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Relax in sofas that double up as beds

THE ASIAN AGE. | PRIYA SREEKUMAR
Published : Aug 4, 2019, 2:59 am IST
Updated : Aug 4, 2019, 2:59 am IST

Know about various types of sofa-cum-beds, the super furniture every home needs, especially suited for singles and professionals.

With property prices soaring, homes are getting more compact. It is all about how smart your furniture is and its ability to metamorphose, all the while without compromising on comfort, quality and elegance.
 With property prices soaring, homes are getting more compact. It is all about how smart your furniture is and its ability to metamorphose, all the while without compromising on comfort, quality and elegance.

With property prices soaring, homes are getting more compact. It is all about how smart your furniture is and its ability to metamorphose, all the while without compromising on comfort, quality and elegance. Take for instance the sofa-cum-bed, which can be regarded as the chameleon of the furniture world. It is capable of changing at the ring of the doorbell. So, whether you are a professional staying alone or scouting for a rented house where you require bare minimum furniture, or have guests dropping in unexpectedly, then the sofa-cum-bed is perfect for you. The main advantage is that this super furniture is pocket friendly, what with getting two at the cost of one.

Futons

Futons are the most basic of sleeper sofas, equipped with a metal or wooden frame and a single mattress on top. When folded up, the mattress creates both the back and seat of the sofa. Pretty comfortable as a bed, a futon can leave you wanting in the sofa department.

Daybeds

A daybed is a single twin mattress that sits in a frame, mostly wooden, to give it the look of a sofa. A downside is that the frame lacks the cushioning of a standard sofa and would require additional cushions for back comfort.

Pullout pop-ups

Quite popular, this style operates like a trundle — a bottom mattress pulls out from under the sofa. It can be used as two twin beds by popping the lower mattress up to create a larger bed. This provides a comfortable sleeping surface and a firm seating option.

Consider these options before you buy a sofa-cum-bed. If the intention is more as a sofa option than as a bed, then a standard foldout sleeper should be ideal. For regular use as a bed, consider a pullout pop-up.

Take a look at the number of options available to understand how this nifty piece of furniture can also enhance the décor of a room without compromising on comfort. From traditional framed ones, standard foldouts and pop-ups to more, there is a large selection to choose from. Available in a variety of colours and fabrics including leather, with numerous options like storage facility, the sofa-cum-bed is increasingly finding favour with bachelors and young professionals striking out on their own.

Whatever be your requirement, be it guests dropping in frequently or the need for a compact sleeping-cum-lounging facility, you can choose from modular options to sectional sofa-cum-beds. They are also available in teakwood or completely upholstered variants with fixed back or loose pillow backs. Customisable options also include adding memory foam to the sofa-cum-bed upholstery. Those looking for novelty can try the wooden sofa-cum-beds that can enhance the décor of any room.

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