We’ve all had to sleep on a sofa bed at some point in our lives. Having spent a night over at a friend or family member’s house, you’ve camped out on the sofa bed, only to discover how incredibly uncomfortable they can be. So of course you want to save your guests from being uncomfortable whenever they come to yours to make use of your sofa bed!
But can you really make your sofa bed more comfortable for guests? How can you make your sofa bed comfier without having to spend a small fortune on a more expensive model? That’s what we’re going to cover for you today! So let’s take a look at how to make a sofa bed more comfortable without costing the earth.
The good news is that there are several things you can do to make your sofa bed more comfortable for your guests. Here are a few ideas to give your guests the best night’s sleep ever!
1. Flip the mattress
You might not think about it all that much, but your sleeper sofa gets a lot of wear in your living room. Especially if you’re using it as your regular sofa during the day!
So it’s important that you flip the mattress over every now and again to prevent any imprints from setting into it. If you give the mattress a flip after every visit, then it should be more comfortable to sleep on next time, too.
Typically, sofa bed mattresses are thinner than normal mattresses, so a guest’s imprint can be set into it more easily. Flipping the mattress can prevent it from sagging, too.
2. Clean your mattress
There’s nothing worse than a stinky, grubby mattress to disturb your sleep. A dirty mattress can also be an uncomfortable mattress. Before you set up the sofa bed for your guests, give it a good clean.
Fully unfold the mattress and be sure to remove any sheets that you have on it so that you can give it a good deep clean. If it’s possible, you can fully remove the sheets to allow your mattress to air. It won’t hurt to give it a good spray with some fabric refresher, too!
3. Buy a new sofa bed mattress
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you’ve got to admit defeat and acknowledge that your sofa bed mattress is past its best. You’ll know it’s time to buy a new sofa bed mattress if it’s looking very worn, very thin, and feels uncomfortable to sit on.
You should opt for a new sofa mattress that’s been made using high quality materials. When it comes to thickness, the typical choice for sofa mattresses is between 4 to 5 inches. We’d suggest opting for a slightly thicker 7 to 10 inches if you can, as those inches can make all the difference for a good night’s sleep.
4. Add a mattress topper
It’s amazing the difference a quality mattress topper can make for a decent night’s slumber! Adding a mattress topper to your sofa bed can help to make it even comfier for your guests. These clever inventions can add a good few inches to the thickness of the sofa bed, which immediately makes it more comfortable for your guests.
You should choose the right mattress topper for your needs. You can choose between cotton, foam, microfiber, or gel-infused foam. If you live in a part of America that has warm weather, it would be best to opt for a more breathable mattress topper such as cotton, microfiber, or gel-infused foam. For areas on the cooler side, a memory foam mattress topper will be perfect.
Once you’ve chosen the material for your mattress topper, you will need to select the right thickness. Choose a mattress topper that comes with a thickness of between 1.5 to 2 inches. You will also need to secure your mattress topper in place to prevent it from moving during the night. You can use mattress clips to do this.
If you can’t afford a mattress topper, you can use a spare duvet instead. Most duvets are wonderfully thick, so they should be able to compensate for the thinner sofa mattress.
5. Use clean sheets
Once you’ve set up your sofa bed, you should ensure that you use a set of clean, fresh bed sheets for your guests. This can help to make your guests more comfortable, especially when combined with your freshly cleaned mattress and the addition of a mattress topper.
6. Plenty of pillows
Did you know that something as simple as a pillow can make all the difference to your quality of sleep? You should ensure that your guests have plenty of pillows to use instead of those uncomfortable sofa cushions. A good supply of decent quality pillows will also be more comfortable for your guests to use than accent cushions!
You can opt between squishy feather pillows, or hypoallergenic pillows for those who are allergic to feathers.
7. Use the right blanket
You will of course want your guests to be as comfortable as possible. So you should make sure that they have their pick of blankets to keep them nice and cozy!
A duvet is a good choice, as the thickness can keep them toasty and warm during the colder months. If you live in a warmer area, then a thinner cotton blanket will be the answer. The cotton is breathable and will help to improve airflow while your guests sleep.
A weighted blanket could also be an option if you want to soothe your guests. These types of blankets are rising in popularity in recent years because of their calming effects. So why not treat your guests to a cozy experience?
So there you have it! You now know how to make your sofa bed more comfortable for your guests without it costing you a small fortune. Simple tips such as flipping your sofa mattress, adding a mattress topper, and using plenty of pillows as well as comfy blankets can make all the difference!