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RV Sofa Bed Replacement Guide With Ideas: Everything You Need to Know Before Replacing Your Sofa

Published on June 4th, 2018
This post was updated on March 30th, 2022

Are you tired of turning away overnight guests because of the lack of sleeping space in your RV?

Are you fed up with sitting on an old worn out and outdated sofa?

Ditch your current couch and replace it with an upgraded RV sleeper sofa bed!

Whether your goal is to add additional sleeping space to your trailer, fifth wheel, or motorhome or are just looking to replace your current couch with an RV sleeper sofa bed, there are a few crucial things to know before starting your project.

What you need to know before choosing your replacement sofa bed

Not all RVs are built alike and neither are RV sofa beds!

Choosing the right RV sofa bed can be influenced by a handful of different things.

Do you have a slide?

How big is your slide?

What is your RV’s layout?

How much floor space do you have?

These are all things to take into consideration before purchasing your replacement sofa bed for your RV.

One of the most important factors that you need to take into consideration before choosing your preferred sofa bed for your RV would be measurement.

It is important to be certain that your floor plan can accommodate the type of sofa bed that you want.

How to measure for your RV Sofa Bed

It is important to be certain that your RV’s floor plan can accommodate the type of sofa bed that you want.

Floor space may limit you as to where you can add your foldable sofa bed in your RV.

You’ll want to mind any obstructions that your floor plan may contain: things such as windows, doors, walls, countertops, etc.

Take a look at the two images below.

Each line represents a different measurement crucial to selecting a new RV sofa bed.

Height: The height should be measured from the base of the sofa to the tallest part of the sofa’s back.

Width: Measured from furthest left to the furthest right of the sofa.

Depth: The depth of the sofa should be measured from the back of the sofa to the front of the sofa.

As shown in the photo below, you will also want to measure for an possible obstructions that your sofa bed may hit when folded in a bed (picture shown is a jackknife sofa).

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Depending on the size of your desired RV sofa bed, you may need to make some additional measurements of your entry door, just to be safe.

Types of RV Sofa Beds to consider

There are three different styles of foldable RV sofa beds, each of course with different sleeping capacities and floor space requirements.

Jackknife Sofa Bed

jackknife sofa bed

  • Sleeps 1 adult

The Jackknife sofa bed is typically a standard sofa bed that doesn’t take up much room.

Whenever you have company over, or need an extra bed, you simply pull on the seat of the sofa to lay it flat.

The downside to this sofa bed is that it can be quite lumpy and uncomfortable, which means that you would likely need to invest in some type of roll out foam mattress or mattress topper.

Tri Fold Sofa Bed

  • Sleeps 2 adults

The Tri fold sofa is a fantastic RV sofa bed style that can add up to two additional sleeping spots to your RV.

This foldable sofa bed is a bit larger and bulkier than the previous jackknife sofa.

While it does require a bit more work to fold into a bed, this sofa sleeper is a bit more comfortable.

We would still recommend a mattress topper.

Hide-A-Bed Sofa Air Mattress

  • Sleeps 2 adults

The hide-a-bed air mattress is the biggest of the bunch.

Though this RV sofa bed is heavy and bulky, it tends to much more comfortable than both the jackknife and tri fold sofas.

RV Sofa Ideas

Most RVers don’t realize that they aren’t required to purchase an “RV specific” sofa to replace their current RV sofa.

As long as the dimensions and weight of your desired replacement sofa fit and compliment your space, you should be more than fine adding residential sofa.

Below are some RV sofa replacements and design ideas that we have found through some of our favorite RV bloggers!

grey l shaped rv sofa

Image courtesy of @twinning_in_our_5thwheel on Instagram

Adding a white residential style sofa can add an incredible residential living feel to your RV.

white residential rv sofa

Designed by MeganLeannJones

Corey over at Sawdust 2 Stitches has done an incredible job transforming her old RV sofa into a beautiful modern looking jack knife sofa.

dark blue RV sofa

Design by Sawdust2Stitches

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17 thoughts on “RV Sofa Bed Replacement Guide With Ideas: Everything You Need to Know Before Replacing Your Sofa”

  1. I have a small 54or 55 in jacknife sofa/sleeper in my rv ! It way to small . Do you have and extender kit the fit it?

  2. I’m looking for a replacement mattress for a RV Hide-a-bed sofa. Mine is a full size measurements 52″X 72″ . What do you have and what are the prices.

  3. What is the price of the hide a bed sofa air mattress. Can you get just the air mattress and if so will if fit on our hide a bed in place of the regular mattress that is there now.

  4. My camper sofa has the clean water tank and pump under it. Do they make a replacement sofa that will allow for that?

  5. We replace the old couch in our trailer with Thomas Payne. Very comfortable to sit and sleep on. Way better than the air mattress in the old couch. Nicely made. I highly recommend it.

  6. My husband and I couldn’t be more pleased with the RV sofa. We have wanted to replace a jcouch ever since we purchased our used 2003 Revolution a few years ago. We needed more sleeping space as well as a sitting space. RecPro Charles Collection was easy to install and hurray it matches! The only thing that could have been better would be if it were leather but it would have cost much more.

  7. Thanks for your information! We were looking to expand the comfortable sleeping space in our RV so I have chosen Thomas Payne 379929 Tri-fold RV Sofa Bed. It seems to cover every requirement an RV owner could want. I am very pleased with it. But just one negative aspect is this product’s price as it’s one of the more expensive on this list. In fact, it’s well outside what’d I be willing to pay for an RV sofa bed.

  8. We are renovating a small (19.5) class c. The jackknife sofa is completely disgusting – seat and seat back. We were hoping to just replace with another jackknife BUT all the mechanics that are under it: Water tank, duct work & other guts are installed ON TOP the bottom piece of the frame. Do they sell a jackknife seat and seat back that can be installed on existing frame? Any help appreciated.

  9. Looking for a 52 x 72 inch mattress to fit my RV sofa bed. Can be air filled or foam but must be able to fit under seat cushions when in storage. Lastly, do you ship to Canada?

  10. The first picture with the L shaped couch and white cabinets with the cream and black striped mud cloth as a throw is not from @bestsummerlife it’s mine and my page is @twinning_in_our5thwheel. Please always make sure to double check your sources so the proper people are given credit.

    • Sorry about that April. We made the correction and provided a link to your IG profile. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

  11. RecPro produces the greatest RV couch beds since all of its products are composed of long-lasting PU. This business also offers a large range of luxury furniture to make your RVing experience as pleasant as possible. With their jackknife shape, their couch beds are comfortable and run effectively.


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