We do not know the name of those who first thought up to connect a sofa with a bed and created a folding structure, but we remember them with a kind word. And it is not surprising: in a small apartment it is impossible to organize, according to all the rules, a sleep zone, especially for one-room apartments and studios.
So that the day in the house was beautiful and cozy, and at night you could fully relax, the best option would be a sofa with an orthopedic mattress.
When the sofa becomes a bed
The first sofa beds began to produce in Italy. Today, folding models are in the range of almost every factory that produces upholstered furniture. A variety of models, mechanisms and dimensions allows you to choose a sofa in any room, to any interior.
Elegant in assembled form, at night the sofa turns into a comfortable sleeping place, and the orthopedic mattress allows the spine to assume the correct position during a night's rest.
In modern apartments there is often not enough space for a large bed, even if a separate room is allocated for the bedroom. In a narrow “pencil box” or square-shaped small room, the standard dimensions of a double bed do not leave free space in the room. The output will be a sofa bed.
In this case, not only the dimensions of the sofa will be important: if you really have to sacrifice something, it is better to choose functionality and safety for your own health at the expense of the beauty of the interior.
The sofa bed in the living room will be a comfortable extra bed when guests are in the house. The folding mechanism allows you to place on the rest of two people, a family with a child.
Many so-called “guest” sofas are equipped with only a thin mattress: they are not recommended for daily night sleep, but for one or two nights, they will perfectly fulfill their purpose.
Advantages and disadvantages of orthopedic sofas
In favor of upholstered furniture with an orthopedic mattress, their compactness first of all speaks. Folded during the daytime, the sofa takes up little space, frees up space for moving around the room.
In addition to the main function, in a studio apartment or in some design styles, a large folding sofa serves as a means of zoning a room and is an essential element of the interior.
Pluses of folding sofas
Modern sofas with an orthopedic mattress for daily use can perform their functions regardless of the size of the room, it is only important to choose the right transformation mechanism. Modern manufacturers have developed a variety of variations that allows you to place a straight or angular sofa and organize a comfortable bed even in the smallest room, do not feel inconvenience during sleep.
Other advantages of folding sofas with orthopedic bases include:
- creating proper back support during sleep;
- a hard mattress contributes to the anatomical position of the body that is necessary for proper rest, during which the neck muscles relax, the blood circulation in the body improves;
- the lattice orthopedic base contributes to regular ventilation of the mattress, which prolongs its service life and prevents mold from developing;
- a large inner drawer will be a convenient place to store bedding.
A wide range of designs and colors of the upholstery allows you to choose a sofa for any interior style.
Important! Orthopedics does not recommend that persons suffering from spinal diseases or other diseases of the musculoskeletal system use a sofa with an orthopedic base for daily use.
Cons of orthopedic sofas
The main disadvantage of folding sofas with an orthopedic base is its higher cost compared to conventional designs. But for the convenience you have to pay.
A variety of sofa designs require certain room parameters to allow furniture to unfold.
Types of designs of sofas with orthopedic base
Sofas can be straight or angular. Not all models form a flat surface when unfolding, which means that not all of them are suitable for daily sleep. Therefore, the choice of the transformation mechanism should be given special attention.
The mechanism of "Spartacus"
This is the name of the layout, in which the sofa has a metal frame and a grid on which the orthopedic mattress is placed. The result is a comfortable flat bed, but in this design, where most of the models have a box for linen, there are supports for the mattress. Yes, and the metal frame itself can withstand a limited weight.
Straight sofa has a simple design, easily unfolds. For this you need:
- pull the seat;
- lower the seat back. Forms a flat surface, only in the center, at the junction will be a slightly noticeable indentation, which does not interfere with a full sleep.
It is better to choose a sofa with flexible slats: they will provide excellent support for the body during sleep.
The disadvantage of the model is the need to move the sofa to the wall each time after assembly. Because of the design features, it will have to be moved away from the wall every night in order to lower the backrest, and move it back in the morning, which will not have the best effect on the floor covering.
A feature of the “Click-Klyak” model (otherwise - “Tango”) is the possibility of finding the back in one of three positions:
- in the unfolded, horizontal - for the organization of a berth;
- assembled - the classic version;
- in a reclining position - this way you can ensure a comfortable body position for relaxing while watching a movie, reading books in the evening.
Among the advantages: compactness of the model. In contrast to the "Eurobook" does not need to leave a lot of free space against the wall for folding the sofa. The mechanism is simple: just pull up to yourself and lift the seat, bend it and straighten it.
Sofa - "Accordion"
Unlike the previous options, it is much easier to unfold, the width of the bed depends on the length of the sofa. It’s simple to spread it out: like accordion fur, you pull the seat forward, hence the name of the transformation mechanism.
- the sofa has a compact and neat appearance when folded;
- as a result of unfolding, a single bed surface without joints is obtained;
- The side walls of the sofa (armrests) limit the sleeping space, making it safe even for a child.
- compact folded, the sofa requires at least 1.5 meters of free space in the room so that it can be expanded;
- the supporting elements move forward along the floor, respectively, there may be damage and scratches on it, with time they will be very noticeable.
To unfold the sofa you need to pull out the front of the case and fold the seat-cushion on it. Simple and convenient option for sleep: it turns out an even and comfortable surface for sleeping. When assembled, the sofa takes up minimal space as it unfolds forward.
The disadvantages, as in the previous case, is the need for free space in front of the sofa for its folding, a small height. Retractable part may damage the flooring.
Tips for choosing a sofa bed
To choose the best version of the sofa, you need to decide which model you want - straight or angular. Measure the parameters: will there be enough space to move around the room if the sofa will be folded forward. Otherwise, you need to choose a model with the transformation mechanism "Click-klyak" or "Eurobook."
What to look for when buying
When buying sofas for sleeping with an orthopedic mattress, it is important to take into account the orthopedic component - the foundation that ensures the correct position of the body during sleep. There are three main types:
- independent spring blocks;
- dense and elastic PPU (polyurethane foam);
- combination of polyurethane foam and spring blocks.
When choosing, you need to look at the parameters, take into account what the independent springs are made of. Most reliably springs from alloyed steel, and the thickness of the PUF should not be less than 8-10 centimeters. And the more the weight of a person who will sleep on the couch, the denser and tougher polyurethane foam should be.
Important! Sofas with the mechanisms "Book", "Eurobook" and "Click-Klyak" do not have beds, so choosing them for daily use will need to separately purchase an orthopedic mattress, then every evening to lay it.
The best options will be:
- "French cot";
From the corner models you should pay attention to the mechanisms "dolphin" or "jaguar".
How to choose upholstery
When choosing upholstery for a sofa bed with an orthopedic mattress, you need to consider whether it will be laid out daily or only when guests are in the house. In the second case, the upholstery material does not matter much, it is only important to take into account that it will not be comfortable to sleep on a leather surface, therefore for convenience it is better to put a mattress at night.
For everyday use of the sofa as a place for a night's sleep, durable and wear-resistant fabric will do:
- flock - durable, but unstable to moisture and animal claws;
- Velor - beautiful and pleasant to the touch, but quickly wiped off;
- Chenille - strong material, easy to clean;
- guns - durable and stylish material, not very pleasant to the touch;
- Jacquard - looks spectacular, but does not last long attractive.
Which mattress is better
From the correct choice of anatomical mattress will depend on the quality of sleep. All mattresses can be divided into 2 types:
The former may have coconut fiber, holofiber or latex as a filler. Spring blocks have spring blocks that follow the anatomical contours of the body during sleep.
When choosing a mattress, pay attention to the firmware of the mattress: a conscientious manufacturer performs it carefully, the mattress will last a long time, and will not crawl away in a couple of months. The height of the mattress should be at least 20 centimeters, otherwise it will quickly drain, then you have to buy a new one.
Sofa bed in the children's room: the pros and cons
Pediatricians and orthopedists have an unequivocal opinion on this matter: there is no place for daily use in the children's folding sofa. The fragile children's spine receives a tremendous load while sleeping on an uneven surface. As a result, spinal deformity, and the child himself will not get a good rest.
Therefore, until adolescence - at least, and if possible - and up to an adult from the sofa in the nursery should be abandoned. Moreover, there are bed models on the market that are compact and comfortable, including bunk beds, loft beds and pull-out options that will save space in the nursery without detriment to the health of the child.
Orthopedic sofas for every day is not the best way to organize a sleep area in an apartment, but their correct choice will save space in a small apartment, ensuring proper rest after working days.