
Over time the sofa bed design has evolved with new game-changing materials being used like memory foam that is favoured by popular brands like Koala that has just released a new model the Beauty sofa bed.
"The challenge for sofa beds is that it has to be comfortable when sleeping on it, but also when sitting on the sofa bed," says Koala's product design team. "While the experience with most sofa beds is generally pretty uncomfortable (you hit a middle bar in the middle of the night), the Koala Sofa Bed has multiple layers for optimal comfort."
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