You need a new sofa. You have a budget, but you’re not sure what type of sofa to get. Is a sleeper sofa the best option for when the in-laws drop in unexpectedly or is a sectional better for those holiday parties you host every year?
There are a variety of different sofa types to choose from, and the right one for you will depend on your personal taste and needs.
1. Traditional Sofa
A traditional sofa is what most people are familiar with. They can seat two or three people with ease, and are available in a variety of styles and colors. From traditional to contemporary, you’ll find many different options with traditional sofas.
Most traditional sofas are placed in living rooms or family rooms for entertaining. Typically, these furniture pieces are simple in nature, although some may feature an extendable footrest or recline back.
2. Convertible Sofa
Convertible sofas are a popular choice for studio apartments and other areas where space is limited. Very similar to a sleeper sofa, these furniture pieces can act as both a sofa and a bed. The primary difference between a convertible and a sleeper sofa is that a convertible sofa uses its cushions as the mattress.
Generally, convertible couches are more popular than sleepers because they’re easier to use and more affordable.
3. Sleeper Sofa
Sleeper sofas are a great choice for small living spaces and for guests. Depending on the size of the sofa, the included bed may be able to accommodate up to three people. Acting as a sofa by day and bed by night, a sleeper sofa actually has a folded bed frame and mattress built-in. All the cushions and pillows are removable, which allows you to access the bed and easily pull it out.
The only issue with sofa beds is that they tend to be significantly heavier than a traditional or convertible sofa.
4. Sectional Sofa
A sectional sofa blends seamlessly into modern homes with contemporary décor. Unlike traditional sofas, sectionals can be taken apart and moved to different areas of the room.
The great thing about sectional sofas is that they allow for flexibility, so you can change the layout of your space with ease. If you’re having guests over, you can move one area of the sectional to the other side of the room to allow guests to sit and talk.
You’ll find sectionals in both circular and L-shaped designs. You have a variety of different options when choosing this type of sofa, and will have the option to choose pieces with reclining functions or extendable footrests.
5. Pull Out Sofa Bed
A pull out sofa bed is, essentially, the same thing as a sleeper sofa. These couches have a built-in bed frame and mattress that folds up underneath the cushions. Removing the cushions will allow you to access the bed and pull it out for you or your guests to use.
Depending on the type you choose, the mattress may be made of foam, or it may be a traditional spring-type mattress.
Because comfort levels can vary greatly from one model to another, it’s best to try out sleeper sofas in person before buying one.
6. Futon Sofa
Futons are another type of sofa that can act as both a seating area and a bed. Of all the sleeper-type sofas available, futons are typically the most affordable. Their designs are contemporary, and most models include a mechanism that allows you pull down the back of the futon to convert it into a bed.
Generally speaking, futons having a thinner mattress. And like a convertible sofa, the cushions typically acts as the mattress as well. Most cushions are one single unit as opposed to two or three separate cushions.
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Loveseats are another great option when space is limited. These sofas can seat one or two people comfortably. Like traditional sofas, you have a variety of different options when it comes to styles and colors. In a way, loveseats are simply mini versions of traditional sofas. And some models do come with a reclining function or extendable footrest.
Divan sofas are unique in that they don’t have a back. Many people choose to place these sofas up against a wall, but it’s also not uncommon to find them in the middle of a room. They’re often used for lounging and laying down as opposed to sitting upright.
9. Bunk Bed Sleeper
Bunk bed sleepers are a new and modern take on the sleeper sofa. Like a regular sofa bed, they look just like a regular couch when closed. However, the unique design of this sofa’s construction allows the front solid cushion to be lifted up. Metal bars and an included metal ladder help to keep the bed in place during use. Down below, a mattress is located underneath where the original cushion sat.
Daybeds are great for lounging as well as sleeping, sitting, and reclining. Experts describe this sofa type as a combination of a couch, chaise, and a bed. Most daybeds have a back and aside, and come in twin size.
Some models will include a trundle that allows you to expand the sleeping capacity of the bed. Trundles may stay firmly in place to offer an additional bed for sleeping, or they may lift up to expand the size of the top bed.
With so many different types of sofas available, it can be difficult to choose the right one for your home. Considering your needs and budget will help you select a type that will add beauty, comfort, and function to your space.