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The Difference between Daybeds and Sleeper Sofas

Posted by Kayleigh

The Difference between Daybeds and Sleeper Sofas

Finding a place for your guest to sleep when you don't have an extra room (or have one too many guests) can be a little exhausting. You don't want your guests to have to sleep on that tiny old couch you have sitting in your living room and you don't want them sleeping on your floor. This is where multipurpose sofas come in. We hear these terms all the time: daybed, sleeper sofa, sofa bed, futon, roll away bed. However, based on the name, it's difficult to understand the differences between these multipurpose sofa options. This also makes it difficult to determine which style of sofa and bed combination is best for your home. That is why we have made this simple sofa guide to help you find the perfect multipurpose sofa for your home. 


What is a Sleeper Sofa?

Sleeper sofas are sofas that have a bed built into the cushions of the sofa. Typically they hold the bed in a storage compartment underneath the cushions, which can be pulled out of the sofa. Sometimes the cushions themselves can be pulled out and turn into a bed. 


What is a daybed?

The typical daybed is about the size of a twin bed and does not require any transformation. Depending on the daybed style, they can look more like a Twin bed with a headboard along the length of the bed, or like a larger bench that can be used as a bed.


The Benefits

Sofa beds are great for people who have guests over less often. Most sofa bed mattresses wear out over time and can flatten with heavy use. Because daybeds are more durable, these are recommended for people who expect to use it on a regular basis. The best part is that both of these types of multipurpose sofas look so different, it is possible to have both. Daybeds are often placed and used as benches in large entryways, next to windows, or at the foot of your bed. On the other hand, sofa beds act as a regular sofa and are often placed as such in living rooms and recreational rooms.