Design Ideas With Futons

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Futons provide a fairly thrifty option for people who need seating and sleeping solutions. Whether you live in a studio and use the furniture daily, or you use it for seating in a spare room and the occasional guest bed, considering your futon's design and the room it lives in affects the overall ambiance of your home. Whether you're looking for a way to design around the futon or are in the market for one, there are a variety of options.

Room Design

  • Bringing in the right decor can make even a thrifty futon look chic and sleek. Most futons have a simple frame design. Center your decor around this, incorporating simple lines in the furniture and accent pieces, or create an eclectic look by incorporating rich and ornate touches throughout the room. Bring in a floor lamp with an elegant paper shade or chandelier fixture, for instance, or place clip or sconce lighting on either side of the futon for a minimalist look. This works especially well for a futon used as sofa.

Alternative Futon Designs

  • Instead of opting for a bulky, rectangular futon, choose a more compact design that folds into a small armchair or papasan-style floor seat. These designs fold out into single or even full size beds and don't use heavy metal or wood frames. This works especially well for bedrooms, studios or homes with a modern touch.

Colors and Patterns

  • Leaving a futon plain and bare can leave something to be desired in the overall room design. Use the surrounding color and design scheme to incorporate bold colors, patterns or rich textures into the futon linens. Purchase or sew a simple cover in a rich color for an eye-catching piece, or create an elegant look with luxurious-looking upholstery. Adding several throw pillows or back cushions can dress up the futon without having to recover it.

Repurposed Design

  • If you have a tired out futon that needs replacing, repurpose it and incorporate it into your home or garden design. Make a garden gate or potting table using the frame pieces, or turn the cushion into a window seat bench. The frame also works well as a trellis. Futon covers work well for any number of sewing projects, including making pillows or quilts, for instance.

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