By Susan C Lutz 6 min to read

Best Sleeper Sofas

Sectional sleeper sofas with added storage built-in are created to give us functional, practical alternatives for living in small spaces or as an excellent option for guests and family. Something is comforting about knowing that your living room sofa can open out into a bed if needed.

5 Reasons People May Need A Sectional Sleeper Sofa With Storage Compartments

1. Dorm Room College Living

Depending on where you choose to get a higher education, you may end up in a dorm situation where your room is so small whatever you buy has to serve several purposes. If you are fortunate enough to have a larger space and no roommate, a storage sleeper sofa is a great idea. Of course, many college students are as poor as church mice and go for cheap futons instead.

2.  Recreation Room Or Basement “Just-In-Case” Seating

It’s always nice to have extra anything, especially seating that becomes a comfy bed and has some storage areas. You never know when you might have to offer a friend or family member a place to stay.

3. All-In-One Sofa For Temporary Living

Do you or anyone you know travel extensively for business? Many corporate workers may have to forgo an extended stay hotel and rent a studio apartment for a short-term lease instead. A sectional sofa sleeper with built-in storage is the perfect solution for a temporary living arrangement.

4. The Tiny City Apartment Syndrome

Did you know that there are apartment dwellers that pride themselves on how well they can organize their stuff into a teeny-tiny apartment? The growing trend of micro-apartment construction takes advantage of every single inch of space in our overcrowded cities.

5.  Simply Wanting Practical Value For The Money

Another reason why people choose sleeper sofas with storage compartments is that they want as much function and practicality as they can get for their hard-earned money. If they are going to spend their money anyway, they might as well get a product that can be used in different ways.

5 Features A Great Sectional Sleeper Sofa Should Come With

When I think about the top five most important features that people would want a sleeper sectional to have, I choose the following:

  1. Easy to put together, there is no point ordering anything online if the hassle of assembly robs you of your joy-of-purchase moment.
  2. Sliding parts that work- Have you ever had a piece of furniture that sticks when it’s supposed to push and slides when it’s supposed to hold? Maddening! An excellent sofa sleeper should have parts that open and close smoothly, and that line up perfectly.
  3. A great warranty-Buying a furniture piece online that requires assembly means receiving a shipping box with parts and instructions. Because manufacturers are human and machines sometimes faulty, your item may need a part or replacement. A generous warranty makes for peace of mind should anything go wrong.
  4. Comfort and looks-Of course, a sleeper sofa isn’t going to make anyone happy if it’s such ugly buyers are embarrassed to have company over.  It’s not going to work to have an extra sleeping spot if the person spending the night on it is going to have a terrible experience in the comfort department.
  5. Cushions that can go the distance-People buy these pieces to sleep on every night. Compared to a mattress-type sofa bed, pillows need the resilience to keep their shape when they are being used daily as both seating and sleeping surfaces. Just like a sagging mattress feels and looks terrible, so would a poorly constructed sectional sleeper sofa with crushed and lumpy cushioning.

Sectional Sleeper Sofa Pros & Cons

The pros and cons are based on the modern regional sleeper designs and not the type with a mattress:


  • Typically much cheaper to buy than the traditional model.
  • More comfortable to move around if needed.
  • Anything that gives you extra storage is a plus.
  • Versatility and convenience. Even if you rarely use a sleeper sofa for sleeping, the storage compartment is great for extra blankets, pillows, books, magazines, and remotes.


  • A hollow-type core could make it feel flimsy.
  • Wear and tear on upholstery/ cushions that never get a break.
  • Hidden dangers for curious pets. It wouldn’t do to accidentally close your storage container with your cat or bunny rabbit napping inside.
  • Challenges with structural damage if you move from place to place.

Sofa Sleepers Vs. Sofa Beds-Is There A Difference?

Back in the olden days, people called couches that could open up into a bed sofa beds or hide-a-beds. There is an actual mattress living ( or sleeping) under the seat cushions. Setting up a traditional sofa bed means removing the seat cushions and finding a place to put them overnight. Then you have to pull hard on the inner frame to unfold the mattress and straighten the legs to the floor.

You might have to gather your blankets, pillows, and sheets from another room. Then, you hope and pray those metal bars don’t dig into your ribs all night. In the morning, you had to fold up the frame, but the seat cushions back, and put the bedding back in its place.

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