I was really torn for quite some time about which sofa bed would work in my 8 foot wide office. I really wanted my desk on the long wall that you face when you walk in the room (like it is here), but if it were on that wall, it would get in the way of opening up a traditional sofa bed.
We just couldn’t find a sofa bed that we liked and at the same time didn’t get in the way and massively shrink the usable space of the room when it was folded out. So I pouted a while because my desk would have to stay where it was and I’d continue to be stuck staring at a window air conditioning unit. Until we saw this:
The IKEA Karlstad sofa bed. I had known for a while that they made a sofa bed version of Karlstad, but I had no idea about the best part of it: it opens lengthwise!
How cool is that? Move your mouse over the floor plan photo to see what helped us decide on this sofa (if you’re in a reader, you’ll have to come to the site to see it). We did that for each one we were considering and all of the rest stuck out so far that they overlapped the desk.
So, we get a good looking sofa (not a traditional look like I was hoping for, but still good looking and still goes in the space), it only takes up 5 feet when it’s in bed position, and it sleeps 2 people! It even has storage space for bed linens inside. And it’s comfy too.
And the big bonus right now is that IKEA is offering 15% back in the form of a gift card if you purchase a Karlstad, but the offer only lasts 2 more days, so if you want one, go buy it by Sunday!