Having some serious space issues? We’ve all been through tough times. As much as we’d like to impress our family and friends, we also need to consider saving up for our future. If that’s the case, you might want to consider investing in a good futon - a bed and a sofa rolled into one.
I know what you must be thinking. Futons don’t particularly rhyme with luxury. In fact, most people know them as dorm furniture. However, futons have really evolved in the past years. In fact, they’re so different, it’s hard to tell that they’re actually futons.
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To help make things easier for you, I made this review listing all the quality futons currently available in the market. I chose the ones that would fit anyone’s budget, style and space needs. Here’s my top 13 contenders in the search of the best futon for this year.
Heavy Duty Futon
While considerably smaller than your average sofa, it has a 600-pound weight capacity that allows it to seat two to three people.
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The DHP Novogratz Brittany Futon wins the crown for best futon of this year. It’s compact, it’s sturdy, it’s stylish yet reliable.
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This really brightens up any space, adding a fun, youthful vibe that uplifts the spirits of a tired sleepless adult.
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Experts say it’s best to invest in classic pieces because trends tend to come and go. I disagree. Vintage may look good, but it’s not particularly what I’d choose to relax in when I had a long day at work.
The Benitez Sofa from Wayfair was the best solution to my comfort and style balancing issue.
It has a mid-century design but with a touch of modern flare. The sofa comes in two colors, black and white, the perfect canvas piece that would go with any type of decor.
Many users would swear at how easy it was for them to assemble their sofa bed. The locking mechanism allows you to adjust the backrest into 45 degree angle and flat positions. I also like that the armrests aren’t that high which make them a good headrest for when I’m sleeping.
More than its sleek look, this futon has a faux leather cover which makes it easy to clean. Plus, you have innerspring coil support underneath to provide added comfort to your back no matter what position you may be in.
While considerably smaller than your average sofa, it has a 600-pound weight capacity that allows it to seat two to three people.
In a year of black, white and neutral, it’s nice to add a bit of color to your life.
This refreshing piece from Divano Roma really brightens up any space, adding a fun, youthful vibe that uplifts the spirits of a tired sleepless adult.
It comes in several colors so you can choose which one goes best with the overall aesthetic theme of your room.
The futon is a bit small, about the size of a twin-sized bed so it can only accommodate one sleeping adult or two kids max.
It’s also close to the ground so kids and pets can easily climb onto it. Considering its size and design, it may look good in themed cafes. It’s definitely something you’d want to consider the next time you host a tea drinking party. Or in the case of us hard working people, coffee.
In terms of comfort, the plush tufted linen upholstery provides you with a fluffy texture that most futons or sofas lack in general. It can be a bit too firm though so I don’t recommend it for people suffering from back pain.
However, it’s nothing a good mattress and a few throw pillows can’t solve. Use a good memory foam pillow or buckwheat pillow if you want something to address your posture issues.
As someone who lives in a standard-sized apartment, having white blank spaces give me the illusion of luxury. That was exactly what drew me to this futon from Derryclone.
Its simplicity and its lack of embellishments makes it the best futon for minimalist home owners.
It comes in three colors - natural, brown-black, and my ultimate favorite, soft mustard flower.
The design gives you the flexibility to play with a lot of elements, especially when you’re going for a palette that depicts the colors of nature.
Greenery has been seen a lot these days, this might look good in a greenhouse or a garden. You could also go on a different path and add blue accents to your earth colored piece. Add a bit of shells and you will feel like coming home to the ambiance of the ocean.
Wide spaces, however, require smaller pieces. While this was listed as a full-sized item, I feel it’s best described as a slightly wider twin-sized mattress when unfolded.
If you’re a bit tall, this may not be the best sleeping option for you. In addition, the upholstery material cannot be removed making it impossible for you to take it to the dry cleaners.
If there’s one thing DHP understands, it’s futon language. This sofa couch is modern, compact, and it fits well into small spaces.
It’s great for small apartments, bedrooms, and basically anyone who needs to save a lot of space.
With this futon around, you don’t have to worry about buying a bed for your sleepover guest. I specifically said ‘guest’ because it only has room for one adult.
The faux leather upholstery also makes maintenance a lot easier. Its surface is so smooth, you just literally wipe out the dust. It is a bit firm but if you give it a bit more time, it will get a lot softer.
Despite the small frame of this sofa-bed combo, it does have a 600 lb. capacity. The only thing DHP left out are the arms. Otherwise, this is a good piece considering its price.
While most of the best futons offer a bed and sofa combination, this futon gives you a third option: a futon lounge.
You can adjust the arms so that one is raised and the other is lowered down so you can lift your feet up without bending your body too much.
The arms don’t have that much support though so I don’t really feel too comfortable laying my head on them.
Speaking of support, this futon can only carry 300 lbs total distributed weight - not really recommended for multiple seating. While the metal supporting the backrest seems to be stable enough, the manufacturer did suggest that you place it next to a wall for added support. It’s best to be careful than to injure yourself!
The tufted material unfortunately prevents you from washing the mattress cover but you can replace the mattress in case of accidents.
Made from a blend of polyurethane, memory foam and cotton, I highly recommend this futon for those suffering from neck and back pain.
The memory foam on top gives just enough firmness that sculpts and supports the curve of the spine, but still has that soft texture to provide the right amount of comfort.
It would be best if you had your own frame, though, because this doesn’t include one.
If you’re considering buying a frame, this futon is a bit bigger than a twin-sized mattress, close to a full-sized bed. Royal Sleep also offers a queen-sized mattress if you’re interested since this one can be less spacious for some people. The mattress has a soft cover and comes with pillows to fill the gaps.
Since the cover is tufted, you can’t machine wash it. You can, however, stick to spot cleaning. The color is called Cancun Maple, close to an earthy beige. Neutral colors typically go along with most decorative pieces so no need to worry about whether these would match your curtains.
Here’s another Futon from DHP that really did it in terms of flexibility. Considering its minimalist design, compact structure, and multiple functions, this futon can fit in almost any home and office.
This one, in particular, comes in the color grey which mostly matches any contemporary design or aesthetic.
This futon can be adjusted into three positions - upright, a slightly lowered back, and straight flat.
It has five legs to support the mattress and can handle up to 600 lbs if distributed evenly. It’s a bummer they don’t have arms though, probably not the right choice if you’re looking for a more traditional sofa.
It’s a good product for an affordable price and works well in almost any space. It is, however, a little low profile which could be awkward if you’re too tall.
All the others may offer convenience and style, but nothing says original than this traditional japanese style futon.
Oftentimes when you’re in a tight space with no air conditioning and poor ventilation, sleeping on the floor can be a cool, alternative solution. At least that’s what I do!
Instead of getting a futon with a frame, this one is made from a soft, pliable material that can be rolled up as easy as a yoga mat.
You can bring it with you on travels and even camping trips. The mattress is quite soft so expect to feel the firmness of the floor. I don’t recommend it much for side sleepers. Believe me, you don’t want to make the mistake of waking up with a sore hip bone.
Another thing I love about this futon is its low maintenance, you can spot clean it and roll it for storage to keep its plush. Don’t leave it lying flat for too long, especially when you’re not using it because it tends to get flat.
I’m always on the lookout for futons that do not quite fit into the stereotypical metal bars and movable pillows. So when I saw this one from DHP, I immediately had to check it out.
The design looks a bit like those furnitures from the Victorian era. It definitely looks royal, one that’s fit for a queen.
If you’re wondering about the size, however, it’s close to a full-size mattress rather than a queen size bed.
It has six legs which holds the mattress close to the ground, firm and sturdy to provide enough support.
The filling is made of cotton, polyester and foam, a bit stiff for my taste but an excellent option for back sleepers. It has a weight capacity of up to 600 lbs but it can only carry one adult in a sleeping position.
Even by looking at the design, you’ll know it’s built more as a couch rather than a bed. But that doesn’t bother me, I slept like a princess without having to worry about the arm rests. Adding a few neck pillows surely made me extra comfortable.
You can adjust the backrest into three positions - upright, tilted back, and flat, but you can’t move the arm rests. It already comes with a frame so you don’t have to worry about purchasing one.
Fair warning, this futon only includes a wooden frame so you’ll have to purchase your own mattress.
That may sound like a bad deal but think about the good part - you can customize as to the thickness, style and material of your mattress.
I think this frame would be most suitable for people who love to personalize. It’s made of unfinished wood so you can either leave it that way, stain it or paint it in whatever color you like.
Think about the various artistic opportunities that you get with this frame. It’s like a formless clay that’s waiting to be sculpted into a masterpiece.
Just like most futons, this frame is a bit low profile. It can only carry a maximum weight of 500 pounds and that already includes the mattress.
This futon frame can also be adjusted to fit your needs, whether you want to sit upright or lie on your back. The wooden bars at the back are a bit spaced out but you probably won’t notice it once you add a thick mattress.
Who says futons only belong in dorm rooms and small apartments? Not this one.
It looks more of an executive chair if you ask me. The all-black, modern design makes it good for any office.
It’s the perfect statement piece to show off to the world. And the best part? It doesn’t look like a traditional futon at all, in fact, it’s proof that futons are evolving into being more sleek and professional.
Some say it has a tough, masculine look but after sitting on the mattress, you could say this one looks rough on the outside but it’s ultra soft on the inside.
This convertible makes me want to lie on it all day, made of 9 inches of plush filling heaven. It can carry up to three adults since it doesn’t have arms but when you lay it flat, the size is close to a twin bed so it’s only good for one.
Covered with a faux leather upholstery, you can easily dust off dirt from this piece. You may want to clean through the dips from the tufted buttons to make sure you don’t leave out any dust.
It’s funny how this futon has the word ‘espresso’ in its name because when I lie on it, all I can think of is how good it is to sleep on.
That may probably be due to the 8 inch innerspring mattress that makes it feel like a bed.
The wooden frame is sturdy, and a bit heavy if you ask me. It can handle two adults if the weight is evenly distributed.
What I love about this mattress is its inner coils that makes the surface a bit bouncy. Again, sort of like a bed. Don’t be fooled though, this mattress is tough and firm - a smart choice for back and stomach sleepers.
It’s tufted though so the cover is not removable. You better get used to spot cleaning. Overall, it’s a good product. I’m just not sure I am willing to spend so much on a futon. This one is a bit pricey than the others, so I’ll leave that choice to you.
A sofa, a bed, and a sturdy wooden frame - it doesn’t get any better than this. But wait! It does.
Jerry Sales Eldorado really surpassed expectations by adding drawers for storage into this high-quality, versatile futon. It’s innovative and practical, two of the things I value most.
The design is probably more traditional than the others on this list, but this one definitely looks and feels closer to a bed.
Like the Kodiak Montreal Espresso Futon, this 8 inch mattress also has innerspring coils that helps create that bouncing effect. That really helped cover the hard, sturdy wooden frame supporting the mattress underneath.
Considering the classic look of this piece, it would suit any space whether it’s the office, the lobby, the living room or even the bedroom. As expected, it is more expensive than all the other futons. But when you really think about all the added features, I think this one is a steal.
First, let’s talk about what a futon is and why it has a weird sounding name. The reason why the futon sounds so foreign is because the furniture piece originated from Japan. You may have seen Japanese movies where there’s typically a low-profile table and the actors would just sit on the floor.
Well, the futon resembles that custom with its humble, minimalistic design.
It was introduced in the 80s by a man named William Brouwer. He was amazed with the idea about a multi-purpose, transforming sofa that functioned as a chair during the day and became a bed at night. Futons then became popular to people who live on a budget and in small spaces.
So why a futon?
Compared to buying a separate sofa and a bed, you can save a lot by buying a futon. Most are also less expensive than mattresses. They are typically made from durable material such as cotton, polyurethane foam, and polyester.
Like I said, futons can be folded up during the day, taking up less space. Most of the ones listed here are small and just enough for one adult to sleep on. It’s a practical and ideal choice for most studio apartment owners.
With minimalism on demand, futons may just be considered chic and lush. Manufacturers and designers may have added a bit of twist on the futons, but I’m glad that most of them still kept some of the original features of the piece.
The most important factor you need to consider when purchasing any item is you. What do you need it for, how do you want it to look, how much are you willing to spend on it?
It’s necessary for you to answer these questions so that you can make a decision that’s tailored-fit to your needs and preferences.
Below are some of the things you might want to think about before selecting a futon.
If you are looking for something to sleep in and roll up the next morning, the traditional Japanese floor futon might be the right choice for you.
However, if you want something that you can turn into a couch during the day, then the modern designs with wooden or metal frames are a perfect fit.
Other things you might want to consider are the materials and features. For example, if you have been experiencing neck and lower back, you might want to consider the filling of the mattress. Your desired futon might not have the best mattress and in these cases, getting a separate frame and mattress could be the most logical solution.
You want to be practical but you still want your space to at least be Instagrammable. Look at the different pieces of your home or office and see which futon color or style would likely match your overall theme.
Black, white and neutral pieces are good if you want something that would go with almost everything.
But if you want to go bold, choosing a futon with color can definitely bring a room to life. As much as possible, you’d want to have as much negative space in tight rooms to make them look bigger. Lighter colors are usually the best option for this. You can also use vibrant colors but I recommend using them for accent pieces.
Only buy stuff that would actually fit inside the room. Know the total floor area of each room and keep that in mind when looking at the size of futons.
Most people make the mistake of only considering the dimensions of the futon sofa but not when the it’s actually unfolded into a bed. They end up realizing that they don’t have enough space instead of trying to save up space.
Also consider who’s going to use the futon. Is it going to be for your personal use? A guest? A camping trip? How many people do you expect to be sleeping or sitting on it? If you have multiple guests coming in, a queen size futon should be put into consideration.
Sofas and mattresses are prone to dust and dirt. It could really lead to diseases especially when left uncleaned. Depending on your personal sanitary needs, it might be best to consider whether the futon cover is removable or not.
Most of the products listed here do not have a removable upholstery and only require spot cleaning. If you regularly clean your futons, then there’s no need to worry about any potential health risks. But if that simply doesn’t pass for you, consider choosing one that can be removed and machine washed.
Don’t just look at the product’s descriptions or their marketing videos (no matter how good they might be).
Read reviews like the one above to make sure you don’t waste your money. Check out the product page and don’t just look at the stars, actually read the written comments by real-time users. Do your due diligence and save yourself from future frustration.
Ever wondered what’s the difference between a futon and any kind of mattress? It’s the weight limit.
A futon can only carry a certain weight, mostly due to its low-profile. You can try and fit yourselves into a futon as much as you can, but if you exceed the weight limit, the metal or wooden frame that supports it might bend or break. To avoid accidents in the future, choose a futon that can accommodate the weight you expect to place on it.
Most people consider a futon because of their affordable price. They are considered more cost efficient than most beds and mattresses. However, there are expensive futons out there and if you want the best, you might consider purchasing these ones.
Remember, a high price tag does not assure you anything. A cheap one isn’t a smart choice either as you could be compromising quality. Again, consider the factors above and see if your expectations of the product match the offered price. It’s all about balance between your needs, preferences, and what you can afford.
Considering factors such as price, size, structure, and design, I believe the DHP Novogratz Brittany Futon wins the crown for best futon of this year. It’s compact, it’s sturdy, it’s stylish yet reliable.
As I mentioned in my review above, it’s a futon fit for royalty. The mid-century design really suits any age and gender. If I were to choose a close second, it would be the Wade Logan Leland Convertible Sofa simply because it best fits my personality and provides just enough comfort for my needs.
I can go on and on about which futon I think is best, but the decision is still up to you. As I mentioned above, choosing the right futon is subjective. It should be based on your needs and preferences, as well as your available resources. Follow our guide carefully and read the reviews in full detail to avoid spending money on inefficient furniture.
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