There are a few things to consider before you decide which particular sofa bed to invest in. Here’s what to do:
- Functionality of the room your sofa bed is intended for:Is the sofa bed intended for a living room that will occasionally double as a guest room, or is it intended for a bedroom that will double as a sitting area? Or is the sofa bed intended for a spare room to be used on occasion? The frequency of use will dictate the price range you should aim for.
- Get your priorities right:If the sofa bed is mainly for sitting on, and only occasionally will need to serve as a bed, focus on finding a sofa bed that is comfortable and well -built as a sofa first, and bed second. If it’s the other way around, focus on finding a sofa bed that offers a full range of elements common to a regular bed and allow the aesthetics and style to come second.
- If its main function will be to serve as a bed: look at the high end market products first: you will get best value out of a more expensive product that will last for years without any problems.
The key elements for you are the inner structure of the sofa bed for support and longevity, the material and structure of the mattress/seat for comfort and the fabric that will need to be stain resistant, easy to clean and durable.
Key elements for you: dimensions, comfort, cushioning and durability of structure are aspects you will have to ask about before you buy.
- Test it:when shopping for a sofa bed, bring a friend. With cheaper sofa beds there is always the danger of the bed frame and mattress not being able to properly support and carry the weight of two different people equally
- Motion transition test for the bed:let your partner lie still on the bed while you take different sleeping positions, toss and turn, get in and out of bed. Let your friend take down some notes for comparison to other products
- Focus on comfort, amount of movement transition and whether or not the other person tossing and turning would wake you up at night
- Position in bed – do you roll into the middle?
- Can you feel any bars or internal structure through the mattress/sleeping pad?
- Is your back and body curvatures supported by the mattress?
Sofa comfort test: sit and lie on the sofa as it is folded up and assess the situation. Take notes on the following:
- Firmness – is the cushioning too firm to be used as a sofa on a daily basis?
- How close to the armrests can you sit before it becomes uncomfortable or awkward?
- Is the whole package comfortable enough to take an afternoon nap without folding the bed out?
- Is the sofa durable enough for a family to use it daily? Think about kids jumping on the sofa, lengthy periods of time spent in front of the TV…
WHY WE CHOOSE INNOVATION SOFA BEDS
Compared to a regular sofa bed where the bed frame is built on a fold-out system and the sofa itself doesn’t have much style or character to it, the Innovation sofa beds are quite a revolutionary product.
What makes Innovation different is that none of their sofa beds rely on a pull-out or fold-out whimsical metal frame to support the bed – in fact, the sofa seats and back rests fold down and out to form a sleeping platform. This means there are no uncomfortable mattresses to fuss around with (most modern good quality mattresses must not be folded!) or poor quality sleeping pads to endure.
As mentioned, the seat and backrests themselves form the sleeping pads, so both the sofa side of the sofa bed as well as the bed side of the sofa bed are equally comfortable and designed to be used frequently as a sofa and a bed without having to compromise on the look or functionality.
The Innovation designs are contemporary – most sofa beds come with chromed metal legs and leather/leatherette upholstery in a cool grey-white-black colour scheme as a default, but custom upholstery and colour choices are encouraged.
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Prices on Innovation sofa beds at Bedworks start from $1299. We offer next day Sydney-wide delivery and Australia-wide delivery (allow some more time).