5 multitasking sofas fit for small spaces

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      Vancouver's living spaces may appear to be shrinking, but that doesn't mean you have to give up hosting overnight guests or entertaining in a room anchored by a killer sofa.

      Offering extra beds, movable parts, or ample storage, these sleek couches are made for spatially challenged condos, basement suites, and spaces in between.




      A look ahead

      Headrests aren’t just for in-flight seats and bulky recliners. The proof? BoConcept’s Osaka sofa (from $3,078), which features an adjustable headrest (from $579) that takes care of your noggin no matter your height.

      Available in an assortment of fabrics and colours, the two-seater offers surprisingly ample space for the rest of your body to stretch and splay out, too. (You know, for those marathon Netflix sessions.)

      We love the curvy armrests and shiny chrome feet, which add a hit of from-the-future cool to any room. Find it at BoConcept (1275 West 6th Avenue).

      > Lucy Lau

      Expand Furniture

      Heavens to murphy

      The Murphy sofa Minima takes multitasking to a whole new level. The sleek yet plush sectional sofa, compact enough for a tight condo, comes with a movable ottoman that can be shifted to either side or used in front like a footrest or coffee table.

      Inside it is ample storage. But it’s at nighttime that this shape-shifter really shines: the wall above it pulls down easily into a Murphy bed that sits flat on top of the sofa, allowing for a 10-inch-or-under queen-sized mattress. That means a good night’s rest for houseguests or for residents who rock a studio.

      The Minima comes in stone-grey or sand-grey poly-cotton fabric or in a tan synthetic leather, on sale for $5,495 at Expand Furniture (108–2050 Scotia Street).

      > Janet Smith

      Inspiration Furniture

      Wild child

      Introduce a punch of tropical fun to your space with Innovation Living’s Unfurl Wild Flower ($1,395), a comfy pocket-spring sofa bed that easily unfolds for impromptu naps and unexpected guests.

      The Danish-designed seat embodies exactly what you’d expect from the masters of minimalism: it’s all clean lines and streamlined function, and complete with midcentury-modern wood feet.

      Pair it with a curvy teak coffee table for a groovy ’70s-inspired look or contrast the floral with Louis Ghost armchairs if you’re feeling modern. Find it at Inspiration Furniture (1275 West 6th Avenue).

      > Lucy Lau

      Sofa So Good

      Snug with style

      The stylish, small-scale Soho sofa bed at Sofa So Good (2331 Alberta Street) fits snugly into tight spaces, with its boxy look and narrow arms.

      Sitting at a relatively compact 72” by 37” by 33”, this made-in-Canada design still allows for a pullout double bed. We like the sleek lines here, the silhouette falling somewhere between a Bogart movie and midcentury.

      You can customize the fabric (prices start at $1,999), but we think it calls for something masculine and film-noir, like coal or smoky grey, or a retro bright like teal or grass.

      > Janet Smith


      Moving shapes

      Structube (140 West Hastings Street) understands that life, and living-room arrangements, are constantly changing, which is what makes its Taylor interchangeable sectional sofa (on sale for $999) so great.

      Say “See ya” to getting stuck with a permanent L-shape and “Hello” to the freedom provided by a movable ottoman, which enables you to rejig your furnishings at the drop of a dime.

      The sectional’s shape is compressed but snug, and it comes in three versatile hues that jibe with décor schemes both traditional and modern. A perfect fit for basement suites, condos, and spatially challenged rooms.

      > Lucy Lau