When searching for the perfect bed, several things come into mind: What size bed am I looking for? What size bed would be sufficient considering my room size? How do I know which bed is the best option for me? Can I just use a futon in place of an actual bed? There are just too many variables to consider, but if you break it down, the choice should become a bit clearer.
Although there are a million questions that could go through your mind, you really need to take the room size question into serious consideration. If you have a smaller room, apartment or house, odds are you’re going to need a relatively smaller bed. With beds like twins, platform and futons, it may be hard to choose which option would be the better one. Futons are great because they can easily double into a couch, saving you more money on a sitting area for guests, but are futons good to sleep on every night? We’ve compiled some useful information on the subject so you won’t feel totally kept in the dark on your next bed search. Keep reading to learn all about using futons as a main bed source.
What is a Futon?
A futon is a type of couch that can be folded out to use as a bed. Sought after for their convenience and affordability, a futon is a great piece of furniture for a small bedroom or living space. Since this versatile piece of furniture doubles into a bed, users can easily utilize it as a couch, daybed or an actual bed. The futon varies in size and material, but typically fold out via hinges on a wooden, metal or steel frame.
Most futons are incredibly easy to use, requiring only three to four steps to fold out to create a sleep space. The base is typically a structure that holds a series of wooden or metal slats where a large quilted mattress can lay upon. Although futons are known for their compact size, there are a varying amount of sizes on the market. Most of the standard futons come with the same type of mattress, however, typically made up to resemble a larger, flat pillow instead of an actual mattress. Although the futon does hold a support system for the quilted pillow, it won’t offer as much support as a standard mattress you’d find on a bed. Once the futon is folded, that quilted mattress doubles as a couch pillow since it’s propped up.
Benefits of Sleeping on a Futon Every Night
Some of the benefits of sleeping on a futon are, as stated before, the space. Futons are compact and can easily be folded into a couch or stored away, so if you have a smaller bedroom or apartment a futon could be your best bet in saving space.
— Easily Covered
Since futons are basically a giant quilted mattress on a wooden or metal frame, you can also easily cover the quilted pillow with a fitted sheet. Since there are virtually every color and design imaginable on fitted sheets, you can easily choose a fitted sheet that would match your décor color or style. If you wanted to go a step farther in making your futon resemble an actual bed, you could easily add another sheet, comforter and some throw pillows. Once the futon is spread out into the bed form, it could be hard to tell it’s even a futon instead of a real bed.
Affordability also plays a great factor in why some people prefer to sleep on futons instead of actual beds. Beds in general are expensive. Everything from the box spring to the mattress to the bedspread costs money, and if you want something extra or unique, it’s going to be more expensive. Since futons are small and fold out into a bed instead of coming as a bed, these are cheaper. Futons are lighter, come with less setup and are relatively simple in make. People find the affordability and ease of use especially satisfactory when shopping for futons.
Downsides to Sleeping on a Futon Every Night
Some of the downsides in using a futon as a bed every night is the comfortability. Since futons do spread out to form a mattress area to sleep on, the metal or wooden slats that hold the mattress up could be uncomfortable and can cause back pain problems. Unlike a couch that opens up into a bed that has that unrelenting metal beam in the middle, a futon contains a series of these in order to support adequate weight and not buckle. This could be uncomfortable for some, especially individuals with back issues or who prefer a firmer mattress.
Aside from the metal beams, a futon could also move around easier since it’s not as heavy as an actual bed. You’d need to make sure the futon is supported by a wall or side corner so that the futon doesn’t slip around each time someone gets in and out of it. This could also be prevented by making sure the futon is set upon a thick carpet or mat. A futon probably wouldn’t be the best option for children, since children can tend to be rough on furniture or jump on beds. Since a futon contains a series of slats and doesn’t have strength support like an actual bed, jumping on a futon could result in injury.
— Less Support
The mattress on a futon is also not as strong as a mattress you’d find on an actual bed. It is basically a giant quilted pillow, and although you can find futons with thicker mattresses, they will lose their firmness and shape over time. There have been complaints of a futon mattress bunching up and causing a restless sleep.
Overall, you’d need to assess your own sleeping needs before deciding whether or not a futon is the best option to be sleeping on every night. When it comes to sleep, it’s important to be comfortable enough to ensure the body rests and you wake up refreshed. If you have the space and the budget, I’d suggest only using a futon as a daybed in a guest bedroom or living room instead of using it as your prime bed source. I don’t think those metal or wooden slats would offer the kind of support the body needs, especially over a long period of time.
Futons seem like a convenient fix for a one night situation or when a surprise guest comes over and needs a place to sleep. Whatever the case may be, hopefully this article has helped you make a decision or at least steer you in the right direction. Everyone is different, so who knows, maybe sleeping on a futon each night would be enjoyable for you. It just depends on personal preference. Have any insight into the situation? Let us know in the comments your thoughts and experiences.