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Best sleeper sofas for your holiday rental

With the short-term rental market booming, property owners need to ensure their holiday rental stands out from the rest. Sofa beds can open your listing to hosting more guests which can also increase your Airbnb income. 


Choosing the right sofa bed for your holiday rental can make or break your listing. There is nothing better than enjoying a peaceful night’s sleep on a comfortable bed, which can lead to positive guest reviews.  You’ll want the sofa bed to withstand the rigours of the busy life in a vacation rental, so durability is another factor to consider. 


Taking into consideration the needs of both the rental property owners and the holiday guests, here are our top picks for the best sofa beds for your Airbnb rental property.


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Melbourne Split Sofa Bed


A playful, multifunctional piece of furniture with infinite possibilities. Designed and made by Innovation of Denmark, it’s truly a masterpiece for short-term rental property. When it’s opened, it can join together to make a queen size bed, 155cm wide and 200cm long, to suit extra guests. But if you must accommodate two guests who don’t want to share a bed, the sofa bed can split into two separate single beds 80cm wide. 


If that didn’t declare it a winner for most suitable sofa bed for an Airbnb, then this feature certainly will: removable covers. You can’t reasonably ask your guests not to eat or drink on the lounge, unfortunately, stains and spills will happen and it’s best to be prepared for it. The Melbourne Split Sofa Bed has detachable covers that gives you the option to remove it and take it to the dry cleaners. Worst case scenario, additional covers are also available to buy.


Comfort-wise, you just can’t fault the Melbourne Split. It is equipped with a very comfortable pocket spring mattress which is not too soft and not too firm. The mattress height is 21cm with the internal structure including a 10cm individual pocket springs height with layers of fibrefill and high resilient foam. The high resilient foam casing contributes to a breathable mattress while providing a soft top support. 


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Retro Sofa Bed


For those who want something more traditional, the Retro Sofa Bed is perfect. The Retro is made to order in Sydney so you can customise sizing and fabric options. Tucked neatly inside the sofa bed is a 15cm thick innerspring mattress on a heavy duty commercial trampoline base mechanism. This is the same mechanism Sofa Bed Specialists use for hotel clients. It is a bi-fold mechanism, meaning it only folds over once and tucks away inside the base and the back frame of the sofa bed.


The seating cushions have Dunlop Enduro® foam that ensures a superb level of comfort and support. It keeps your sofa bed looking better and feeling more comfortable for much longer, making it better value for money. It even has an exceptional ability to bounce back, even after constant usage in a holiday rental.


Durability and stain resistance is key when selecting upholstery for any sofa bed. Zepel’s FibreGuard range features a wide variety of fabrics that are easy to clean. The FibreGuard process coats the yarn in the finishing process resulting in an inherent strength and longevity to the stain resistance that will last for the life of the fabric. We recommend starting off browsing the Easy Clean 2 Collection that features key textures in versatile colours.


The fixed back of the Retro Sofa Bed ensure your guests won’t have back cushions to muck around with. If you were preferred a style that does have back cushions, the Pyrmont and the Charlotte Sofa Bed are other excellent options.  


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Double Recast Sofa Bed


If you want the perfect mix of affordability and durability, the Double Recast Sofa Bed is certain to impress your guests. The Recast is an aesthetically pleasing design with rounded edges, tufted upholstery, and dark stained wood legs. Its design concentrates on the Mid-century modern movement, a timeless classic.


The Recast is easy to operate, you just slide out the seat, flip down the backrest and you have a double bed measuring 140cm wide by 200cm long. It also has a matching ottoman to create a chaise lounge or additional seating. Similar to the Melbourne Split Sofa Bed, it features a mattress height of 18cm which includes a 10cm individual pocket springs height with layers of fibrefill and high resilient foam.  


As a bare minimum, you’ll want to include a mattress protector when making the sofa bed into a guest bed. But if you’re worried that your guests will find a sofa bed too uncomfortable, you can always add a mattress topper. When you top that off with memory foam pillows and a cosy doona, your guests will feel like they’re sleeping in a high-quality bed.


Choosing a sofa bed for your rental property can be a daunting task. Come and visit one of our specialists at our Drummoyne showroom to go through suitable options. Otherwise, contact Sofa Bed Specialists for a complimentary tele-consultation.