A Guide to Replacement Sofa Bed Mattresses

Are you in the market for a replacement sofa bed mattress? It’s a common misconception that your sofa bed mattress shares the same lifespan as the sofa bed itself, but depending on usage, that will not be the case.

Due to how thin sofa bed mattresses are, they can become worn quite quickly. They are not as robust as traditional bed frame mattresses, but generally, sofa bed mattresses are used less often in a household.

Finding a suitable replacement sofa bed mattress is easy, and we’ve created this guide to help you enjoy your sofa bed for much longer.

What are sofa bed mattresses?

Sofa bed mattresses are specifically designed to fit snuggly inside your sofa bed mechanism and then folded away when not in use. They are very similar to a traditional bed frame mattress but are a much thinner version to help accommodate the folding aspect.

Sofa bed mattresses can come in a variety of thicknesses and the thickness is generally chosen based on budget and level of comfort required.

The size of the mattress is all dependent on the size of your sofa bed. Typically, sofa beds come in 2-seater or 3-seater variants. There are also sofa chairs available, which accommodate a single size mattress.

Sofa beds are ideal for infrequent guests or for when space is at a premium. The flexibility of a sofa bed allows the homeowner to retain the room for other things other than just a bedroom since the bed itself can fold away at a moment's notice.

What types of sofa bed mattresses are available?

Apart from size and thickness to choose from, you also have the option of the type of mattress you would like for your sofa bed.

The four main types of sofa bed mattresses are;

  1. Open Coil
  2. Pocket Spring
  3. Memory Foam
  4. Reflex Foam

Open Coil

Open coil mattresses are typically the cheaper variants on the market due to the way they are made. The mattress houses an inter-connected spring system that is measured in ‘gauges’ which indicates the thickness of the wire used. The lower the ‘gauge’ number, the thicker the spring, which results in a firmer mattress.

Our open coil replacement sofa bed mattress is available in a two or three-seater variant and is suitable for two-fold mechanisms.

Pocket Spring

Pocket spring units tend to be the more expensive spring variant as they provide a more comfortable sleeping experience.

Each spring within a pocket spring mattress is sewn individually into its own fabric pocket, allowing for free-flowing movement that does not disturb the other person also sleeping on the mattress.

The individual pockets enable the mattress to provide pressure-relieving support to your body where you need it most - making this unit an ideal purchase for those with troublesome sleep or body aches.

Our pocket spring replacement sofa bed mattress is suitable for 2-fold mechanical sofa beds and is available in a two or three-seater variant.

Memory Foam

Memory foam is a popular choice of recent years. The material uses your body heat to help soften and mould the mattress to the shape of your body, giving you fantastic comfort as you sleep.

Despite its slimline design, our memory foam replacement sofa bed mattress still offers great comfort and is available in two depth sizes (2” or 4”). The visco-elastic memory foam is sandwiched between two layers of reflex foam, providing sumptuous comfort. These hypoallergenic layers offer a firm support and will eliminate any ‘roll-together’ issue that an open coil unit might have.

Our memory foam replacement sofa bed mattress is available as a two or three-seater variant and is specifically designed for a 3-fold mechanism - these generally have a canvas or wooden slatted base.

Reflex Foam

Reflex foam is very similar to memory foam but with less of the ‘sinking’ feeling you may find in a memory foam mattress.

Reflex foam offers a firm but supportive feel. When pressure is applied to the ‘bubble-like’ construction inside, they act in a

similar way to water in a balloon in that air does not escape, but rather is displaced sideways. Once the pressure is released, the bubbles spring back into shape allowing the mattress to regain its original shape and size.

Our replacement reflex foam sofa bed mattress is designed for a 2-fold mechanism (as opposed to the memory foam which is for a 3-fold mechanism). It features 4 inches in depth and is available in a two-seater or three-seater variant.

Measuring The Mechanism

Typically, sofa bed mattresses work in-line with how many people the sofa is built for (usually two or three people). However, this is not always the case and we’d always recommend measuring the mechanism just to be sure you are buying the right size.

Measuring your current mattress is not recommended as over time the dimensions can become smaller due to wear and tear.

Should your sofa bed not meet the conventional two or three-seater sizes, we can bespokely manufacture a replacement sofa bed mattress to suit your particular model. For us to do this, give us a call on 01234 834693 and we’ll run you through exactly what we need to get this done for you.