How to Decorate With Futons


A futon is often thought of as a dorm room or college apartment staple. However, these versatile pieces of furniture have come a long way in recent years. Nowadays, futons can be purchased in a variety of shapes, sizes and designs that enable them to fit nicely into practically any room in the house or even outdoors. If you are considering adding a futon to your collection of furniture, you may be interested in some useful tips on how to fit this unique item into your overall décor.

Things You'll Need

  • Futon
  • Futon cover
  • Pillows
  • Blanket

How to Decorate With Futons

  • Use the room you are planning to place your futon in as a guide for the type of frame you select. You will likely not want a metal-based futon in your living room, and a fancy wood-framed futon will probably not look right in a child's playroom. Additionally, consider the other pieces of furniture in the room where you intend to place your futon. If you have sandalwood-colored bookshelves and end tables, it would be wise for you to purchase a futon with a sandalwood-colored frame to coordinate all of your pieces.

  • Choose a cover for your futon that coordinates with the décor of your home and is appropriate for the individuals who will be using it. Futon covers come in a variety of materials and patterns that should be able to match up with practically any pre-existing home decorative style. Bring a color sample from your home to help you select the most fitting cover for your futon. For instance, if you have a pillow from another piece of furniture, a swatch of fabric from a curtain or a color sample of your wall paint, bring these items with you to the futon store to be sure the cover coordinates. Additionally, choose a cover durable enough to handle the individuals using it. A stain-resistant or easily washed cover will be most appropriate for a futon that children or animals will be using.

  • Accent your futon with pillows or a blanket to add even more of a decorative element. If you choose a solid-colored cover for your futon, pick pillows that have a contrasting color or contain a pattern that coordinates with other colors in the room.

  • Change out your futon cover and pillows as often as you like to create different decorative styles.

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