21st Oct 2016

Your first blog post!

What exactly is a sofa bed?

Ah, that age old question: Is a sofa bed a bed that turns into a sofa, or a sofa that turns into a bed? 

The answer lies of course in its intended use -  extra seating that can be used as a bed. 

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A sofa bed, (or bed settee if you prefer) steals the show on those occasions when friends and family stop over for a visit. 

Spending most of its time as a stylish settee, a sofa bed can be transformed into a bed in just a few movements. Some sofa beds use a “click-clack” mechanism and discreet support legs to turn into a bed, while others fold out.

Our sofa beds are available in all sorts of wonderful designs, fabrics, and colours, making it easier for you to choose the perfect one for your home.

Why should I buy a sofa bed?

By providing two functions in one fashionable piece of furniture, a sofa bed means a room can have more than one use. For instance, if the spare room needs to serve as both an office and a guest room, choose a small sofa bed like the chic yet cosy Cameo. This way you’ll still keep your much-needed office space, but can then transform it into a stylish bedroom when guests come to stay.

Don’t have a spare room? Select a larger sofa bed like the Sklya 3 seatersofa bed and give it the attention it deserves in the living room. This gorgeous bed settee provides plenty of room for movie nights and sleepovers when the little kids (and big kids) come to stay. 

Another fantastic aspect of sofa beds is that they can switch from one use to the other at a moment’s notice. This is perfect for when unexpected guests drop by, or when there’s a last-minute change of plan. During the day, simply transform the bed back into a stylish sofa, and let your visitors enjoy the additional seating area.

Which sofa bed should I choose?

There are those that say you should only buy something if it is practical, or if it is beautiful, but at Bensons for Beds, we ask, why can’t it be both? 

Just because a sofa bed offers a practical solution, this doesn’t mean it shouldn’t make your heart give a little leap of joy every time you see it. Our collection is designed to suit all manner of tastes, from the classic minimalism of the Emile sofa bed, to the tempting sumptuousness of the Accord design. We’re confident you’ll find our sofa bed collection not only convenient, but also beautiful.

If size is a deciding factor, and you want a bed settee that can be tucked neatly away in a corner, sofa beds in smaller sizes may be your preference. In fact, the Duet 2-in-1sofa bed splits into two separate reclining chairs when not in use as a 2-seater sofa or sofa bed. This means you can even place each chair in different rooms if you like, until they are needed for an overnight stay.

Should price be your main concern when shopping for a sofa bed, consider the Livia sofa bed, which not only delivers on style, but also offers great value for money.

How do I set up a sofabed?

When you’ve overnight guests, what you don’t want is unnecessary fuss, especially at bedtime. You’ll therefore be relieved to know that transforming your sofa into a bed is a doddle.

Fold out sofa beds are as they’re described. All you need to do is to fold them out and pull out the support legs before putting them into position.

Click-clack sofa beds require you to unzip and pull out the discreet support legs before dropping down the sofa back to turn it into a bed.

Once the sofa bed is in position, put on the bedding and pillows and get ready to snooze.

If you need any help choosing the right sofa bed for your home, or you need further information about any of our products, get in touch. Simply pop into your local store, or give us a call on 0808 144 6160.