Those who live in apartments, condos, or any small living space might find it difficult to find a place for overnight guests to sleep. Others who might need a sofa bed are those who simply like the idea of having an extra bed in the living room to nap on. A futon sofa is great for a living room, master bedroom, or even a larger sized children's bedroom. They can be stylish as well as functional, and many of them have a very modern look.
A cheap sofa bed might usually look cheap in a living room that has a classic or Victorian style. Many of them look like ugly folded mattresses that would only be appropriate in a children's room. This is why many people do not like the idea of a futon. However, nowadays it is much easier to find a sofa bed that works perfectly with most decors. The key is in the frame. Many futons are available with a classy wooden frame, especially one of real wood that can be stained to match any tables or living room furniture. A fold out sofa bed can function as the living room couch, and guests might be none the wiser at knowing that the furniture doubles as a bed.
The upholstery of the sofa bed could be tailored to match the fabric of the rest of the living room furniture if such fabric is available and a skilled tailor can be hired. When in doubt, a futon sofa that is upholstered with a solid color that coordinates the décor should work just swimmingly. Also look at the quality of the upholstery, and find out if it can be easily spot cleaned should it become stained. A futon that is often used for sleeping might have to be cleaned more often than a normal sofa. In most cases, the couch can simply be run over with a vacuum cleaner that has a living room furniture attachment. A leather sofa bed or sleeper will often have a special cleaner to be used on it. Also see about special conditioners to keep the leather in good shape.
A futon sofa for a child's room can serve many purposes. It can be used during the day for naps and watching television, and used as a bed at night. It can be used as the primary sleeping area, or the child can have his or her own bed and a futon for sleepovers. There are smaller sofa beds that can be transformed easily by the child every night. Very small, cheap, inflatable sofa beds for younger children can not be used as permanent beds, as they are not usually easy to clean, but they are great for reinforcing nap times. Make sure that the bedding is comfortable and does not have any metal bars or uncomfortable springs.
The convertible sofa bed is a great investment and makes it easy to accommodate impromptu guests on stormy nights. They're comfortable, and often large enough for even multiple guests.