If you're looking to replace the jack knife sofa in your RV there are a lot of options out there. We decided to go with a futon in our space and after using it for over a year, I thought I'd offer a review and let you know how its held up.
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We ordered this futon from Amazon. We took a risk because I wasn't sure what the quality or comfort would be since we didn't see it in person. Here is the link to the futon that we ordered. It comes in lots of colors but since I was going with blue and white interior we ordered the blue.
As far as looks go, I was very impressed. It has a high quality look to it. The fabric looks like linen and the blue color is rich and accurate to the picture. I was nervous it was going to have a cheap look, but it really doesn't.
The function of the futon is great. You can lower and raise half of it at a time which I like. You know those lounge chairs that you can adjust the angle of the back on? That's what this futon does. It's a function that I haven't found in a lot of futons, so I really have enjoyed that I can adjust the angle for when I'm reading or watching films.
I didn't want to get a futon with arms because of the space, but in retrospect I would have ordered one with arms. It's perfectly comfortable as is, but I definitely think that having arms would have increased its functionality. I do use some throw pillows to lean on and that seems to do the trick.
The futon is on the firmer side, but very comfortable to sit and lounge on. It has held up well with daily use over the camping season.
I will say that when it is in the sleep position there is a metal bar that runs down the center. It didn't bother me, but I could see a supersensitive sleeper being bothered by it. I got a mattress cover that I put on it for overnight guests and that seems to do the trick, but I thought it was worth mentioning. I don't think I would want to sleep on it every night, but it definitely works for the occasional guest.
Overall, for the money that we paid for the futon I have been very impressed. It has held up well to daily use, looks much more expensive than what we paid for it, and has an adjustable back to sit at different angles. It could be a little more comfortable for sleeping but is perfectly fine for what we use it for. It fit nicely into the sofa space in our RV and I would purchase again if given the opportunity.
If futons aren't your thing there are a number of smaller sized sofas available for RVs. Ikea, Walmart, and Target all have some great smaller options. Look for stores that have "apartment sized" or "city sized" lines as these are meant for smaller spaces. Keep in mind a sleeper sofa is going to weigh more than a futon, so if weight is a concern than a futon might be the way to go. Here are some other cute options for your RV: