Get more for your HOA fees

I think one of the best furniture inventions ever was the sofa bed. Did you know that this space-saving solution was patented over 120 years ago? Leonard C. Bailey is considered the inventor who came up with the idea to fold up a metal bed frame into a sofa. In those days, it would not have been the most comfortable piece of furniture. In Mexico, you can now get sofa beds made with quality mechanisms that will not rust or corrode. They are also available with gel-cooling memory foam mattresses.

Sofa beds are also called hide-a-beds, sleepers, pullout sofas, and bed-couches. No matter how you refer to them, they are the perfect way to accommodate a couple of guests who come to visit for a few weeks. Monthly HOA fees (homeowner fees) in Mexico are usually calculated based on square meters. That’s why it makes sense to optimize your living space. Using your spare bedroom as a home office or an entertainment room is much more practical.

If you rent out your home when you are not in Mexico, a sofa bed can add to your revenue. Some rental units in the Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit area charge an extra USD 50 per night, per person. With additional rental income, you can get a quick return on your investment.

Sofa beds are available in different sizes. Most prefer a queen size since it is more comfortable from a width perspective. Sofa beds also come in matrimonial and individual. In the past, it was difficult to find individual chair beds in Mexico. Luckily this has changed. For those with limited space or a smaller condo, you can more easily incorporate a couple of sofa chairs into your design.

The average sofa bed mattress thickness is about 4.5 inches or just over 11 cm. That’s about half as thick as a standard mattress. When selecting a sofa bed, invest just a little more and get the memory foam. The difference between a standard mattress and memory foam is night and day! If your guests are going to use the sofa bed or sofa chair bed for more than a few nights, it is worth the minor upgrade cost. It gives better support, molds better to the body and will last longer without losing its shape.

I recently checked out the new Anya memory foam sofa bed made by Palliser and now available in Mexico. With trepidation, I sprawled out on the mattress at a recent trade show in North America. I fully expected to feel that uncomfortable metal bar through the mattress. I was pleasantly surprised to find that with the memory foam mattress, and new frame design, it was like lying on a regular bed.

Another significant update to the design was the ease of opening and closing the unit. With new, easy-glide mechanisms, you can convert from a sofa or chair to bed with one hand. There are even spaces to store pillows, so you don’t have to cram them into a closet.

For those looking for additional rental revenue, or to maximize the use of space in their home in Mexico, consider a sofa bed or chair bed. If you have furniture questions, please feel free to email me at

Sheryl Novak
Sheryl Novak is an expat Canadian who has owned a home in Mexico for over ten years. She is the owner of SOLutions Mexico – the online furniture store for your home in Mexico and The Furniture Store by SOLutions Mexico, a brick and mortar show store in Bucerias. She is considered the expert on sourcing all styles of furniture for all sizes of budgets, in Mexico.