If you are short on space, you can use a futon to create both a sleeping and sitting area. The styles and designs available for today’s futon beds are extremely designer friendly. With many of the styles created with wood frames you never know the couch you are sitting on is actually a futon bed! You can also find styles available in the metal frame design. The styling of some of the wood designed futon frames is very similar to that of fine crafted furniture pieces. They come with sturdy wood slats and hefty stretcher rails.
In addition to the traditional futon sofa bed, you can also find futon chairs that extend to create a single size bed. This is a convenient accessory piece for a room that is short on space such as a college dorm room. You can have a seat for your guest to sit and visit as well as an extra bed for them to spend the night on. The futon chairs come complete with a futon mattress that is comfortable as well as washable. The styles of mattresses and futon covers that are available are as varied as the styles of any type of bedding would be.
You can choose the firmness of the mattress that is best suited to your needs. The covers can easily be exchanged for new and different ones by simply unzipping and removing them. This makes them also easy to remove to be cleaned by adding them to your regular load of wash. The various heights for a futon can be from 32 to 38 inches. The width for a chair can be about 38 inches across. A futon style bed can be 64 to 90 inches depending on the size of the bed. Whilst this may not be the same size as a standard bed or even a platform bed, it should still suffice for a good nights sleep.
Some of the futon styles come with as many as three interlocking positions to hold the frame in place. Most generally have the upright and reclining position, with the exception being for a futon chair that requires no frame. You can actually purchase individual futon folding mattress chairs that are stand alone pieces and use no frame support. You simply fold and unfold the piece to either make a chair or a bed. The single size futons can generally accommodate the single size sheets and bedding you would normally purchase for a single bed. The same is true for the double, queen and king size mattresses.
The old style of single futon used to use a mattress that offered very little in the way of support. Today’s styles have as much support as a standard firm style mattress would. You can comfortably spend many nights sleeping on a mattress for a futon bed and never wake up with a backache. The units are great for people that live in apartments and have limited space for overnight guests. They also work well in studio apartments where the living room and bedroom are all in the same space. The prices for the furniture range depending on the size and style of frame you choose and whether it is a single or double futon size.