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Sofabeds have come a long way from the lumpy, clunky, backache-inducing behemoths they once were. That's good news to New Yorkers looking for ways to capitalize on the square footage they do have in a space-starved city. Multi-functional furniture, after all, allows for flexible use of limited space. We scoured the web—no onerous storefront or curbside pickup required—for picks that switch easily from seating to sleeping, and look good to boot.
If you're on a budget
West Elm's Kiko Futon Sofa ($899; on sale as of this writing for $629) is a far cry from collegiate, pine-framed futons of yore, sporting a sleek midcentury-modern look with slender legs that keep it light and airy, even if it may well be the biggest piece of furniture in a room.
EQ3's Salema Double Sofa Sleeper ($1,999, on sale for $1,299) is on the long side at 88 inches, but is svelte, depth-wise, at 33 inches, meaning it won't gobble up precious square footage in a narrow room when placed alongside a wall. The frame is warranted for 25 years, too, which means if any of that wiring falls apart from repeated overnight guest visits (especially in the spring and fall, when NYC's at peak charming), you'll have recourse.
If you're ready to splurge
Bludot's Diplomat Sleeper Sofa ($1,999) is handsome and tailored with a walnut base and tightly woven upholstery, the sleeper sofa equivalent of a natty suit. That it opens up almost as easily as a book is a big bonus.
More loveseat-sleeper than sofabed at 71 feet wide (which works great for tiny apartments), Room & Board's Allston Day & Night Sleeper Sofa ($2,599) shape-shifts in one go—see the video on YouTube—and is petite without sacrificing the space you need for actual slumber.
Pezzan USA's Firenze Modern Sofa Bed ($3,150 at Houzz.com) is worlds away from being labeled generic, with its rich, deep blue hue and its pillowy lines disciplined by a boxy, low-slung frame that invites lounging. If you'd like to check out the patented quick-change "FAST stainless steel mechanism," which requires just a tug at the back to turn sofa to bed, stop by Scott Jordan Furniture, a Varick Street retailer, which stocks this model.
Talk about fun: The Nolen Nuy Yo Sleeper Sofa ($4,975 at Allmodern.com) is a jolt of joy for any NYC apartment, with its whimsical shade of blue and side arms poised for flight. Its structure allows conversion without having to deal with frames that could, theoretically, cause mechanical headaches.
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