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Futon Beds Buying Guide
Futon…Sounds a bit intriguing, doesn’t it? What does a futon bed mean? Is it very different from other beds? What are the advantages? Disadvantages? Should one go for it? Is it to one’s needs, taste, and space? If yes, what should be the criteria for buying a futon bed? What are the options available? The questions are endless. This blog will demystify futon beds and assist in selecting the best futon bed for you. Read on…
What are Futon Beds?
The futon bed originates from Japan, where they are traditionally part of Japanese homes. A futon is a special mattress, made exclusively of materials of natural origin. They are of low height, about 35 – 40 cm including frame and mattress. Futon beds help you relax and improve your posture. They are less bulky than a regular mattress, modern, stylish, quick and easy to operate, low maintenance and affordable. Futons also have a significant health aspect as the mattress surface is firm and gives proper spine support.
Futon beds are functional and multi-purpose. Futons with a frame are similar to sofa beds. They double up as both a bed and a sofa, thereby saving you space. However, a sofa bed is more refined and looks like a proper sofa when pushed back in. Whereas in a futon, the folding mattress itself functions as both sofa and bed, using a simple mechanism, giving a more stripped-back appearance. Futons are now increasingly popular for performing yoga too, owing to their weight, firmness, rigidity and flexibility.
Types of Futon Beds
Futon Beds can be largely categorised into foldable and non-foldable and come as single futon beds or double.
Fold-out Sofa Futons – These futon beds are equipped with a practical mechanism, allowing the folded futon to be quickly transformed into an ordinary bed without any effort. A typical futon bed in a minimalist style, it is made of wood with a design that resembles a park bench with a backrest, and the mattress rests on it.
Foldable futon beds are either bi-fold or tri-fold. A bi-fold futon bed folds the mattress in half whereas a tri-fold futon bed folds the mattress into thirds. A bi-fold futon bed is thicker and provides more support than a tri-fold futon bed mattress. So, if your primary purpose for the futon bed is for sleeping, then a bi-fold mattress is a better choice.
The main advantage of a foldable futon bed is its multifunctionality as both a sofa and a bed. It fits perfectly into small rooms and guest rooms and is a great option for children’s rooms as well. The assembly is simple, and the bed is comfortable.
Non-foldable Futon Beds – As the name suggests, these futon beds cannot be folded and are used mainly as a bed for sleeping. However, the nature of a futon bed assures you a pleasant and restful sleep, if you have the right futon bed and the right mattress for it. These futon beds are reliable, flat and with good shock absorption. They are cosy and comfortable and ecologically pure, usually made of cotton or wool as mattress filler with the frame made of natural wood. However, they are minimalistic and of low height. So, it completely depends on your taste whether this kind of style suits you.
Factors for Choosing Futon Beds
Size – Consider how much space you have in your bedroom before you choose the ideal futon bed size. The single futon bed size usually ranges from (90-140cm)x(185-200cm). The double futon bed is usually (135-160cm)x(185-200cm) in dimension. Measure the space available in your room and the direction in which the bed will be aligned, keeping in mind where your door opens, before choosing the size of the futon bed.
Colour – Futon beds being traditionally of Japanese origin, the colours tend to be in natural tones of brown, beige, white, grey or black. The colour schemes are simple and austere, and natural fabrics like silk or cotton are suitable for the bed linen.
Slatted frame – Attention must also be given to the slatted frame for the individual construction of the futon beds. Owing to their low height, the ground clearance is limited. Ensure that the slatted frame doesn’t hit the ground while using the bed. Check for a combination of mattress and slatted frame in an optimum thickness.
Headboard – Futon beds come with and without headboards. Usually, the headboards are directly connected to the futon bed, but at times, they also come separately. Headboards are suitable for reading in bed. The futon beds without headboards make for a cosy room, and are popular in modern, minimalist interiors.
Stability – One must gauge the futon bed for stability and know the maximum load that it is capable of bearing. If the surface area of the futon bed is larger, it is more stable as the weight of the person sleeping on it is more evenly distributed.
All in all, futon beds are ideal for people who like things fuss free and want a good value proposition. The added health advantages and natural, minimal look also makes it a perfect choice for modern interiors.