For whatever reason,  you might find yourself with extra guests to accommodate. A common bugbear with sofa beds is that they rarely feel 100 per cent comfortable as either sofa or bed, with clunky mechanisms and bulky looks. However some manufacturers have been improving the situation, and if your budget allows, you can get a decent one that serves well over time.

Check the dimensions of the mattress while flat, a big sofa doesn’t necessarily relate to a big sleeping area. Beds that fold flat, rather than pull out, give a larger sleeping area but lack a headboard. They may also require a mattress protector to improve comfort. The traditional pull-out kind often have thin mattresses that make sleeping for more than a night or two a little uncomfortable.

Dream Works Copenhagen

∙ Foam with fibre wrapped seat cushions – Siliconised fibre seat cushions available ∙ Siliconised fibre back cushions ∙ Removable arm option available at extra cost on sofa bed only ∙ Arm caps and scatter cushions available at extra cost ∙ Supplied on black feet A contemporary designed sofa bed with square arms, the Burlow offers a practical solution for when guests come to stay. Product type options: Sofa bed, Full sofa, Armchair Mattress options: Spring Interior as standard; upgrade to Visco or Pocket Spring available Fabric options: Essence only 140cm  W 183 D 92 H 92  OPEN 228 cm 120cm W 163 D 92 H 92  OPEN 228 cm

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Dream Works Bianca

∙ Foam with fibre wrapped seat cushions ∙ Siliconised back cushions ∙ Removable wide arms as standard on sofa bed only, arm chair supplied with fixed arms ∙ Arm caps and scatter cushions available at an extra cost ∙ Supplied on black glides The innovative design of the Bianca features cushions attached to the opening mechanism for an incredibly quick and easy to open sofa bed; instead of the mattress folding out from the sofa base, it folds over from the back. It is ideal for studio flats where comfort and functionality are key. Product type options: Sofa bed, Armchair Mattress options: Spring Interior only Fabric options: All ranges 160cm W 199 D 97 H 80 OPEN 213 cm

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Dream Works Metz

Fixed cover ∙ 2 Bolster cushions with 120 & 140 cm sizes ∙ 1 Bolster cushion with 80cm size ∙ Bolsters and panels can be covered in contrasting fabric ∙ Sprung slatted mechanism A proven best seller, the Metz is a cool sofa bed ideal for smaller spaces yet comfy as a lounge slouch couch. It features an incredibly easy open and close action. Product type options: Sofa bed Fabric options: All ranges 140cm W 142 D 90 H 82  OPEN 192 cm 120cm W 122 D 90 H 82  OPEN 192 cm 80cm W 82 D 90 H 82  OPEN 192 cm

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