Futon beds combine the usefulness of a couch and a bed. As a person who spent some significant time sleeping on an inexpensive futon in college and has also slept on higher quality futon beds, I can attest that futons are useful but not perfect pieces of furniture. For those interested in buying a futon bed, here is a look at the pros and cons of futons.
The biggest advantage of futon beds is that they can serve a dual purpose of being both a bed and a couch. However, the versatility comes at a cost: comfort. In almost all cases, a standard couch and a standard bed are more comfortable than a futon. Futon mattresses also provide versatility when decorating a room as the mattress can be inexpensively replaced to change the look of the futon bed.
As mentioned above, futons are generally not as comfortable as either a couch or a bed. However, modern futons are much more comfortable than the flimsy, inexpensive models of the past. The mattress portion of the modern futon provides greater support and comfort to the futon user. In addition, mattress pads and other padding can be added to the futon mattress to make the bed more comfortable.
Futons have been a popular piece of furniture for decades due to the low cost of the inexpensive versions. Even futons of a higher quality are less expensive than most couches or mattresses, giving a futon a significant advantage for many. In addition to the futon being less costly than a couch or a bed, futons are also less expensive than the sleeper sofa / pull-out couch that can also play the dual roles of both bed and couch.
Futons take up little space compared to a bed and even take up slightly less space than a couch. Futons also have some empty space underneath them to provide some storage area. Sheets, comforters and other sleeping materials can be stored under the futon during the day while staying close at hand when the futon is needed for a bed. Futons are also easy to disassemble and move. This is important for young people and others who may move frequently. While it is back breaking work to move mattresses and couches, a futon can be disassembled and moved in a car without the need for a moving crew or a rental truck.
It is relatively easy to care for a futon. Futon mattresses are easy to remove providing the owner access to the futon’s frame for easy cleaning. Of course a futon owner will want to follow manufacturer recommendations, but many futon mattress can be placed on the floor and cleaned with a vacuum cleaner.