It can be a couch, it can be a bed or a chair or a comfortable floor pad – there is, perhaps, no more versatile piece of furniture than the futon. However, you definitely want to make sure that you get the right piece for your home so you can use your futon to its best advantage! Here are a few things to consider.
It's easy to think of futons as a staple of a college student's dorm room, but futons can be incredibly useful in every home.
Futons, as opposed to mattresses or regular couch cushions, are known to hold their shape better over the long term, making them excellent choices for regularly used sitting rooms or even bedrooms.
Note that many futons will come in split sizes, meaning that the length of the futon will encompass a chair and an ottoman piece for reclining.
How to select the best futon frame?
The frame of the futon will go a long way towards making your futon look high-end or more practical. The most common materials for a futon frame are:
- Lacquered Metal: For an industrial look, aluminum or steel rods are bolted together for an easily collapsible frame. These frames are often lacquered and painted, meaning you can have it in any color you choose!
Wood: Whether you choose an easily available wood like maple or pine or go for a more exotic hardwood like mahogany or teak, wood exudes equal warmth, brings in a natural quality and adds to the elegance of the setup.
If you're thinking about placing your futon outside, even if it's going to be in a covered place, teak, with its natural waterproof qualities, is by far the best choice..
No matter the material, futon frames come in three formations: bifold, loveseat, and trifold.
- Bifold and trifold frames fold and extend to form a couch shape or a couch with extendable ottomans – they're a good choice if you see yourself storing and taking out your futon regularly.
- A loveseat frame is a more permanent couch frame option, typically made out of wood for aesthetic appeal.
A futon may not be the most attractive seating option, but if selected right, it will definitely be one of the most comfortable sleeping choices.