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Sofa Bed, Futon or Sleeper Sofa?
Is there a difference? When shopping for furniture that will provide both seating and sleeping options the terminology can be very confusing. Besides the terms Sofa Bed, Futon and Sleeper Sofa, furniture that can function as a seating and sleeping option are also called Hide-a-Beds, Bed-Couches and Pullout Sofas. Names can be confusing and each furniture retailer may use different terminology to describe this type of furniture - make sure to pay attention to description details.
Sofa Beds and Futons
A sofa bed, like a futon, will lay flat to form a bed or an additional sleeping option. A sofa bed or futon does not have a traditional type of mattress and usually has a smaller footprint that is ideal for small spaces such as efficiency apartments, lofts or home offices. Sofa Beds and Futons are great options for conserving space and money.
Sleeper Sofas Offer More Options
A sleeper sofa is designed with mechanics that allow for a mattress to fold away under the sofa frame and seating area. A sleeper sofa can conveniently function as both a sofa and a bed with a mattress. Sleeper Sofas can offer many options in sleeper sizes such as a queen size mattress or full size mattress. Sleeper Sofa technology has grown to include Sleeper Loveseats and Sleeper Over-Sized Chairs that will provide full and twin size sleeping choices. Technology has also improved the ease of use and allowed for an effortless and quick opening and closing of the mattress that stores under the sofa cushions. When converted to a bed, a Sleeper Sofa, Loveseat or Chair-and-a-Half may need a bit more space than a traditional futon. Shoppers should know how much space is needed when a sofa bed is open – knowing space requirements ahead of time can ensure the sleeper sofa that you choose will fit nicely into your room.
Sleeper Sofas and Futons are great for small spaces and dual purpose spaces such as home offices and playrooms. Sofa Beds and Sleepers offer stylish and comfortable seating during the day and can be transformed into a comfortable sleeping option at night.
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