How to Buy a Futon Mattress

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The futon has come a long way in the past forty years, but the traditional 100% cotton futon mattress is still a favorite among college students and the "living space deprived." There are now many different types of futon mattresses available, so you should know what you're looking for before you buy.

  • Examine the futon mattress frame. A typical futon is a bi-fold style that goes from an upright position to a flat sleeping position and the mattress is about the same size as a full sized bed. There are also trifold and platform futons, and futons now come in single, twin, full, queen, and even king mattress sizes.

  • Decide how much this futon will be used and how it will be used to help you set a budget. If the futon will only be used on occasion for overnight guests, a standard futon mattress should suffice. However, if this futon mattress will be where somebody sleeps every night, invest in a thicker, higher quality mattress.

  • Find out what type of mattress filling works best for your needs.
    You need a mattress that is at least six inches thick, and thicker if it'll be your primary sofa or bed. Futon mattresses are stuffed with a number of materials including cotton, wool, polyester, different types of foam, innerspring and hybrid materials. Each material offers different pros and cons.

  • Choose a thicker foam core with cotton polyester blend batting if this futon mattress will become a bed on a regular basis. This option provides a comfortable sleeping for most people and this mattress will fold well without sagging and hold up well to everyday use.

  • Buy an innerspring futon mattress if you sleep primarily on the futon and want the closest experience to a traditional bed that a futon can provide. This is a much pricier option, but good if you need additional support. A wool futon mattress is also a pricier but very comfortable option for sofa and sleeping futons.

Tips & Warnings

  • Buy the thickest futon mattress that you can afford for maximum comfort and durability. Six-inch mattresses are the minimum thickness you should buy, but at a mattress at least 9 inches thick is best if you'll be sleeping on it every night.
  • Don't forget the mattress cover. There are a number of excellent options available for every taste, from tie-dye to high quality leather.

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