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Equipped with the makings of both a memory foam mattress and a fold out sofa, the CouchBed can fit where you want it and how you want it.
CouchBed is a family-owned company and an independently run business based in Flagstaff, Arizona. Their product is designed for those looking to save space, add versatility to an office or guest room, or find a convenient bed for first year college students. It comes in various colors and sizes, and the company offers a wooden platform or replaceable covers to make the CouchBed uniquely your own.
Before we jump into the specific details of the CouchBed, here are some notes on the benefits of this mattress as well as some shortcomings.
- Versatility. The CouchBed’s key feature is transforming from a memory foam mattress into a sofa. It works great for spare rooms, tight living quarters, or as a two-in-one option.
- Temperature control. A cooling gel is infused into CouchBed’s comfort layer of foam, so it doesn’t heat up like traditional memory foam mattresses.
- Highly rated. Most reviews of the CouchBed are incredibly favorable. Not many customers have had bad experiences with the product.
- CertiPUR-US certified foam. The foam used in the CouchBed is CertiPUR-US certified, meaning it contains no toxic or ozone-depleting chemicals harmful to you or the environment.
- Lack of options. The CouchBed is only available in memory foam, and it’s not available in other firmness levels or materials. Reviewers also find the mattress to be on the firmer side, so if you are looking for a softer place to sleep, you might want to look elsewhere.
- Sizing. While the CouchBed is built to fit traditional mattress sizing, the product only comes in twin to queen. There is no king-size CouchBed.
- All online. There are no CouchBed stores or brick and mortar third-party retailers where you can try the product out. There is also no sleep trial. If the CouchBed doesn’t work for you, you have to return the product within 30 days and cover the cost of the return shipping.
- Potential for poor sleep hygiene. Depending on how the mattress is used, working, hanging out, and sleeping on the same piece of furniture could contribute to poor sleeping patterns.
Mattress prices tend to vary a bit, depending on the mattress’s material, size, quality, and special features.
If you are searching for a new foam queen mattress, the most basic ones you’ll find online are between $300 and $600. Mid-range queen-size mattresses with more features or ones from well-known brands usually cost around $1,000. Luxury mattresses can get closer to $2,000.
The price for a sleeper sofa can range a lot — anywhere from $200 to over $1,000.
The CouchBed is considered an average price for a sleeper sofa and on the lower end for a foam mattress, ranging from $400 for a twin to $550 for a queen. In other words, this mattress is more costly than a futon, but not as much as a regular foam mattress.
- Type: Convertible mattress and sofa
- Material: Memory foam
- Height: 10 inches as mattress or 20 inches as couch
- Best for: Saving space, budget-conscious consumers, and minimalistic design
In just a few seconds, this mattress can turn from couch to bed with the flip of a hinge. Many reviewers note the ease of switching the mattress to a couch and back again, with one reviewer mentioning that their 5-year-old son could flip the mattress to either position.
Some reviewers comment how great it functions in their spare rooms, and that both the style and functionality work well.
Other customers find the slight gap between the two cushions inconvenient. They also say that when the product is in the couch position, the couch and the back support feel low to the ground.
Memory foam mattress
The CouchBed is made of a CertiPUR-US certified memory foam that does not include harmful chemicals or latex.
The foam is infused with a cooling gel designed to keep the comfort layer (aka the top layer) cool and comfortable. The company says this helps keep the mattress temperature neutral, rather than making it feel cool to the touch.
No reviewers seem to have any issues with the cooling feature, nor do any find the CouchBed too hot. One customer says they like the CouchBed more than a regular mattress because of the cooling materials. Customers mention the memory foam is dense and durable, and on the firmer side of comfort.
Adjustable platform and covers
For those who find the mattress too low to the ground, CouchBed also offers an adjustable platform, that ranges from $299 (twin) to $399 (queen). The platform raises the product 10 inches off the ground and can quickly adjust to either the sofa or mattress variation.
Some reviewers prefer the CouchBed with the platform for the extra support, while others just bought the CouchBed by itself. Other customers feel the platform was too expensive for what they got and find the quality subpar.
Since the CouchBed fits traditional mattress sizes, you can also lay the bed on any platform or surface. Other platforms might not be able to adjust into a couch position, though.
CouchBed also sells replaceable covers (ranging from $89 to $119) to help keep your CouchBed looking fresh and new.
You can buy the CouchBed on the company website. There aren’t any retail stores for CouchBed or any third-party retailers to purchase from. The product does go on sale, so keep an eye out for potential discounts.
If you’re thinking about buying a CouchBed, there are a few things you should consider before making your decision:
Dual-purpose piece of furniture
For those looking to save space, the CouchBed might be a great option. Its ability to fold up and down quickly and effectively could work well in studio apartments, homes with a minimalistic approach, or those searching for a budget-friendly memory foam mattress. Some reviewers say they find it great for guest rooms and children.
On the contrary, it’s important to keep in mind that sleeping and living in the same space (and on the same piece of furniture) might not support the healthiest sleep hygiene.
Sleep professionals often note that a bedroom should be its own space, where the room is quiet, relaxing, and where you only use your bed for sleep and sex. Flipping a CouchBed back and forth every night from a living space to a sleeping space might make that harder to achieve.
But everyone is different — and some people live in smaller spaces that might not give them the option to separate where they sleep from where they work or play. So if you’re looking for a versatile mattress that works in a multitude of spaces, CouchBed might be the bed (and sofa) for you.
Materials and firmness
The CouchBed is made from 10-inch memory foam. Reviewers mention it’s definitely on the firmer side. This might work well for people who are fans of a harder mattress, but it might be a bit too firm for those seeking a softer place to sleep.
Memory foam can be especially beneficial for side sleepers and back sleepers because it helps relieve pressure points on the body. Some reviewers say that the mattress helps relieve chronic pain in the hips and back. One even says their back pain disappeared after sleeping on the CouchBed.
CouchBed has been in business for 6 years, but they’re not a super well-known brand. To learn more about their business reputation, we took a look at the following indicators:
- They have been accredited by the Better Business Bureau since 2017, but they’re not currently rated.
- They have received five complaints in the past 3 years, but none in the last 12 months. The details of these complaints aren’t visible on their listing, but they are listed as billing, delivery, and product or service complaints.
- CouchBed has not recalled any of their products.
In terms of transparency, CouchBed’s FAQ page walks customers through subjects like return policies, shipping, manufacturing, and comfort and care.
The company is transparent about the materials they use within the product, highlighting that there are no harmful chemicals or latex in the foam.
CouchBed does not include any information on federal flammability standards on their website. But after calling customer service, we learned that the company uses a fire sock over the foam core of the product to protect from fire hazards.
Overall, CouchBed product reviews are high and customer service reviews are low.
In terms of the CouchBed itself, customers tend to like the product a lot. Reviewers say the mattress is very comfy, easy-to-adjust, cost-effective, and great for small spaces. Some customers even mention they will be buying another CouchBed because they love their first one so much.
On the other hand, customers find it hard to get in contact with the company and say they have issues with receiving their orders in a reasonable time. One customer says they ordered their CouchBed in January, but didn’t receive it until May.
Customers also find that they have to reach out to the company for updates rather than the company notifying customers about shipping delays. However, a few reviews say the customer service was great, and that they had no issues.
Your CouchBed will come vacuum sealed and rolled in a box. Shipping is free, but the company website does not say how long the shipping will take.
Once unwrapped, the mattress will inflate to its regular size over time. Customers note the unboxing is simple, and there aren’t any bad smells or off-gassing. Here is an unboxing video published by CouchBed.
CouchBed doesn’t have the same type of extended sleep trial other mattress companies offer.
Returns are accepted up to 30 days after the date of purchase, but customers are responsible for both the return shipping cost and the shipping arrangements. CouchBed will not come pick up the mattress from you. Once the product is back at the facility, a refund will be issued.
All CouchBeds come with a 10-year limited warranty. It’s always important to get familiar with a company’s warranty policy before making your decision. You can read the warranty’s fine print here.
The CouchBed is great for the space-saver, the guest bedroom, or the minimalist. Its easy two-way flip between a sofa and a bed makes for a versatile, cost-effective product.
The variety may be limited and customers say returns can be difficult. But, for those who like the comfort of a firm memory foam and the appeal of multi-functional furniture, the CouchBed could be exactly what you’re looking for.
Elena Bruess is a writer and multimedia journalist based in Chicago. Her work covers the intersection of health, environment, and human rights. You can follow her on Twitter here.