How to organise a stylish sleepover

How to make room for guests
Jennifer Morgan,-Interiors Editor

Friends and family staying over? Not enough bedrooms to put them in? It needn’t be a headache with a little careful planning and some clever solutions

With staying in the new going out, chances are your main worry this winter will be the logistics of making space for those who need to stay over. Finding a sofa bed solution that not only looks stylish but is comfortable can seem like a mission. Here are our favourite sofa beds and tips on making your guests feel extra-welcome.

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The easy click-clack

From sofa to sleep in one easy move, click-clack designs are so called because of the locking sound made once converted into a bed. The foam seat and back become the mattress, making it the ideal choice for occasional sleepovers. The foam moulds to the sleeper’s body, just like a sprung mattress. Choose a design with wooden arm and leg details for a sofa that scores high in the style stakes.

For sleep, cover the foam mattress with a fitted sheet, then shake out the new Coverless Duvet from The Fine Bedding Company, meaning your guest bed is ready to go in the time it would take to phone a cab.

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The sleepover chaise

Go for a corner sofa that converts to a sofa bed, giving plenty of seating space too. Once opened out, the chaise end becomes a handy place to pop clothes. Working very much like a traditional sofa bed, the frame and mattress lift out of the seat with a two-fold mechanism. As a sofa, the seats are supported by flexible webbing, which is the same as traditional upholstery. Once unfolded, the bed is supported by beech slats – it’s this combination of webbing and slats that means you no longer have to choose between a comfortable sofa or a comfortable bed. You get to have both.

Make sure overnight guests have a duvet suitable for the weather – ideally 9 tog or above for autumn/winter, and top with a bedspread or throw which matches your living room scheme. You can even top with a sofa bed mattress topper.

How to prepare for guests

The effortless all-in-one

For simple Scandi style, choose a sofa bed that has minimal lines but maximum comfort. Ideal as a second sofa in a living area or a way of making a home office work that little bit harder, armless designs effortlessly work in any space. They also make a great backdrop ready to style up with throws and cushions.

Treat guests to natural linen bed linen, which is super-soft and needs little – if any – ironing. Try a deep shade to transform your day space for sleep, such as forest green or inky blue.

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The finishing touches

Wherever you plan to put guests, check the space is comfortable. Is it dark enough? Is there a space for them to keep their things? A socket to charge their phone? Remember to leave out clean towels and maybe a spare pair of slippers. A carafe for water and some mini toiletries will make them feel at home. If they’re likely to need your WiFi password, you could write it in a notecard and leave it by their bed. Something easy to read, like a book of short stories, will add a personal touch, too.

It’s not just a demand for extra bedding that comes with hosting friends and family. You’ll need to consider extra tableware, cutlery and glassware for breakfast, and leave out a pile of fluffy guest towels for the morning after.

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