Published at Thursday, April 27th, 2017 - 07:09:11 AM. Sofa Bed. By justin.
What To Consider When Looking For Comfortable Contemporary Sofa Beds Finding contemporary sofa beds used to be difficult, now the difficulty is deciding which one is best. The development of the sofa bed market means that it is now possible to get a stylish sofa which is also a bed. So what should you be looking for in a sleeper sofa? Firstly you have to work out what you can fit in your space. Size really does matter with a sofa bed, more so than with a standard sofa as the size of the sofa defines the size of the bed. There are a couple different basic formats for a sleeper sofa. The first, and my favorite is where the bed is folded up and when not in use sits inside the frame of the sofa. These are particularly good for sofas which are going to be used all the time, as the comfort of the bed is independent of the sofa seating. These will usually have a metal frame and the mattress will be separate and supported on a mesh or fabric which is pulled taut with springs holding onto the metal frame. This makes for a very comfortable bed as it is a proper mattress with an independent support system. The second design of sofa bed is where the bed forms part or all of the seating. This category can be broken down into two further sections. The first is the old style foam sofa seats which fold out to form a bed on the floor. These are fine if neither the sofa or the bed are going to be used a lot. However, with consistent use the foam compacts and then you have a sofa bed which is not comfortable as either a sofa or as a bed. The second is the design which has been inspired by the futon market. This is where the back and seat of the sofa flatten out for form a bed. This can suffer from the same problems as the foam bet, but they are easier to solve. With the futon style beds the mattress is usually detachable; this is actually rather essential. By having a detachable mattress it means that you can turn it around. If you thing about the wear on a sofa the cushions on the seat always compact and suffer significantly more wear than the cushions on the back. So if these were to become one bed, half the bed would be much more worn than the other. Hence you need a mattress which is detachable and can be rotated to ensure that wear is even across it. The other advantage of a detachable mattress is that it is replaceable when it gets old. It is also easier to get covers for and hence you can keep it looking clean and contemporary. So the key to choosing between the many contemporary sofa beds is actually to be practical about what you are getting and to consider how much wear it will take and where the wear will be. Once you have established this you will be able to work out if your sofa and your bed will be a good investment or will quickly become uncomfortable.
Getting Creative! How to Make Your Own Twin Sofa Bed Do you live in a small dorm or studio apartment? If you do, you are probably familiar with the difficulties of trying to combine style with functionality. This may be a particular problem when you want to add a little pizzazz to the central piece of furniture in your dorm, studio or efficiency apartment. However, just because you have limited space doesnt mean you cant add style. In fact, this is where you could allow your creativity to shine through. With some imagination and forethought, you could have a living space that is perfect for both day and night. This could be accomplished by turning your twin bed into a sofa. In the evening, you could switch your sofa back into a twin bed. The Pros and Cons of Turning Your Twin Bed into a Sofa To begin, you would need a twin platform bed, mates bed or any twin bed that doesnt have a headboard or post. It is important to note, that due to their width, a full, queen or king size bed would not convert nicely into a couch. This would not give the look or feel that youd want (not to mention, it would look quite silly). The obvious advantage of turning your twin bed into a sofa would be that you already have the primary element for this design--a twin bed. This equals savings, as you would only need to purchase a few odds and ends to convert your bed into a lovely sofa for daytime living. Another pro would be that unlike a futon, you would not need to perform additional steps to make your twin bed into a sofa. All that is necessary would be adding additional pillows against the back of the bed to give it the look of a sofa. One disadvantage of converting your bed into a couch would be that this idea wouldnt be suitable if you share your space with someone else. For example, if you live in a dorm this might make it difficult. However, there are chances this still could work if your roommate uses a hide-away bed that saves on space. It all really just depends on the situation. If you decide to go with this idea, one last thing... You may find the biggest con to be the height of your bed in comparison to daybeds, futons and sofas. Platform beds are substantially lower compared to daybeds. So, keep that in mind when considering this option, and if the difference in height doesnt bother you, then using it as a sofa would not be a problem. If you can afford to spend some extra money but still find you dont like the height-issues that come with platform beds, this could be easily remedied by boosting the height of your bed with an extra mattress or box spring. Another option would be to purchase inexpensive bed lifts or risers. They could add an additional 1 to 10 inches or more to the height of your bed. Yet, a word of warning, risers only work if your bed has legs. If not, you would need to add height by using an extra mattress or box spring. Lesson 101: Turning your Twin Bed into a Sofa with Style To turn your twin bed into a sofa, you would simply place it width-wise against a wall (like a daybed). Next, you could add height by using bed risers or an extra box spring or mattress. That is the basics, now onto the creative and fun aspect of switching your twin bed into a sofa and vice versa. This section will reveal how you could add a personal touch and make your twin sofa bed uniquely your own. Use appropriate bedding How could you make your bed most resemble a sofa? The answer is simple, use appropriate bedding. This could be accomplished by purchasing a bed skirt or a bedding set. This would allow you to cover the legs of your bed and would give it the look of a sofa with upholstered flaps. If you use bed risers, make sure to have them in place first before buying the bedding. That way, you could take measurements to ensure that the bedding is long enough to cover the legs once the risers are in place. Use pillows Pillows are ideal for creating a faux backing to your bed and faux arms. Pillows could be switched around to accommodate a sofa and a bed. For evening, you could place the pillows at the head of the bed for sleeping. And during the day you could place the pillows in the back for support, comfort and look and feel. As for the arms, you could place bolsters on each side of the bed to fool the eyes into believing your sofa isnt armless. Create your own upholstered backing If using pillows exclusively for backing doesnt appeal to you, another option would be to create an upholstered backing for your sofa bed. This may sound as if it would put a dent in your pocketbook, but upholstered backing could be made inexpensively without compromising on style or showroom appeal. The main supplies you would need to make an upholstered backing are... plywood upholstery foam and fabric Keep in mind, it is also important to take measurements before starting on this project to determine the height that you desire for your headboard. What makes this project so affordable is that if you do not possess the tools needed to size the plywood, you could take it to a local hardware store and have them cut it for you at a fraction of the cost. Once youre ready to get started, there are various tutorials on the Internet that could assist you in creating a headboard. A nice one worth mentioning is Make Your Own Upholstered Headboard. It should help you along quite nice and give you a few other ideas on decorative style in the process. Once youre finished, youll find that the upholstered headboard lends an element of class to your space. Creating your own one-of-a-kind headboard will add a sense of accomplishment. It will also be perfectly suited to your taste and style, and as a bonus you can bet youll get plenty of compliments from your friends in the process.
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