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Sleeper Sofa Vs Futon

Maybe you’ve got tons of guests. Or a particularly persistent one. And you’re looking for a place to park them after a long day of whatever they do.

If you don’t have a dedicated guest room, the obvious choices are a futon or a sleeper sofa (also called convertible sofa and sofa sleeper).

Here’s how they size up.

Sleeper Sofa Ins and Outs


  • Good-looking enough to be the primary sofa or a family room fave
  • Come in sizes from chairs-and-a-half to sectional couches
  • Many styles to choose from, including contemporary designs like our Decklyn Queen Sleeper
  • Comfy to sit on and sleep on (think fluffy cushions and bed-quality mattress)
  • Pulls into a bed quickly and easily
  • Built to last; no assembly required


  • An investment in lasting quality
  • Delivery of custom frames could take weeks

Our take: Made to keep guests coming back.

Bassett Decklyn

Futon Ins and Outs


  • Can serve as a living room couch or turn a second room into a guest room
  • Covers may be washable or replaceable
  • Often affordable
  • Might be available right away
  • May require assembly
  • More welcoming than an air mattress


  • Styles tend to be similar
  • Jury’s out on the comfort factor
  • Can be difficult to pull out
  • Generally not high quality

Our take: Versatility for a minimal investment.

Bassett Cleo

Sleeper v. Futon: Which Is Right for You?

Depends on your situation.

A great long-term choice if you feel pretty settled, sleeper sofas are the closest thing to a real bed. You don’t have to dedicate an entire room to occasional guests (even though you really love ’em) just to give them to great night’s sleep. With sizes and styles to choose from — think classic CU.2 Queen Sleeper  to transitional Gleason Queen Sleeper, they’re right at home in your living room, family room, or den. Order in advance to make sure you can roll out the red blanket.

Often for apartment living and starter homes, futons are a good choice if you don’t want to invest but want to treat guests to something more substantial than an air mattress. They’re often readily available when unexpected guests only give a moment’s notice. Just save time (lots!) for assembly.

The Best Sleepovers Start Here

Want to be the hosts your guests dream of visiting? Ask a Bassett interior designer to give you a tour of our favorite sleepers.

Sweet dreams.

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