By Gretchen Arnold. Futon. Published at Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 - 16:52:47 PM.
If you want a piece of furniture that is lightweight, functional, and reasonably priced, a futon is just right for you. Whether you will be furnishing an efficiency apartment in a city or installing one in a living room or den that you can then use as a guest room, using a futon is a great way to add extra space to anywhere you live. Here are some of the main benefits to owning a futon. The first main benefit to owning a futon is that it is functional and saves a lot of space. During the day you can use a futon as a sofa, or even a chair so that you have room to sit and watch TV, read a book, or do any number of other activities. At night, the futon turns into a bed, making any room into a bed room. This is great for dorm rooms and studio apartments, where space is limited, but also for homes, where you can use them as a place where friends and family can sleep for the night.
What kind of futon mattress should you get? If you get a single futon bed, the frame and mattress will probably come together. Mattresses sold in Western countries will usually be softer than those found in Japan, but they will still feel firm to people who have slept on soft mattresses all their lives. Buying a very cheap single futon is a bad idea as the mattress is likely to be somewhat flimsy, as is the frame. If you‘re lucky enough to find a store that specializes in selling futon mattresses (and they do exist), do check out their selection. These stores often carry a wide array of futons with different fillings, with several layers of cotton and foam sandwiched to provide a person‘s ideal level of support. The more expensive futons will be thicker and have more filling, but don‘t assume that bigger is better here. The thinner ones will likely provide better support and be less expensive as well.
More often than not, the futon is a functional, low-budget addition to the family room. Because of its multi-functional role it also serves to consolidate space. Space savings like this are necessary for smaller apartments and houses that are looking to optimize their space. Although this is a modern understanding of the utility of the futon, the futon has become synonymous in some production lines with the mattress, utterly negating its history.
When buying a futon there are few considerations, the foremost being where you want to place the futon. If the answer is living room, then you need to look for a sofa bed futon which can be comfortable both during the day and night. One needs to first understand that a futon is actually a cotton padded mattress used for sleeping either on the floor or on a raised frame. After choosing the right kind of mattress, select a base frame which is convenient for folding and unfolding. For a full size futon, bi-fold frame style is the best. As the bi-fold frame utilizes the longer length of the mattress, it folds the mattress only once, providing a larger seating and sleeping space. But no matter how you sleep or sit and whether you‘re after a bed or a sofa, it‘s important that the futon sits on a slatted frame.
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