We wanted to create a sofa bed that was uncompromising. Over 18 months, we undertook three rounds of user testing resulting in several prototypes living with staff before deciding on a three-layer cushion with a plush duvet wrap and an easy sliding mechanism for the bed. CNC manufacturing was utilised to remove labour intensive processes and ensure costs at a minimum. To save on unnecessary fixings, the assembly comes together easily in two parts with only hand screws to hold the sofa firmly bed together. Key roadblocks were finding the lowest variation in firmness perceptions between sofa and bed mode.
The Slideaway Sofa Bed is both an incredible bed and an even better sofa.
The Slideaway Sofa Bed is both an incredible bed and an even better sofa. Designed to be assembled and disassembled with no tools, the Slideaway Sofa Bed challenges the notion that sofa beds are neither a good bed nor a good sofa.
To create a sofa bed that sets a new standard. Sofa beds have historically had a bad name for being only an average bed and sofa, or one at the expense of the other. They can be a clumsy piece as they try to be two products-in-one, so something is often compromised including its aesthetic appeal in both forms. By combining our experience with mattresses, timber frames and sofas, we set to achieve the next generation of sofa bed innovation. Being an incredible sofa and an incredible bed, that's effortless when transitioning and looks beautiful in either form.
This project was developed by:
- Tom Shaw