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Futons and Convertible Sofas
A futon, also called a convertible sofa, is a type of daytime sofa that can be converted into a bed for sleeping. In a futon, the cushions that make up the ‘sofa’ function are the same cushions that make up the ‘bed’ function. While no cushions or pieces are removed to achieve the ‘conversion,’ many futons come with adjustable designs that allow you to expand the seating area into a more spacious area for sleeping (and collapse the sleeping area into a more compact area for seating).
Types of Futons
- Futon chairs: Many modern futon and convertible sofa chairs come with ‘foldable’ designs in both the backrest and the seat. This allows the chair’s seat to be folded out to form a chaise – and the chaise’s backrest to be pushed down to form a full bed.
- Futon sofas: While futon and convertible sofas come in a variety of shapes, sizes and designs, one of the most common features of futon sofas is the adjustable backrest – wherein the entire backrest can be folded down so that the futon takes the form of a bed.
- Futon chaises: In a futon chaise, the ‘starting position’ of the futon takes the form of a chaise – a kind of ‘extended’ lounge chair. To convert the chaise into a bed, a futon chaise will come with a backrest that can be positioned so that it bends completely back, extending the length of the futon and creating a flat sleeping surface.
Futons Designed for Quality Sleep
Because you will be using your futon for sleeping, make sure to look for futons that are equipped with the same comfort and support technologies that you would look for in a regular mattress. Cozy cushions, combined with a system of encased coils – individually pocketed for targeted pressure-relief – will be sure to provide the ergonomic support and comfort needed for quality sleep.
Modern Styles of Futons
While each futon style will differ from model to model, one of the most popular design features of modern futons is tufted upholstery. Usually incorporated across the backrest of the futon, tufted upholstery – knitted with or without buttons – creates a sleek aesthetic that can be incorporated into almost every style of design.
To learn more about the history of the futon and the differences between the futon, sofa bed and other types of furniture, check out What Is a Futon?
Futon Types and Features
Futon sofa bed varieties feature a smaller size as compared to sofa beds, designed to fit into smaller spaces, such as bedrooms and home offices. Most futon sets simply open up to reveal more seating/sleeping space; the extension is simply an extension of the seating and not necessarily a mattress. (Futon mattresses are available – though not as common.)
Along with living room futon couches, there is also the sleeper sofa – and yes, there is a difference between the two. While a futon frame is most commonly a lounge design (essentially an extendable seat and not a bed mattress per se), sleeper sofas will feature a distinct mattress. Choose a futon if you want the space to relax and sleep when needed; choose a sleeper sofa if you want the space plus a mattress.
Another feature worth noting is material: in terms of inside cushioning, foam futons are most common, and in terms of futon covers, fabric is most common. As with all furniture types, there are variations to be found: microfiber futons, faux leather futons, leather futons, innerspring futons and more are also available for those with different material and comfort preferences.
When shopping for futons, there is also size to take into consideration! In terms of sizes, the sofa size is the most common, but note the loveseat versions, designed to seat two instead of the more common three. Choose this size if you want to save space and/or don’t need to seat as many people on a regular basis.
Can Futons Recline?
Most futons cannot recline, as the mechanisms required for reclining are not compatible with the mechanism required for sleeper mattresses. However, there are simple hacks you can try to make your futon cozier and more reclining-like – such as placing a footrest at the edge of it! (There’s also no rule that says you can’t place a real recliner right next to a futon – so that if and when you feel the need to recline, you’re just a seat away!)