Ever been sitting on a chair and wished you could just go to sleep without moving all the way to your bed? The chair bed could be for you! (Although you still need to move it into a sleeping position.) A chair bed is a lounge chair that can be converted into a bed; it’s very similar to a sofa bed but instead of folding a mattress into a couch, you fold a smaller mattress into a chair. The size of the mattress can range in size from a single to a twin.

A chair bed can be a good alternative to a standard Ottoman chair as it comes as a single piece of furniture rather than a chair with a separate footstool. There are advantages and disadvantages of having a chair bed and this list of the pros and cons can help you decide if you should purchase a chair bed for  your living room:

Chair bed Pros:

  • Comes as single piece of furniture that serves as both a chair and a bed
  • A chair bed is a smaller alternative to a sofa bed and therefore takes up less space
  • It offers more room as a chair than an Ottoman, which has a separate footstool

Chair bed Cons:

  • The chairs tend to be bulky in order to hold a mattress
  • Chair beds can be too big for guest rooms
  • Chair beds take up a lot of space considering they only sleep one person (single or twin)
  • They are not as portable when compared to a standard ottoman chair
  • In general, chair beds are not very comfortable and are best for utilitarian purposes

Chair Bed Overview

To summarize, a chair bed can serve as a smaller alternative to a sofa bed while being a more spacious option than an Ottoman chair. However, chair beds can be more bulky with stiff padding on their cushions, often making them less comfortable as beds. In addition, they can take up too much space for a small guest room and they aren’t easily portable.

Are there other guest bed options?

Don't love the idea of putting up guests in your living room but don't have a dedicated guest room? There are several guest bed options that allow you to unfold a mattress and turn any spare room into a guest room.

Roll Away Beds are another option designed to fold up and roll, so you can easily move a spare bed into any room. However, the steel frame and mattress aren't very attractive, and would have to be stored in a closet or garage when not in use. The best option is probably the Mobile Bed, which folds the mattress into a stylish ornamental chest which you can use as a decorative piece when the bed is not in use. Like the name implies, the Mobile bed is also mounted on wheels, and can be rolled around and positioned easily.

See how a Mobile bed works!

Want more options? Read our Overview of Guest Spare Options