Sheryl Novak

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It’s not your mother’s sofa bed!

Instead of a sofa or sectional for your condo or casa in Vallarta Nayarit, why not consider a sofa bed? With revolutionary new materials such as memory foam and anti-rust mechanisms, sofa beds have come a long way since the old days. Today, you can even get a sofa bed as part of a sectional. Not all sofa beds are created equal, so it is essential to know what to look for when you are shopping.

If you are planning to use your sofa bed mostly as a sofa and only occasionally as a sofa bed, then it is critical that it be comfortable for sitting. With a well-made sofa, it should be hard to tell that you are sitting on a sofa bed. Make sure you test it before you buy it. If it is not comfy to sit in, you won't use it, and that defeats the purpose.

Nothing ruins a guest’s visit more than a poor night of sleep. If you are renting out your home, you want great reviews to maximize rental revenue. That's why it is essential to get a sofa bed with a good mattress – one that supports the back, shoulders, and hips. There are two different types of sofa bed mattresses. One option is a coil or spring mattress. If you purchase a coil mattress, look for one over 600 coils. Anything less will be uncomfortable. If it is a spring mattress, look for one with springs that are stress-relieving. By far, the best option is a memory foam mattress. Although they cost more, they are well worth the price. Memory foam mattresses offer consistent support, mold to your body, and quickly return to original shape. Most memory foam mattresses are dust mite resistant and hypoallergenic. Some even cool and warm to regulate your body temperature. If your budget has a little extra room, invest in a memory foam mattress. Testing the bed is crucial. Don't let anyone rush you – lie there for a few minutes, turn on your side and lie on your back. It's the only way to know if a mattress is comfortable.

The open and close mechanism is essential. If made with the right materials, it should glide in and out from sofa to sofa bed effortlessly and without much effort. Test it out - open and close the bed three or four times. All motion should be smooth. If you have problems with the operation in the store, it will only get worse over time. The best sofa beds have a lockdown bar for easy opening and closing. Also, inspect the edges of inner mechanisms so that they are smooth – you do not want your sheets and blankets to rip.

A good sofa bed here starts at about $20,000 MXN ($1050 USD). Sofa beds with memory foam run about $45,000 MXN ($2400 USD).

Have you just purchased a new condo or casa in Vallarta Nayarit? The Vallarta Tribune and SOLutions Mexico would like to help. Email, and we will send you a free checklist of items to help when equipping and furnishing your home!