When you’re renting, especially when you’re renting and sharing, there’s one thing that fills you with the absolute fear. We’re not talking about the common field mouse, we’re talking something even more disturbing – the house guest. It’s not that we don’t want them, it’s just we want our guests to be comfortable and sometimes when space is tight you need to make the best with what you have.
So, before you crack out that footpump at 11pm and blow up that airbed you not-so-secretly bought for Glastonbury, maybe it’s time to think about getting a sofa bed. There are so many options available these days, so we’re not talking about the classic Z-Bed you used to stay on at your Auntie’s. From doubles to armchairs, corner sofas to futons, what is the best option for your rented home?
First, let’s check out the space you have available. Most of us who rent – especially in London – can only plump for a one-bedroom. So, what’s the best option for that size? When space is a premium, you want to have something that’s classically multi-functional. Yes, we’re talking about the sofa bed. Not only will this be the place you snuggle down on in the evenings and weekend, it’s going to be your saving grace when friends or family members want to take advantage of your London-living.
We’re looking to British furniture brand, Willow & Hall for ours. They’ve done the leg work for you, testing over a thousand products, fabrics and fillings to bring you the nicest looking and comfiest feeling upholstery wares. With a collection including mattresses, beds, armchairs and sofas, it’s clear to see that Willow & Hall is going to have sofa beds that not only look swish but will have your guests feeling right at home – even when you wish they were! Just like The Fosbury sofa bed. With one swift swoop action, your sofa becomes a haven for travellers with a plump 14cm open-sprung mattress, which Willow & Hall are sure will provide you with the perfect night’s sleep. We love it pictured here in this Viscose Linen Eggshell Blue – which gives you the flexibility to accessorise it up with some amazing colourful cushions and switch your style depending on the season. Priced from £1,360, it’s one of the more economical double sofa bed’s we’ve seen on the market and given you can customise it how you like, you’ll be investing in something that’s perfect for you.
However, if you’ve got an ickle-bit more space and you want to add an extra piece of furniture to your room, you need to check out The Appley one-seater sofa bed. This is better for those who still have a one-bedroom but have slightly more room to have both a sofa and an armchair. It’s more compact size means that it will also work in a bedroom or spare room without having to invest in the space of a full-sized sofa.
Now, like all the pieces from Willow & Hall, this nifty little piece of kit is available in over 100 fabrics and leathers, so depending on your style you can add this into the room as a statement armchair – or find a complementary style to the rest of your existing furniture. Just wheel the bottom of the chair out and voila – you have a comfy spot for any guest.
Now, the lucky ones amongst us might have moved into a two-bedroom flat and we have seen so many flats in London to know that sometimes the description ‘two bedroom’ is a stretch for the imagination – spoiler alert – it’s basically a big cupboard. However, before you fill this room up with boxes and clothes horses, let’s look at one of the more out-of-the-box options from Willow & Hall. The clue’s in the name here with The Pewsey Bed in a Box – a single compact sofa bed that you would never know is in the room.
Not only is it a great place to house a guest, you can also use this is as a stylish ottoman that can be used as extra seating or a place to rest your feet after a long day. Like all Willow & Hall pieces, it’s hand-made by skilled British craftsmen and we’ve not even got to the best part yet. Just swing that lid away when you fold it out and it creates a nifty little shelf that can act as a bedside table – talk about the hostess with the mostess! Priced from £635, you’ll be investing in a multi-functional piece of furniture that won’t be a hassle should your lease come to an end and you need to up-sticks and move.
You really can’t put a price on a good night’s sleep and that’s why we think it’s so important to assess all the options when you’re considering a sofa bed purchase. Willow & Hall have a variety of features that you can change up to make sure your sofa bed is just the right fit. Whether it’s choosing your favourite hue from their selection of 130 fabrics, switching up the cushions from reflex foam to feather-wrapped foam cushions, or choosing between Open Sprung, Pocket Sprung or Memory Foam mattresses, there’s a number of options on each piece to make it the best sofa bed for you. On top of that, Willow & Hall’s craftsmen ensure that nothing leaves the work room until they’re entirely satisfied with the end result. Now that’s peace of mind that will ensure you have a good night’s sleep.
After all that browsing, we’re just about ready for a nap!
David & Mark x