We are looking into buying a sofa bed. We are in the process of selling our house, and would like to downsize to a one bedroom apartment (we are currently in a two bedroom home). We would like to use the one bedroom for our three-year-old daughter, and we would use the sofa bed as our bed, and it would also function as our living room couch. So! Can anyone recommend a really comfortable, yet still affordable sofa bed/brand?
We have one in our living room for "just in case" guests. I must confess, it isn't comfortable! (Nor have I ever laid on any sofa bed that was comfortable :) So I don't have any specific recs for you, but we use a feather bed top on ours when we need to use it and that makes it much more comfortable. We thought about getting a memory foam topper since those are so comfortable but we don't use it enough to justify the extra expense. A topper might be an option for you if you aren't completely happy with what's available. Happy furniture hunting!
I remember seeing one a few years ago at Macy's that was not a traditional sofa bed with the uncomfortable bar in your back. This one had a thick mattress that was made of memory foam, I believe, and it was soooooo comfortable. I do remember it was a little pricey, but if I was going to be sleeping on it every night, I would want something like that. Maybe you could get a memory foam topper to put on a less expensive sofa bed.
If at all possible, I would recommend something like a Murphy bed that folds down from the wall. Sofa beds are uncomfortable due to the nature of having a matress thin enough to fold up. It gets worse if you sleep on it every night.
Also, have you thought about a futon? Those are pretty inexpensive and comfortable for the long haul. Or at least they don't get worse over time. I find my futon a bit hard, but it's in a guest bedroom.
The memory foam type sofa bed sounds like a good option but I have never tried one.
I have slept on several sofa beds and I would not want to do it for more than a few nights in a row. However, I do like futons. My in-laws have a high quality futon (sorry don't know the brand - it might be from LL Bean) and the matress is nice and thick, rather firm, but comfortable. It really holds its shape. I would gladly sleep on that every night. I know it wasn't cheap, over $1000, for the matress and frame but you get what you pay for.
I'll second the full-sized mattress. You can get a big wedge of foam from a foam mattress store to use on the back when it is a couch, with a bedspread over it, and put it aside at night. The chore of "putting the bed back together" made this routine get very old for me when I lived in a studio, but it was nice to have a comfortable bed and not have to unfold a futon every night-- they are heavy and it was hard on my back.