The 9 Most Popular Types of Futons

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When it comes to futons, there are a lot of different factors to consider before you can pick the one that is the right size and style for you. If you want to consider all of the different types of futons and their aspects before you choose one for your home, here’s everything you need to know the most popular types of futons and their elements.

The frame

The futon frame is the most basic element of the futon and what defines its style and functionality. Deciding on the right frame will largely depend on what your futon is going to be used for. If it is more often going to be used as a bed than a couch, comfort while lying down and size of the overall bed might be more important considerations than style and comfort while sitting up. On the other hand, if the futon is going to be used more often as a seat, style and shape while sitting up might be more important.

The mattress

The futon mattress is what makes both the cushion for while the futon is acting as a seat, and the actually mattress for when the futon is acting as a bed. There are lots of different futon mattress to choose from, but your goal should be to find one that is as comfortable as it is durable.

The cover

The cover is for the mattress and this cover usually comes in a range of colors and patterns, depending on what frame you select and what size and loft of mattress you choose. You could even get a variety of different covers so you can switch out your style for washing or simply to adjust your room’s appearance.

1. Bifold frames

One of the most common types of futons is the bi-fold frame. In this design, the mattress is folded, usually in half, along its length. This design is often preferable to others because the futon looks the most like a couch when it is set up, but also provides plenty of comfort and versatility when laid out to be used as a bed. It is also possible to find futons in this type that range from single to queen sizes.

2. The loveseat

Did you know that there are actually loveseat futons? These are often two piece designs that can be easily incorporated into small spaces, often with footrests that make them as comfortable to lounge in as they are to sleep on.

3. Trifold frames

If you have a small space that you still want to incorporate a futon into, a trifold frame is a great option. It allows you to still have a large mattress, but by folding it in thirds, instead of just in half, you have a smaller seat, while still having plenty of room on the bed when the futon is lying flat.

4. Wooden frames

Wood is one of the most popular choices for futon frames, simply because it is inexpensive, durable, and can be stained or painted to match just about any room’s décor. Solid wood can look as awesome in modern offices as they do in traditional bedrooms. All you have to do is find a color and construction style that matches your specific needs. Look for futon frames that are constructed out of solid wood, instead of just being constructed out of particle board.

5. Metal frames

Metal frames are a great option for those that want a futon solution that is as lightweight as it is stylish. This makes the futon portable, which is great for instances when you might need to move the futon into another room, or simply when the futon is likely to be routinely converted from a bed to a seat, and back again. This type of futon is usually more utilitarian in style than wooden frames, but if that is the style of your space, they can be perfect.

6. Traditional frames

Many buyers will look for futons that as closely resemble standard sofas or loveseats as possible. If this is the type of futon that you want, look for traditional futons. These will generally have arms and will either come with the mattress actually attached to the frame, or with a cover that makes the mattress and the frame match perfectly.

7. Armless frames

These are probably the most common of the many types of futons, simply because it is the most functional. While it will also be more obvious that it is a futon, there is more room for sitting and when being used as a bed, it will also be more comfortable.

8. Loungers

Loungers are less common than other types of futons, but they have many advantages. For example, they allow the user to adjust half of the futon to a range of different heights, making the seat as ideal for lounging (hence the name), as it is for sitting and sleeping. These will often have several reclining options, ranging from fully flat to perfectly upright.

9. The bunk bed

If you have a small space that you want to be able to use as a bed for guests and a seat, while also having a dedicated bed, all while occupying the same amount of space, a bunk bed futon is the right option for you. On top, you have a bed, while underneath, you have a futon that can be used both as a seat and as a bed, when the fancy strikes!

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