Sofa Beds in Your (Small) Space
City living means being creative with space. Europeans have mastered the combined bathroom-laundry room; the self-employed treat the kitchen table like a desk; small-space dwellers know that their couch — regardless of transformative ability — is a sofa bed for small spaces.
When hosting guests, the challenge of small living becomes exponentially more difficult. How do you maintain a shared living space while also creating a comfortable place for your friends to rest, sleep, and generally function?
Are we biased? Yes. Do we have some great reasons to be? Yes. In this post, we’ll cover our best tips for choosing a sofa bed for small spaces, offer some organizational tips for managing a crowded home, and offer some styling inspiration from some of our favorite friends of Article.
The Sofa Bed: A Breakdown.
Multitasking is hard. Experts suggest that it might actually be impossible. That makes the sofa beds’ challenge an even greater one: how can one piece of furniture be a stylish, inviting couch, and a comfy, supportive bed? We rolled up our sleeves. After nearly a year into designing, sourcing, and tweaking, the Soma sofa was launched last April.
Our customers wanted a couch that was streamlined and stylish, and a bed they could put their in-laws on, guilt-free. They also needed a sofa bed for small spaces, and (while we’re listing things) maybe even a little extra storage. We had some serious jigsawing to do. Kind of like you, trying to fit an air mattress on the ground of your 400-square foot apartment.
We all know how important sleep is. It impacts everything: your gut and digestion, thought clarity, physical wellness, and mood. We’ve all had a rough night of sleep. It doesn’t set you up for a great day. To help your guests put their best foot forward (and to subtly create a more relaxed hosting atmosphere), you’ve got to give them a comfortable place to conk out. However, when you’re working with minimal square footage, you’re looking at an oft-deflating air mattress, or scrunching onto a small sofa. Yikes. Ditch the half measures. Your guests will thank you (and hopefully they’ll repay the hosting favor).
When we thought about how to design a great sofa bed for small spaces, quality came first. Great design, beautiful materials, a nice seat and a nice sleep. To achieve this, we tapped into our favorite contemporary lines to build the Soma sofa. The Soma uses elemental lines to direct its design. Housed under the cushions is a Leggett and Platt sleeper-bed mechanism and a memory foam mattress. Yes, the mattresses that astronauts use. Leggett and Platt is an internationally-recognized hospitality brand that trademarked their awesome fold-out sleeper design. No pressure points, even weight distribution, and simple to set up: your guests will get the sleep they need. That makes for a more peaceful stay for all parties.
Finally, the mattress. Memory foam mattresses are seldom used in sofa beds because they tend to drive up manufacturing prices … which traditionally, meant a more expensive sofa bed, and a harder sell on the retail floor. At Article, we love and respect sleep. That’s why we only offer a memory-foam mattress with our sofa beds. Quality is always worth it.
Our friends over at Kismet House put our Soma series to the test with their family of four. In Erin’s words, “the sleeper is strong and can totally handle [my son] Finn’s bouncing and comfortably supports two full grown adults for a full nights’ rest. No squeaking or bowing.”
Keep it Clean.
When you’re bringing more bodies into a tight space, cleanliness is key. We don’t mean dusting. A space that appears busy to the eye can also feel overwhelming. Before your guests are due to arrive, tidy up knick-knacks or magazines that have accumulated over the week. Neutral colors help a room feel spacious and calm. If you’re a serial entertainer, consider transitioning the palette of your shared space towards warm, tonal neutrals.
A day before your guests arrive, clear room on tables and shelves, and if possible, designate storage space just for your guests. Giving them a place to keep their belongings gives them a sense of privacy, and allows your shared space to stay functional throughout their trip. Don’t have an extra dresser drawer? Don’t worry. Invest in a few wicker baskets and tuck them into a shelf or under a chair. They’ll camouflage as decor that just happens to be high-functioning.
If you’ve got a little more room to spare, consider the Soma sectional. The chaise hides a covetable storage space that you can either highjack for your own equipment or games (we see you, To Vogue Or Bust) or use to house your guests’ suitcases. A sofa bed for small spaces with a third function?! It’s not a dream.
For daytime, folding up the sofa bed signals the transition from guest to communal space. A sofa is also considerably less invasive. Unless you’re planning an all-day Netflix marathon make the bed … and then put it away.
Consider Your Space.
When you only have one room, it needs to be flexible. It also offers the opportunity to intimately understand your space. Your couch needs to be a comfortable place to hang out, drink tea, and unwind at the end of the day, but maybe it also serves as a defacto workspace. Perhaps it needs to host up to 6 people for your weekly game night. Knowing your space means being able to accommodate every situation it throws at you, and ultimately makes your home feel bigger.
When you’re about to welcome guests, think about shared space first. Add over-the-door hooks to bathroom doors for guest towels and clothes. Hang toiletries bags on your door handle to keep them out of the way.
Next, think about how your guests experience your living space (AKA, their bedroom), and anticipate their needs. Does your window treatment keep the room dark enough for a comfortable rest? Is the room cold at night? Is there a lot of street noise? Offering a small fix, such as drapes to block light, or earplugs for a quieter evening, tells your guest that they are welcome. It also gives you an opportunity to see your space in a new light. Maybe thinking about your guests’ needs will prompt a new design direction for your living space!
When you live in a small home, “multi-purpose” can take over your aesthetic. We built our sofa beds for small spaces so you can focus on style, and trust that we’ve got function covered. Combined with our tips for creating a harmonious space, you’re well on your way to becoming a seriously popular host. You’re welcome/we’re sorry.
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