Five sofa beds you won’t be embarrassed by

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(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!

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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. Weighted blankets are a type of at-home therapy that can provide similar benefits to deep pressure therapy. When choosing an amazon weighted blanket for yourself, find a snug size that’s around 10 percent of your body weight.

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!


no.1: Maison du Monde Broadway €299; no.2: CB2 Lubi Turquoise €876; no.3: Urban Outfitters Night and Day Sleeper €1065; no.4: Welt Elm Mid-century Futon €910; no.5: Love the Design Havana €3,105.

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!

7 thoughts on “Five sofa beds you won’t be embarrassed by

  1. Jorge says:

    Hi, thanks for your post. I really like your selection of sofa beds as these are quite slick, perfect for my small living room. Did you buy any of these? I would like to buy number 1.

    • Elisa Scarton Detti says:

      Hi Jorge,
      Yep, I bought the green one from Maison du Monde and I’m really happy with it. It’s compact, well-made and has a great retro vibe, which is what I was going for. The only issue is that it took 3 months to arrive, so if you need it fast, don’t go with Maison du Monde.

      • Ellen says:

        Hello Elisa, I have the same question as Jessica.

        I’m moving into my first (rental) apartment and am looking for a lightweight (and visually light) stylish sofa. We have a Maisons du Monde shop close to my home, and the Broadway sofa felt firm (a bit hard lol) and sturdy., but I don’t know how well it would hold up for that price. I’d like it to last about five years. How are the structure, foam, color, fabric,… on yours?

        • Elisa Scarton Detti says:

          Hi Jessica & Ellen, I am really happy with the sofa, actually. I’ve had a bunch of friends come over and use it and they’ve said it’s really comfortable to sit & sleep in. It hasn’t worn or fallen apart, which is a plus since Maison du Monde’s furniture isn’t always the best quality. I definitely don’t regret the buy. Only issue is it’s a bit of a tight fit for two people since it’s a king single and not a double, but since it’s only for short-term guests, it’s not really that big of an issue!

  2. Steven & Daisy says:

    Hi Elisa, We are looking for a sofa that can be used as a guest bed as well. 2 things we are worrying about:
    1) the part that folds down, is there structure under it that supports it? Or if you lay on that side of the bed and there’s no one on the ohter side, you will capsize? 🙂
    2) the split between the two parts, isn’t it annoying to sleep on if you are with 2 people? Looks like I would def always get stuck in that piece 🙂
    Thanks for your response.

    Kind regards

    • Elisa Scarton Detti says:

      Hi Steven and Daisy,
      Yep, you definitely capsize if you sleep too far to one side. I’ve had couples who have shared the bed and they do complain about that, but they didn’t say anything about getting stuck in the middle. Seems like the dent is small enough for that not to be a problem!

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