With the average lifespan of a sofa being around eight years, it’s likely that you are or will be researching that pivotal living room staple and visiting a furniture store soon. Sleeper sofas represent a large share of the living room furniture market and are available in a broader range of designs than ever before. Flexibly deployed as a sofa, guest bed, day bed, or couch, they are a sound investment that enhances the functionality and hospitality of your home. If you are considering a versatile and practical sleeper sofa, read on for a few tips for making the most of this popular furniture item:

Determine How Your Sleeper Sofa Will Be Used

Although they are most commonly used for living room lounging, a sleeper sofa isn’t necessarily destined for the den. Will your sleeper sofa remain mostly as a sofa, occasionally used as a bed for a guest or family member? Or will it be more frequently used as a bed, in a guest room, retaining the option to return it to sofa status temporarily or perhaps permanently?

Select a Compatible Style

You will no doubt be seeking a sleeper sofa that works with the style you’ve established in your living room and home. Another, less obvious aesthetic consideration to keep in mind is size. If the space in which you’ll be using the sleeper sofa is large enough, consider a sleeper sofa in queen or even king size. If you’re furnishing a smaller space, such as a guest room likely to accommodate no more than one guest at a time, a twin or regular size sleeper sofa may do. Be sure to consider the space the sleeper sofa will occupy when fully extended if you’ll be choosing a fold-out or other transitional style.

Be Prepared to Care for Your Sleeper Sofa

Once you’ve settled on a primary purpose, style, and size for your new sleeper sofa, be sure that you’re prepared to enhance its longevity by caring for it. Some are easier to maintain than others, and all are significant investments. Consider the materials it is built with, how well they resist stains and wear, and how easy those materials are to clean. Make sure that you’re investing in a sleeper sofa bed that will look its best throughout its tenure in your home and be a quality piece of furniture when you are ready to pass it on and replace it.

Clean Your Sleeper Sofa Regularly

Most furniture items get a pass with a feather duster and an occasional spray polish. Your sleeper sofa will likely be a nighttime home to guests, a centerpiece of a common area, or both. It deserves to be kept clean and looking good. Dusting and polishing are good starts, but even regular passes with a vacuum attachment, quick routine scrubbing with a retail upholstery cleaner, and other good cleaning habits can make a huge difference. Set a schedule, keep to it, and remain mindful of the usual threats to its appearance and condition: spills, pet hair, dander, wear and tear, and dust accumulation.

Use Professionals

For intensive cleaning, repairs, or thorough refreshing, don’t be shy about using professional services for your sleeper sofa. Tears in upholstery are effectively and easily repaired by professional upholsterers, accumulated soiling can be quickly cleaned by professional upholstery cleaners, and furniture repair professionals can restore damaged sleeper sofas to like-new condition. It’s well worth the extra effort to maintain your investment.

Sleeper sofas are versatile, functional, and increasingly stylish. With sound planning and careful maintenance, your new sleeper sofa can serve you, your guests, and those you pass it onto for many years to come.

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