How to convert a couch to a sleeper sofa

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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.

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Things you need

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

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  1. 1

    Remove pillows and seat cushions from the couch.

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

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

  6. 6

    Cover the fitted sheet with a flat sheet and blankets.

  7. 7

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

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

    Cover the mattress with a fitted sheet.

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

    Place pillows at the head to complete the bed.

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