Most people who invest in a sofa bed, do so for the comfort of visiting family, friends and other guests. You want your guests to be comfortable and to enjoy their stay. For this reason, you may want to invest in a comfortable mattress for your sofa bed. This will ensure that your guests sleep comfortably during their stay.\n\nWhy Should You Invest In A Sofa Bed?\nIf you like to entertain, sofa beds are one of the most practical investments you can make. It doesn\u2019t require you to give up a room in your home to accommodate your guests. And it provides your guests with a comfortable place to sit during the day, and to sleep at night.\nHere are just a few reasons to consider a sofa bed for your home:\n\nMaximize tight living quarters\nSave space in your home (no need for a guest bedroom)\nHave versatility (sofa or bed according to need)\nEasily convert from a sofa to bed (and back again)\nOffer compact living quarters for guests\nProvide a perfect infirmary for sick or injured family members\nAvoid having storage when not in use (unlike portable cots, inflatable mattresses, and other alternatives)\nEncourage more visits from family and friends who would otherwise need to pay for hotel accommodations\n\nAs you can see, there are plenty of reasons to invest in a sofa bed for your home. If you agree, one of the first decisions you must make, concerns the type of sofa bed you intend to purchase.\nSofa Bed Types\nThe type of sofa bed that works best for your needs will vary, according to your living situation, and how often you have guests sleep over. Some people live in tiny studio apartments, making sofa beds the best solution for their needs. Others only need sofa beds to provide occasional guest accommodations for holidays and special events.\nThere are four different types of sofa beds to consider for your home:\n\n Traditional Pullout Sleeper Sofas\n\nTraditional pullouts offer the greatest versatility for most homes. They offer comfortable sofa seating during the daytime hours, and pullout at night to reveal a mattress where guests can sleep.\nMany of them, depending on the size, accommodate up to two adults or three children, making them an ideal solution for families to accommodate holiday guests, children\u2019s slumber parties, and other large gatherings.\n\n Pullout Sleeper Chairs\n\nIn tighter living quarters, pullout sleeper chairs provide sleeping accommodations for a single guest. If you live in a studio or one-bedroom apartment, and want the ability to accommodate the occasional guest, but don\u2019t have a great deal of space, this is the choice for you.\n\n Futons\n\nFutons offer the versatility of a sleeper sofa but do not offer the same degree of design sophistication or overall comfort that a traditional pullout sofa bed delivers.\nFutons are best suited for younger audiences who are just starting out, and don\u2019t have the budgets to purchase a traditional sofa bed. Other people who may appreciate a futon over a sleeper sofa are people who need the space to accommodate guests, but move frequently, and don\u2019t want to move a heavier sofa bed each time they relocate.\n\n Daybeds\n\nCommonly associated with younger audiences, most daybeds come with optional trundle units that slide under the bed and out of the way, when not in use, but provide additional sleeping space, when pulled out and in use.\nThese beds aren\u2019t quite as versatile as sofa beds because they aren\u2019t very comfortable to use as sofas, and are better suited for a spare bedroom rather than the living room.\nTips For Buying Quality Sofa Beds\nBuying a sofa bed sounds like a simple thing. It can be if you are not concerned about quality or the environmental impact of the sofa bed you purchase. If you are concerned about these things, then there are a few questions you should ask, before you buy a sofa bed, such as:\n\nHow will your sofa bed be used?\nWho is likely to use your sofa bed?\nHow often will your sofa bed be used?\nWhat kind of space do you have for additional sleep accommodations?\nHow are you going to get the sofa bed into and out of your home or apartment?\nWhat materials were used to manufacture the sofa and the mattress?\nDoes the sofa bed have a large carbon footprint?\nWill the sofa bed fit into your home or apartment?\nDo you have help to move the sofa bed into your home or apartment?\n\nLearning the answers to these questions can help you make more informed buying decision in your search for the right sofa bed.\nConsiderations When Buying Sofa Beds\nWhen buying a sofa bed, some things matter more than others. Here are a few considerations you\u2019ll want to keep in mind, as you shop around and compare sofa beds, to find the best fit for your needs, your home, and your lifestyle.\nSofa Bed Weight\nSofa beds are generally heavier than traditional sofas. The weight must be considered not only for getting the sofa into your home, but also for moving it out and around your home, when needed.\nSofa Bed Size\nSize matters in more ways than one. Each of the following circumstances are greatly affected by the size of the sofa bed, and may impact whether the sofa bed in question will work for your or not.\n\nHow many people can the bed accommodate? This is important if you\u2019re entertaining on a large scale or have a large family.\nWhat are the dimensions of the sofa? You must determine whether it will fit into your living room. In some cases, you may have a specific area within your living room where it needs to fit. \nWill it fit through the door of your home? Some homes have larger doors than others. Measure all the doors in your home, and the sofa, to make sure it will fit through the door of your home.\nDo you have tight corners or stairs in your home? If so, will the mattress work in those tight spaces?\n\nTake the time to learn the answers to these questions, before you bring a sofa bed into your home, to determine if it\u2019s a good fit for your needs.\nFrame Construction\nThe frame is what holds your sofa bed together. It\u2019s also an important indication of the quality of the sofa bed. It's important to research the materials that make up the frame of your sofa bed.\nSofa Comfort\nFinally, you want to make sure it\u2019s a comfortable place to sit. It is quite likely that you will use your sofa bed as a sofa more often than as a bed. With that in mind, you want to know that it\u2019s a comfortable place to sit.\nAlso check to ensure the cushions are made with high quality materials, well-constructed, and offer comfortable support for seating.\nWhy Sofa Bed Mattresses Matter\nAncient Greeks valued hospitality greatly. The even had a special word for the generosity and courtesy they offered to people who are far from home \u2013 xenia. Sofa beds with quality mattresses give you the opportunity to display your own form of xenia in a thoroughly modern world.\nNow that you\u2019ve invested a great deal of time exploring the sofa bed itself, the time has come to turn your attention toward the sofa bed mattress. Sofa bed mattresses are notoriously uncomfortable. In fact, many guests groan inwardly at the thought of spending the night on one of these mattresses.\nOur goal is to help you change that preconception by helping you select a sofa bed mattress that is so comfortable, that you might want to give up your bed in favor of the sofa bed.\nThe good news is that PlushBeds offers exceptionally comfortable sofa bed mattresses, which fit into all sofa beds, to accommodate your needs.\nSofa bed mattresses affect the overall quality and comfort of your guests during their stay. With the right sofa bed mattress, you can transform your sofa bed into a luxury oasis for your guests.\nThis means your guests can enjoy comfortable and rejuvenating sleep during each night of their stay. And guests who get a good night\u2019s sleep during each night of their stay, will feel refreshed, energized and enjoy their stay more. This means, they will also visit you more. \nTypes Of Sofa Bed Mattresses\nThere are three basic sofa bed mattress types on the market today. Each one offers different qualities. The three types include:\n\nNatural Latex\nMemory Foam\nCool Gel Foam\n\nNatural Latex Sofa Bed Mattresses\nNatural latex sofa bed mattresses are ideal for those looking for superior support and pressure point relief. It is also the most resilient and longest-lasting mattress. \nAdditionally, it is a natural and healthy option for your guests and home.\nAs an added benefit, the open cell design of natural latex allows air to flow through freely, keeping your guests dry and cool while they sleep.\nMemory Foam Sofa Bed Mattresses\nMemory foam sofa bed mattresses are ideal for those looking for a softer mattress with body contouring comfort.\nIt's important to note that memory foam mattresses tend to sleep hotter than latex mattresses. Overcome this by choosing a cool gel foam mattress, which gives you that same memory foam feel, all while sleeping cool.\nCool Gel Foam Sofa Bed Mattresses\nCool gel foam sofa bed mattresses are ideal for those looking for a softer mattress, with body contouring comfort and for those who like to sleep cool.\nThis type of mattress is ideal for homes that are located in warmer climates or for summer vacation homes. \nShopping For Sofa Bed Mattresses\nShopping for sofa bed mattresses isn\u2019t difficult as long as you know the right things to look for. If you\u2019ve identified the type of mattress you want (from the selections mentioned above), you can narrow your search parameters further by focusing on the following items:\nSize\nJust as size matters for the sofa bed itself, it must fit inside your home and in the space you have set aside for its use, so size matters for the sofa bed mattress. It must fit the sofa bed you have. Otherwise it is useless to you.\nMake sure you measure the current mattress before removing it. Measure not only for size, but also for thickness. Also remember it\u2019s always a good rule of thumb to measure twice for purchases like these, so you never need to worry about getting the measurements wrong.\nFirmness\nThe comfort of a mattress goes far beyond the firmness or softness of the mattress. People have diverse preferences when it comes to how firm they prefer their mattresses. A good rule of thumb is to meet somewhere in the middle with a sofa bed mattress that offers a medium degree of firmness, while also offering superior support and comfort.\nThe other consideration that greatly affects comfort of a mattress is how much air flows through the mattress. Without adequate air flow, the mattress can trap the heat of your body close and disrupt sleep.\nHealth \nThe health of your family and guests is a primary consideration for all good hosts. Not all sofa bed mattresses are made with natural ingredients that are healthy to expose your friends and family to.\nSome are made with a variety of petrochemicals and other ingredients that present terrible off gassing fumes and may even be harmful to you and your loved ones, like:\n\nPolybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), commonly found in fire retardants in furniture and mattresses\nHeavy metals\nProhibited phthalates\nFormaldehyde\nHarsh dyes\nChloroform\nVolatile organic compounds (VOCs)\n\nIf you want to clear the air in your home and breathe easier, then you want to make sure your sofa bed mattress is free from these harmful ingredients.\nIf you aren\u2019t sure, check out any certifications your mattress may have \u2013 especially those from independent certification organizations.\nPlanetary Concerns \/ Carbon Footprint \nMany buyers today are shifting their focus to planetary concerns, and letting their dollars speak with that focus. Every purchasing decision you make that has the planet in mind, is a step in the right direction.\nLook for organizations and companies that share your commitment to the planet, and offer products made with socially and environmentally conscious manufacturing processes.\nWarranty and\/or Durability \nCompanies that stand behind their products are growing increasingly rare. Most sofa bed mattresses have an expected lifespan of five to seven years.\nLook for companies that offer sofa bed warranties longer than seven years, and stand behind their products, so you can buy with confidence.\nCaring for Your Sofa Bed and Mattress\nOnce you find a great sofa bed mattress for your guests\u2019 comfort, you must make sure you take great care of the sofa bed and the mattress as well. The good news is that you don\u2019t have to bring in professional cleaners to make your sofa bed look and feel like new.\n\nRemove all cushions from the sofa bed. Clear out all things that may have fallen between the cracks. Remove larger objects like money, pens, etc. by hand, and use a vacuum cleaner attachment to remove smaller debris.\nPull out the sofa bed mattress so it\u2019s standing as a bed.\nRemove the mattress cover if you have one, and wash the cover according to the manufacturer's instructions.\nVacuum the mattress with the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to remove any loose debris. \nUse a cloth dipped in cool, soapy water (mild, natural detergent) to remove stains on the mattress. Make sure you do not use enough water to soak the mattress, and only dampen it slightly.\nAllow the mattress to dry.\nOnce the mattress is dry, replace the cover, and fold the mattress back into the sofa.\nVacuum sofa surfaces with your brush attachment as normal, and use the vacuum\u2019s crevice tool to reach the inner recesses of the sofa bed.\n\nVoila! You now have a guest-ready, fresh and clean sofa bed and mattress.\nPlushBeds Sofa Bed Mattresses\nPlushBeds is proud to offer a line of luxurious sofa bed mattresses, designed to meet the diverse needs of every sleeper. Each of our environmentally-friendly sofa bed mattresses provides outstanding support, unsurpassed comfort, and peace of mind that your guests will sleep comfortably.\nNatural Latex Sofa Mattress\nIf you\u2019re looking for a planet-friendly natural latex mattress for your sofa bed, you can\u2019t go wrong with the Slice of Heaven Eco Green Sofa Mattress. This mattress is made with 100 percent natural botanical latex, and it is reinforced with a CertiPUR certified Plushfoam layer. Additionally, this mattress offers the following benefits:\n\nMade in the USA\nMade without fillers and toxins\nOdor-free with no chemical offgassing\nMade without petrochemicals\nHypoallergenic\nAnti-microbial\nDust-mite, mildew, and mold resistant\n\nThe GreenGuard Gold Certified mattress is 4.5 inch thick, which is the standard size for sofa bed mattresses, and comes in a variety of sizes. Make sure you measure your existing sofa bed mattress to ensure you get the precise size you need from the following options:\n\nSingle 24\u201d x 72\u201d\nTwin 35\u201d x 72\u201d\nTwin Wide 38\u201d x 72\u201d\nFull 52\u201d x 72\u201d\nFull Wide 54\u201d x 72\u201d\nQueen 58\u201d x 72\u201d\nQueen Wide 60\u201d x 72\u201d\n\nThese natural latex memory foam mattresses are made with premium 100% natural talalay latex, and offer firm support for a 250-pound adult to sleep comfortably, before folding the mattress back into your sofa bed.\nMemory Foam Sofa Mattress\nAs the name implies, this 4.5 inch thick sofa bed mattress is a Slice of Heaven to sleep on. This GreenGuard Gold certified mattress is made of premium memory foam along with CertiPUR certified Plushfoam for a density that is nearly three times denser than regular foam.\nExperience the sleep quality you can expect in some of the world\u2019s finest resorts when you sleep on the Slice of Heaven Original Sofa Mattress which is available in a variety of sizes, including:\n\nSingle 24\u201d x 72\u201d\nTwin 35\u201d x 72\u201d\nTwin Wide 38\u201d x 72\u201d\nFull 52\u201d x 72\u201d\nFull Wide 54\u201d x 72\u201d\nQueen 58\u201d x 72\u201d\nQueen Wide 60\u201d x 72\u201d\n\nPlushBeds memory foam conforms to our eco-friendly ideals because they are made with a C02 blowing agent, and because the foam is made with soy-based polyols rather than petrochemicals. This, combined with our fresh foam technology, means there is no off gassing, and that you can buy with confidence that your mattress is not harming the planet.\nCool Gel Memory Foam Sofa Mattress\nIf you\u2019re looking for the unsurpassed comfort of memory foam, but want to beat the heat factor it represents, then you need the Cool Bliss Gel Sofa Mattress. This GreenGuard Gold certified mattress offers the same comfort you expect from a memory foam mattress, while delivering superior cooling properties when compared to traditional memory foam.\nIn fact, the sleeping surface on the Cool Bliss gel sofa bed mattress is 25 percent cooler than the average memory foam mattress. This is in addition to being hypoallergenic, eco-friendly, and odor free, thanks to the PlushBeds Fresh Foam Technology.\nThe Cool Bliss Gel Sofa Mattress is 4.5 inches thick, and available in the following sizes for your convenience:\n\nSingle 24\u201d x 72\u201d\nTwin 35\u201d x 72\u201d\nTwin Wide 38\u201d x 72\u201d\nFull 52\u201d x 72\u201d\nFull Wide 54\u201d x 72\u201d\nQueen 58\u201d x 72\u201d\nQueen Wide 60\u201d x 72\u201d\n\nMake sure you measure your existing sofa bed mattress, to ensure you get the proper size mattress for your sofa bed, and to avoid potential delays in getting the mattress you need for your guests.\nPlushBeds \nPlushBeds is well known for handcrafting the finest quality organic and natural mattresses, that meet the highest ethical and environmental standards and offer the best options for quality, personal health, comfort, and support. PlushBeds also creates superior quality sofa bed mattresses, available in some of the world\u2019s finest hotels including:\n\nThe Ritz-Carlton\nWaldorf Astoria\nHilton\nMarriott\nRamada\n\nAll PlushBeds sofa mattresses come with a 10-year manufacturer\u2019s warranty, along with the famous PlushBeds 100-night money back guarantee. We believe you will see for yourself why our sofa bed mattresses are among the best in the business!\nLink to Us!\nIf you found this article useful, please copy and paste it into the html code of your website or blog: Learn More About Going Green at the <a href"https:\/\/www.plushbeds.com\/blog\/mattress\/sofa-bed-mattress-buyers-guide\/">PlushBeds Green Living Blog<\/a>.