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Top Five Factors When Selecting a Sleeper Sofa

When choosing a new sleeper sofa for your home, keep in mind the following five factors:

1. Style

Sleeper Sofas come in a wide array of styles.

Style is a personal preference. Some of us like to be bold and standout. Others would rather remain subtle and subdued. What style speaks to you? Are you looking for something contemporary with a low profile? Or do you prefer something more traditional? Maybe you know exactly what you’re looking for. Does an overstuffed, rolled arm, skirted loveseat speak to you? Great!  Style is very much a personal preference. Having a clear vision of what you’re looking for will make shopping for your next sleeper sofa much easier. Be sure to consider where your sleeper is going to be located before making your selection. Not all sleepers look great in every room. For example; rich mahogany flooring and aubergine furniture tend not to work well together. Finding a sofa bed that compliments the surrounding environment is an essential step in selecting the perfect sleeper for you and your home.

2. Sofa Comfort 

Sofa Comfort is a huge component to consider when selecting your new sleeper sofa.

To many people, this is the most important aspect in selecting a new sofa sleeper. Is it going to be your main living room furniture? What sort of feeling are you looking for? There are many things to consider when picking out a comfy new sofa, and everyone has a different idea of comfort. Sleepers come in many different seating arrangements, such as tight back, overstuffed, tailored, and tufted. These arrangements will affect the comfort.  Is it just going to be put in the spare bedroom where it will receive more use as a bed than a sofa?  If this is the case, the next category may be of more Interest to you.

3. Sleeper Comfort 

Bed Comfort is a very important factor in finding the right sofa bed for your needs.

How often will you be using the mattress in the sofa bed? This is the first question to ask yourself when considering sleeper sofa comfort. For most, their sleeper is used occasionally when family or friends show up and they need a place to stay for the night. For some, guests will stay longer or more frequently. In that case, you may need to think about upgrading the mattress or looking at a sleeper with a more advanced mechanism. This holds especially true for those who will be using their sleeper as an every night sleep solution. Many people conserve space in smaller bedrooms by taking advantage of a sleeper’s dual-purposed nature. In this scenario, we would suggest going for the most comfortable and durable sleeper in your budget. The tri-folding style sleepers are great for every night use and will hold up extraordinarily well over time. Which leads us to our next major point…

4. Durability

Consider the durability of any new sleeper sofa before purchasing.

Durability can play a huge role in determining the fabric and the frame you select. Once again, we ask people to think about where the sleeper is going to be placed. This time we are focused on sturdiness rather than style.  Will the sofa be in a high traffic area with lots of kids and pets, where it could potentially be worn down or damaged? If so, you might want to consider leather and microfiber, both of which are great options when it comes to stain protection and durability. As well, the volume of usage on the sleeper mechanism is important. If you have few guests and the sleeper is rarely used, the standard mechanism and bed may hold up exceptionally well. This may not be true if your guests are staying weeks or months at a time.


5. Size 

Sleeper Sofas Come in sizes from chair to LARGE sectional.

This seems like a given. Of course your new sofa sleeper needs to fit into the desired room, but there is more to consider than “do the measurements of the sofa work?” You’ll be much better off if you take a few measurements before you get started shopping. The width, depth, and even the height are important to making sure that we create your vision just the way you want it. Are there going to be windows behind your sleeper sofa? Will there be a coffee table in front of the sofa? We suggest mapping out the footprint of the sofa with some masking tape. You’ll be able to get a good idea of the scale and ensure the sofa won’t overwhelm the room.  Additionally, it’s always a good idea to take some measurements of the entry way leading to the room of your choice (you would be surprised how many people skip this crucial step!).

If you have any questions on selecting your new sleeper sofa, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us or give our design consultants a call. We would be more than happy to assist in picking your perfect sleeper.


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Introducing: Paragon – The Revolutionary New Sleeper

We at Sleepers in Seattle are welcoming the brand new Paragon Sleeper from Lazar Industries through our doors. It’s a huge leap in sleeper technology. Seriously folks, welcome to the future, population: comfort.  The Paragon Sleep System offers unparalleled sleep comfort from head to toe with a conforming and supportive gel-memory foam mattress. We have run it through plenty of testing. You know, we had to be sure of its “sleepability.” It passed with flying colors.

Paragon Sleeper Sofa Custom Options


With such a comfortable mattress, you might think that a bulky frame was required to accommodate all that comfort. Not so. The Paragon mechanism has one of the smallest footprints in the industry! Fully extended, the Paragon Sleeper only reaches 84”, making it a great choice for small rooms, studios, or condos.  As an added plus, there’s no longer a need to stack all of your cushions in a tower next to your sofa when you’re ready to go to bed, as all of the pillows stay attached and swing out of the way.


So what happens when you just want to take a nap or lounge around the house on one of our typical rainy Northwest days? As a professional nap artist, I speak from experience: Wow. The Paragon sleeper features a high quality fully sprung seat cushion that says “snuggle up, were going to be here for a while.”  Come in and request a demo to experience the innovation today.

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Salute to Our Seattle Seahawks

As you may have heard, the Seahawks are taking on the Denver Broncos in Superbowl XLVIII on February 2nd.  We want to take a moment to recognize and congratulate our team for all they’ve achieved.  In addition to three hours of masterful entertainment provided each Sunday, the Seahawks have rejuvenated a deprived Seattle fan base.  The fans, or “12s” as we call ourselves, are 100% #TappedIn.

Thanks to the Seahawks’ success, Seattle now has its own variety of Skittles, a Guinness World Record for loudest crowd noise, Blue Friday (all fans are encouraged to wear blue) and a slew of food and drink options based on the team (including the 12th can).  If that weren’t enough, come February 2nd we have a chance to become World Champions.  Win or lose, the 12s (including all Sleepers In Seattle employees) are going to be cheering for the Seahawks as loudly as possible!

-David F.

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Pantone Chooses Radiant Orchid as 2014 Color of the Year

2014 Pantone Color of the Year Radiant Orchid

Pantone is best known its proprietary Pantone Matching System, a standardized color database allowing professionals in any industry to match colors for various uses.  They like Radiant Orchid this year because it “inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

Pantone especially recommends Radiant Orchid for interior design: because “the vibrant color is sure to liven up neutrals including gray, beige and taupe. Uplifting and bold without being overpowering, Radiant Orchid re-energizes almost any color palette and provides a unifying element for diverse spaces.”

Every year, color experts meet from several countries in order select the Color of the Year.  Their goal is to find a color that represents our current zeitgeist.  The color of the year may then be used in fashion, paint, automobiles, home furnishings, and even appliances.

Our staff gave various responses when asked “what Radiant Orchid reminded them of”.  Some of the highlights:

“A doll-house.”

“A Monet painting.”


“The poem ‘When I Am Old I Shall Wear Purple.’”

“An ice-cream shop.”

“Peppermint ice-cream.”


“A muted purple.”

We want to hear your thoughts!  Would you use Radiant Orchid in your home?

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Let us help you find the right sleeper sofa. Call 1-888-922-SOFA (7632)

We know you want to find just the right sleeper sofa, and we want to help you!   Our Sales Representatives are available Monday – Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm (PST) to answer your call; or you can email via our Contact Us form.

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Introducing: Gel-Infused Memory Foam Sleeper Mattress by Enso

Temperature-controlled memory foam mattress upgrade now available on all Savvy Sleepers

The newest addition to the Sleepers In Seattle team is the Gel-Infused Memory Foam Sleeper Mattress by Enso.  $350 for any size, the new mattress eclipses the comfort and convenience of any other sleeper mattress on the market.

The new sleeper mattress is wrapped in a tencel and poly knit cover, with an inch-and-a-half of PureGel memory foam mattress atop 4″ of Enso support foam.  The memory foam will conform to any guests body size, shape, weight, and temperature.  The gel adds a temperature controlled bed, regardless of the surrounding conditions.

Enso Sleep Systems is known for pushing the mattress category forward in terms of comfort, value, and ingenuity. Their story includes an environmentally conscious model, including the use of mineral water, bamboo, aloe vera and more in all of their products.

Gel-Infused Memory Foam Sleeper Mattress by Enso

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any comments or questions by Contacting Us.

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7 Tips for Having Overnight Guests

Expecting visitors?  Follow these seven suggestions to make the experience a pleasure for all.

Whether it’s the in-laws, childhood buddies who want to catch up, or just friends in town for the weekend, we understand the desire to create a welcoming and comfortable space for their stay. Here are some tips to help turn one of your living areas into a welcoming guest room.

1. Encourage your guests to eat if they are hungry.  Give them a quick tour of the kitchen, and show them how to use the coffee maker and microwave; which are often strangely complicated to use.

2. Invest in bedding and towels. Having quality sheets and comfy towels let your guests know that they’re a pleasure and not a burden. Be sure to point out where they can grab an extra blanket or towel if they need.  An extra touch, such as a choice of pillow (down or foam, for example) or a freshly ironed pillowcase will be sure to leave a lasting impact.

Astoria Chaise Sectional Sleeper Guest Room

3. Provide the most comfortable sleeping solution you can afford. Many people opt for a sleeper sofa, because it provides a solid bed for guests, but can easily be tucked away the rest of the time. Sleepers are a perfect way to convert an entertainment area or living room into a guest space at a moment’s notice. Many improvements have been made to sofa beds in the past decade, including better quality mattresses and platform bed mechanisms.  Make sure not to buy an air mattress if you own a cat; unless it is very well behaved.

4. Free up some storage space. Closets and drawers are a luxury for travelers compared to living out of their suitcases, even just for a few items they’d like to hang up. If you can swing it, have a place to stow away their suitcases, too. A cluttered area can bring up memories of cramped airplanes and rush-hour highways.

5. Get breakable or obtrusive personal items out of the way so your guests can move around freely. If your guestroom is your living room, it might be a hassle to move everything, but at least remove anything delicate to keep your guests at ease (and to keep them from breaking it).

6. Provide an alarm clock and a reading light. An assortment of reading material is always appreciated, as is an invitation for guests to browse your bookshelf. Be a hero and set out a transit map and a cool guidebook of local attractions.

7. Allow as much privacy as possible for your guests.  Consider their schedule—perhaps you are an early riser, but they may be looking forward to sleeping in.

Astoria Chaise Sectional Sleeper Guest Room

Above all, have some fun and enjoy your company!  Try to get time off work, and show them around. Guests can be a great way to fall back in love with the place you live, or to see that tourist trap you’ve always secretly wanted to visit.

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Sleeper of the Week – The Palo Alto Queen Sleeper – Sleeper 2.0

The Palo Alto Queen Sleeper got its name by being the preferred sleeper of tech startups in Silicon Valley. The Palo Alto graces many a waiting room, corner office, and nebulous Ping-Pong parlor throughout the city. Available in a staggering number of 100% top-grain leathers, many of them in web-approved colors (Come on, that was funny, ADMIT IT!), the Palo Alto can synchronize with any home or office setting. Web developers love to take 3 hour naps on one of our customizable mattresses, as they make more money asleep then the rest of us will in a week.

A sleek design keeps the look current, even after several generations of MacBooks are released. Try to stifle your intense feelings of jealousy as you design your own perfect Palo Alto in our Design Center!

The Palo Alto Queen Sleeper

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Sleeper of the Week – Rubicon Queen Sleeper by Natuzzi Editions

On sale now. Just watch:

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Sleeper of the Week – Terra 3-Cushion Queen Earth Designs Sleeper by Lazar – Perfect for Everyone

Cold and Flu season means one thing… I’m sick. Thanks to my germaphobe mother, I have the immune system of a bubble boy (as well as a bit of Howard Hughes paranoia-OCD, but that’s for another Sleeper of the Week).

Tempting as it sounds to stay in bed and outsource this to Bolivia (a surprisingly common practice in sleeper-sofa blog comedy) I am compelled to write this post myself, because this week’s sleeper—the Terra 3-Cushion Queen Earth Designs Sleeper by Lazar—is my own personal sleeper! The Terra is a superbly crafted, compact sofa-bed, which is great for me because I need enough room to fit the industrial-strength steam cleaner I rent every month. The clean, modern lines of the Terra will assure you that everything will be ok and that you’re not eternally bound to your past. I love it!

Lazar’s Earth Designs line uses sustainable products and packaging, so you won’t feel like you’re single-handedly bringing down civilization. Plus, you can choose from 3 custom seat-cushion options and an incredibly plush and supportive mattress. So, on sick days or those days you’re convinced you shouldn’t leave your house, you’ll have the exact kind of comfort you prefer in a sofa. Start browsing all the upholstery options in our Sleeper Design Center now; before your eyesight gives out.

The Terra 3-Cushion Sleeper by Lazar

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