Ways you never thought about using a sleeper sofa

This title probably has you wondering, “How many ways can there really be to use a sofa bed? It’s just for sleeping, right?”


Well, yes. But where do you picture a sofa sleeper in your home? Most people will answer the living room or family room. Very few people consider the benefits of a sofa sleeper in other parts of the house. If you have the potential for hosting family gatherings or house parties, the extra sleeping space will definitely be welcome. 

But where can you put sofa sleepers? This versatile piece of furniture can work in almost any room of the house. In fact, you can also get chairs that fold out into a twin sleeper for children’s rooms or playrooms. With the right combination of chairs, loveseats, and sofa sleepers, as you have room, you could create a self-contained play area that can also be used for naptime and slumber parties.

Another way you can use sleeper sofas is in the family room for family movie nights. The kids will likely be just fine – in fact, happier – sprawling out on the floor. But some adults have a hard time getting up and down off of the floor, while others simply want to be more comfortable. A full-size sofa with a pull-out bed is perfect for snuggling in front of the big screen tv.

If you want to build even more sleeping space into your home, you can put sleepers in a rec room or den. Rooms such as these, which are not used on a daily basis, are the perfect locations for chairs, loveseats, and sofas with beds. Again, a combination of furniture and beds of varying sizes may be easier to incorporate into your room’s design. It will also give more flexibility, with sleeping areas for kids, single adults or teens, and couples.

If you are looking at setting up sleeping quarters on short notice and you don’t have a spare bedroom, taking over the basement could be an option. If your basement is in good condition, leak-free, and climate controlled, it is easy enough to finish at least part of the basement for such an occasion. Most basements can be divided into more than one room, and you can put both a bed and a sleeper sofa or chair in each room. This way you can accommodate several families at one time.

While such accommodations may not always be needed, you can use this space for other things as well. For instance, you can make a common area with a bar and additional living room furniture or bar furniture. Then you and your friends can enjoy fun nights that end without anyone having to drive home.

If you’re still not convinced that you need a sofa sleeper, consider putting at least a chair with a pull-out bed in your master bedroom if you are a parent. It is incredibly convenient to have a place for your child to sleep when they are ill, scared of storms, or having bad dreams, enabling you to keep an eye on them and be there if needed while avoiding bony knees and elbows.