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I've been salivating over the MANSTAD also... but I've been holding out for the interchangable unit.
I think interchangable covers will be much easier to make/find if the sofa is more modular. But if you take the plunge before the new unit comes out (I'm concerned it might come with a price hike, but who knows - maybe IKEA will be kind)...
Hi everyone, first post. I've lived with a Manstad for a few months now, so thought I'd add my opinion. I live in a studio flat during the week, so I sleep on it 3-4 nights/week. It's had little use as a sofa.
Size! The longest sofa bed I've ever seen - I'm 6'4" and I can stretch right out.
Looks good in blue and doesn't show the dirt
Easy to convert to bed and great storage
Feels strong and well built
It's cheap and it shows. Non-removable covers are a start, but I knew about that when I bought it.
More crucially, is the comfort. When in bed mode, the sleeping area is made up of 3 different cushions. After 3 months use, all cushions now feel completely different. The cushion above the storage unit is still firm and supportive, but the main sofa cushion has gone very soft. The pull-out cushion is somewhere between the two. This wouldn't be a huge problem, but when lying on the bed, you can clearly feel the wooden supports between the cushions. I'm using a 3" memory foam topper which hides it enough to make it bearable, but without it, it would be terrible.
The wooden supports are also a problem when in sofa mode - you have to be careful where you sit. Above the storage unit is fine, but the main sofa cushion is so un-supportive it is not comfortable to relax on for any length of time. Sit between the two, and it's like sitting on a narrow plank of wood.
I've disassembled and reassembled the sofa to check I'd put it together properly, and I had.
Overall, it's cheap, so I wasn't expecting perfection. But I was impressed by it's good looks, comfort, and functionality in the shop, and there was a lack of reviews on the web to check that it lived up to that. Maybe it's intended as a very occasional sofa bed, not for regular use, but that should be made clear.
I'm so disappointed, because I love the idea and the design. It's just been let down by the quality of the cushions. Of course, if no one else has this problem, maybe I had a faulty model - I hope so! I am now looking to see if I can get a refund on the basis that it is unusable.
Thank you stan1 for an honest account of the manstad.
, the idea is better than the execution.
Regarding options, the best sofabeds are made by American Leather and cost approximately 3000, so anything cheaper 'and' functional would be worth it.
Sounds like manstad's biggest issue is the foam 'padding'. Perhaps they are saving $ here by putting in cheap stuff.
Has anyone bothered/considered switching out the foam? It might not be worth the cost - just an idea.
I'd love to get the manstad, but I can't if stan1's experience is typical, which I believe it is.
To bigredbird: The manstad IS a very cheap sofa. Its not even a grand, please..
I've owned the Manstad for a year and it's probably been slept on for half that time by 180 pound, 6' roommate. Unfortunately, though its kept its shape by day, upon waking i noticed i was sleepimg in a valley.
I'm speaking of the unconverted long side of the L shape... that piece bows in the middle now.
looks fine by day, and heck, i still get a good sleep on it, but be prepared for curious guests when they awaken in the morning.