Get a Sleeper Sofa If You Want to Maximize Your Living Space
If you have a small living space, or often have trouble coming up with sleeping accommodations for your guests, a sleeper sofa might be the perfect solution for you. They maximize your living space by doubling up as your sitting furniture as well as an additional bed, while occupying a relatively small area.
You can find sleeper sofas in several styles. However, all of them can be put into any one of three major types of sleeper sofas. The first, and most common type are the ones which convert to a bed when you pull the extension from underneath the sofa cushions. Next, you have the type that enables you to adjust the back support, from anywhere between ninety degrees for full upright seating, to 180 degrees for laying down. Lastly, you can also opt for the sectional type. These are modular pieces of furniture which you can arrange for upright seating, putting your feet up, or laying down. These normally come with an ottoman and built in chaise. You can use the chaise to lounge or sleep while others can sit upright. To create an even larger surface area for laying down, you can push the ottoman next to the chaise.
Sleeper sofas often come with unattached foam cushions that you can use for arm rests or pillows. However, many have built in arm rests, many of which are adjustable. However, a few of them do have adjustable arm rests.
Since sleeper sofas have to endure heavy use, make sure that the one you buy is well built. Make sure the sales page that you are reading or the sales person that you are dealing with verifies that the frame is made out of hardwood, and that the screws, hinges, and locking mechanisms are made out of high quality steel. Not only that, you also want to ensure that the cushions are made out of materials which return to their original form. In general, the firmer the better because you need support as you lay sleep. Cushions that are too soft will not support your back much, resulting in chronic pain, tension, and unrestful sleep. If you want to maximize comfort, buy a sleeper sofa that has high quality fabrics, such as genuine leather or microsuede. These fabrics stay supple and retain their elasticity, while others fabrics such as microfiber and upholstery tend to pill, tear, and become coarse over time.