Are you stuck in the past thinking a futon sofa bed is just a thing for college students? Well, welcome to the present, where futons are regaining their popularity for their affordable versatility.
Tiny house concepts are trending. Tiny house owner and author/Illustrator Hannah Leigh Doss even just published a charming new children’s picturebook about hers! People are seeking to minimalize the things crowding their homes. And tidy home activists are seeking only functional items in their space that “spark joy.”
Re-enter: the futon.
Futon mattresses were first used in Japan as an efficient solution for small-space living situations. These original mattresses were easy to roll up and store out-of-the-way during the day and roll out into a bed for the night. The genius functionality and portability of this furniture piece made other cultures begin to take notice and develop their own versions.
The modern futon is affordable, versatile, comfortable, and stylish, and comes in handy when entertaining extra guests. We love them, and are here with reasons why you should, too!
Here are 6 reasons why you should have a futon sofa bed in your home:
A futon sofa bed is two pieces of furniture in one: a sofa and a bed. And it costs less than either of its counterparts on its own.
So if you are starting out life on your own in a new place and trying to save money on furniture, a futon sofa bed is a great choice. It will save you the cost of having to buy an extra piece of furniture, and a futon is generally cheaper than either a standard sofa or having to buy a bed, bedframe, and a mattress combo.
A futon is also an excellent affordable option if you are fitting up a guest room. It minimizes the amount of furniture needed for the space and reduces the cost of outfitting the extra room.
A futon sofa bed is the ultimate versatile and space-saving furniture piece.
If you have ever lived in a small space, you understand the need for space-saving solutions. And no furniture piece performs better at this than a futon. A futon will optimize your square-footage by cutting out the need for an extra piece of furniture entirely. And since it folds up into half its size when converting from bed to sofa, it saves more space during the day than a standard bed and makes it easier to walk around.
A futon is great for small spaces such as a small studio apartment or a tiny house. It’s also a great way to make a home office double as a guest room. It is also lighter and easier to move when rearranging and is more simple to convert than a standard sofabed.
Many even come with other space-saving features such as drawers and storage spaces underneath. This can save you from needing to purchase other furniture pieces for that purpose, as well as save you space and clutter in your home.
A futon sofa bed is the perfect furniture piece to have for entertaining and overnight guests.
If you live in a one-bedroom place and have a standard bed, a futon is an excellent choice to have in your living room instead of a standard sofa. You will use it as a sofa day-to-day, but it will really come in handy when a family member or friend swings through town and needs a place to stay.
The same can be said if you have a friend over to Netflix binge your favorite show together, and you’ve clicked “continue watching” well into the night. There will be no need to send them out to drive home exhausted on the sketchy roads at night if you can use your futon to whip up an impromptu place for them to sleep for the night. Keep them from crashing on the road by giving them a place to crash in your living room.
Some futons also come equipped with neat features such as pull-out cup holders which are great for entertaining. Some are also designed to be able to be half up/half down to accommodate different comfort levels. So one person can lay down and lounge while another can sit upright.
A futon sofa bed is by nature a minimalistic piece of furniture, and therefore stylish.
Minimalism as an approach to home decor has been around since the early ‘90s and has remained a major design style ever since due to its timeless themes and the feel it achieves. A futon is the ultimate minimalist furniture piece. It is multifunctional and streamlined and actually creates space and functionality by being present in a room.
There are so many styles, colors, textures, and looks of futons available to match any style of home decor.
Another significant feature of futons is the ability to update the look of your futon simply by updating the cover. So if you are redecorating your space with a whole new overhaul of colors and textures, no need to go out and break your decorating budget with new furniture. Simply switch out your used futon cover with a new one to match the fresh decor, and you’re all set! And you probably saved a ton of money, too.
But is a futon sofa bed even comfortable? That’s a big YES!
Futons used to have a bad reputation for being uncomfortable. A futon by design needs to be able to fold and unfold as needed. So in the past, futon mattresses were mostly filled simply with cotton. Over time, this caused the mattress to become hard and lumpy as the cotton shifted and compressed within its frame. This gave them a leg up over sleeping on the floor but put them in a category as only acceptable for college students when it comes to everyday sleeping.
But modern futons can now be just as comfortable as a standard mattress, making them super cozy to both sit and sleep on. With updated research and improvements in design, a futon mattress can incorporate cotton and polyester blends, foam layers, and even memory foam layers to hold their shape and comfort. This makes them suitable and enjoyable for everyday sleeping – even for adults!
Are you considering adding a futon to your home furniture? Give your sleep experts here at Quality Sleep Shops a call or come stop by our shop and we’d love to help you find the perfect piece for your home!
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