Sofa beds comparison and buying guide

Make a comfortable decision about the sofa bed you choose.
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  • Updated:1 Jul 2008


Sofa bed

In brief

  • We chose three two-and-a-half seater sofa beds at three different price points: $749, $1299 and $2150.
  • The beds are double in size, and feature a ‘trampoline’ sleeping surface: a woven polypropylene mat attached to the frame with springs.
  • We show you, feature by feature, what to look for and what you can expect to find at these price points.

A few months ago CHOICE magazine featured an ad for a sofa bed that claimed it was "great for unwanted holiday guests". OK, so they probably meant ‘unexpected’ rather than 'unwanted', but it tickled many a funny bone among our contributors, suggesting to them that the bed might not be very comfortable.

With this in mind, we've compiled this buying guide to get you up to speed on what's out there in the way of sofa beds, how much they cost, and what to look for when shopping.

The models we chose are good examples of the features and quality you’ll typically get for your money in each price range. In the real world, though, prices are a little more malleable, and with a little give and take, you can more or less customise your own sofa bed: the bed mechanism, mattress, choice of fabric and cushion fillings can often be altered to suit your needs.

For more information on Bedding, see Living and bedroom.

Please note: this information was current as of July 2008 but is still a useful guide to today's market.



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