If you don’t care much about the price and just want the best possible chair bed on the market, this is the ideal option for you. Although it comes with quite a hefty price, the Jay-Be Retro also sports unparalleled comfort.
That’s because it actually has a built-in mattress that easily folds and unfolds with the bed. Not only is this not something you’d see every day but it also means you’re getting the sleeping experience of a premium bed while also keeping the compact design chair beds are made for.
With a wool cover that wicks away moisture, a spring system that offers support without sacrificing comfort, and a simple but elegant design, this chair bed truly is in a league of its own. So, if you want the best of the best, this is the chair bed for you!
This neat little chair/futon is an essential piece for any modern home owners. It's a timeless piece, designed to fit any decor and with nine available colours to choose from – that statement holds very true.
The Mito sofa chair easily unravels its solid pine body to form a single-sized low-profile sofa bed, big enough to fit a grown person. Out of all the sofa chair beds on our list – this one resembles an actual bed the most. When in “bed mode”, obviously.
It's sleek, it's contemporary and most importantly – it's rather comfortable.
First off, we have to point out just how good this sofa bed looks. Although the design is fairly simple, the upholstered gray fabric fits just about any room and gives off that modern vibe. And it doesn’t lose any of those aesthetic points even when it’s unfolded.
The bed is definitely on the smaller side and fitting an adult might require getting a chair for their feet or for them to curl up quite a bit – but that’s what you should expect with a bed this compact.
If you really want to make the most out of your chair bed – get the one that can do it all. Homcom single sofa bed has a backrest that reclines to five different levels. So, when your guests aren't around, you can just kick back and relax in it. Neat, right?
Its solid metal frame is far sturdier than you'd usually find in a chair bed, and despite being single sized – this one could probably hold two people in terms of weight.
Also, we can't help but mention the faux suede upholstery covering the softest high-density foam that's just as comfy as you'd want it to be.
Wouldn't it be nice to have an ottoman that can turn into a chair, that could turn into a lounger, that could turn into a bed? Sounds impossible, right? Wrong. This Vonanda sofa bed does exactly that. It's a 4-in-1 package!
Not only is it unbelievably good looking, but it's also very versatile. This faux leather with jacquard detailing contemporary-design package is all a living room needs. You could virtually buy this same product four times and have four different pieces of furniture that would last you a long time. Bonkers, isn't it?
As we have just learned, not every chair bed is the same. They differ quite a lot one from another, and the only way to make an informed decision when shopping is to know what to look for.
In this section, we'll outline all the important features you should be on the lookout for when searching for the best chair beds. If you manage to keep these in mind while shopping, there's no doubt in our minds you'll end up with the best chair bed possible.
What's interesting about chair beds is that you could basically consider them sofa beds, only in smaller form factor. So, just like a sofa bed, the chair bed also has similar types.
The three types we're going to discuss today are foldable, pull-out and click-clack chair beds.
Foldable chair beds are probably the most popular type out of all. As you can tell by the name, a foldable chair bed or a sofa bed is the one that folds open and becomes a bed.
They also often come with separate mattresses, folded in strategic places to form a cushion to sit on, and later on a mattress to lay on. However, that's not always the case. As you'll see with our top picks, foldable sofa beds come in all kinds of shapes, forms, and sizes, and are sometimes even merged together with other types of chair beds.
A pull-out chair bed is a simple to open bed with a pull-out mechanism. As such, it has become an industry standard.
It is incredibly easy to use and operate. All you have to do is remove the cushion, pull out the “pull-out” portion of the chair that will fall into place, place the cushion back on, and you're all set.
The same mechanism will work with a sofa bed with a pull-out mattress, as well as a chair with a cushion because as we've said – pull-out chair beds and sofas are essentially the same things, only one of them is more compact.
The click-clack sofa bed or a chair bed has gotten its name over a click-clack mechanism that makes a distinct sound when it locks into place. Just like the pull-out mechanism, click-clack is extremely easy to operate and set up.
To convert this kind of chair into a single bed for your guests, you simply have to open up the mechanism and fold out the mattress or a cushion, and you're all set. The mattress will settle in a few minutes, and your guests should be snoozing shortly after.
Frame quality and material are some of the most important things to look for in a chair bed. As a general rule of thumb, if you want your chair bed to act as a durable, good-looking, long-lasting and comfortable bed – you need to find one with a high-quality frame.
Usually, your safest bet would be to go with a hardwood frame or any combination of kiln-dried hardwood and furniture-grade plywood. Those materials should be the best option for a long-lasting, high-quality piece of furniture.
High-quality opening mechanisms will be the difference between a janky chair bed and a high-quality one. Not only will you not have to worry about durability if you pay a little extra for a better opening mechanism, but you also won't have to worry about the bed breaking on your guests in the middle of the night.
A good mechanism should lift up, pull out, or click into place in a single, smooth motion without any squeaking or getting stuck. Whether it is a pull-out or a click-clack, find the one that's been tested and designed to stand the test of time. Otherwise, you might have to do your shopping more frequently than you'd ideally want to.
A quality foam mattress is probably the most important thing to look for when shopping for a chair bed. You may not have to sleep on it, but your guests will have to. And, unless you're willing to spend additional money on a mattress topper, we suggest you take your time to find a chair bed that comes with a comfy mattress.
To be fair, a chair bed mattress will never be as comfortable or supportive as a single or a double bed mattress you'd get in a store separately, but it'll have to do. Some of the best sofa beds do come with some pretty comfy mattresses, so try and look for those.
Finally, depending on how much space you have and how many guests usually come over – you might have to consider getting something bigger than just an armchair bed.
To be fair, a single sofa bed or a chair bed should be more than enough if you never have more than one guest at a time, but if you'd really like to make the most out of your spare room, consider getting something other than a single.
As far as size options go, these guest sofa beds and chairs are available in:
Now, as you can see, some of it can't really pass as a chair, seeing how it sits more than a single person, but the line between a chair bed and a sofa bed is pretty much blurred, so just roll with it.
Before we go out and meet our top five best chair beds, we wanted to give you a few helpful tips for buying and using a chair bed.
Now that you've seen our picks, we wanted to show you some of the advantages you'd get to enjoy if you get yourself one of the best chair beds we've found for you.
Naturally, we won't talk about the most obvious advantage that's allowing your guests to get a comfy, good night's sleep when they come over.
Should you get a comfortable sofa bed or a chair bed? Are they worth the money? How often should you clean them? These are just some of the FAQs we've come across, so we thought to ourselves – why not answer some of them?
We certainly wouldn't recommend it. Think of a chair bed as your backup parachute. You know it's there, you're glad it's there – but you certainly wouldn't mind not using it.
It all depends on the usage, but we don't see why you couldn't comfortably use a chair bed for five, possibly even ten years.
It all depends on the seat cushions. Some come with removable covers and some you'll have to spot-clean and wipe.
Around 5 inches (12 cm) should be fine.
Wherever you want. They usually work best with sofa beds, or just your regular living room ensemble. As long as there's room for the chair bed to turn into a guest bed – you're good.
No. Some come with regular chair-bed cushions.