Chairs That Unfold to a Twin Bed

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Sofa beds have long been a staple in American homes. The chair bed is a more recent innovation, but follows the same concept. Marketed as a small size solution for occasional guests or kid's sleepovers, it is more expensive than a camp cot, but cheaper than a full-size sofa bed. There are a number of different types and sizes available.

Foam Chair Bed

  • The simplest and least expensive of the chair beds, foam beds, are available in children's and adult sizes. They cost in the region of $100 to $300 depending on the fabric and the stuffing. Be aware that the quality of these beds and their covers is very variable.Check the dimensions carefully before ordering.

Futon Chair Beds

  • Sturdier than the foam bed, there is a great deal of variety in this type of chair bed. Some are solid furniture with wooden frames and spring mattress bases. Others are more simple, just a folded single size futon on an unfinished wood platform base. Prices vary from $200 to over $600 depending on the construction and the style. Replaceable covers are usually available.

RTA Type Chair Beds

  • Inexpensive furniture makers make a variety of ready to assemble chair beds. These generally have metal frames with casters, a choice of mattresses and replaceable covers. Price depends on the choice of frame, mattress and cover, but is generally in the $250 to $400 range.

Traditional Single Sofa-Beds

  • The traditional furniture style sofa-bed, which looks like a standard upholstered chair in the daytime but unfolds to a mattress on a spring base at night, is the most expensive option. Manufactured by established firms such as La-Z-Boy and Crate and Barrel, they are available in leather, ultra-suede and brocade to suit any decor. Prices vary from $350 to over $2,000, depending on the fabric and style.

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