Futons have come a long way since first becoming mainstream and are now much more comfortable, modern, and visually appealing. When shopping for a new futon for your home, there are a few tips to keep in mind to ensure you are getting a high-quality piece of furniture that is sturdy, durable, and useful for both sitting and sleeping.
Before you begin shopping for a new futon, consider the purpose of the futon itself in your home. Are you planning to utilize the futon for overnight guests and children? Will your futon be used to sit or sleep on more? How frequently will the futon be used?
Futons are no longer limited to one size fits all solutions. Today, futons come in a variety of sizes and work well with almost any type of design and aesthetic you want to implement in your space. Futons are available as twin sized beds, double beds, and even queen-sized beds while also having varying lengths for seating. Measure the area you plan to place your new futon to ensure you purchase a futon that is not overly bulky or too small of the space you want to use.
Style is important when shopping for a new futon, especially as there are thousands of options available on the market. If you are interested in a more traditional and contemporary look, opt for a futon made of hardwood or imitation wood. For a modern, chic look, metal frames and Asian-inspired futons are optimal. When you want to minimize clutter while you have your futon in a couch position, consider a smaller metal frame that is lighter and easier to fold up.
For a completely sleek futon look, a metal frame paired with a thinner futon mattress is highly recommended. A sleek futon look is ideal for homes with a modern aesthetic and for households that do not plan to use the futon each night for sleep. Metal futons with thinner mattresses are optimal for occasional sleeping guests.
A hardwood and heavy duty frame futon requires a bigger and thicker mattress for maximum comfort. A thin mattress on a wooden futon can quickly become uncomfortable while sitting or resting on it over a short period of time. Without a thick mattress, you also run the risk of bending and sinking the thin mattress in less time. Consider the durability of each mattress you review and verify that it is made for heavy use with futons (especially if you plan to sleep on it regularly in your home).
Once you find a mattress or cushion for the futon frame you desire, consider the opportunity of investing in a cover to match your home’s surrounding and current decor. Even if you do not find the original mattress for your futon attractive but it is comfortable and affordable, purchasing a cover is a viable route to take. Covers come in a variety of fabrics, material, and themes to work seamlessly with any style you envision for the space you are planning to place your futon in.
Always compare pricing of futons when shopping at a local mattress or furniture store to ensure you get the best deal possible. Take time to browse for futons online using reputable companies and brands you trust. Pricing research is a way to gain valuable information while shopping to avoid overspending on any type of futon you are interested in, regardless of its size or the type of frame that is included.
Read reviews and testimonials left by customers online on websites of local stores near you. If you are shopping for a futon online, read customer reviews to learn more about the futon’s durability, frame, and mattresses that work best with each option. Reviews are extremely important to read as they prevent you from choosing a futon that is not reliable, uncomfortable, or simply not sturdy enough for sleeping and regular use.
Take the time to compare and review all of your options before settling on a futon that is perfect for your home. With enough information and an understanding of available futon mattresses, frames, and pads, make a purchase that is sure to last.