My List of Top Sofa Beds and Futons
Now that Baby Boy is joining the family, we will be down a guest room. To be honest, our guest room has only been used a handful of times a year, but it was still really nice to have, especially in those early days of the newborn haze, when my mom could sleep over and help with the night shift!
We don’t want to leave any guests high and dry, so it was a priority to figure out a spot for someone to comfortably sleep in our home, even without a dedicated bedroom. We discussed sleeper sofas, pull-out couches, Murphy beds, and futons and I spent hours combing the internet, trying to find the best of the best. I’m not gonna lie, it can be kinda tough because a lot of the options out there are, well, ugly. I wanted something comfortable and functional, but it also needed to go with the style of our home.
Today let’s discuss those options and the one I ended up choosing for our home.
Our “Guest Room” Gameplan
We discussed a lot of options when we were figuring out what the heck to do for sleeping arrangements around here. Originally, I wanted to buy a large pull-out sectional for the basement as we move towards making that a playroom/family room area. However, Finn is still working from home, full-time, and will probably still be at home, part-time, at least through the end of the year. The basement will likely be a 2022 project, so we can definitely add a pull-out couch when we makeover that entire space.
Instead, we decided to utilize the couch area in my office. I adore the navy loveseat I have in here. (It’s from Article, but it’s not sold anymore.) But since we need something that will work double-duty, I’ll sadly be selling it, but not until our new piece arrives in the fall.
While I considered using a Murphy bed or a large pull-out couch in here, we really don’t have much space for those solutions. This area is plenty long, but it’s a bit narrow, especially with the swing of the door, so that limited us when I was on the hunt for the right piece of furniture.
The Futon We Chose
Photo via Pottery Barn
In the end, we decided to go with this futon. Honestly, I kinda hate the word “futon” because I immediately picture a gross dorm room setup. But futons have come a long way and there are actually some stylish options. We chose this one because it fits well and is pretty stylish! I didn’t want it to look like an old-school futon and the shape of this one makes it more modern. Plus, I already knew navy (the color “indigo” on the site) would work well in here! Oh, and it’s called “The Finn” so that kinda sealed the deal.
Photo via Pottery Barn
This will fold down so it’s completely flat and will act as a bed for our guests. When opened, it’s about the size of a full mattress, so my guess is this will be most comfortable for one person. My plan is to keep the extra bedding and pillows in my office closet so I can quickly transform this into a bed when needed.
The only problem? It’s totally back-ordered and our delivery has already been pushed back twice. Now, it says it will arrive mid-September, so we’re hoping that happens and we can get it all set up before the baby arrives. Fingers crossed.
Backup Sleeping Arrangements
We also have an air mattress that we bought when we moved in. We’ve only used it a few times for guests, but it’s really comfortable. We keep that in the basement, along with extra bedding, and it’s nice to whip out if people want to spend the night. We actually have friends visiting in a few weeks and we’ll be sure to get them all set up down there and make it as cozy as possible.
Top Sofa Beds & Pull-Out Couches
So I looked at hundreds of options when figuring out what we should do. Here are some of the top sofa beds that I liked but wouldn’t fit in our small space…
Twin Sleeper // Paidge Queen Sleeper Sofa (no longer sold) // Flipside Sleeper Sofa // Sectional Sofa // Slope Arm Sleeper // Sectional Sleeper with Storage in Chaise // Sarah Sofa Bed // Slipcovered Sofa
Stylish Futons & Trundle Beds
We also looked into putting a trundle bed in the office, but again, there is not enough space. I do love them, though, probably because they are so cute for kids for sleepovers! In the end, a petite futon was the best option for us, but I considered a few others on this list below.
So there you have it – our game plan for guests when they come to stay at the Finn household. I’ll be sure to keep you posted when our futon finally arrives. Cross all your fingers and toes that it isn’t back-ordered yet again!
I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m married to Finn & mom to Rory and Ellis. Together we’re creating our dream home in Chicago, one DIY project at a time.