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5 Questions to Ask When Buying a Futon

Futons have come a long way from the college dorms and small, crammed apartments in 1970s New York City. If you’ve been to Shop4Futons, then you already know that our futon frames are among the most stylish, durable, high-quality and price-effective you’ll find.

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Still, when most people hear the word “futon”, they think of a compact, one-dimensional sofa with limited capacity. The truth is, there’s more than one type of futon, and a million ways to implement Shop4Futons furniture in the home or office. Here are 5 questions you should always ask when buying a futon.

What Room are you putting it in?

Just like any other furniture, one of the first steps is choosing which room you’ll be using it for. Is your futon frame going in the living room for everyday use, or the guest bedroom in your basement for holidays and special occasions? Maybe you’re shopping for your workplace, looking for a simple futon frame to put in the office lounge or common room.

Our Mission Daybed is a perfect fit for common rooms and lounge areas. It looks great against a wall and provides sturdy, durable support for both lounging and sleeping

Our Mission Daybed is a perfect fit for common rooms and lounge areas. It looks great against a wall and provides sturdy, durable support for both lounging and sleeping

For most people, the living room contains the most upscale and costly furniture. It’s the main place you want all your guests to see when they come in, and talk about when they’re coming out of your home. In this case, a high-end futon frame could fit just perfectly.

One of our many high-end frames includes the Venice Futon Frame, along with accessories such as our Corona Coffee Table

One of our many high-end frames includes the Venice Futon Frame, along with accessories such as our Corona Coffee Table

Our designer frames make your living room stand out, and come in a wide variety of finishes. Our selection includes the Eureka Sofa Bed, Fuji, Ruskin, and Venice futon frames, to name just a few.

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On the other hand, a guest bedroom or common area needs less attention. Our widest-selling Bi-Fold and Tri-Fold futon frames are perfect for the guest area, and convert from upright sofa to full-size bed in just seconds.

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How Much Space do You Have?

Once you know the room you’re buying your frame for, you want to determine the amount of space you’ll be taking up. If it’s a smaller area, you may want to avoid buying a lounger, which takes up more space than an upright sofa bed.

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How do you like to lounge?

Unless you’re really tired, the upright position is how you normally like to relax. Still, isn’t it nice to be able to control the recline of your sofa? With our Bi-fold Sofa Bed, a small adjustment is all it takes to pull the seat back and increase the lounge position.

For even more leg room and positions for lounging, our Tri-Fold lounger features 13 unique positions, including 8 lounge positions for leg support and 4 loveseat positions for regular upright sitting.

What’s Your Style?

Our Bi-Fold and Tri-fold futon frames may be our widest-selling, but it’s always good to have a pair of arm rests on each side. Our Savannah frames not only come with the durability and quality of the Bi-fold and Tri-fold, but a unique patented design that includes arm rests for extra style and support.

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How Much Are You Willing to Spend?

It’s probably the last question you ask yourself before hitting the “Checkout” button. Still, it’s always the most important. At Shop4Futons, you won’t have to question the quality of the frame you’re buying. But for your room, space, style and lounge preference, any futon you choose will be worth your money!

Covering It Up

One of the biggest advantages of having a futon is customization. The endless options not only apply to comfort and feel, but looks as well. Buying the right futon cover is just as important as buying the right futon. Otherwise, if you don’t do your research, you may end up with something like this:

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Of course, you could be a die-hard Georgia Bulldog fan, or maybe your futon sits right in front of your aquarium. In this case, the choice is quite easy.

 

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At the end of the day, most customers prefer a solid color over a patterned design. However, when it comes to the type of fabric, you definitely want to know exactly what you’re getting before you decide to complete your futon setup.

At Shop4Futons, we offer four different types of futon covers that serve a diverse range of preferences. Here is a quick explanation of each style, to ensure you know what you’re getting:

Premium Futon Cover – Our widest-selling futon cover is also one of our most cost-effective and durable. The Premium Futon Cover is a blend of heavyweight polycotton and consists of 55% cotton and 45% polyester. The feel of this material is most similar to the feel of cotton dockers or khakis, but thicker and more firm. If you’re looking for a durable cover that has a little give to it, you’ve found your cover already!

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Designer Futon Cover – This type of cover consists of heavyweight cotton twill fabric. You’ll find the feel of this material similar to our Premium Futon Cover, but the colors will vary depending on availability.

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100% Cotton Futon Cover – It’s certainly our most cost-effective item, but 100% lightweight cotton doesn’t carry as many features as our other covers. This fabric is a bit heavier than your average bed sheet, and while it’s machine washable and certainly just as durable, it’s not for interior designers. If you’re looking for the best price, but really just want to protect your futon mattress, you won’t find a softer and more reliable cover.

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Plush Micro-Suede Futon Cover – Micro-suede is possibly the most sought-after fabric for futon covers. The material feels a lot like velvet, and also consist of corded piping along the edges to give your futon mattress a more consistent shape.  If you’re going for the most unique feel and best quality for home décor, the Micro-Suede futon cover is basically a necessity.

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The Perks of Being a Futon

Aside from an uncanny ability to collect crumbs, coins, and all other bits and pieces that might fall from the hands and pockets of the average lounger, the conventional sleeper-sofa  can be a thorn in the side of the modern furniture world. For starters, the size and weight is enough to call the movers, as the average weight of a three-seater is over 300 pounds, while a five- piece sectional can weigh upwards of 1200 pounds! Just look at this Craigslist ad:

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Here are some quick reasons why choosing a futon package is an all-around better solution:

Customizable: Futons offer an endless array of sizes, finishes and arm styles. When ordering a futon, you aren’t just choosing an all-in-one piece of furniture. With wooden frames, you can select between a wide variety of types, such as bi-fold, tri-fold, and Savannah sofa bed.

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Once you have your frame, you can choose your level of comfort with a futon mattress that fits perfectly.

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Add the infinite selection of machine-washable mattress covers that are out there, and there’s practically no limit to the designs you can make.

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Convenient: Futons are far lighter and far less bulky than conventional sofas. The average weight of most of our wooden frames is around 50 pounds, and many futon mattresses are only slightly heavier. In order to transform your lounger into a bed, you certainly won’t need to throw the cushions aside to play “Tug of War” with a flimsy spring mattress. Many of our futon frames feature simple mechanisms that convert the frame from sofa to sleeper in one fell swoop.

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Right to Your Door: In the past, it would have been crazy to suggest the idea of using only two hands to order and set up an sofa bed, all from the comfort of your home. But with futon frames and mattresses, you don’t need a pickup truck and a team of people. The packaging and assembly of all our futon products are tailored for a one-man job. Thanks to futons, it’s never been easier to customize your home furniture without ever leaving your home.

Now all you’ll have to worry about is getting rid of that old, creepy sofa you’re sitting on right now.

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