Koala Sofa Bed Review 2021 (Buy or Avoid?)

We’re living in a modern Australia, where space is hard to come by and efficiency is valued above all else. It’s no wonder, then, that sofa beds are skyrocketing in popularity. What were once seen as cheap, uncomfortable gimmicks which worked well as neither a sofa nor a bed are now genuinely viable solutions to space-deprived Aussies everywhere!

We’ve already taken a tour through our best Australian sofa beds, and today we’d like to spend a little while longer with our editor’s pick, the Koala Sofa Bed, to see what all their fuss was about. Is it the dynamic wonder which will keep you comfy in both the daytime and night? Or is it all overblown nonsense? Judging by Koala’s stellar reputation in the Australian furniture market, we firmly doubt it’s the latter. Still, there’s only one way to find out.

We put the sofa bed to the test, assessing its viability as a sofa and a bed; gauging its ability to support and comfort; as well as reviewing how Koala has gone about crafting this premium piece of furniture. What did we find? Nothing bad, that’s for sure!

Koala Sofa Bed Review

Koala Sofa Bed: Quick Summary of the Ratings

Recommended For​

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Verdict: Koala has captured our hearts and seemingly all of Australia’s too. The furniture-in-a-box company can do no wrong, and this sofa bed is just another example of its best-in-class product design. Comfortable, supportive, durable and stylish, the sofa bed serves as a perfect complement to anyone’s living room whether they’re low on space or just want an extra bed handy for entertaining guests. 

To top it all, Koala offers one-of-a-kind a 120-days risk-free trial on the sofa bed – so buyers can actually try this sofa bed for full four months before committing to the purchase. With a high quality construction and innovative design, the Koala Sofa Bed more than justifies its price tag.

Table of Contents

Continuing the theme of efficiency, we’ve slapped together a useful table of contents which you can use to quickly zip between the sections you most need to see.

About the Brand

You may have heard of Koala. Since its founding in 2015, the Australian company has built up a strong reputation for championing both customers and the environment with everything it does. It’s part of the “1% for the planet” scheme, which means it donates at least 1% of its annual sales to environmental charities. Plus, with close ties to WWF-Australia, it also throws in a symbolic adoption of an endangered Australian species with many of its products; buying the Koala Sofa Bed, for example, nets you a symbolic adoption of a glossy black cockatoo! As if that weren’t enough, it also uses sustainably sourced wood, earning it a valuable FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification in the process. With all this in mind, it’s no surprise that Koala has been a registered B Corp since 2018, putting it at the forefront of companies “using business as a force for good”.

Needless to say, buying Koala is an environmentally positive choice for any consumer. That doesn’t mean that the company is solely focused on the environment, though, certainly not to the detriment of the customer. By cutting out the traditional furniture sales middleman, the Sydney-based company is able to keep costs down, passing the savings onto the consumer. This, in conjunction with premium materials and top-notch post-purchase support—including a whopping 120-night trial period with all of its products—makes it clear that the company is driven to do right by its customers above all else.

You can see the effect of these consumer-friendly choices in all of Koala’s products, and this sofa bed is no different. From looking at it, sitting on it and laying down on it, there’s no doubt that this is a quality Koala product through and through.

Configurations

The Koala Sofa Bed comes in Single, Double and Queen sizes, with a footrest available too to complete the lounging setup. Each of the sizes is also available in four different colours, meaning that it should match the existing colour scheme of most buyers’ living rooms. Those colours are Lunar Grey (light grey), Bass Strait (blue), Trackie Dack (dark grey) and Flat White (light beige). 

Whether you’re going for “sleek, dark and sophisticated” or “vibrant, bright and cheerful”, there’s a colour option that’ll suit you just fine. It helps, of course, that the Koala Sofa Bed is an attractive product anyway. The tacky connotations that clung onto sofa beds of years past is nowhere to be seen here; this is truly a sofa bed for the modern age.

Construction

The bed’s baseboard and frame are made from FSC certified poplar plywood and MDF, with the baseboard’s MDF coated for added protection. In addition to being sustainably sourced, these materials provide a good balance of sturdiness and affordability which can withstand the rigours of being used as a day-to-day sofa as well as a regularly-used bed.

As for the cushions—the important bit—Koala doesn’t disappoint, providing both a  CertiPUR-US certified polyurethane support foam layer and a polyurethane comfort foam layer. These two layers work side-by-side (or rather, one-above-another) to cushion and support in equal measure, and they’re wrapped in a tough Dacron covering, helping to protect them from everyday wear and tear.

Finally, the sofa itself comes covered in a soft-touch fabric blend, consisting of 88% polyester and 12% nylon.

Product Dimensions & Assembly

Assembling the Koala Sofa Bed is almost as easy as tying your shoelaces—and much more rewarding. It requires no tools whatsoever and involves no aggressive-looking metal components. Once it’s built, it can be swapped from sofa mode to bed mode in just four seconds, and that lack of metal components also means that there’s no harsh metallic squeaking involved in the process too.

The Single-sized sofa bed comes shipped to your door in five separate boxes, while the Double and Queen-sized come in six. Take a look at the dimensions and weights for each box and the final products (both in sofa and bed form):

Koala Single Sofa Bed Dimensions

Baseboard Box

6 x 128 x 95 cm weighing 13.6kg

Backrest Box

31 × 95 × 66 cm weighing 14.9kg

Armrest Box

39 × 103 × 65 cm weighing 23.7kg

Seat Cushion Box

40 × 110 × 40 cm weighing 16.9kg

Footrest Box

23.5 x 68 x 68cm weighing 12.18kg

Assembled (Sofa)

130 x 100.3 x 83.5cm

Assembled (Bed)

219.2 x 130 x 83.5cm

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Koala Double Sofa Bed Dimensions

Baseboard Box

9 x 98 x 98 cm weighing 19kg

Backrest Box

31 × 140 × 66 cm weighing 19kg

Armrest Box 1

27 × 103 × 65 cm weighing 15.3kg

Armrest Box 2

27 × 103 × 65 cm weighing 15.3kg

Seat Cushion Box

40 × 155 × 40 cm weighing 25kg

Footrest Box

23.5 x 68 x 68cm weighing 12.18kg

Assembled (Sofa)

190 x 100.3 x 83.5cm

Assembled (Bed)

219.2 x 190 x 83.5cm

Queen-Sized

Baseboard Box

9 x 105 x 98 cm weighing 20kg

Backrest Box

21 × 155 × 66 cm weighing 18.1kg

Armrest Box 1

27 × 103 × 65 cm weighing 15.3kg

Armrest Box 2

27 × 103 × 65 cm weighing 15.3kg

Seat Cushion Box

40 × 170 × 40 cm weighing 30kg

Footrest Box

23.5 x 68 x 68cm weighing 12.18kg

Assembled (Sofa)

205.5 x 101 x 83.5cm

Assembled (Bed)

224 x 205.5 x 83.5cm

Comfort & Feel

No matter what extras or unique selling points a sofa, bed or—indeed—sofa bed throws your way, if it ain’t comfortable, it ain’t worth much. Thankfully, the Koala Sofa Bed is able to back up all of its value-adds with a core product which is out of this world. 

The comfort and support layers work to keep you comfortable when you’re sitting and supported when you’re laying down. In sofa mode, the cushions come in at a ‘medium’ firmness, perfectly suited for lounging about with a good book and a hot drink. When it’s time to turn out the lights and catch some Zs, the added weight distribution across those same cushions gives it a firmer feel, helping to keep your spine and joints aligned during the night, in turn helping you wake up feeling rested, ache-free and ready for the day ahead.

Warranty, Terms of Sale & Pricing

When faced-up against budget sofa beds—the ones that give you a bad back and years of nightmares—the Koala Sofa Bed is quite highly priced. Starting at $950, this definitely isn’t something you’ll be likely to pick up when the cousins are staying over for Christmas. You’ve got to remember, though, that this product is competing with premium-tier furniture companies. From that perspective it’s a veritable bargain. It offers the kind of build-quality and materials that you’d expect to find in a noticeably more expensive product, all while coming in at that sub-$1000 price bracket (granted, that’s just for the Single size).

That price tag also gets you access to Koala’s admirable post-purchase support. From the second you click “buy now”, you’ll be whisked away on a journey of free Australia-wide delivery (within four hours to major metropolitan areas), 120-night risk-free trials and five-year warranties. Koala hasn’t let us down in the past when it comes to post-purchase support, and it looks to be staying the course with this sofa bed.

Buyer Reviews

Checking out genuine buyer reviews is an essential step in gauging the quality of any product; that’s why we always incorporate it into our research process. With an aggregated 4.6 stars on productreview.com.au, the Koala Sofa Bed stands out as a top-quality product, even at a glance. Reviews praised the product’s ease-of-assembly, its attractive design as well as its ability to provide comfort as both a bed and sofa.

One Australian buyer, Tamara in South East Queensland, left a exceptionally pleased review stating:

“Awesome product and great quality. It was super easy to put together. It’s comfy enough and does the job as a couch and bed in our spare room. It unfolds flat on the floor so no awful springs or bars. We love the Bass Strait colour! Would highly recommend this sofa bed!”

Final Verdict

Is it a sofa? Is it a bed? No: it’s both! The Koala Sofa Bed lives up to the promise of a truly dynamic piece of furniture where so many before it have fallen short. As a sofa, it’s comfortable and attractive; as a bed, it’s more supportive and spacious. Switching between the two is cinch—taking only four seconds—and it involves no obnoxiously loud components either! We’re once again thrilled with this Koala product. The company’s environmental focus and generous post-purchase support also deserve a shout-out too: they serve as the icing which makes this cake just impossible to ignore.

You may have tried sofa beds, but we’re willing to bet you haven’t tried a sofa bed like this. The Koala Sofa Bed as far exceeded our expectations; we absolutely recommend that you check it out!

Koala Sofa Bed


Highlights

  •   Single, Double & Queen size with footrest option
  •   Converts into a comfy bed in less than 4 seconds. 
  •   120-night sleep trial
  •   5-year warranty
  •   Free Shipping

9.8

WhataSleep Score

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