Best Futons for Apartments


Best Futons for Apartments

Eva R. Marienchild · Jan 4, 2016

Living room decorated with plants and lanterns

You have only so many sleep options when you have a studio or single-room apartment. You can either go with a fold-out sofa bed, a day bed or a futon. (Air mattresses fall under the temporary bed category, when you need the floor space during the day.)

Of course, you can move a full, king, queen or twin size bed into your apartment, but you won’t be able to use it as a room divider – these regular beds aren’t meant to be modular.

And you won’t be able to move the bed around as you might wish to do. A futon’s more flexible. Yes, it’s heavy, but its heaviness is distributed across the width and length of the piece, and it can be pushed or prodded around quite easily. It’s designed for simple opening and closing.

Futons Are Flexible

Because of this, and for other reasons, futons are the hands-down favorite of many veteran apartment dwellers.

Futons have a chameleon-like capacity to function as multiple pieces: a sturdy sofa, a back-friendly recliner, a comfy and roomy bed, a room divider and even a sleek storage unit. (Flip an afghan or silk wrap or scarf on it when it’s closed and you’ve even got an art statement.)

When you live in an apartment, you lead a streamlined sort of existence –no doubt about it. With a futon, you can truly make the most of the space where this flexible piece of furniture is “parked”, while keeping your ambiance nice and minimalistic.

Futons on Bare Floors

So which futons should you look at? One you can open and close with ease, for sure.

The only issue with futons is that, if you have a hardwood floor, you have to watch that you don’t let the full weight of the futon slip from your grip so that, well, you know: CA-CHUNK! Some futons are easier to open and close than others. Do a few practice openings and closings at the store before bringing your futon home.

Too, you can choose from futons made from metal or wood. Again, this is a difference which might influence how easy they are to open and close. Go through the motions at the store.

The CA-CHUNK solution: if you’re careful to let the futon fall gently into place, perhaps on a thick area rug, you’ll absorb most of the noise. Or simply leave the futon in one position.

Selecting Your Futon Mattress

Remember that you’re buying a convertible bed with maybe a storage unit. However, you have every right to expect that the mattress will be firm – futon mattresses are not squishy-soft with huge coils and lots of air in between. They’re densely packed and offer great back support.

Traditionally known as a Japanese bed, futons mattresses MAY seem thin at first, but this is because they’re compact; their stuffing compressed.

Because there’s not all that air in the cushion, there’s less movement going on while you’re sleeping. It’s the complete opposite of a feather or goose down mattress, with lumps and “squishiness”… or a waterbed. The mattress doesn’t “conform” to your position.

Here are the four types of futon mattresses:

All cotton;

Inner spring;

Foam and cotton;


You’ll remember that I mentioned that there were no huge coils. Then why the Inner spring in some mattresses? Most owners find that these inner coils are discretely placed for additional support; they are not obvious when one lies down on a futon.

Moving With Your Futon

Ask a mover the weight of a futon and s/he will quote you in the 350 to 400 lbs range. (Yep. They’re that heavy and you can STILL prod ‘em around with ease.)

When you need to move, remove the full-length mattress or lumpy mattress – the futon “innards”. It’s all one flexible piece which you can roll up quite easily and secure. (There is usually a one-piece cotton cover with a zipper around one length of the futon. You can leave that on.)

Tie or tape the top and bottom so it doesn’t uncurl as you’re moving it. Don’t try to move the futon with the mattress. It’ll be harder to move and harder to get the futon to fit through doorways.

Also, determine which position will enable you to move the futon frame in and out of door openings with the least amount of trouble: flat, in the open or bed position, or folded in the sofa position. Tie or tape it in that position so it doesn’t fold in on itself. In this manner, you’ll find that the futon can be moved in and out of apartments and up and down ramps and steps quicker and easier.

Many pieces of day furniture double as night-time furniture, but they’re not all futons! When you’ve got a futon, you’re apt to have a good-looking, fashionable piece that is comfortable and quite versatile.

Remember, think positively!



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