How to convert a couch to a sleeper sofa

Written by emily manthei | 13/05/2017
How to convert a couch to a sleeper sofa
Is it just a sofa, or is it also a bed? (sofa image by Xavier MARCHANT from

Adding a sleeper sofa or futon to your living room creates extra space and a place to host overnight guests. Functional as a couch during the day, and a bed, usually big enough for two people, at night, this piece of furniture will save you space and save your guests the nightly hotel rate. In a sleeper sofa, the bed is lodged underneath the cushions of the couch, and it is usually folded into three when in the sofa position. A futon, however, is usually just a mattress folded in half and turned to an upright position during the day.

Remove pillows and seat cushions from the couch.

Use the handle or edge of the folded-up bed to pull the frame horizontally toward you.

Pull until the bed frame is fully unfolded from beneath the couch and two of its legs are firmly placed on the ground.

Grab the top of the frame and unfold it. The legs of the bed will unfold as well, securing the whole length of the bed on the ground.

Attach a mattress pad and a fitted sheet to the mattress on the bed.

Cover the fitted sheet with a flat sheet and blankets.

Place bed pillows at the head, or use the sofa's side pillows.

Pull the bottom of the futon frame gently up and toward you, releasing the frame into a lounge position.

Pull the frame horizontally toward you to extend it into the flat bed position.

Cover the mattress with a fitted sheet.

Add flat sheets and blankets on top of the fitted sheet.

Place pillows at the head to complete the bed.

Things you need

  • Mattress pad
  • Fitted sheet
  • Flat sheet
  • Blankets
  • Pillows

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