Asked on Oct 10, 2017

Can i convert a regular sofa to a sofa sleeper

by Rose
  8 answers
  • Big lulu Big lulu on Oct 10, 2017

    No, not in the traditional fold out sleeper way. You can remove the back cushions and put a sheet over the bottom cushions. This is suitable for one person that's not too big.

    If you want a sleeper sofa you'll need to purchase one. Or get a futon or a blow up mattress.

  • 27524803 27524803 on Oct 10, 2017

    I don't think so... it takes special framework to make it function correctly... and some of them are not very comfortable... do you need to add extra beds for guest or when the "kids" come to visit... there are a lot of new styles of bunk beds for adults (full over queen, queen over queen, etc.) maybe one of those will add the temporary sleeping arrangements that you need.

  • I would think finding the parts to do that might be difficult. And most sleepers have a hollow back rest so that part of the bed stores up in there when not in use. I am sure if you search to net enough you could find someone who did it.

  • Sto9987562 Sto9987562 on Oct 10, 2017

    i don’t believe you can retro fit a sleeper into a regular sofa. Sleeper sofas are made especially for this

  • Susan Cosgrove Bishop Susan Cosgrove Bishop on Sep 30, 2018

    I think it’s possible. I have an Ethan Allen sleeper sofa and the same style loveseat. I also am an experienced upholsterer but I hate the way my sleeper sits and we rarely use it for guests because it is not comfortable. I’m thinking I need four cross pieces from front to back with seat Spring bases which is my problem. Need to see if I can find a resource for them. I have taken the loveseat down to the frame so I can see how it is done and possibly follow that design. I’m hoping it works and I find a resource. I’ll post photos later if it works.

  • Ben Ben on Dec 11, 2018

    Yes you can. If there is a will, then there is a way. I have done it with several couches, and works just as good.

    You need to start with a couch that if you destroy it, then it would be okay.

    Plan, and put a lot of thought into it before hand. It is simple.

    There are many ways to do it. If you want to do it with one hand and like traditional Sofa, then it can be done, but it is not worth the time or headache.

    But if you have a nice couch, and want to convert it NOT in traditional way, then you can.

    This conversion is good for people that they have RVs, and they have a extra couch and want to convert it to bed. Then it is a right choice.

    I don't have printed plans, but if you live in California, I can help you, and help you to convert it. it will take only couple of days.

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    • Rachel Marie Carey Rachel Marie Carey on Oct 02, 2022

      I would love to know how you did this! I have an old sofa I would like to do this on. Are you willing to share your designs? I live up in Washington.

  • Pat Pat on Nov 08, 2019

    Yes you can. I am in the process of doing just that. I recently purchased an extremely nice wooden frame sofa with removable cushions (which I will recover). I will be raising the height slightly (with decorative wood blocks) and placing a "drawer box" on wheels underneath that will hold the mattress. The front of the "box" will look like drawers with handles. Definitely where there is a will there is a way.