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Ultimate Space-Savers: The Futon

The latest futon designs will fit any lifestyle

Futons are no longer the rickety sofas-turned-beds of yesteryear. In today's marketplace, you'll find wood and metal frames that have undergone a few design changes to make them sturdy choices for singles, couples, and active families. In smaller homes, dorm rooms, lofts, and apartments, they're great space-savers when you don't have an extra bedroom to accommodate guests.

Seating choices are vast and you'll find styles ranging from traditionals to retros and ultra-moderns while many retain a casual look.


Futon History

For centuries, the word futon has referred to a simple mat for sleeping on the floor. The Japanese word translates into "bedding." It wasn't until the 1970s that a Boston-based designer decided to reconfigure this simple mat into a deeper mattress that fit on a frame. Originally created for smaller spaces in the city of Boston, frames were or poor quality, which led to the futon's reputation as a low-end furniture choice.

The Modern Futon

Along with the improvement in structures, mattresses and covers have also moved into designer territory. You'll find premium support options in depths ranging from 7-10 inches. Removable covers have opened up new markets that make it easy to coordinate with any decorating scheme.

Style choices include high arms or no arms at all. Storage drawers that fit underneath are often available. The innovative click-clack system of European origin provides multi-angle performance for sitting upright, reclining or lying flat.

These practical sofa selections are also excellent for the spare bedroom you've always wanted to turn into a hobby space or even a home office. When overnight guests arrive, they'll have a private space to sleep and you can reclaim your workspace after they've gone!