Room & Board, IKEA, American Leather, Crate & Barrel, and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams all produce sleeper sofas that made the top 10 in Apartment Therapy's Annual Guide 2015. Other manufacturers with sleeper sofas in the top 10 include La Z Boy, Urban Outfitters, Blu Dot and Restoration Hardware.
A sleeper sofa is a versatile piece of furniture that provides both seating and sleeping space. Since sleeper sofas are used as seating most of the time, a buyer should select one that suits his needs for comfort and style. A tall user may prefer a sleeper sofa with deep seating, while a user with bad knees needs a sleeper sofa with shallow seating and a tight back. A sleeper sofa for everyday seating needs more cushioning than one that is used only occasionally. The buyer should measure the space where he plans to put the sleeper sofa and then measure the piece he is thinking of buying to ensure a proper fit in both closed and open positions.
A good-quality sleeper sofa has a frame made of kiln-dried hardwood or a combination of kiln-dried hardwood and furniture-grade plywood. It has an opening and closing mechanism with smooth edges that works smoothly without squeaking or sticking. It also has a well-constructed mattress that provides good support to the user's shoulders, hips and lower back.