Be prepared for unexpected (or expected) guests with a gorgeous sofa that turns into a comfortable sofa bed. When putting together our collection of sofa beds, we insisted they excelled in both their roles. Great sofas and great guest beds - and they had to convert easily. And we think they look good and are comfy and practical. Choose two or three-seaters, in classic styles that will work in any interior. Choose from a large selection of fabrics to match, complement or contrast with your existing schemes, or let us help you design a new room around your new sofa bed.

THE HISTORY OF SOFA BEDS

Sofa beds are thought to have been invented in the United States - probably out of necessity. Distances that people travelled were so much greater, it was almost always necessary to be able to put up guests and travellers for the night. And, in small homes, the only way to do this was to have a clever solution of a piece of furniture that was a sofa by day and a bed by night. Leonard C. Bailey took out a patent for making the first folding bed on 18 July 1899. The metal bed frame was capable of being folded, bent mattress closed for use if needed. Later, it was known as a Hide-a-Bed. William Murphy took out a patent for making In-A-Dor bed, which is known as a Murphy Bed today - and it folds into a wall closet - a much-beloved comic device in many a silent comedy! In 1931, Bernard Castro made and sold the Castro Convertible by using $400 from his savings. Castro’s design is considered to be the evolution of most sofa beds sold nowadays. 

THE OLIVIA SOFA BED BY NEPTUNE

A classic English sofa that converts into a comfortable guest bed. Sofa beds don't get much better than this. In its role as luxurious two-three seater sofa, the Olivia sofa bed looks every inch an English classic. Feather and down upholstery supports your back while traditional features, like pleated arms and turned legs, confirm its pedigree. Convert it to a bed and you have an instant guest bed.

This gorgeous two to three-seater sofa could pass muster in the grandest drawing rooms. But its very English styling, from neatly turned legs and pleated arms, to its relaxed posture and generously stuffed feather and down upholstery, hide an alter ego. In moments, the Olivia converts into a comfortable double guest bed, with a fold-out frame and concealed mattress.

THE CARGO SOFA BED

These Cargo sofa beds make great guest beds and fantastic sofas that would grace any living room. Available in two sizes, the three-seater (204cm, mattress 135cm ) and the two-seater (180cm, mattress 120cm) and a wide range of beautiful fabrics. They can convert in an instant into a comfortable guest bed, with a fold-out frame and concealed mattress, and they don't compromise on comfort in their role as a regular sofa, thanks to luxurious deep-seated comfort. The 10cm sprung mattress will ensure a good night's sleep. They have fully reversible seat and back cushions for greater durability. And a a little bonus, all include two accent scatter cushions.

So if you need a guest bedroom, and can't move a bigger house just at the moment, this is the perfect solution. View our sofa beds for yourself in our showrooms, or call us if you would like to know more.