Why Futons Are Not Just for College Dorms Anymore?
What comes to mind when you hear the word “futon”? For the longest time, futons were mainly used by young college students in the dorms or by recent graduates in their first apartment. When futons first came out, their utilitarian nature and their inexpensive price tag is what attracted young people. Early on they became the furniture of choice for young people with small budgets. Unfortunately because of these same characteristics though, those serious about home design never really gave much thought to futons.
Today, futons have grown up a lot and can offer you more sophisticated-looking futons that can blend into any living room, family room or guest room. And homeowners of all ages are seeing futons as a good alternative to a sleep sofa, which will take up more space and is more expensive.
Here are some of the reasons why futons are not just for college dorms anymore:
More Versatility Than Ever Before
Today there are a wide range of frames, mattresses and covers too choose from for your futon. Frames can be made of wood or metal and come in different colors. If the futon is going to take residence in your beach home, then imagine how a futon with a white wood frame would complement the summery vibe. You can also choose a futon frame that has tray-arms which makes it easier to have snacks while hanging out. Other arm designs you can choose from include a 8 inch-slat mission style arm design and a traditional roll arm design. It is a lot easier now to match the futon to the rest of your furniture.
And you have more options as well in the cover. You can get in in cotton or denim, but you can also take the style up a notch and choose a leather cover. Covers come in a variety of colors and patterns to fit any style. There are plenty of ways to put your own personal stamp on the futon. Designers are beginning to appreciate more what a futon can add to a space.
Futons also come with different size mattresses, everything from twin to king size, although the twin size still remains the most popular. Futons can fit in any room from a kids’ bedroom to a living room or family room. You can even add one to your home office so it can transform into an impromptu guest bedroom.
More Sophisticated Than Ever Before
While you love the versatility of the futon, how it gives you extra seating and sleeping space, and can fit into any room, you still want it to look stylish and to fit in nicely with the rest of the décor. You don’t want it to stand out in a bad way. Today’s futons come in different price ranges and there are high quality futons that you won’t be able to tell a part from a regular couch or sleeper sofa. It will match the quality of the rest of the room so you don’t feel like you are back living in a college dorm again where everything was mismatched.
More Customizable Than a Sleeper Sofa
When you buy a sleeper sofa or couch with a pulled out bed, the whole thing – couch frame, cushions, mattress—all comes together and you typically don’t get to mix and match mattresses with frames or switch up couch cushion patterns a lot. With a futon however, you pick the individual components of the futon, from the frame and cover to the mattress. This way you have more control over how it looks and how comfortable it is to sleep and hang out on. Everyone has their own preferences so isn’t great that you can customize your futon to meet your needs exactly?
What to Look for in a Futon?
Now that you are sold on what a futon can bring to your home, you need to know what to look for in a futon. Because you want to use it as a guest bed, the quality and comfortableness of the futon’s mattress is of upmost importance. If it is too lumpy or hard, your guests will not get a good night’s sleep. Depending on your needs and budget, you can get a single foam mattress or splurge for a double foam or premium wool wrap mattress. You can even get a mattress with comfort coil or a feather touch mattress.
Also, consider how comfortable the futon is to sit on as well. Will you be comfortable curling up and watching television or reading a book for hours? You will want a futon that will work just as hard as every other piece of furniture in the room.
You should also consider how you will use your futon? If it will be primarily used as a guest bed, then a soft, quality mattress and a firm wooden frame will be most important. If you are going to switch back and forth between the sitting and sleeping position a lot, then you will want a frame that is easy to operate. The more you struggle with it, the more likely it will get stuck or worse yet, broken.
Before buying a futon, make sure you measure out the space in your room so you know what size mattress will fit best when the futon is fully expanded. If you have a lot of other furniture in the room, make sure that if it is near the futon that it can easily be moved out of the way when the futon needs to be opened.
The most important thing to remember is that futon does not necessarily mean cheap. Yes, there are still the dorm style ones out there, but you also can get well-made, hand-crafted futons that cost a little more. As with everything in life, you get what you pay for. If you are willing to pay a little extra, you can get a futon that your family and friends will be impressed by and your overnight guests will love sleeping on. No one even has to know it is a futon.