RV Sleeper Sofa Bed Guide: Everything You Need to Know Before Replacing Your Sofa

​Tired of turning away ​overnight guests because of the lack of sleeping ​​space in your RV?

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

Whether you​r 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 sleeper 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 sleeper sofa for your RV would be measurement.

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

​How to measure for your RV Sleeper Sofa Bed

​It is important to be certain that your floor plan can ​accommodate the type of ​sofa ​sleeper 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, counter​tops, 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 second photo, 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).

​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 Sleeper Sofa Beds to consider for your RV

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 s​t​yle that ​can add up to two additional sleeping spots to your RV.

​This foldable RV sofa 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 bigge​st of the bunch.

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

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Steve - January 7, 2020

Also height off the floor of your slide out. My slide out is 18 inches off the floor which limits us to the jackknife sofa.


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