The perfect sofa bed does exist. You just need to do a little research and make some decisions before you buy. But a little homework ahead of time will go a long way to finding the sofa bed that will provide years of comfort and joy for you and your family.
Purpose of Your Sofa Bed
A sofa bed serves double-duty as a place to sit and a place to sleep. But consider how often you intend to take advantage of the versatile functionality of your sofa bed and you're on your way to deciding which is best for your living space..
Do you plan to use the sofa more often than the bed? Are you purchasing this furniture for when guests come over or do you expect this piece to be used on a more regular basis? Where do you envision placing your sofa bed, a guest bedroom or in the living room of your home?
How much wear and tear do you expect your sofa bed to receive from week to week? Ask yourself that question and be honest. Homes where young children are present might pose considerable challenges for keeping the sofa bed clean. If a sofa bed is going to be placed in a guest room where it will see limited use throughout the year will make it easier to maintain.
Consider how much wear and tear you expect the sofa bed to receive. It can inform many decisions related to the fabric and functionality of the furniture.
Placing the Sofa Bed in Your Home
You may already know which room you have in mind, but take the immediate surroundings into consideration as you can maximize functionality and preserve the condition of the sofa bed to extend its lifespan in the process.
Here are the most important things to remember:
Size of Your Sofa Bed
Always measure the space first. Be sure your intended location will be able to accommodate your sofa bed when it's open and closed. Since sofa beds come in the same variety of sizes as a standard bed, you need to think like you're placing a bed in that space. That includes the length and width of the sofa bed when it's extended.
The sofa bed should not be an obstacle to navigate past when in use. That can lead to potential injury to guests and damage to the sofa bed. Doors in the room should open and close without obstruction. You shouldn't have to shift or move other furnishings around every time you want to use your sofa bed either.
Know the dimensions of your space and the exact measurements of the sofa bed you plan to purchase before you buy.
Be cognizant of the size of the couch when it's being used for seating. If you entertain guests often, you may want to choose a sofa bed that can fit more people when seated. Larger families may prefer more available seating and that can also affect how much space is necessary to avoid overcrowding of the room where you intend to keep the sofa bed.
Placing your sofa bed near a window that receives an abundance of sunlight day in and day out can be damaging to the fabric. Too much direct sunlight can result in the fabric appearing faded and bleached in no time. Window coverings can be useful for protecting your investment.
This is a good rule of thumb when you plan to buy any type of home furnishing. You want your sofa bed to match your home décor. A sofa bed that clashes with your interior design scheme is almost as unfortunate as having the wrong size sofa bed in your living space. Sofa beds offer versatility and flexibility to make any living space more functional, but the right sofa bed can also maximize your home's aesthetic appeal.
With so many sofa bed design choices available, you're bound to find the right look to complement any room of your home.
The right sofa bed can make every living space a more welcome, comfortable, and inviting place to be. Finding the one that fits your living space best takes a little planning ahead, but you will be well rewarded for your efforts with a furnishing you can be proud to own for years to come.
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