Affordable and flexible futon furniture
Futons are a mainstay of living rooms, bedrooms and dens because of their multipurpose functionality and comfort. As economical as they are useful, futons are ideal if you have frequent overnight guests, want to maximize space in your bedroom or simply like to have options at your disposal.
These pieces are available in a wide range of variants, including not only the standard futon bed, but also the futon bunk bed and futon chair. They're available at just about every home furnishing retailer you'll come across; in fact, they're so popular that some stores sell futon furniture exclusively.
The Science Behind Futons
The bi-fold futon frame remains the industry standard; this futon frame retains its square edges when folded and unfolded, which prevents slumping. A typical futon mattress is filled with foam or woolen stuffing, or a combination of both, woven together in layers using a technique known as garneting.
Futons originated in Japan as beds, but it was the ingenuity and innovation of American designers that gave birth to the futon chair. These versatile furnishings make excellent investments because they're extremely comfortable, both in folded and unfolded positions, yet take up very little space.
Smart Futon Sofa Bed Shopping Tips
The most popular style of futon is the futon sofa bed. It's an economical choice for a sofa, and folds into a more comfortable and space-efficient guest bed than a traditional hideaway sofa bed. Given the range of choices you'll find available when you shop for futons, it helps to have an idea what to expect and what to look for in a quality piece. Give close consideration to:
- The size of the futon relative to the space you're going to put it in. Consider a tri- or quad-fold futon if you want a piece with added flexibility.
- The style of the futon frame relative to other furnishings in the room where it's going to be placed.
- The anticipated frequency of use – choose thicker mattresses and more durable frames if you anticipate guests will sleep on it regularly. Typically, futon mattresses range between 6 and 8 inches in thickness.
Accentuate the piece by choosing futon covers that match the theme of the room. Futon covers are available in every fabric, color and pattern imaginable, and because they are removable, it is easy to keep your futon clean. There are different options in cover designs, as well; some pop on and off like a fitted sheet, while others slide right over the whole mattress and zip up. Futon covers are sometimes included in the price of a futon mattress, but usually they are sold separately. Be sure to ask before buying.
If you're in the market for a used piece, remember that you can find inexpensive futon frames for sale through private parties. You can pick up a sturdy frame for a good price, and then simply purchase a new futon mattress of a matching size. Check online and print classified ads for leads, and keep an eye open for garage and moving sales being held in your neighborhood.