We have a sofa sleeper that my parents gave us 7 years ago. It was left by the previous owner when they bought their house. I would say it's at least 45 years old (not totally sure), but you would never know it. It had never been used when they gave it to us. In fact, it still had original price and manufacturer tags on it.
We kept it in the front living room of our condo for the first 4 years and only sat on it when we had guests. When we moved into our current home, we put it in the room on the side of our detached garage. (By the way, Tyler has taken to calling that room "The Rec Room".) It hasn't been sat on really at all for the last 3 years.
Ryan decided he wanted to give the Rec Room a really good cleaning and asked me what I thought about moving the sleeper sofa into the empty spare bedroom. I was fine with the idea and so we did it on Monday night. The kids went crazy over it. Tyler, Cameron and Avery immediately started asking if they could sleep on it. "No way!" was my response. I could see disaster written all over that one. I was sure there would be no sleeping and lots of playing if I let it happen. They nagged me all day yesterday and I again said no. Last night when I went downstairs to put them in bed, I found them all laying on it with their pillows and blankets, all ready for bed and smiling devilish grins. They were sure they had got one past me. They were right. The grins did me in.
"Fine," I said. "But if I hear one sound from you guys it will be straight to your own beds." They all fervently promised they would be good and not fight with each other and go to sleep quickly and sleep all night and get up right away when it was time in the morning and not be mean and ornery when they did. I heard that from all three of them, at the same time, very fast and very loud.
Amazingly, they did all that they promised. They went right to sleep, slept there all night and got up right away for school this morning. I'm very proud of them. They all proclaimed it to be the most fun they had had in a long time. I promised that if they were good today, they could do it again. They're all very excited.
I asked Avery what she thought of it after the boys went to school. Did she sleep well? Did she have enough room? (It's only a full size mattress.) She replied with, "Oh yes. I slept good, but I did hear Tyler and Cameron snoring all night and I heard a lot of farts too. Boys are kind of gross."