There are all sorts of reasons why you may need to stay on a sofa bed, from staying as a guest at someone’s house to having a broken bed or faulty mattress.
Whatever the situation, however, staying on a sofa bed can be really uncomfortable, and they are somewhat notorious for offering a poor night’s sleep to people who have to use them.
Luckily, there are several things you can do to improve your night’s sleep and make your sofa bed a much more enjoyable place to sleep for either you or your guests.
The great thing is a lot of these solutions are quite simple and are easy to implement meaning you don’t have to worry about things getting too expensive or complex.
If you really want to make your sofa bed as comfy as possible, it’s best to combine several as many of these different methods for improving your sofa bed to compound their effects and really elevate the whole idea.
Be warned, however, this may end up with people constantly wanting to stay over at your house, don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Use A Mattress Topper
The first thing you should consider doing to make your sofa bed more comfortable is to use a mattress topper.
Mattress toppers are a sort of elasticated padding that can stretch out over a wide area such as a bed and provide an extra layer of cushion for both the sleeper and the sofa.
While sofas are comfortable to sit on, lying on them often isn’t nearly as comfortable as they aren’t usually designed to offer the right amount of support and comfort required for sleep.
A mattress topper can provide that little bit of extra padding needed to make the whole sofa much more comfortable and they also offer protection to the sofa as well.
They are cheap and easy to use and are a great way to instantly improve the comfort of your sofa bed without any fuss.
If you’re in a bind, using extra pillows can be a great way to offer extra cushioning in key areas, either under the back, hips, and shoulders or in areas where the sofa bed isn’t as comfortable as it could be.
Cushions aren’t as stable as mattress toppers and can move around as they aren’t secured in place, but they offer a thicker amount of padding and for particularly poor quality or uncomfortable sofa beds they can provide some much-needed comfort or support.
Again, they can also protect the sofa from getting too squashed when being used as a bed, and they are easy to use whenever you need them so they are convenient. They are also relatively cheap making this a great impromptu solution to use in a pinch.
Make Sure To Have A Spare Duvet
It can be really hard to get to sleep when you aren’t warm enough, and often staying on a sofa bed means using whatever spare blanket is available instead of a real duvet or comforter.
Keeping a small spare duvet clean and ready for use with a sofa bed can make a huge difference to the comfort of your night’s rest.
Another great idea can be to use a thick spare duvet as a cover to add extra padding to the sofa bed, sort of like a makeshift mattress topper.
This can make the sofa bed warmer and overall much cozier so don’t throw out that old mattress, give it a wash and stow it away as a spare!
Keep The Sofa Clean
Another important tip is to keep the sofa bed clean. Everyone knows how gross sofas can get, and they are a hotbed of fur, dust, bacteria, and apparently forlorn slices of pizza and other snacks.
No one wants to sleep on a petri dish, and the thought of this alone can make a sofa bed a horribly uncomfortable place to sleep.
If you’re expecting guests to stay on your sofa bed, make sure it’s clean and smells fresh to help put them at ease and make them as comfortable as possible.
Rotate The Mattress
If the mattress is removable, make sure to swap it around from time to time to prevent dents from forming in the padding. Sleeping in a ditch or broken mattress is really uncomfortable and can cause all sorts of aches and pains in the back and neck.
Flipping the mattress occasionally is a great way to prevent this and also keep the sofa more presentable for longer.
Keep The Sofa In Good Repair
If the sofa bed relies on moving parts, keep them in good working order. A squeaky bed can disturb your night’s sleep, while sparse padding and exposed springs and metal can be downright dangerous as well as uncomfortable.
Always try to make sure your sofa is in good order before you let someone sleep on it.
Use Quality Sheets
Regardless of whether you use a mattress topper or not, always try to offer some clean sheets to someone sleeping on a sofa bed.
Not only will they smell much nicer and be much softer than a sofa’s natural material, but they will help keep your mattress topper and pillow in place, and offer some protection to the material of the sofa, reducing wear and tear.
Make The Room Dark
Don’t forget to use curtains in the room with your sofa bed! Light can seriously disturb a night’s sleep, and too often sofa beds are left in a room without any way to create enough darkness for a good night’s sleep.
If you don’t have curtains, at least use blinds or, failing this, offer your guest a sleeping mask to help them avoid being kept up by light exposure.
Use Scents And Aromas
Using relaxing scents on your sheets and pillows can be a really nice touch and make your sofa bed much more comfortable.
Relaxing smells like lavender and vanilla are great choices that almost everyone will love, and it helps put people at ease and relax to allow them to drift off into a good night’s sleep.