Pullout sofa beds are so convenient, but their comfort level? Hit or miss for most people. While there are some who can sleep well on anything, the average sleeper may experience some culture shock when on it. Maybe you have a guest who’s picky, or perhaps you’re staying with several people in a hotel room and you drew the shortest straw and have to sleep on the sofa bed.
Either way, the sofa bed is not someone’s first choice for sleeping. So if you or a guest have to sleep on it and it doesn’t feel the greatest, here are some ways to improve it.
Look to the Mattress Topper
This is the simplest way to get some comfort out of your sofa bed. A mattress topper is a thin layer of foam or other comfy substance that you can add to a mattress. It gives that mattress some extra softness and it helps prolong the life of a mattress that’s saggy.
Toppers are good for all types of beds. Because they’re portable, you can bring it along while traveling in case that hotel bed is rock solid. Bring it while you’re out camping. It doesn’t matter.
With mattress toppers, shopping around is important. Look for one that feels right.
Every once in a while, it is important to flip the mattress to extend its life. If you’ve had the sofa bed for a while, you may feel sags or dips. Flipping the mattress can help with this issue quite a bit. If you’re someone who doesn’t want to replace the mattress just yet, giving it a flip can help.
We’re not talking for your head! One flaw of sofa beds is that they can have gaps. When you want to stretch out, you may feel bars or other discomfort. One thing you can do is to get several pillows (they don’t need to be top quality or anything) and put them along the edges. You can have a comfortable border around the bed that makes it easier to sleep.
Get a New Mattress
Some sofa beds allow you to replace the mattress. If you’re ever making home upgrades, you don’t need to throw out the entire sofa. See how wide the mattress is. Many of them are 4-5 inches thick. If you can replace it with a softer, foamier mattress, your sofa bed experience may feel like an actual bed.
Improve the Bedding
Besides the mattress itself, getting better blankets, pillows, and sheets may help you to improve your sofa experience. Finding a bedding kit at a store can help. Go for one that is full-size, as that’s how big most mattresses are. With any bedding, you do want to feel it first. That way, you can see if it improves the quality of your sleeping experience.
You can also look to the gravity blanket. This blanket, while a bit expensive, can make it easier for you to fall asleep.
Clean the Mattress
A dirty mattress can make it harder to sleep. One thing you can do is to give it a good vacuuming. Even a handheld, which may be useful when you’re at a hotel, can be a good way to maximize your sleeping experience. Yes, hotels are supposed to be clean, but sometimes, the sofa bed can be overlooked.
A dryer can help if the mattress is made of down as well. It can make it feel nice and clean!
Look to a Duvet
When you’re trying to make your sofa bed more comfortable, look to the duvet. This is a comforter that is filled with down. Many people use it as a blanket, but it can also be a good mattress topper as well, giving it more warmth.
Extend it a little Bit for Tall Sleepers
One small issue of most sofa beds is that they can be a little short. A taller sleeper may struggle to fit on it without having their feet dangle off. Using a pillow fort may be a good option. It is one of those steps that does require some creativity. However, if you can use your noggin, you can get it right.
Have a Good Sleep Environment
Besides improving the quality of your sofa bed, one thing you can do is to improve your overall sleep environment. If the room is a little stuffy, see if you can turn on the AC. Get some blackout curtains to keep the room dark. Unwind with some herbal tea. Listen to some relaxing white noise. The comfort of the bed plays a part, but a bad sleep environment can make those feelings worse.
Have Other Options
Finally, we need to accept that you or your guests may not find a sofa bed too comfy no matter what. Especially as we get older, having more options to sleep on is a good thing. An air mattress, while it’s not the most comfortable thing in the world, can be another option. You can find foam mattresses online for a good price as well.
In addition, the chair sleeper, which is a chair that folds into a bed, may be a good option as well.
Keep The Bedding and Bed Separate
Some people end up folding the sofa bed and putting the bedding away with it. This is not a good idea. It can make the sheets dirty. What you should do is to store the bedding in a safe, comfortable spot. This can make it much more comfortable for guests.
Don’t Rule Out the Sofa Part
Finally, fold in the sofa bed and give the actual sofa part a try. While it’s not good for every night, sleeping on the couch may end up being your most comfortable option. We say to try it out and see if it works for you.
Sofa beds can be a little uncomfortable, but with a little prep work, they can end up being halfway decent.