Sofa mechanisms and types of transformations: which one is better to choose for every day? Expert selection

White upholstered furniture looks very beautiful

White corner sofa with a simple transformation system and a compartment for linen

Sofas are in demand and are a comfortable alternative to a bed if space in the room is limited. They are multifunctional, because they can be used both for rest during the daytime and during a night’s sleep. For such furniture to be practical, it is important to choose the right folding mechanism, of which there are a lot today. Which option to choose depends on the intended use.

Name Daily use Laundry compartment Location
Book Problematic, you need to make an effort Yes Need to move away from the wall
Tango Comfortable Yes Need to move away from the wall
Eurobook Convenient, however, if there are no wheels – you can damage the floor Yes Convenient
Pantograph Convenient, does not damage the floor Yes Comfortable
Puma Comfortable Corner models only Convenient
Ottoman Comfortable Yes, roomy Need to move a little away from the wall
Accordion It takes some effort No Requires a lot of unfolding space
Roll-out Comfortable No Compact
French folding bed No – the surface of the bed is not solid. Daily operation will be a challenge No Convenient
Turning Comfortable No Comfortable
American clamshell Provides comfortable sleep, durable construction No Convenient
Dolphin Short-lived mechanism Yes, roomy Convenient

Types of transformation and mechanisms of sofas

Sofa Tips

Folding sofa models are extremely popular and in demand. If there is no transformation mechanism in such furniture, then it is not considered particularly practical and is used in the kitchen or in the hallway..

An excellent model of a sofa for a small apartment or studio

An excellent model of a sofa for a small apartment or studio

Living-dining room with contemporary interior

Living-dining room with contemporary interior

As for the folding sofas, they are most often used for sleeping. This approach helps to save valuable space. The convenience and durability of furniture operation depends on which mechanism is chosen..

“Book”

The simplest, one might say, classic version. To provide the sleeping place with comfort, you need to move the back to a horizontal position. When folded, it is fixed using special hardware..

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This mechanism attracts with its simplicity, it is difficult to break it, but difficulties arise when unfolding – you need to make efforts. The sofa takes up little space, so it can be used in small rooms. It has a laundry compartment. As for the shortcomings, the following are noted:

  1. The body of the furniture is too close to the wall, and for transformation it needs to be moved each time.
  2. In the area where the two halves are connected, a depression occurs, so sleep becomes uncomfortable.
  3. Sleeping place too small.

“Tango”

A variation of the previous transformation method. In addition to the vertical and horizontal, the backrest can take an inclined position. This allows you to organize a comfortable reclining position. Adapted for regular use, that is, easily unfolds.

Sofa with mechanism

The sofa with the “Tango” mechanism is very comfortable to use

Small living room with panoramic window

Small living room with panoramic window

Important! The disadvantage of this mechanism is similar to the previous version – you need a place to be placed in the room, you cannot move it close to the wall.

“Eurobook”

It is possible to push such a model close to the wall, since the transformation takes place according to a different principle: the seat moves just enough so that the back can “lie down”. Due to this, the conversion to a sleeping place is quick and easy. This mechanism is convenient for regular use. The niche for linen is very spacious.

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The inconvenience is that the seat is very deep, so you need to use pillows to get comfortable. And if there are no casters on the sliding part, the floor can be damaged..

Important! At the moment, sofas with the Eurobook mechanism are presented in the following sleeping space formats: 140 x 190 and 160 x 200 cm.

“Pantograph”

Unfolding it is similar to the previous version, but we can say that it is even more convenient and simpler. Among the advantages are:

  1. Sleeping place is wide, monolithic.
  2. Ease of transformation mechanism.
  3. Seat does not extend on the floor.

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On a note! Among the disadvantages: the cost of the sofa is higher due to the comfort of using the mechanism; seat too deep.

Bright upholstered furniture looks very stylish

Bright upholstered furniture in a modern high-tech interior

“Puma”

It is about this method that one can say “with one wave of the hand”, and it is exactly so. All that is needed is to pull and raise the seat, then it moves out and falls down on its own. Below it is the second part of the berth. This movable element does not move on the floor, therefore it cannot damage the coating. As for the downsides, there is a storage compartment for linen only in corner models..

Sofa with mechanism

Sofa with Puma mechanism unfolded

Corner sofa bed with storage system

Corner sofa bed with storage system

“Elf”

The transformation system is extremely simple. All that is needed is to lower the armrests. Of course, it will be possible to equip only one bed, however, quite comfortable. Often these models are orthopedic. Such a sofa needs to be slightly moved away from the wall..

Elf sofa for children's room

Elf sofa for children’s room

“Accordion”

Mechanism “accordion” was named for the similarity of unfolding with the movement of bellows in the musical instrument of the same name. The sleeping place turns out to be large, however, and a lot of space is needed for it. Unfolding it is not very easy – it will take some effort.

Classic combination of white, black and red colors in the interior

Classic combination of white, black and red colors in the interior

Brickwork in a modern interior

Brickwork in a modern interior

Roll-out

As the name suggests, the elements are rolling out. In this case, the seat extends, and its pillow unfolds over the entire space, due to which it is possible to equip a comfortable place to sleep. When folded, such a sofa is very compact..

On a note! It is not very comfortable that the bed is low. And the roll-out element can damage the flooring..

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French folding bed

The berth fits under the seat, and in order to prepare it, the cushions must be removed and the hidden sections spread out. The appearance of such a clamshell is very neat, and the sleeping space is large. But at the same time, sleeping on such a sofa cannot be called comfortable, since the surface is thin.

The French clamshell is not suitable for frequent use

The French clamshell is not suitable for frequent use

Colored textiles will help dilute a plain interior

Colored textiles will help dilute a plain interior

Important! Another problem with the French clamshell is that the mechanism cannot be called reliable and durable..

“Spartacus”

The folding part is made of a metal mesh and a frame, the bed has an orthopedic mattress. It can be expanded in three movements, the system is stable, so it is convenient to use it every day. The sleeping area is spacious enough. Problem – under load, deformation of the frame is possible.

Minus: due to the fact that all the space inside is occupied by a frame and a mattress, there is no place for bedding.

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American clamshell

The mechanism is convenient for daily unfolding, as it can withstand heavy loads. The seat is conveniently lifted into three sections, open one after the other. Many people like the fact that the sleeping place is spacious, and the mattress is comfortable for a good night’s rest. The transformation system is reliable and simple.

The only inconvenience is the presence of seams on the surface, which can be felt during sleep.

Mechanism

American clamshell mechanism

“Dolphin”

Convenient mechanism for corner sofas. The lower part rolls out, from there the pillow is removed upward. The durable fabric handle helps with this. The place for sleeping and for daytime gatherings is comfortable and spacious, the transformation is simple, which guarantees ease of use. All is well, but such a transformation with daily use is unlikely to last a couple of years..

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Output

There are still a lot of options for mechanisms. Our review presents the most common and those that are most in demand among sofa buyers. We hope you have chosen the optimal and reliable folding mechanism for yourself! We wish you a pleasant and useful shopping!