Sleeper sofa or commonly known as sofa bed is a very functional furniture when you have limited space in your living quarters. You can convert it into a living room sofa in the day time and then convert it into a bed at night. With a sleeper sofa, you can easily convert your living room into a guest room when you have visitors staying for the night. Sleeper sofas are perfect if you have no guest room, or you are living in an apartment.
A leather sleeper sofa, like any leather furnitures, looks very traditional. Something about it makes it look special. The texture, the way the leather aged so beautifully and the natural looks makes it special. Leather is durable and easy to maintain. It will last for several years. However you must check if it is genuine leather. There are sleeper sofas made of bonded leather because genuine leather is expensive.
But do not rush. Check if the leather is genuine. There are bonded leather sleeper sofas on sale. Bonded leather is formed out of left-over strips of genuine leather These strips are blended together in order to make a leather material. It may smell and look like genuine leather because it is really leather but already processed. It is referred to as a reconstituted leather or commonly known as vinyl. They are inexpensive but less durable. To make it look like a genuine leather, manufacturers use many coats of permanent polishes. You must not be embarrassed to ask if the material is genuine leather or bonded leather. Genuine leather is tough to the touch. Do not be fooled by its appearance and smell.
However, there are still customers who buy bonded leather sleeper sofas because they cost less. Never mind if it will not last for several years. At least they are useful for a number of years. And bonded leather sleeper sofas come in many fancy designs that will add glamor and color to their living room. But a better choice is buying a genuine leather sleeper sofa.
In buying a leather sleeper sofa, you also have to test its durability. You can test its sturdiness by bouncing on it. If you lift the corner and shake it, and it wobbles, do not buy it. Quality sofa are solid and heavy. Check the frame if it is made of hardwood which is kiln-dried. Check the springs. If they are hand-tied they are durable. Test the mechanisms because it will matter when it comes to comfort in sleeping and seating. There are some new designs available, making it easy to fold or unfold the sleeper sofa bed.
Now all there is left to consider is the size of your best sleeper sofa. Makes sure that it does not occupy so much space in your living room, you will have no more space to move around. Consider where you will place it as a sofa and how it would look when you turn it into a bed. The positioning will matter because it might become an obstacle during the night.