Sofa beds comparison and buying guide

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  • Updated:1 Jul 2008
 

05.Sofa beds compared

 

Coogee

Ashbury

Stravinski

 

Sofa frame

 

Coogee

The frame is made from pine, and non-structural components from chipboard. There was a crack in one of the beams.

Ashbury

The frame is made from pine, and non-structural components from chipboard. One of the boards had cracked into several pieces, with the rear left leg caved in.

Stravinski

Solid pine throughout.

 

Mattress

 

Coogee

Foam, 6 cm thick
Cotton cover
134 cm wide,
180 cm long

Ashbury

Innerspring, 10 cm
Damask cover
133 cm wide,
190 cm long

Stravinski

Innerspring, 15 cm
Damask cover
133 cm wide,
181 cm long 
 

 

Number of folds

 

Coogee

Tri-fold (folds into three).

Ashbury

Tri-fold (folds into three). 

Stravinski

Bi-fold (folds in two). 
 

 

Fabric

 

Coogee

100% polyester. Graded 'domestic medium-duty/commercial light-duty' according to the Australian Standard for upholstery fabrics (AS 2687-1997). Stain protection is available for an extra $70.

Ashbury

100% polyester. Graded 'domestic medium-duty/commercial light-duty'. Stain protection available for an extra $90. 
 

Stravinski

Chenille (polycotton). Graded 'domestic medium-duty/commercial light-duty'. 
 

 

Setting it up

 

Coogee

You need to pull it up
and out, then unfold it;
a bit fiddly, quite stiff
and heavy.

Ashbury

You need to pull it up
and out, then unfold it;
a bit fiddly, quite stiff and heavy. It has a handle to make the initial lift-out easier, though. 
 

Stravinski

Easy to pull out, pretty well just pulling in one direction. Feels very light and smooth, though the frame is in fact heavier than the other sofas. 
 

 

Finishing

 

Coogee

Generally quite well-finished and the obvious linear texture mostly lies straight — there are some off-kilter lines near seams, minor instances of crooked seams and some puckering at the curves of the arms.

Ashbury

Generally well-finished, with only some slight puckering on the arms. 
 

Stravinski

Excellent quality of finish and generally more detail than the other two sofas. 

 

 

Back cushions

 

Coogee

Fixed back, no cushions. The back is hollow, with padding and elasticised webbing in the backrest to give it a springy feel.

Ashbury

Back cushions are filled with polyester fibre, separated into two walled compartments. 
 

Stravinski

Back cushions are filled with polyester fibre. 
 

 

Seat cushions

 

Coogee

Standard-duty polyurethane foam, with polyester wadding on the top and bottom. The sofa retailer offers a two-year warranty on the cushions.

Ashbury

Seat cushions are made from 'Premium comfort foam', which is medium-grade foam. There's polyester wadding on the top and bottom. It has a 10-year guarantee. 
 

Stravinski

Premium grade 'Luxura' foam. There's a 'lifetime' guarantee (the sofa's lifetime, not yours). 
 

 

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