The Slumber Alternative
June 27, 2015
There is a surprisingly long history with sleeper couches, or sofas. In Ancient Egypt palms were strapped together to create a daybed, and it is said that Thomas Jefferson used a pulley and rope system to tie up beds in an upright position into a compartment in his home. Guests that slept over at the George Washington Mount Vernon home, is said to have used a settee that could be changed into a bed.
In the slightly later days of sleeper couch designs, the mattresses were generally uncomfortable to sleep on and not a very popular choice for guests, as this is what these items of furniture would be used for. Today, however, the modern designs of sleeper couches has evolved to such an extent that it has become a sought-after addition to many homes. They are now available in an extremely wide range of comfort, size and creative styles.
Modern sleeper couches come in a range of fabrics and colors that will fit into any home without “standing out like a sore thumb”. A sitting room or lounge is easily furnished with an entire suite that is elegant and enhances the room, though contains the “discreet” bed. These suites are available in the standard 3, 2 and 1 settee suites, corner designs, love seats as well as the single couch chair. There are designers and manufacturers that create a “one of a kind”, custom-made set, be it contemporary or traditional. The fabrics used in these designs extend from luxurious genuine leather, wool, silk, and cotton, to jute, rayon, polyester – to name a few, depending on your affordability.
The majority of the sleeper designs are produced with the standard features which include a mattress and frame, and are normally the size of the mattress, that being the single and double bed mattresses.
Frames are constructed from either laminated hardwoods or solid wood which are usually moisture-resistant. Features such a locking mechanism that enables the couch to be upright for seating or laid flat for the bed; an adjustable headrest that provides comfort for reading or watching television; elevated leg rests, and some have the option of storage space underneath the bed section.
A sleepover for the children may gladly be hosted as a sleeper added to the child’s bedroom, incorporating the existing décor, is a preferable option to mattresses on the floor. A futon-style sofa is a favored choice for a teenager’s room. The room that is used as a study or an exercise room may be transformed into a guest room with very little fuss. Even people living in the smaller type apartments where space is a challenge, are now able to furnish their homes with style, and at the same time, have a comfortable bed to lay their head down at the end of a long day.
A good night’s sleep is imperative for everyone to function in a healthy way, no matter what type of lifestyle that is led, and every home deserves style. Incorporate a sleeper couch where guests are welcome without the worry and stress of providing them with comfort.