7 things to know about a sectional sleeper sofa

A sectional sleeper sofa is maybe the most functional piece of furniture we have ever seen. If you are wandering what it is, the clue is in the name: it is a sectional sofa with sleeper option. That is, a sofa that consists of multiple sections, usually in an U- or L-shape form, and one of them comes with a pull out, folding bed frame and mattress that can be stored within the sofa itself when not in use. In this article you will find 7 useful things everyone should know about sectional sleeper sofas.

1. A sectional sleeper sofa comes in different shapes.

Sectionals are great for families and can help to divide a large room by floating in the middle. When you look for a sectional sleeper sofa you will find two different shapes:

u-shaped sectional sleeper sofa
U-shaped sectional sleeper sofa

The L-shaped sectional sleeper sofa. Depending on the size the standard L-shaped sectional sleeper sofa can look like two sofas, a sofa and a loveseat or two loveseats pushed together. If you don’t have that much space available but still want to have a small sectional sleeper sofa try to find a sleeper sofa with a chase at the end of one side that forms the “L”.

The U-shaped sectional sleeper sofa. A U-shaped sectional sofa looks like three sofas pushed together to form two 90 degree angles or – if you go for a smaller sectional – can be made of two chases at the end of each site that form the “U”. This type of sectional sleeper sofa is perfect for conversations with a large group since everyone faces each other. Sleeper sofas are usually hidden in the middle section.

2. Make sure to go for the right sleeper sofa sectional orientation.
right-hand-facing sectional sleeper sofa
Right-hand-facing sectional sleeper sofa

There are left-hand-facing and right-hand-facing sectional sleeper sofas. To check which type it is stand in front of the sofa facing the widest dimension of the sectional. A sectional sleeper sofa is called left-hand-facing when the piece coming towards you is on the left and right-hand-facing when the piece coming towards you is on the right.

3. There are different folding mechanisms available.

Some sleeper sofas convert to a sleeper by folding down their back and/or sidearms. Other sleeper sofas are stretched like an accordion, whereby the lying surface folds down forwards. There are also sleepers that have the mattress inside the furniture carcass and the mattress has to be pulled or folded out to turn the sofa into a sleeper. Make sure that you are able to unfold the sleeper sofa smoothly.

4. It is important to know the size and shape of your room.

While a sectional sleeper sofa is a great way to maximize seating and provide a sleeping option at the same time, you definitely want to make sure that there is still enough space to navigate. Therefore, measure the room and especially the space where you want to put the sectional sleeper sofa. Compare these to the measures of the sectional. The most important measures are the length of the sectional itself and the span of the sleeper sofa once it is unfolded. In addition, consider what sectional orientation is probably best for your room.

5. A sleeper sectional sofa is available in different materials.
microfiber sectional sleeper sofa
Microfiber sectional sleeper sofa

The right fabric depends on your living situation, usage of the sectional sleeper sofa and your budget. If you have pets or kids you probably are better off with a fabric that is stain-resistant or easy to clean and maintain. Microfiber might be a good choice. It is inexpensive, stain-resistant and somewhat water repellent. Leather sectionals are also very durable and easy to clean and maintain. However, a leather couch, like all leather furniture, is more expensive. Besides, a leather sofa bed is prone to scratches. Faux leather couches could be a practical alternative. While faux leather looks similar to leather and is also easy to clean, it is a less expensive option than leather. Yet, it does not have the same softness and feel.

6. Important things to make sure of before you buy a sectional sofa sleeper.

The most important thing to consider is what purpose your sectional sleeper sofa will mainly serve. Do you want to use it as a permanent alternative to a regular bed? Or is the sectional rather for entertaining at parties or watching the big game? Do you want to have the ability to rearrange and reconfigure the sectional sleeper sofa at a later date? The answers to those questions will help to find the best sectional sleeper sofa for your needs. If you want to use the sectional sleeper sofa as a regular bed, for example, make sure that you do not have to rearrange other furniture every time you unfold the sleeper and take your time to find the right type of mattress.

7. Places to look for a cheap sectional sleeper sofa.

Good places to look for cheap sectional sleeper sofas or sectionals for sale are Ikea or local furniture stores that are willing to sell their floor models at a discounted price. Especially smaller stores will have sales on a regular basis when they receive new inventory and have to get rid of excess capacities. Amazon or Ebay are also great places to look for inexpensive new and used sofas. Make sure to read customer reviews and ask for a warranty before you make a purchase. There are also many websites that focus on selling furniture and almost all of them sales on a regular basis.

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