(photo & sofa bed: West Elm)
Giulio and I are adding the final touches to the last room in our house: the guest bedroom. Like most tiny European houses, our guest bedroom serves the multipurpose of occasional study/occasional guest bedroom/occasional reading room/mostly storage room.
To be perfectly honest, I try very hard not to dump all the stuff I don’t have room for elsewhere in the guest bedroom and suffice to say, I’m failing. But in March next year, my mum is coming to stay with us for a few weeks and we desperately need a new sofa bed. Our current one was bought by my husband in his bachelor years and is the ultimate stoner futon. It folds out onto the floor!
The problem? I hate sofa beds. They all look like those dowdy couches with the cloth cover your parents had for the occasional interstate relative and they all cost more than your actual living room couch. I have spent the better part of two weeks trying to find a sofa bed that I can proudly display in its couch-form 90 per cent of the year.
I wanted something stylish and fresh. Something that wasn’t just comfy, but made a statement and was actually available in Italy. I narrowed it down to five, in the process discovering heaps of home decor stores that I didn’t even realise shipped to Italy! Yay!
Obviously there is a huge difference between the prices of these sofas and its indicative of the market. I didn’t include IKEA on purpose because I think that when it comes to affordable sofas, comfort always trumps style with IKEA. All the IKEA sofa beds looked like sofa beds and I wanted a couch that doubled as a sofa bed. I.e. something pretty that you could also sleep on.
At the moment, it’s a toss up between no.1 and no.4. I love the colour and the price of the Maison du Monde couch, but I’m worried it’s too small, whereas the West Elm one has a great shape and a reasonable price. I’ll keep you posted on which one we choose!