Practical and versatile, pull out couches are proper game-changers in modern homes. They can save you space, money and headaches, turning stressful guest visits into pleasant, hassle-free experiences.
However, that's only if you find the right pull out couch for you, your house and needs!
With so many options to choose from, it's important not to rush in a random purchase but, on the contrary, take the time to understand exactly what features you must look for. Or, better: what to avoid!
1. Consider who and how many people this pull out couch is for
Before you start browsing, stop and think about who's going to use this pull out couch. It might sound obvious, but it can actually help you narrow down your choices by avoiding tons of models:
This is important both when it comes to its use as a couch and as a bed;
Will it be just for you and your partner or would you like to sit a friend or two as well?
Do you usually have couples over, perhaps your parents? Or families with a kid, which might require a slightly larger model?
- Do you have kids or maybe a pet? This can have an impact on which fabrics you should prioritize.
2. Size of your pull out couch
This will depend on two factors: how many people you're using it for and the size of your living room, which is why you should measure its allocated space before you do anything else.
As for sizes, you have four main options:
A twin or pull out loveseat is great for couples who live in a modern flat where space isn't a luxury. Usually, the mattress won't be bigger than 34";
The mattress of a full-sized sofa will usually range between 50 and 55", making it a popular standard choice for pull out couches;
If you want to ensure plenty of room for your guests and space isn't a problem in your front room, then you should look at queen-sized mattresses around 60";
Want to give them a hotel-like experience? Then a king-sized mattress could be the right choice for you, as it goes above 70".
3. Fabric and materials
Because your pull out couch will be used pretty much every single day for many more years to come, you need it to be resistant. One way to ensure this is to look at the rub count:
- Avoid anything below 10,000 rubs, as this type of upholstery isn't made for repeat use;
- If your budget allows it, aim around 20,000;
- Over 30,000 is ideal if you have children or pets.
As for fabrics:
If you prefer natural options, look for breathable cotton, durable linen or the easy-to-clean wool;
Polyester is, usually, a more affordable choice. It's also non-allergenic and makes it easier to wipe stains;
Velvet results in a pleasantly soft surface and a luxurious feel, but keep in mind that it's also very delicate;
The strongest fabric is definitely leather: easily wipeable and durable, it's a lifesaver if you have children. If you're after a vegan alternative, you can opt for faux leather. However, keep in mind that leather might discolor over time if it's constantly exposed to direct sunlight, so think about where you're planning on placing your new pull out couch;
Faux suede, in particular, is a scratch-proof alternative that'll keep your pull out couch safe from your cat's claws;
You could also consider choosing fabrics with a protective coating for extra peace of mind and, for increased durability, woven patterns instead of printed options.
As for the filling, it depends on what feel you prefer when sitting down:
- Plump feathers are obviously the softest option;
- Foam usually results in a much firmer seat;
- Fiber combines softness and enhanced support;
- Not too sure? Some pull out couches combine more than one type of filling for a balanced result!
4. Color and style
A patterned design with harmonious shapes and plenty of details in an industrial living room? No, thanks.
When choosing a pull out couch, it's important to consider it in relation to the rest of the room:
Identify the room's existing color palette and try and choose a pull out couch in one of its three main colors;
If you're going for a specific décor, you should look for the right pull out couch for your interior style.
5. Type of mattress
While you'll mainly be using it as a traditional sofa, one of the things to know when buying a pull out couch is the right type of mattress for your needs:
Sprung and memory foam mattresses are the best options. Comfortable and durable, they're ideal to guarantee the sweetest dreams to your guests, especially if you're planning on using it quite often;
Thin foam mattresses are the most affordable alternative. While they aren't the most comfortable, they could still do the job if you only ever need to use them as a bed occasionally and just for a night or two.
It might be that this is all you need to know to find the pull out couch of your dreams. However, if you feel like something is missing, you should look into another couple of features that could make your life easier or more sumptuous.
If you sometimes snack when sitting down or enjoy a glass of wine with your partner while watching a movie, look for a model with a drop-down table in between the two seats;
Choosing a pull out couch with removable washable covers can help you keep it clean more easily;
Do you feel like there's too much clutter in your living room? Then scout for a pull out couch with storage to keep it tidy!