Best sofa beds in Australia of 2021
Whether you’re optimising your space in a studio flat or planning sleepovers for guests, there’s a sofa bed out there that can meet your needs. Sofa beds have had a bit of a bad reputation over the years because of thin mattresses and poor design, but many of today’s best sofa beds are ultra-comfortable –– whether they’re being used as a sofa or a bed.
Not convinced yet? Read on to learn all about this year’s best sofa beds in Australia.
Discover Our Picks: Australia's top-rated sofa beds
Detailed Product Reviews
A complete guide to choose Australia’s best and most comfortable sofa beds for all budget and style.
1. Koala Sofa Bed – Editor’s Pick
This sofa is our editor’s top pick for a reason! Koala is Australia’s leading sleep product brand which designs its products with an emphasis on comfort, ease of use and affordability. Whether you’re sitting on the sofa or snoozing on the luxe queen-sized mattress, we think you’ll be quite pleased with your Koala Sofa Bed. One buyer from Koala’s website describes it as being “easy to put together” and “firm but comfy.”
The Koala Sofa Bed sets up in four seconds. When you or your guests are ready to turn in, simply fold the seat cushion down to convert it into a mattress. Plus, there aren’t any metal joints built into the sofa bed, so everyone who sleeps on it will enjoy a great night’s sleep without being woken up by constant squeaking. And since it sets up quickly without tools, you can pack it up and take it with you whenever you move.
The Koala Sofa Bed is built with the moving process in mind. It’s designed to move through tight doorways and narrow stairwells easily. Whether you’re bringing it to a new studio apartment or your new house’s living room, you can easily move this sofa bed in with you.
Koala offers a risk-free, 120-night trial. Yes, you have four months to make sure you’re absolutely thrilled with your sofa bed! If you’re not, send it back or Koala will pick it up for free if you live in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, or Adelaide. This sofa bed has a 5-year warranty, so you’ll be protected down the road if anything happens to it.
All this at a cost of $1,500, which we think is pretty reasonable. There are financing options available, so there are ways to fit the Koala Sofa Bed into any budget.
Final verdict: We love everything about the Koala Sofa Bed! The lack of metal joints ensures both a great night’s sleep and ease of set-up, and the firm mattress provides comfort and necessary back support.
Aussies looking for a high-quality sofa bed which is both good on aesthetics and functionality, would be hard-pressed to find a better product than this.
2. Notting Hill Velvet Chesterfield 3 Seater Sofa Bed – Luxury Pick
This velvet model comes in at $1,900, so it’s roughly $400 more than the Koala Sofa Bed. But those extra $400 go towards adding ultra-luxurious style to your living space and that’s the best part.
This sofa bed seats up to three people and sleeps two comfortably. Its foam mattress is more comfortable than the innerspring mattress in traditional pull-out sofa beds. In terms of bedding, this sofa bed is classified as supportive. It offers more support than a completely soft sofa and more comfort than a firm sofa, so you get the best of both worlds!
The details on this sofa, including its tufting and studs, are all done by hand to ensure the best quality. Its legs are made out of solid birch, giving it a classic elegant look.
The Notting Hill Velvet Chesterfield 3 Seater Sofa Bed will take up more space in your home than the Koala Sofa Bed. For comparison, this sofa bed is 236 cm wide while the Koala Sofa Bed is 205.5 cm wide. If you’ve got extra space to spare and love luxurious furniture, this may be the ideal sofa for you. Unlike Koala, which does not have any physical store, you can actually try and have a feel of this sofa bed at any of the Brosa studios located in Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane.
The sofa bed comes with a risk-free trial of 21 days (not applicable for custom orders). It’s also covered with a 10-year warranty.
Final Verdict: This sofa bed is a fine balance of functionality, comfort, and style. If you’re looking to go far beyond the basic sofa bed, the Notting Hill Velvet Chesterfield 3 Seater Sofa Bed should be it.
3. Siesta 3 Seater Sofa Bed – Best Value
Priced at just $529, Siesta 3 Seater Sofa Bed is perfect for Aussies on a budget. It’s just for starters. Given it is only 182cm wide, it may suit people who stay in studio flats and rooms with limited space, single adults and children.
The Siesta 3 Seater Sofa Bed is a traditional futon, so you simply fold it down when you’re ready to turn in for the night. But unlike common futon mattresses that run around 6cm thick, this sofa bed’s cushioning is 9.5 cm thick, which is quite nice. The Siesta 3 Seater Sofa Bed has a softness rating of ‘snug’. It’s neither too soft nor too firm (although it does lean more toward the soft side).
And it’s great to look at. This sofa bed comes in four different colours – Biscuit Beige, Dark Gull Grey, Storm Grey and Ecru, which makes it easy to adapt it to your home décor.
One satisfied shopper on Brosa uses this sofa bed in their home office and loves that the material is durable. You can try this model for free for 21 nights, and your purchase is also covered by a 10-year warranty.
Final Verdict: The Siesta 3 Seater Sofa Bed is pocket-friendly and right at home in your first studio flat. But if you’re living in a studio with a significant other, you might be better served with a sofa bed that offers more sleeping room.
4. Austin Full Sleeper Modular Sofa with Storage – Best Corner Sofa Bed
This model is a triple-treat: sofa, bed, and storage cabinet. We recommend storing your bedding inside the sofa so you don’t have to look for it at the last minute, whether for yourself or your guests. It seats three comfortably and provides enough sleeping room for two.
This sofa bed comes with a chaise that you can move to either the left or right of the sofa, which makes it easy to customise and fit into a particular space.
At 232cm wide, this sofa bed takes up nearly as much space as the Notting Hill Velvet Chesterfield 3 Seater Sofa Bed. So it’s fit for studio flats, living rooms, and home offices that are on the bigger side. And at $1,499, it’s a clever way to sneak additional storage into your living space.
This sofa bed also has a 21-day trial period and a 10-year warranty.
Final Verdict: This sofa bed is great to maximise space in your home. Its storage capabilities may help you avoid cluttering your home with other storage, and being able to move the chaise to either the left or the right makes it easy to fit in. Since it sleeps up to two adults, this Austin Full Sleeper Modular Sofa is ideal for couples, or the occasional overnight guests.
5. Maki Sofa Bed – Best for Small Spaces
If space is at a premium, this $549-sofa bed might just be your new best friend. It’s just 120 cm wide and will fit in easily in studios with limited space or in the corner of your office or nursery.
Although the manufacturers of this sofa bed say it can support up to 150kg for sleeping, it only offers enough room for one sleeper. As we told you before, it’s optimised for small spaces, so it doesn’t offer as much sleeping room as sofa beds with queen-sized mattresses do.
The simplistic design of this sofa bed is inspired by Japanese minimalism and it lends an air of elegance to the space you set it up in.
One buyer left a review on Brosa stating that the Maki looks great in her nursery and she loves that it folds into a bed when her family has overnight guests.
The Maki Sofa Bed comes with a 10-year warranty, and you can try this model for 21 days risk-free.
Final Verdict: This stylish, compact sofa bed is ideal for ultra-small flats. It’s also a great replacement for small sofas and chairs to make napping space for guests in the nursery and the home office.
6. Laze 3 Seater Futon – Best Futon Sofa Bed
This futon is as easy to set up as it is stylish. Laze 3 Seater Futon boasts of a three-click set-up, which means you can transform it from a couch to a bed in just three steps!
The Laze 3 Seater Futon is only 188cm wide, which means it should be able to fit into most bedrooms, offices, game rooms, or nursery corners. At a lowly price of $429, this futon is a good option for your first flat or for adding extra sleeping space for guests.
This futon is available only in stone colour but since it’s such a classic choice, it will go well with most interior design schemes. Its tufted fabric adds an air of elegance that seems far beyond its price.
One user left a review on Fantastic Furniture’s site describing the Laze 3 Seater Futon as the perfect addition to their daughter’s bedroom when her friends come for sleepovers.
You can try this futon for 60 days risk-free just to be sure you like it and it also comes topped up with a 3-year warranty.
Final Verdict: The Laze 3 futon is quite reasonably priced compared to similar ones in the Australian market. With the three-click installation, getting ready for bed or converting the futon back into a couch is a breeze. If you host sleepovers for your kids or have guests over often, the Laze 3 Seater Futon is a nice way to ensure you’ve got room for everyone to be comfortable both day and night!
7. Lana Sofa Bed – Best Under $500
Don’t let the $479 price tag fool you, the Lana Sofa Bed is absolutely glamorous and will become a conversation starter wherever you set it up.
It is made with durable Deco velvet and is available in three eye-catching colours: Navy Blue, Dusty Rose, and Bottle Green. Its iron legs are finished with gold metal polish that adds a luxurious gleam while the solid pine and engineered wood frame that goes into its body are responsible for its durability.
This model converts into a bed in three easy steps to make getting ready for bed hassle-free.
You can try this sofa bed for yourself for 21 days risk-free. There’s also a 10-year warranty on this sofa bed so you’ll be protected if anything happens to it later on.
Final Verdict: If you’re looking for a more fashionable spin on the classic futon on a budget, the Lana Sofa Bed may be the right choice for you. Its bright colours will grab everyone’s attention and elevate your home’s style to the next level.
8. Kip 3 Seater Futon – Best Under $200
At just $199, this futon is bankable but won’t break your bank. Despite its lowly price tag, it does not skimp on helpful features.
Like some of the other options on this list, the Kip 3 Seater Futon sets up in just three clicks. It takes things a step further by letting you customise your level of back support. You can use the futon upright as a couch, recline to lounge around, or fold it down completely to sleep.
Denim is the only colour this futon is available in and that will blend well in any contemporary space.
Honestly, the Kip 3 Seater Futon isn’t the most comfortable sofa bed out there, but it gets the job done. It’s likely better suited for hosting the occasional guest than for sleeping on every night. With a width of 180cm, it can fit into even the most cramped of studio flats.
One customer writes on Fantastic Furniture that the Kip looks good and is reasonably comfortable given its price. You can try this futon for 60 days just to be sure you’re pleased with it, and your purchase is protected by a 3-year warranty.
Final Verdict: This futon is a fine product in the under 200$ category. While its mattress isn’t as comfy as higher-priced sofa beds, it offers enough comfort to stay asleep all night.
Buyer’s Guide: Things You Need to Consider While Shopping for a Sofa Bed in Australia
Choosing the perfect sofa bed can be tricky. There are lots of factors to consider, like your budget, the space available in your home, and its comfort as both a couch and a bed. So keep the following questions in mind as you go out searching for a sofa bed.
How often will it be used?
If you plan to sit on your sofa bed often and to sleep on it every night, go with a model that offers plenty of comfort. Find one with a thick mattress so that you won’t be tossing and turning every night. If you’ll only have the occasional guest spending a night or two and sleeping on your sofa bed, you can opt for one with a less plush mattress.
How much space do you have?
Living in a small flat? Do you move often? If you answered ‘yes’ to either of these questions, a small and light sofa bed might be the way to go. We recommend choosing one that sets up easily and is easy to transport. If you’ve got plenty of space and plan on staying put for a while, go ahead and splurge on a bigger, sturdier sofa bed.
Buying a sofa bed online works out quite cheaper than buying one from a retail outlet but it still is a risky proposition. What if you don’t like the feel or worse the colour does not go with your decor. This is why most online companies offer a no-risk trial with the purchase. So, in the event, if you don’t like the sofa bed, you can always return them for a full or partial refund.
What’s your budget?
It’s basic. You’ve got to consider how much money you want to spend. While this may eliminate a few options you’ve been eyeing, there are great options available in every price range. Try to get the most bang for your buck. Check the fabric’s quality, the mattress’ comfort level, and the frame’s durability against that of other sofa beds in the segment.
Does the sofa bed come with a warranty?
Consider how long the warranty is for each sofa bed you’re looking at. Both sofas and beds go through wear and tear over time, so it’s only natural that your sofa bed will, too. Having a warranty will protect you against a defective product.
And this concludes our Australia’s bed sofa bed guide. Hopefully, you could find your dream sofa bed but if you didn’t feel free to drop your questions below. We’ll get back to you promptly.