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The Best Futons - Buyer's Guide

Candace Osmond

The last time you slept on a futon might have been in college, or whenever you stayed over at a friend’s house. Do you recall your opinion of it then? If you swore off futons because your only memory of them is that metal bar in your back, it’s time to take another look. Futons today are more stylish, more comfortable, and just as versatile and affordable as they were back in the day. Here are our current favorites.

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#1

DHP Novogratz Brittany Futon

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  • Weight: 84 lbs
  • Dimensions: 81.5″ D x 34.5″ W x 31.5″ H
  • Materials: Cotton, polyester fiber, foam
  • Firmness: Extra firm
#2

Mercury Row Benitez Convertible Sofa

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  • Weight: 102.5 lbs
  • Dimensions: 33.5″ D x 76″ W x 34″ H
  • Materials: Innerspring coil, faux leather, wood
  • Firmness: Medium
#3

Divano Roma Futon

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  • Weight: 130 lbs
  • Dimensions: 32″ D x 76″ W x 32″ H
  • Materials: Linen, Wood, Metal
  • Firmness: Firm
#4

DHP Emily Futon with Chrome Legs

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  • Weight: 72.5 lbs
  • Dimensions: 34″ D x 71″ W x 32″ H
  • Materials: Linen, Velvet, Faux Leather, Chrome
  • Firmness: Firm
#5

DHP Twin-Over Futon

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  • Weight: 107 lbs
  • Dimensions: 78″ D x 54.5″ W x 72.5″ H
  • Materials: Metal
  • Firmness: N/A
#6

 

Best Choice Products Faux Leather Folding Futon

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  • Weight: 72 lbs
  • Dimensions: 30.5″ D x 65.25″ W x 31″ H
  • Materials: Alloy steel (frame), artificial leather (futon)
  • Firmness: Medium
#7

Serta Rane Convertible Sofa Bed

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  • Weight: 53.7 lbs
  • Dimensions: 33.1″ D x 66.1″ W x 29.5″ H
  • Materials: Wood, polyester upholstery
  • Firmness: Medium
#8

Etta Avenue Katherine Square Arm Sleeper

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  • Weight: 88 lbs
  • Dimensions: 21.65” D x 62.99” W x 15.35” H
  • Materials: Wood (frame), polyester upholstery
  • Firmness: Firm

The Best Futons

1. Editor’s Choice – DHP Novogratz Brittany Futon

SPECS

  • Weight: 84 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 81.5 x 34.5 x 31.5 inches
  • Materials: Cotton, polyester fiber, foam
  • Firmness: Extra firm

Not all futons are metal bars and flimsy cushions, and this model gets high ratings from those who own it and love it. The DHP Novogratz Brittany futon is best described as mid-century modern in design. It’s low to the ground, has clean, sharp lines, but also a bit of rounded edges in the upholstered sections. The linen material is a bit stiff, but durable.

The mattress itself is quite stiff and firm, so it’s good for back sleepers. You may notice the dip where the futon folds when you lay it flat to sleep on, but this is a generous size for a futon – more of a full than a twin – so you could sleep on one side if you’re an average-sized adult. Although it cannot hold more than one adult for sleeping, really, it does offer a high weight limit of 600 pounds, but it’s more for the couch position. As is the case with any upholstered furniture, it’s spot clean only, so you can’t remove the cover to clean in a washing machine. It’s an all-in-one piece that doesn’t require you to purchase a frame separately, and it offers a variety of positions, from flat to tilted to upright. The arms do not lay flat, though.

Pros

  • Mid-century modern design
  • All-in-one piece
  • Sturdy – 600-lb. weight capacity
  • Affordable
  • 1 year limited manufacturer warranty

Cons

  • Spot clean only
  • May be too firm

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2. Runner Up – Mercury Row Benitez Faux Leather Convertible Sofa

SPECS

  • Weight: 102.5 lbs
  • Dimensions: 33.5″ H x 76″ W x 34″ D
  • Materials: Innerspring coil, faux leather, wood
  • Firmness: Medium

It may be labeled a “convertible sofa,” but it’s still a futon. This sleek-looking sofa is smaller than a regular couch, but not quite as tiny as a loveseat. You can easily fit it into your living room, office, or guest bedroom and it will work with almost any décor – in black or white. Under the faux leather are innerspring coils, which gives this added comfort, whether you’re sitting or sleeping on it.

Four legs keep this futon sturdy and well-balanced. Plus, there’s a 600-pound weight capacity, which means it can easily hold two to three adults. Unfolded, it’s the equivalent to a full-sized mattress, so it may be more comfortable for two average-sized adults to sleep on. Cleaning it is easy – just use a soft, dry cloth to spot clean stains.

Pros

  • Built-in frame
  • 600-lb. weight capacity
  • Modern design
  • Adjustable back for lounging
  • 30-day return policy, 1 year warranty

Cons

  • Non-removable cover
  • Metal brackets in center fold may be noticeable

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3. Best Compact Futon – Divano Roma Furniture Modern Plush Tufted Linen Futon, Purple

SPECS

  • Weight: 130 lbs
  • Dimensions: 32″ D x 76″ W x 32″ H
  • Materials: Linen, Wood, Metal
  • Firmness: Firm

Not all futons are made up of metal bars bases and thin pads – in fact, in the case of this Divano Roma futon, it’s an all-in-one piece of furniture. When it’s assembled as a couch, it has arms and a firm back, but it’s more like the size of a love seat. In fact, it has a lower profile than you may expect. Being lower to the ground makes it easier for children and pets to climb onto it.

This futon comes in several colors, and this light purple in particular brightens a room. The tufted material offers plushness that’s often missing in futons. However, it sleeps firmer than you may expect. Unfolded, this futon is more like a twin-sized bed, so you can only fit one average-sized adult, or two children (or two very small adults). The frame is wooden, with some bits that are made of metal, like the legs. There is a metal bar that runs along the center, which you may feel through the mattress over time. This bed/couch combo is easy to assemble, and it’s easy to unfold for sleeping, as well.

Pros

  • Fun design
  • No need to buy foundation
  • Transitional (also couch)
  • Low profile

Cons

  • May be too firm
  • Hard to keep clean
  • Only comfortable for one adult

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4. Customer’s Choice – DHP Emily Futon with Chrome Legs

SPECS

  • Weight: 72.5 lbs
  • Dimensions: 34″ D x 71″ W x 32″ H
  • Materials: Linen, Velvet, Faux Leather, Chrome
  • Firmness: Firm

When it comes to sofa futons, DHP gets that they should be compact, versatile, easy to clean, and look great in a small space. This futon with the option of velvet, faux leather or linen takes up very little space in a studio, small apartment or guest room. You could even put this in a bedroom along with a regular bed to use as a guest bed, e.g. in a teen’s room who has a friend sleeping over. The minimalist design of the chrome legs are sturdier than you’d expect, as the sofa/bed combo has a 600 pound weight capacity. Technically, it’s not very large, and it’s likely only going to hold only one adult, or maybe two children.

As a couch, it may leave something to be desired because it doesn’t offer arms for added comfort. In fact, as a bed, you may find that it’s too firm for your liking. If you’re a fan of firm memory foam, though, you may like sleeping on it. If the seam where it folds is uncomfortable, you could also add a mattress topper to add a bit more comfort.

Pros

  • Modern design
  • 600 lbs weight capacity
  • All-in-one piece
  • Low profile

Cons

  • No arms
  • Seam grooves may be uncomfortable

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5. Best Twin-Over Futon – DHP Twin-Over Futon

SPECS

  • Weight: 107 lbs
  • Dimensions: 78″ D x 54.5″ W x 72.5″ H
  • Materials: Metal
  • Firmness: Medium

We couldn’t have a review of the best futons without including a twin-over style on our list. You’ve probably seen this type of bunk bed in dorm rooms, as they’re typically used in smaller spaces to incorporate both a bedroom and living room in the one space. How easy to be lounging on your futon watching TV, studying or playing video games, and when it’s time for bed you can simply retire to your sleeping quarters right above you! DHP gives us this all-metal contemporary design that can easily fold out into a full-size sleeper. While the single mattress on top and futon are sold separately, this gives you the freedom to choose each of these that suit your comfort preferences. For example, if you prefer your bedding to be more on the plush side, some futons come very firm, so this would be an issue if you purchased a twin-over that already came with a firm futon. You may choose a plush mattress for the top bunk, and then a firm futon on the bottom – the decision is yours!

DHP offers a 1-year limited warranty with this twin-over, so if you’re not completely satisfied with the frame you’ve purchased, this should give you some peace of mind. As far as bunk beds go, the DHP Twin-Over is an extremely affordable option that may be perfect for you and your little ones!

Pros

  • Contemporary design
  • 600 lbs weight capacity
  • Perfect for sleepovers
  • Childproof mechanism for your safety
  • 1-year limited warranty

Cons

  • Futon and mattress are sold separately

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6. Best Faux Leather Futon – Best Choice Products Faux Leather Folding Futon

SPECS

  • Weight: 72 lbs
  • Dimensions: 30.5″ D x 65.25″ W x 31″ H
  • Materials: Alloy steel (frame), artificial leather (futon)
  • Firmness: Medium

Best Choice Products gives us a comfy artificial leather futon that comes with everything you’ll need to lounge comfortably in the daytime, and sleep even more comfortably at night. Armrests on both sides and a fold-down armrest in the middle with built-in cupholders, this futon is perfect for entertaining when you want to have a few drinks while watching TV. It seats 2 comfortably and folds down into a bed when you’re ready to have a snooze. It also comes in 2 colors, black and white, however the white may not be the best option for you regarding ease of cleaning (you know how easily stains show up on white surfaces!). Best Choice Products has crafted this durable sofa bed with sturdy chrome metal legs, and it also has a weight capacity of 500 pounds. If you’re tight on space and are looking for a guest bed option in your house or apartment, look no further than this stylish faux leather futon.

Pros

  • Stylish modern design, faux leather and chrome legs
  • 500 lbs weight capacity
  • Perfect for entertaining with included cup holders
  • Super affordable

Cons

  • Faux leather may not be as durable as authentic leather, so cracks and fading over time may occur

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7. Best Versatile Futon – Serta Rane Convertible Sofa Bed

SPECS

  • Weight: 53.7 lbs
  • Dimensions: 33.1″ D x 66.1″ W x 29.5″ H
  • Materials: Wood, polyester upholstery
  • Firmness: Medium

The Serta Rane Convertible Sofa is quite similar to the DHP Emily we’ve reviewed above – particularly regarding style and color options – but this is another super affordable futon that deserved a place on our list. With the common click-clack mechanism to lower the futon into a bed, the Serta Rane is a perfect option to include in your guest bedroom when you have friends or family staying over. As you may know, Serta is a popular brand in the bedding industry, and you may have come across (or even own) many high-quality mattresses from Serta over the years.

The upholstery on this futon is polyester, and most feedback we’ve seen from customers has been largely positive, with praise given to the plush comfort, versatility and durability of this sofa. The Serta Rane folds down to mattress size that’s between a twin and full, so if you have mostly full-sized sheets, these will definitely work for this bed. The futon also includes Serta’s Finger Guard protection, which is a huge plus particularly if you have little kids who like to put their fingers everywhere and anywhere. This protection has been put in place to prevent any injuries. To care for this Rane sofa, it’s recommended to vacuum regularly, rotate all cushions and fluff them frequently, and spot-clean any stains using a dry cloth with soap and water.

Pros

  • Stylish contemporary design to suit your living room or guest bedroom decor
  • Versatile and space-saving
  • Super affordable

Cons

  • May not be as plush as some sleepers may prefer

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8. Best Luxury Futon – Etta Avenue Katherine Square Arm Sleeper

SPECS

  • Weight: 88 lbs
  • Dimensions: 21.65” D x 62.99” W x 15.35” H
  • Materials: Wood (frame), polyester upholstery
  • Firmness: Firm

Last but not least on our list of recommendations is one of the more luxury options out there: the Etta Avenue Katherine Square Arm Sleeper from Wayfair. The typical click-clack mechanism on this sofa allows you to quickly choose between the upright, reclining and flat positions. It’s important to note that the arms are also removable, so there’s no need to worry if you’re taller than average and are concerned about lack of space once it’s flattened. It comes with handy zipper compartments for storage purposes, and it can comfortably fit two sleepers when you’re ready for bedtime.

While no warranty is specified on the Wayfair website, the manufacturer has confirmed that they can replace parts that are defective if this occurs. Overall, this futon is a great pick for those who don’t mind splurging a little on great quality, and for those who need a secondary sleeping solution that will save you some space.

Pros

  • Versatile ash gray color to complement your home decor
  • Perfect for those who prefer a firmer sleep surface
  • High-quality foam and sinuous springs seat construction

Cons

  • A little more on the expensive side compared to others on our list
  • No warranty specified

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Why Should You Invest in a Futon?

Originally, the futon was a Japanese solution that was simply a mattress on a low-profile bed frame, and when William Brouwer spent some time in Japan, he fell in love with the minimalist design. He introduced the concept to the rest of the world in the early ’80s. It was sort of a brilliant idea: sofa or chair by day, bed by night. So, why should you invest in a futon?

— Affordable

Futon beds and mattresses are traditionally less expensive than standard beds. The materials used to make these flexible pads are affordable, such as cotton, foam and polyester.

— Saves Space

It’s a suitable choice for studio-dwellers who don’t have a lot of living space. You can fold it up and into a seating area during the day, and bring it back down for sleeping on at night. It’s also a good choice to use in a guest bedroom – even if the room doubles as an office for you.

— Versatile Looks

You can easily change the look in your room by changing the cover of your futon. Even the frames are easy to switch out. Choose wood for a classic look, or metal for a modern look. And because futons and their accessories are so affordable, you won’t break your budget with a whole new design.

But … a Futon? OK, I get it. Futons often have a bad rap. The original design of the futon was meant to be placed on the floor for sleep. But inexpensive metal frames became the common bed frame for the futon. When lower quality materials of a cheap futon break down, you can start to feel those metal bars in your hip, shoulder, back, and legs. It’s no wonder the futon has a bad reputation.

However, these couches-turned-beds have improved dramatically over time. Believe it or not, there are such things as comfortable futons. The look of a futon gets a few laughs, too. Many say a futon looks like dorm furniture, no matter what you try to do to dress it up. Some of the best futon beds, though, have sleek appearances and look nothing like the futons of many years ago. You just have to know where to look.

Benefits of a Futon

The reasons you may buy a futon will vary, and I’ve covered these above. But, what are the benefits of owning and sleeping on a futon?

– Cleaning is Easy

A traditional Japanese futon is typically made of 100% cotton, which means it’s all natural and can easily be cleaned. Spill something on the cover? Unzip, toss it in the washing machine, dry it out in the sun and you have a fresh, clean cover. Even the mattress itself could be washed in an industrial-sized washer, or taken to a dry cleaner

– Great for Back Sleepers

You can toss the mattress on the floor and sleep comfortably – without feeling uncomfortable bars in your back. Even if you sleep on these mattresses on a bed frame, you can get a good night’s rest because the designs have improved so much.

– Easy to Move

If you’re always on the move, you know how difficult it can be to transport a large mattress and box spring from home to home. Some futon mattresses can be folded or rolled up and tossed in the back of your car – and you don’t need a team of people to move it. Most futons are typically quite lightweight, too.

How to Choose a Comfortable Futon

Choosing the right futon for you comes down to what you’re looking for, from design and comfort level to portability and materials. First, figure out whether you want to sleep on the mattress by itself, like a traditional Japanese futon, or you want that bed-to-couch transformer style futon. Then you can decide on which other features are important to you.

– Traditional vs. Modern Futon

If you’re looking for a futon mattress that you plan to sleep on every night, you want to look for traditional Japanese futon mattresses that are made of cotton. These mattresses are easy to roll, fold up and store. Modern futons are a great choice if you need extra seating that can double as a guest bed. These come in a variety of sizes, materials, and styles. Look for futons with wooden frame construction for sturdiness and more comfort.

– Consider Weight Capacity

A key difference between a futon and a regular mattress is the weight limit. Generally, futons can’t hold as much weight as a futon, so it’s important to consider a futon’s weight capacity when you’re buying one. Putting too much weight on the frame could bend or break it, and the materials of the mattress may break down quicker.

– Keep Space in Mind

While a futon is meant to save space, you still need enough room to unfold it. If you only host single guests in your home, then you could consider a twin or a full size, but generally, a queen-sized mattress is a better bet. You can find good futons that sleep two people that are still affordable and space-saving (at least, when it’s folded).

Once you’re ready to start the hunt for a top-rated futon, you should read through futon reviews, like the ones here. This is where you’re going to find details about the features, sizes, and quality of futons that will help you pick the right one for you.

Conclusion

Finding the right futon for you may not be about finding the most stylish futon frame, but rather the best futon mattress. Comfort is subjective, so if you don’t like a firm feel to your mattress, your best bet could be something else entirely. However, one of the best futons you can find for the price, longevity, comfort and design has to be the DHP Novogratz Brittany Futon. It’s a classic design that can work with almost any décor, it’s comfortable to sleep on and it’s sturdy with its 600 pound weight capacity. For the price, you get an upholstered piece of furniture that easily doubles as a couch, too!

Recent Updates

March 31, 2022: 5 new products have been added to our roundup due to increased popularity: the DHP Emily Futon, DHP Twin-Over Futon, Best Choice Products Faux Leather Folding Futon, Serta Rane Convertible Sofa Bed and the Etta Avenue Katherine Square Arm Sleeper. Additional Resources and FAQs have also been included to address common consumer queries.

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