Guide on how to measure your space for a sofa bed

Sofa Beds are becoming a necessity in our homes in order to maintain our vivacious social lives and so to ensure you make the right decisions, here is a guide on how to measure your space for a sofa bed. With apartments and houses for that matter getting smaller by the day, or should we say more expensive by the day, it is becoming increasingly popular for our friends and family to have to crash on our sofas or mattresses on the floor.

At Furl we are excited by functional design and so we make sofa beds that you can sleep on every night. Gone are the days of having to feel an annoying spring in your back or rolling out onto the floor before morning. Still a little unsure, or finding it too good to be true, come and visit our Showroom to find out for yourself – don’t worry if you fall asleep, we shall take it as a compliment. Measuring your space for a sofa bed however is crucial, not only do you need to think about where the sofa will be going and how you wish to use it, you will also need to consider access so your sofa bed looks as though it was truly made for the space, no matter what size the room.

Guide on how to measure for a sofa bed

How big?
With later working days, the first thing we all want to do at the end of the day is relax and wind down on the sofa in front of the TV. For those with smaller spaces and perhaps only enough space for one sofa, it is common to want to fit the largest size of sofa possible. Be careful though when plotting out your room – leave yourself enough space for a side table or coffee table to hold your drink and books. Of course with sofa beds, the larger the size, the larger the bed. This will of course be a big decision to make when considering which size of sofa bed is right for your space.

Sofa Bed Size guide

  • Write down the dimensions from our website – sometimes our sofa beds have more than one arm width, which of course affects the overall size. Have a look at the different arm options for each model and consider these when plotting the sofa size out in your room.
  • Make sure you measure your final specification of sofa bed (including all of it’s option that may affect it’s dimensions) in your living room before making a purchase.

Top Tip: The best way of measuring is again exactly as we recommend you measure in our Guide to Measuring for a Storage Bed by using masking tape to map out the size of the sofa out onto your floor.

  • Ideally you would like to have at least 40cm in between the sofa and your coffee table as this will leave you enough space to comfortably walk around the coffee table to the sofa bed.
  • Ideally you would like to have at least 30cm on either one side or both sides of the sofa bed. This means that when it is open, your guests can access the bed with ease. Of course, the more space the more comfortable access shall be for your guests.
  • In order to open the sofa bed, you will need about 210cm in length. Most of our sofa beds have an opening length of 205cm and so consider this within the positioning of your sofa.

Top Tip: Make sure you can still open any doors both when the sofa is closed or open as a bed.

Don’t worry if you are moving into somewhere new and you don’t have access to the space yet. Send through your floor plan or measurements and one of the team will advise which size would fit best. Most of our sofa beds are available in five different sizes providing you with five different mattress size options. We keep the mechanism as close to the sofa frame as we possibly can, keeping any opening dimensions as small as feasible. If your heart is set of a particular model and it doesn’t quite fit get in touch. As we make all of our products to order in the UK, we may be able to shave off a couple of centimetres from each arm (or more if necessary) to ensure a perfect fit.

Guide on how to measure for a sofa bed

Guide on how to measure for a sofa bed

Top Tip: No matter which sofa model, if you choose a three seater the mattress size within shall always be the same no matter what the difference in overall width between the models. It is the size of the arm that varies the overall size of the sofa. For example, if you chose a three seater and go for a slim arm, the mattress will not be any bigger than if you chose a three seater with a wide arm.

Top Tip: If you are struggling for space, or your space is limited, choose the slimmer arm option on any of the models.

how to measure your space for a sofa bed

Measuring Access

Once you have worked out which size of bed you might need and also which size of sofa that will fit into your room, measuring the access is the next thing to do. We understand tight spaces though and so we like to make our deliveries as simple as possible. Our Sofa Beds at Furl are delivered in sections and assembled on site by our very own delivery team if you select our Home Installation option.

Despite making things really simple, we still advise measuring all of your access points to the room, especially if the space is tricky or if you are planning on creating a cinema room in the attic or playroom in the basement.

  • Doorways – Is the height of your door no smaller than width of the mattress within the sofa bed? If it is then you will need to make sure that the access is sizeable enough to manoeuvre the item in the other way.
  • Stairwells – How much height do you have? Do you think that you would be able to manoeuvre parts around this space?
  • Consider any other items that may take up some of your space in corridors or entranceways such as picture frames, radiators or light fittings.

Top Tip: The largest part of the sofa bed will be the folded mechanism containing the bed. This will be the width of the mattress in whichever size you select.

If you are creating a den room in a tucked away space and have any questions about access please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our delivery team will bring your sofa bed into the room, assemble it for you and then take all of the packaging away with them. The only thing you need to do is pop the kettle on.

Guide on how to measure your space for a storage bed

Big furniture purchases don’t happen on a very regular basis and so if you are a little bit out of practice in the large furniture buying department, here is a guide on how to measure your space for a storage bed. You not only need to think about where the bed will be going, but also about access, so the bed fits the space like it was meant to be no matter what size the room.

Storage Bed measuring guide

How big?

Everyone always wants to fit the largest sized bed they possibly can into their bedroom, as it is of course the place we spend almost a third of our lives. Be mindful though, especially if you come to visit the beds at our showroom, because our ceilings are so high it can make them seem a little smaller than they might look in your room.

  • Write down all of the dimensions from our website
  • Be absolutely sure to measure out this space in your bedroom before making a purchase.

Top tip: The best way to measure is by masking taping the size of the bed out onto your floor.

  • Ideally you would like to have at least 50cm on either side of the bed, however if the space is tight you could just about settle for 30cm on one side (or both if you have to!).

Top Tip: When measuring, make sure you can still open any doors without them bumping into the bed.

Don’t panic if your space isn’t built yet! Send through a floor plan and one of our team will look at it for you.

Our storage beds are available in both standard British and Continental sizes. We make the frames as small as we can and as close to the mattress size as possible. Here are the measurements for both the mattresses and the frames in each size. Everything is made to order, so if none of the sizes below work for you, get in touch with us and we can make a bespoke frame and mattress to suit.

Bed Size guide

Of course if you decide to add on a headboard the frame size might become a little larger. You can have a headboard two ways, either Integrated or Non-Integrated. Non-Integrated will add nothing more onto the measurements, however if you do decide to go for an Integrated headboard, most will add on 6cm to the length apart from the Horizon which is a little chunkier and will add on 10cm more.

Top Tip: If you are trying to save space, or your space is limited, choose a Non-Integrated Headboard or no headboard at all.

guide on how to measure

Measuring Access 

Once you have chosen the size of bed that will fit into your room, measuring the access is of course is the next thing to do. However we like to make our deliveries very simple and so our Storage Beds at Furl are delivered in sections and assembled on site by our very own delivery team.

Never the less, measuring all of the access points to the room is still important, especially if you think your space is a little bit tricky.

  • Stairwells – How much height do you have? Do you think that there will be enough space to manoeuvre the parts around this space?
  • Doorways – Is the height of your door no smaller than the length of the bed? If it is then make sure the access is sizeable to manoeuvre the item in the other way.
  • It is important to consider any additional factors that may eat into your space, such as light fittings and radiators, and any pictures that may need to be taken off the walls during delivery.

Top Tip: The largest part of the bed will be half of the mechanism (so half the mattress size) unless you have ordered a headboard in which case this will be the largest part. Remember, the mechanism is only 4cm deep and the headboard usually only 6cm deep.

Perhaps you have a spiral staircase, or a very low ceiling with a narrow door to enter through. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch, but for a bit of reassurance we have not been beaten yet. We ask for you to remove your old bed before we arrive. Our delivery team will bring your storage bed into the room, assemble it and take away all of the packaging with them.