How to Make a Sofa Bed More Comfortable

Being able to come home to a warm, comfy bed after a long work day is one of life’s simplest pleasures. One of the best feelings in the world is being able to change into your pajama pants and be able to chill out in bed for a while as a way to unwind from a hectic day. In many ways, our beds are our sanctuaries, but did you know there are so many different ways to make a bed more comfortable? Even sofa beds! Often, sofa beds are used for guests. But they’re also used by students, apartment dwellers, those of us with limited space, etc. But a sofa bed can be hard on the back over long periods of use. How do you make a sofa bed more comfortable? The same way you’d make any bed comfier.

Whether you prefer down comforters, sheets with a high thread count, or maybe even some ambient lighting or sounds, the bedroom, in general, will become a cozier place when you create the perfect sleeping conditions.

If you’ve been wanting to make your bed more comfortable, but aren’t really sure where to start, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading for some great ideas on how to make a bed comfier, and you’ll be off to dreamland in no time.

What You’ll Need:

In order to create that perfect sleeping space, there are a few things you’re going to need in order to create absolute sleepy time bliss. All of these items and options are interchangeable and you definitely don’t have to choose all of them if they aren’t your taste. This is just a basic list of how to make a sofa mattress more comfortable.

If there is something you’ve been curious about or an element you’ve been wanting to try, feel free to add your own options to the mix! There are no wrong answers here and you have the luxury to be able to try a few methods out before deciding what the final cozy elements in your bed will be.

Start off by purchasing the perfect sofa bed mattress

#1 Sturdy plywood board

(If you can’t find a piece of plywood the size of your bed, utilize smaller cuts in order to lay on top of the box spring.)

#2 Memory foam mattress topper

(If you’re the kind of person who sleeps hot, try searching for a mattress topper that is pocketed instead of memory foam since memory foam can absorb too much heat.)

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#3 High thread count sheets

(The higher the thread count in the sheets, the more expensive they will be, but it’s a necessary investment since these sheets are like fabric heaven to sleep on.)

#4 Down Comforter

(If a down comforter isn’t your ideal comfy comforter option, feel free to find an equally comfy comforter without the feathers. There are so many fluffy comforters on the market, you have so many options to choose from!)

#5 Fluffy feather pillows

(You can add as many feather pillows as you like. If you have an allergy to feathers, try finding pillows that are fluffy without the feather filling.)

#6 Essential oil diffuser with oils

(This is entirely optional, but sometimes diffusing oils at night can help create a relaxing space that will help drift you to sleep. Lavender oil and peppermint oils are known for their relaxing properties.)

#7 Soothing lighting

(Soothing lighting such as the light from a salt lamp or even fairy lights along a wall can provide a soothing ambiance that can help lull you to sleep. If you’re someone who is light sensitive, this would not be a good idea for you.)

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step One

First off, you’re going to want to flip your mattress. It may sound like too much of a pain to do, and it actually can be difficult to do alone, so try to find a friend to help you do this. It’s necessary to flip a mattress because our bodies create imprints into the materials which can create holes or craters. You may not even realize that you’re sleeping in a low point of the mattress, but this can cause extensive damage to your body if you’re not sleeping in a sturdy enough space. Flip the mattress, but don’t put the mattress back on the bed just yet, read the next step before doing so!

Step Two

Lay down the plywood boards for stability. Like mentioned before, if you can’t find a large enough piece of plywood for your bed, use two slabs of wood instead. The board will help even out any sunken in spots of the mattress and will add that extra firmness which can help you sleep. NOTE: If you find that the mattress is simply too firm for your preference, simply remove the boards from the box spring.

Step Three

Add the memory foam mattress topper. Before you put on those new, great sheets, make sure to place the memory foam mattress topper onto the mattress beforehand. If you’ve chosen to go with a pocketed cool comfort mattress topper, make sure all sides are in place securely to prevent any slippage in the middle of the night. Added padding to the mattress will make the mattress comfier and promote faster sleep.

Step Four

Add the sheets on top of the mattress topper. Again, the higher the thread count of the sheets, the more luxurious they’ll feel. They have decently priced higher thread count sheets out there, you just have to search for them. Any home furnishings store should carry high thread count sheets, but you could also search online if you aren’t finding ones that match your taste. Adding the fitted sheet, loose sheet and even pillowcases will surely help drift you off to dreamland.


Step Five

Get that fluffy down comforter ready. If you don’t necessarily want a down comforter because of the feathers or the heat, find any comforter that has that level of fluff to it. The fluffier the comforter, the softer it will be and the more fun it will be to snuggle up into bed with.


Step Six

Get your fluffy pillows to match. Get equally fluffy, if not fluffier, pillows to go along with your extra cozy comforter. You essentially want to feel as if you’re sleeping on a cloud, and extra fluffy pillows will certainly help in this aspect. Anywhere from four to six pillows could be used depending on taste.


Step Seven

Turn on that oil diffuser! This, of course, is entirely optional, but sometimes an oil diffuser can help ease you into a more restful sleep. If you have a high-stress job, for example, it may be harder to unwind than others. The soothing smells of lavender, lemon, or peppermint wafting throughout the room can help comfort your body and relax you into a more restful sleep. The best part is you can pretty much find oil diffusers and essential oil kits anywhere, so you don’t have to commit to a very expensive matching if you don’t want to. Try something more generic. Who knows, you may love it!


Step Eight

Ambient Lighting. Choose a salt lamp that gives off that soothing glow or you can try the fairy lights that give off a twinkling light. Sometimes these ambient lighting mechanisms can help create a space that will prompt sleep and restfulness. If you don’t like it, at least you know and hopefully you can return the lights.


Bonus Tip: Clean & Fresh

There’s no better feeling than crawling into bed with fresh, clean sheets. So, if you’re looking for one more thing to make a sofa bed more comfortable, then consider giving it a deep clean. Think about it; it’s a sofa most of the time. They get a lot of wear and tear each day. Crumbs, spills, dirt, dust, etc. all build up in the crooks and crannies of the couch. Eventually, it all falls down into the mechanisms of the bed, pooling around the mattress, and even sometimes creating unpleasant odors.




So, before you go crazy, try giving your sofa bed a nice deep clean. Start by unfolding the bed all the way. Remove any linens and throw in the wash. Pull out the vacuum and start getting in there, in the crooks and cracks of the piece. If there are stains, use a stain remover. Once you’ve deep cleaned it, freshen it up with some Febreeze or other linen refreshers. I’d recommend letting the bed air out for a while before dressing it with clean, fresh linens.


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So, what do you think? Do you feel like any of these options will work for you? The trick about a cozy sofa bed is that everyone is so different so it may take you a couple of tries before you get your sleep space absolutely perfect. These are just a few well-known suggestions for creating the ideal sleep space for you or your guests, but feel free to add or subtract any of these options.

Which options appeal to you? Do you have experience in creating a restful, cozy sofa bed? We’d love to hear from you! Share your insight with us in the comments and read what other restful sleepers think or have tried. Who knows, maybe someone else’s opinion could help you make your bed extra cozy!