Last Updated: June 04, 2018.
Futons can be a great space saver as one of many pieces of furniture with multiple functions. They can look great and seat guests during the day as a sofa, and at night they can be converted to lounging for watching your favorite shows and movies or for sleep. If you’re looking for something that can do it all, futons are right for you. But what exactly makes a great futon? In this article, we look at shopping considerations for a good futon and our top recommendations for the perfect futon for you.
What’s So Great About Futons?
We found the appeal of futons to be practical it is as a multi-functional piece of furniture. There are many designs and styles available, and can complement most room designs while being extra useful. Here are a few ways futons can be used:
- For welcoming guests and seating
- A center-piece conversation starter
- Lounging for binge watching shows and movies
- For fun, amorous activities like sex
- As an extra bed for overnight guests
- Great for dorm rooms and tight spaces
Whatever the use case you have in mind, its no wonder futons are attracting attention for those who want to furnish their home.
What Makes A Great Futon?
Has a style that suits your needs. No futon looks great without a style that complement the space its in. Aside from choosing the right color scheme that matches the other furnitures, we want to look at the room and futon at a high level: Is it modern-contemporary? Perhaps we want a mid-century feel? Or maybe the classic futon look with a replaceable mattress on top? Whether you want a good looking sofa bed or a highly practical one, it’s worth considering what style you want your guests and yourself to see. We also want a futon that looks great with several color schemes available to give you and other shoppers more choices to choose from.
Has a size that fits your space. A futon that won’t fit, won’t sit. It’s important that we look for a futon that dimensions that fit in the area that we have in mind for the piece of furniture. Aside from the dimensions in a upright sofa seating setting, we may want to consider the dimensions of the space behind the futon for lounging and sleeping if we intend to use it often. Most futons sleep a single person, as a full-size bed. This means when the futon is set in a flat position, we are looking at dimensions of 54″ x 75″ minimum, excluding the frame. It is worth noting that this does differ from futon to futon, as some may be built for sleeping, others may take up less space and be smaller in size when laid flat.
Has arms that can be lowered. Some of our recommended futons have arm rests that may or may not be adjustable. This does take away some seating space in exchange for better appearance and style. However, you might want the maximum amount of space usage so for futons with arm rests, you might be interested in knowing they can be put down and laid flat for lounging and sleeping. Please be weary that the arms of futons may or may not have enough support for seating for heavier individuals. If the arms when laid out does rest on the frame, you should be able to sit comfortably without worrying about the part of the futon collapsing.
Has a mattress that can be replaced. If you are looking for sleep and want to use your futon for a very long time, then we want to look out for frames and futon sets with a detached mattress on top. Being able to replace your mattress will be important as over time and daily use, sagging may begin to occur. The sagging can cause aches and pains by putting your body in awkward positions. Aside from a mattress that can be replaced, you may be interested in a futon frame and futon mattress size that can let you sleep comfortably throughout the night.
Comfortable for sitting, lounging, and sleep. It goes without saying that a futon has to feel great for use. We did our research on selecting the best futons for you to choose from by looking at what others have to say about the product. If it sits, lounge, and sleeps well, then the futon is good to go! Futons are mostly firm for comfortable seating. The firmness also ensures the surface can maintain its shape for a longer period of time.
The weight might be important. If you find yourself moving your futon frequently, for example pushing up against a wall and then pulling it out, we might want to consider how much the futon weighs. Aside from lifting it up the stairs and setting the furniture where you want it to be, without a moving buddy, the futon might be impossible to move on your own. If you intend to move the futon often, then we want to be considerate of its weight. Most futons weigh around 100 pounds, but the more sturdier wooden framed futons can be 150 pounds and up.
Reviews of the Best Futons
The DHP Emily Futon is one of our favorite and most popular best selling futons on Amazon. The Emily Futon comes with a modern design with chrome metal legs that can match well with most modern room design.
It can easily be converted from sitting to lounging and sleep, with frames attached to the futon cushions for easy interchanging. We find the Emily’s split-back change to be a great feature that allows you to lounge and sit for whatever occasion to whatever preference you choose.
It’s many styles of faux leather and linen colors available is no joke to choose from, with different style chairs also available.
The Mainstay is another top best seller on the market, with durable plastic legs attached to the memory foam futon for support. The frame comes wooden, with a futon mattress made from memory foam and recycled foam stuffing for cushioned support and pressure relieving comfort.
The cover provides a thick and luxious plush suede fabric that gives the futon durability and high-quality feel. With its split-seat design and fold-up-able arms, you can easily convert this futon from a pleasant sofa to a comfort bed.
The Mainstay Futon is available in three styles.
The Dillian Futon is a high-class luxury faux leather futon that uses tapered legs for a relaxed, modern look. The futon is mounted onto its sturdy wooden frame for durability, and can be converted into multiple positions for sitting, sleeping, and lounging.
The faux leather provides a durable surface that is resistant to wrinkles and offer a luxury feel. It’s also available in two styles: vanilla and tan.
Its gray model uses a microfiber upholstery for a softer plush feel, and can be found here.
The Brittany Futon is a stylish futon that uses a ribbed turfted cushioned back with polyester and foam filling for comfort. The linen upholstery comes in several styles that feels great and welcoming soft for guests.
The futon mattress is attached to a slanted oak colored wooden frame construction for sturdy and stable support. With its split-back easy change, guests can comfortably sit, lounge, or sleep on this classy futon.
The Novagratz is shipped in one box for your convenience and ease of transporting. It is also easy to assemble, and has a maximum weight limit of 600 lbs.
The Best Choice Entertainment Futon is a unique style futon, with a center middle armrest that can be folded down with 2 cup holders for guests. Lifted up, the futon can become a three-seater for guests.
This popular futon comes as a luxury black tufted faux leather upholstery fabric cover, with seats attached to four modern chrome-metal legs. The faux leather provides a cozy comfort, style, and multifunctional design. This modern-contemporary piece is a perfect complement to any home and perfect for binge-watching your favorite shows or movies.
The futon is easily put together and can be dismantled with minimal effort, with a base that has a zip compartment for storing legs and hardware for assembly. It also has a maximum weight capacity of 500 lbs.
The Better Homes & Gardens Futon is a reliable, bulky, and superior comfort futon available on the market. With solid wood arms and a sturdy metal frame, you won’t find a more durable and long-lasting futon set.
The mattress is a full-size sleeper, made with soft twill weaving cover for an amazingly soft touch. The futon mattress is made with 8 inches of independently encased coils that can easy bend for the futon to become a seating area for home guests while providing a familiar and welcoming comfortable bounce.
The futon frame comes as a very elegant wooden finish, with metal mattress stoppers to hold the futon mattress in place and a mini-shelf to hold magazines along its side for convenient access. This warm welcoming futon is easy to assemble with a weight limit of 600 lbs, and is available in four mattress cover styles.
Here we have another Best Choice modern-contemporary style futon. It uses a soft-touch microfiber cover for a comfortable and lush feel while sitting, lounging, or sleeping. A wide design, this cozy futon is wide and sleek, allowing up to three guests for seating.
The futon mattress attached to its tapered legs offer 6 inches of soft padding even kids can enjoy. Fully functional bed and seating, this futon can be perfect for guest bedrooms, studio apartments, dorm rooms, playrooms, and any other living areas where saving space is important.
The DHP Lodge Futon is a neat and subtle design futon bed that offer a beautiful lush padded seating perfect for sitting, lounging, and sleeping. This futon is perfect for small space, adding a modern and welcoming feel to any room.
It is easy to assemble, with no tools necessary, and is sturdy supported with tapered legs and a metal framework within for support. It can support a weight limit of 600 lbs. The upholster is made touch soft microfiber and is available in four different styles and color.
The Homegear Futon is a simple and modern style small futon that uses a faux leather holstery for an appeal complementary for most homes. It is highly durable and low-maintenance, with minimal assembly required. The futon is attached to a wooden frame with black plastic sofa feets to support seated guests.
The Homegear Futon has three positions available and can be set as a sofa, a bed, or a recliner for an enjoyable evening of lounging. The legs are nicely compact into a zippered pocket inside the bottom of the futon for easy pull out and assembly. It can support a weight limit of up to 220 lbs.
The DHP Euro Futon is a loveseat-style sofa with a modern flavor subtle tuft upholstery and chrome legs. This futon is built for compactness suitable for small space living. The back-rest provides a comfortable cushion with pocketed arm rests for storage that can be lowered for lounging and a comfortable single sleeper.
The futon is built onto a wooden frame for reliable, solid durability. It is also available in four different upholstery styles.
The Divano Roma Two Tone Splitback Futon is a modern and sleek futon with a very accent two-tone color for making a strong statement in whichever room its in. Built as a split back and comes with two accompanying cylinder pillows, this soft velvet upholster with white-stitched borders is a conversation starter that is accommodating and welcoming for any guests.
The futon uses six dark wood finished leg to be screwed into the futon, with thick cushioned padding making sleep, lounging, and sitting extremely comfortable.
This super powered pillow-like Allegra Futon makes for a welcoming sight with any guests. Made with pillow top cushions using foam, we find pressure relieving plush surface great for both loungers and sleepers.
The Allegra Futon uses a wooden frame construction that is wrapped with luxury padding and lush-feeling microfiber blend covers that feel so good, you can’t stop touching it. A very cute and comfy futon, it is easy to assemble with screw-on legs and velcro pouch inside the bottom of the futon for storing the screws. It can be easily converted into a sofa, lounger, and full-size bed for overnight guests.
The Aria Futon is another popular DHP-brand futon couch, with its modern tufted white faux leather upholstery that compliments any clean white spaces and rooms. With a wooden frame and tapered legs, the Aria can be easily converted to a lounger, sleeper, and sofa reliably.
With its small size and modern appearance, this futon can style any office space, living room area, and apartment while being great for an overnight guest.
Last, but not least, we come back to a Divano Roma brand with this Bonded Leather Futon with Nailhead trim along the base of the sofa. This beautifully tufted design with nailhead trim provide a sophisticated yet traditional appearance of a typical modern sofa. Its split-style functionality makes for a comfortable two-seater for lounging and sitting.
The bonded leather provides a very durable and low maintenance surface, with cushioned support for both the back and for sitting. The sofa comes with two leather colors and uses wooden legs. The Bonded Leather Futon by Divano Roma is a modern mid-century futon that can add style to many modern living space.