Sofa bed vs Day bed - which one is better?

What is the difference between a sofa bed and a day bed, and how do they differ? In today's blog read on for the pros and cons of both and which one may be the best choice for you.

What is a Sofa bed?

A Sofa bed is a comfy place to sit during the day and a bed during the night or whenever you or your visitors need a place to sleep. They are available in a number of styles, making it simple to pick one that will complement your decor. Additionally, they provide a great deal of versatility for your living space. They are a fantastic choice for those who don't have a designated guest room which depends on the size of your home and how many spare rooms are available.


  • Sofa beds come in a variety of shapes, colours, patterns, and upholstery kinds, allowing consumers to pick the right item for their house without having to worry about the cost of reupholstering it if it doesn't work out.
  • These pieces of furniture resemble a sofa rather than a bed, allowing owners to design a beautiful living room around them.
  • A sofa bed can easily accommodate more than one person, ensuring that your visitors will have extra space when they visit.
  • They provide substantially more sitting than day beds since they are longer. They're also not as deep, so people won't be as uncomfortable trying to locate a good spot on the sofa.
  • Sofa beds provide lots of seating and sleeping space, so anyone on a tight budget or with a tiny house with limited space for many pieces of furniture can profit from purchasing a sofa bed.

  • Like most beds, the sofa bed it can lose comfortability because of wear and tear over time. This is because of the metal frame that provides support to the bed, causing the mattress surrounding it to droop and become uncomfortable. We have a blog on how to make your sofa bed more comfortable in this case here, so make sure to check that out.
  • When the mattress on a sofa bed has to be replaced, there is no convenient way to do it, depending on the type of sofa bed it is. In extreme cases and the entire piece of furniture must be replaced.
  • Sofa beds are bigger in size and heavier than day beds, making it hard to move on your own. Moving a sofa bed to a different location in a room or a new home will require assistance. Alongside this it may be difficult to get the sofa bed through doorways, so you may have to remove your doors from its hinges to gain extra room.


What is a Day bed?

While day beds look to be typical sofas, they really serve as both a sofa and a bed. They normally employ twin size mattresses, which limits the number of people who can sleep on a day bed at once, but they feature a firm back for sitting and two arms, making them a particularly comfortable resting spot. A day bed has no moving components, making it very easy to use without having to worry about how to change the piece of furniture from a bed to a sofa. They are preferred in smaller houses due to their smaller size, and they can even fit into a large bedroom to provide more sleeping space.


  • They are the ideal size for a single individual who needs or wants to sleep alone due to their modest size.
  • Optional trundle beds are available with several day beds. While the trundle takes up storage room beneath the furniture, it does provide additional sleeping space for visitors.
  • To utilise a day bed as either a bed or a sofa, you don't need to move any furniture or reorganise your space.
  • Day beds are perfect for people who don't have their own bedroom since they may be easily disguised as a standard sofa when visitors come by.


  • The day bed may not be for you if you leave your bed unmade every day, as unexpected guests or family members may feel uncomfortable sitting on an unmade bed to speak or watch TV.
  • Only one person can sleep on a day bed, so you would have to find another sleeping arrangement for them. It will also be difficult for couples to share this type of bed. 
  • When day beds are pushed out from the wall, they might appear out of place and cumbersome in your room due to its design. If you don't have enough wall space for a day bed, it might not be the ideal option.

In conclusion, which is better all comes down to personal preference and what you are looking for in your home. While day beds may seem lighter and more aesthetically pleasing, sofa beds can be much more useful for those who live in small spaces but do not want to lose out on opportunities to have visitors or to make every room a multi-use space.

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