The best sofa beds for 2020: Flexible, comfortable options to help you host visitors in style

We select the best sofa beds of all types, from basic to super space-saving to luxurious

Best sofa beds:John Lewis Duplet
The John Lewis Duplet is the best sofa bed in the day-bed style
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Wouldn't it be nice if you had a spare bedroom for each of your guests? That's never going to be possible for most of us. But the best sofa beds mean you don't have to make people choose between the floor and curled up awkwardly on the couch. 

With a sofa bed, you can enjoy a comfy sofa during the day then transform it into a proper bed by night. It's like a space saving magic trick! In this article, we've rounded up our pick of the best sofa beds around right now. We've covered options for all budgets, as well as a range of types (read on for more on your options there) and styles to suit different decor.

Head to our guides to the best duvet and the best pillows to complete your guest sleep setup. 

How to choose the best sofa bed

So you've decided to invest in a sofa bed. Before you start your search you'll need to decide which kind you want. There are three main types to choose from. 

First, there's the fold-out sofa bed, where the bed frame and the mattress are folded inside the structure of the sofa by day, then open out to a full bed by night. These tend to be the more expensive kind of sofa bed and they're a little more tricky to put together, but they're also generally more comfortable.

Second, there's the click-clack style of sofa bed, where you simply fold the sofa back down flat to make a bed. This is not the usually most comfortable option, as you're basically still sleeping on a sofa. However, at least there's actually space to fit your whole body, and it's going to be a lot more comfortable than the floor. Plus this type of sofa bed is much easier to set up, and usually cheaper, than the fold-out kind.

Thirdly, there's the daybed style of sofa bed. This is a single, slim sofa that contains a spare mattress. This is the most space-saving type of sofa bed, and many models can be quite flexible in terms of converting to either a single or a double bed. 

We'll be honest: for pretty much any sofa bed, there is an identifiable crevice between the two sections, which your visitor is just going to have to put up with. But in the best sofa beds, it's pretty minimal and that's certainly the case with the ones we've chosen here.

The best sofa beds right now

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best sofa bed: John Lewis Sansa sofa bed

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best sofa bed: John Lewis Sansa sofa bed

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1. John Lewis & Partners Sansa Scroll Arm Sofa Bed

The best sofa bed overall

Specifications
Type: Fold-out
Fabric options: Loads
Seats : 3
Sleeps: 2
Dimensions: H84 x W251 x D152cm
Seat height: 44cm
Refund policy: 35 days
Delivery within: 13 weeks
Reasons to buy
+Comfortable mattress+Storage space for bedding+Chose from a wide range of upholstery fabrics
Reasons to avoid
-May have to wait a while for for delivery

John Lewis & Partners is known for quality products that cost a little more but represent excellent value overall. And that's certainly the case for the Sansa fold-out sofa bed. There's a real firmness and bounce to its construction that provides both a relaxing sitting experience and a cosy night's sleep. There's plenty of room on this L-shaped sofa for three adults to sit, and it would work perfectly in a family living room. Then when it's time to turn in, it's relatively simple to convert into a double-sized bed. 

The foam mattress acts like springs, moulding to the body for a supported sleep, but returning to its original shape when not in use. We also love the hidden storage space for blankets and bedding. Finally, there's an option to pick your fabric to suit your decor – there are absolutely loads to choose from (beware, some are in a higher price bracket) and you can request fabric samples to make sure it goes with your colour scheme before you order. You can also choose between light or dark feet.

On the whole, the stylish design, the quality of the materials, the generous size, the easy of use, the handy storage and the 15-year frame guarantee add up to make this our best sofa bed overall.

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best sofa bed: Habitat KOTA

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best sofa bed: Habitat KOTA

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2. Habitat KOTA 3-seater sofa bed

The best sofa bed in the click-clack style

Specifications
Type: Click-clack
Fabric options: 6
Seats: 3
Sleeps: 2
Dimensions: W189 x H90 x D102cm
Seat height: 46cm
Refund policy: 14 days
Delivery within: 10 days
Reasons to buy
+Fits in small spaces+Transforms in seconds+Stylish design
Reasons to avoid
-Only a small double-No storage

Looking for a sofa design that will fit into space spaces and yet still serve as comfortable guest bed? Then we'd highly recommend this KOTA sofa bed from habitat. This one comes in a choice of six fabrics – three woven linen mix and three velvet – and you can order swatches before you buy.

The supportive filling, combining foam with fibre wrapped springs, makes it comfortable to both sit and sleep on. As a sofa, it fits up to three adults; then engage the click-clack mechanism to flip the back all the way down, and you can easily convert it to a bed that's the equivalent of a small double. In other words, it's perfect for one or cosy for two, as long as you're a couple (or just very good friends).

This is designed to be an 'occasional' bed, so we wouldn't recommend this for sleeping on every night. But if you have guests round every now and then, and you'd like to offer them the possibility of staying the night with the minimum of fuss, then this affordable and space-saving design will do very nicely.

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best sofa bed: John Lewis & Partners Duplet

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best sofa bed: John Lewis & Partners Duplet

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3. John Lewis Duplet Daybed

The best sofa bed in the daybed style

Specifications
Type: Daybed
Fabric options: Loads
Seats: 3
Sleeps: 2
Dimensions: H48 x W203 x D76cm
Seat height: 48cm
Refund policy: 35 days
Delivery within: 13 weeks
Reasons to buy
+Space-saving design+Turns into two singles or one king-size+Lots of fabric options
Reasons to avoid
-No back when used as sofa

If you're looking for a daybed-style sofa bed, then this design from John Lewis is our favourite by a country mile right now. First, because of its flexibility. That's because it converts to become two singles, which can be used separately, stacked on top of each other, or placed side-by-side to form a king-size bed. The second thing we like is the mattress itself. The foam filling is very springy, moulding to your body and supporting you in your sleep, but snapping back when returned to its sofa bed form. 

As a day bed, it doesn't have a back, so you'll need to push it against a wall to use as a sofa, and add some cushions. But on the positive side, that makes it very easy to move around the house and store anywhere you see fit. And like other John Lewis sofa beds, you can chose between a wide range of upholstery fabrics.

Elegantly designed, super-comfortable and very flexible, this isn't the cheapest daybed-style sofa bed to say the least. But if you care about your the quality of your guests' sleep, then it offers decent value.  

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best sofa bed: Haru Sofa Bed

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best sofa bed: Haru Sofa Bed

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4. MADE Haru Small Sofa Bed

The best sofa bed for saving space

Specifications
Type: Fold-out
Fabric options: 5
Seats: 2 (other sizes available)
Sleeps: 2
Dimensions: H78 x W120 x D86cm
Seat height: 45cm
Refund policy: 14 days
Delivery within: 8-10 weeks
Reasons to buy
+Low price+Space saver+Different sizes available
Reasons to avoid
-Lacks storage-Cosy for two sleepers

If you want to be guest-ready but don't have a lot of space, this fold-out sofa bed is a great choice. It's a real budget-beater, with the 2-seater option selling for just £329 at time of writing. It's comfortable and has a luxurious look and feel: you'd never guess it was a sofa bed when just viewing it as a sofa. And its compact dimensions (H78 x W120 x D86cm) make it ideal for any small room or flat. 

It's easy to assemble into a bed and back again, and we love that you can fold the bottom out and leave the back upright for general lounging. For sleeping it's cosy fit for two people to say the least, but that's the compromise you make for its space-saving proportions the rest of the time.

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best sofa bed: Chou Sofa Bed

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best sofa bed: Chou Sofa Bed

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5. MADE Chou Sofa Bed

The best budget sofa bed

Specifications
Type: Click-clack
Fabric options: 4
Seats: 3
Sleeps: 2
Dimensions: H82 x W210 x D110cm
Seat height: 42cm
Refund policy: 14 days
Delivery within: 10-12 weeks
Reasons to buy
+Cheap+3 seater
Reasons to avoid
-Not the biggest-Lacks storage

We love the retro stylings of this 3-seater sofa bed, with its angled wooden legs, buttoned details on the back rest, and range of gorgeous colours. And it's not just a good looker. The click-clack mechanism is easy to use, converting your sofa into a bed in just two movements. It's sturdy and comfortable as both a sofa and bed, and the arms are removable for taller guests. It's worth noting that the current delivery time of 10-12 weeks means you'll have to wait a while to get it. But given the super-low price, the value on offer here is truly excellent.