For most of us convertible sofas convert into beds. These handy pieces of furniture are great for many people. If you do not have a spare room for guests, use the convertible sofa. If you live in a studio apartment, then a sofa bed may be perfect for you. If your kids like to have sleep overs, a sleeper sofa in the family room would be a great solution. If you need a "spare" bed for when your spouse is in the dog house, then a convertible sofa may be the answer (but it is best to never go to bed mad). But in all these cases, the sofa part is for sitting and the bed it converts into is for sleeping. But what if you asked a child what they thought convertible sofas should convert into, what would they say? Well, I talked to some kids, and this is what they said they thought convertible sofas should change into.
The first was a little boy, he was about three, almost four, years old. He was a very typical little boy. I asked him that if he had a couch that could change into anything, what would it be? He gave it a moments thought and then said, "a race car". Why? I asked. "So I can drive fast like my Daddy," was his quick answer. Little boys want to be like their Dad's, and driving is something we just take for granted as an adult. But driving for a kid means so much more, it means going fast and being able to do what you want, and being like your Dad.
When I asked a group of four little girls what they thought would be cool for convertible sofas to change into, they conferred for a little while and came with the consensus that it should be something that could fly. "Oh," I said, "like the bed on Bedknobs and Broomsticks?" I only got a bunch of blank stares with that comment. So instead I compared it to Aladdin and a magic flying carpet. That got me a bunch of smiles and nodding heads. Then they went off (all at once) about how great it would be to swoop through the air, flying over fields and lakes. I remember when I was a little kid, and dreams where I could fly were the best! Yes, a sofa bed that could fly would definitely be high on my list too.
I asked another group of older boys and girls, who were about 7, what they thought would be cool to have convertible sofas convert into, and their quick answer was a time machine. That's cool, so my next question was, "If you could all just go to one time, when would it be?" This took a bit of discussion, especially since both boys and girls were involved, but they soon decided on Medieval times. Why? Well, boys like battle and little girl's want to be princesses, so that time period seemed to offer everything that everybody wanted. Especially since the boys could battle dragons to save the princesses!
Convertible sofas may not be quite that magical to most of us, but remember that it could be, especially if you ever get to play make believe with a four year old. It is amazing what you can do with a blanket and sofa. It can become a magical cave, a flying carpet, a fast race car,or yes, convertible sofas even make great time machines.
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