Futon mattresses originated in Japan and are quite different from what we would find at furniture stores in America. The futon mattresses used in Japan are thin and are made to be laid out on the floor solely for sleeping on. Because of the smaller spaces in apartments and houses in Japan, futons were conveniently designed to be folded up and stored away when not in use. Futons are still often used there, being the primary choice over a bed frame and mattress.
When we think of a futon in America, the picture conjured up is that of a much bigger piece of furniture, quite different in design than that of the traditional Japanese futon. American futons are bigger and are multifunctional. They are often used as a couch, as a lounger, and as a bed. They also range in size and style. The versatility of a futon makes it a good purchase, especially for those who live in smaller apartments.
If you are thinking about buying a futon mattress, here are some tips to keep in mind as you consider the purchase. These tips will ensure you find the right futon for your wants and needs.
1. Think about the Comfort
While, initially, futons were mostly cotton-filled and made to fit on a thinner metal frame, futons now differ in material and vary in size. The material of the mattress is important to note in order to determine how comfortable it will be.
Cotton-filled mattresses are softer and will likely need to be flipped often to stay comfortable. Polyester or memory foam, however, will retain their shape for a longer period of time. They’re also a good idea if the mattress will be used alternatively as a couch and as a bed.
2. Think about the Space
You don’t want to buy a futon only to find that it doesn’t fit in your room. Think about where it will be placed in a room, take accurate measurements of the space, and then browse futons online or in the store. This way, you can narrow down your search to the most appropriate selection.
Don’t forget to consider that futons pull out, so make sure you have the space for that as well.
3. Think about the Design
You want the futon to fit the general aesthetic of your home. Because futons are versatile, they can be used as a couch as well as a bed. When not being used as a bed, you don’t want it to stick out awkwardly. Choose a frame that fits with the rest of your furniture.
4. Think about the Use
It’s important to consider how often you intend to u use the futon as a bed. This is essential to consider, especially for budgeting reasons. You want to look for a hardier futon if it’ll be used very often. Foam-filled mattresses, for example, are solid and will not lose their shape. They are also a better option if the futon will be used often as a couch as well. Cotton-filled mattresses, on the other hand, will wear much faster.
5. Think about the Durability
If you think you’ll only have the futon for a short amount of time and don’t intend on moving it from one place to another, you can settle for a less expensive futon. If the futon will be moved from one house to another, or even from one spot in your home to another, it would make sense to invest in a hardier, more durable futon.
You don’t want to have to keep buying new furniture. Get a mattress that is light and flexible enough to be maneuverable from one room to another.