Futons: How To Find The Perfect OneAuthor: danica
You can find a variety of sizes and styles of futons that serve different purposes. Before buying one, you need to know the different types of futons available, consider how you will use it, decide where to put it, take into account who will use it, and consider your budget in order to find the right futon you need.
Though a futon sofa project is very easy, you need to take care of a few things before you start working on it. If you're shopping for a futon, these steps will help you make the best choice:
Be knowledgeable about the variety of futons available
You need to understand how futons work, and the different kinds on the market. A futon, also referred to as a futon sofa or a futon sofa bed, can convert from a comfortable sofa to a bed when necessary. Types vary according to materials, such as wood and metal; according to sizes; and according to frames, including bi-fold and tri-fold. Knowing the different types of futons will help you decide which one best serves your needs.
Know how you will use your futon
It's important to consider whether the futon will be used more as a couch or as a bed. First, consider how you will use the futon sofa. Will it be primarily used as a bed, or will the futon be used as a couch? For some people, it will be used primarily as a sofa and maybe a bed for the occasional guest. If you figure out how you will use your futon, you will know what to look for as far as style, mattress size and frame.
Figure out where you want to place your futon
Before buying a futon, take into account where you plan to put it. This will help you determine the size of the futon you need. Deciding where to put it will also help you choose the best color and frame material that will best suit its location. The best design for a futon in a child's room is one that is made of vibrant colors. On the other hand, a futon in an adult's guest room would be more appropriate in a warm-colored wooden frame.
Consider who is going to be using the futon
Being familiar with who will really use the futon will assist you in figuring out what kind of mattress you actually should purchase for the furniture. People's tastes vary as to how firm or soft they like their mattress to be The material of the futon as well as its design has to be based on the the physical size of the person using it. The number of people who will use the futon at one time, whether configured as a sofa or a bed, will also help determine the size of the futon you need.
Consider your budget
Maybe you know all the answers to all of these questions. However, the question remains-do you have the money you need to buy the futon you want? Since futons come in different materials, sizes, mattresses, and frame types, their prices also vary. Decide how much you want to pay for a futon and how you'll use it so you know what to look for while shopping.
With these tips in mind, you'll cruise through buying the right futon fast. Just make sure you see as many stores as possible to find the best deal and best futon.
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Have You Thought About A Futon For Your Space?
By Matthew A Tuttle
When I first got into the Futon business about six years ago, I was under the impression, as a lot of folks are, that futons weren't nice enough for anywhere other than college dorms and first apartments. Well, things have certainly changed. This is not to say that those unfinished tri-fold frames with thin all cotton futon mattresses don't exist anymore, they do, but there are also some very nice frames, mattresses, and futon covers in today's market.
I believe that futons are some of the most versatile pieces of furniture on the market today. Are you looking for something for your guest bedroom? A sofa that can convert into a bed when company's over? Would you like a beautiful piece of furniture for your small space? Maybe your door way is not wide enough to get that expensive sofa through? If you've asked yourself any of those questions, a futon is for you.
Futon frames and mattresses can go just about anywhere, I haven't seen a space that they don't accommodate. I've seen the frames I sell go into third story rooms in those gorgeous 1800's New England Colonials. While they are beautiful homes, they are quite a chore to move anything into or out of. I have sold many Futon Frames and Mattresses to customers in New York City, where space is at such a premium, that I've lost count. Don't forget those rural areas, where going to the furniture store is sometimes a day's drive.
So, you like what you've heard so far? Well, it gets even better. The majority of frames, mattresses and covers that I sell are made in the USA. A claim that those mega marts won't even try to make. I strive to sell as much product that's made in the USA as possible. I live here, and want to promote American made products.
There are a few things that you need to consider if you are looking for a futon. What is my frame made of? How long will my frame last? Always look for a futon frame that is made from solid hardwoods, avoid any frames that are made from particle board or MDF. Measure width and the distance between the slats on the back and seat decks. Slats should be at least two and a half inches wide and if the spacing is more than three inches, forget it. Even with the best mattress on the market you'll feel slats that are too thin, or to far apart. If you use a futon frame with substandard, unsupported slats you run the risk of ruining your mattress. Try to look for frames that feature mortise and tennon joinery and metal on metal connections, they'll only add to the life of your frame.
Futon mattresses are a whole other ball game. Do you want something soft, firm, or in between? What are the pro's and con's to natural fibers vs. foams? How long should my futon mattress last? Feel is a rather subjective term; someone's firm could be too soft for another. As a general rule of thumb, my customers like a firm futon for sleeping, a soft futon for sitting, and in between mattress for a sofa that converts into a guest bed. Foam futons usually retain the firmness they have when purchased, but only if the foam is of an acceptable quality. Look for foam that has a density no less than 1.2 pound per cubic foot. With foam, higher density usually equals a long lasting mattress that retains it feel. Natural fibers, mostly cotton, are good for futons that need more flexibility. For those of us that are traditionalist's a natural fiber and foam blend is a good choice when looking at a futon mattress.
The futon cover is the piece that buttons up the look of the futon. It is the one part that is not 100% essential, but at the same time can improve your frame by 200%. Today you can find futon covers in a wide variety of colors, patterns, prints, and materials. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when looking for a futon cover. Do I need a cover that is washable? What is the difference between a natural and a synthetic fibers? I always recommend a washable cover to anyone that has pets or young children. I know my washable cover has save my family ton's of money with my Great Dane, Jay, bless his slobbering heart. Dry cleaning can be expensive, and if you fit into the same category that I do, you'll want to sacrifice those beautiful patterns for a cover that you can clean yourself. With the money you'll save on dry cleaning you'll be able to purchase a new cover when the time is right, because futon covers are replaceable! Cover materials do make a difference in how your cover feels and wears over time.
Natural fibers, cotton and linen are nice and soft to begin with, but can wear faster than synthetics. Synthetic fibers; polyester, nylon, rayon and such; might not be quite as soft but they last longer than natural fibers. Synthetic fibers have come a long way, they are constantly being improved and they hold vivid dyes that cotton and linen can't. A good compromise between Natural and Synthetic fibers is blends of the two, which are in abundance in the futon cover market.
To make a long story short, I've sold futons across the country, to a wide variety of people and homes. I've seen futons go to college kids in their dorm rooms, and to families in their living rooms. I am proud to provide a service that is appreciated by so many. So take a look at the futon frames, mattresses, and accessories on the market today and find the futon that is just right for you and your needs.
My Life With Furniture
By Cathy Goodwin
These days, I find the lines are blurred between school and Real Life. Student life often means spending a cozy evening with your computer or heading to the boardroom for an on-site lesson.
Even traditional campus life has been redesigned for grown-ups. On September 5, 1999, the New York Times Magazine carried a story about life in the New Dorms that look like yuppie condominiums, complete with carpeting and what the Times calls "adult-sized refrigerators."
Meanwhile, a lot of grown-ups who are old enough to remember typing their term papers are still living like students. Books, magazines and loose stacks of paper are strewn everywhere. A Real Student secretly misses bricks and boards, although today they cost more than particle board shelves and are impossible to move.
When I lived in Alaska, I realized there was no point in buying Real Furniture. You could equip a ten-room house for the cost of shipping the contents of a studio apartment to the Lower 48.
I ended up buying a couch from a graduating student and adding an extra futon to the Bedroom Set. In my next job, I fully intended to do the same until a colleague observed, "Isn't there a time in your life when you stop buying used couches from students?"
A friend had a similar experience when she visited a Real Furniture Store seeking bookshelves. The salesperson showed her a nice unit for $450. Seeing that my friend was about to pass out, the salesperson explained, "This is a piece of furniture that you will be proud to display in your home."
My friend left the store in a daze. Somehow, she explained later, she had never thought of bookshelves as furniture.
Still, I see progress. A friend called to say he bought a house because he was tired of living like a student and was ready to grow up. He was forty-five at the time.
I myself have acquired some Real Furniture, including the Beautiful New Couch I bought twelve years ago. And I once had a grown-up lawn, thanks to my lawn service person, who was a student.
We will never succeed completely. My friend with the house just called to say that his two cats have shredded most of the trappings of his adult life.
I understand perfectly. My Beautiful New Couch has served as a place for me, my house-sitters and my guests to take naps, and the dog has carried out extensive performance tests on each cushion.
I haven't been a student but the Beautiful New Couch has gone through a reverse graduation: it looks far more exhausted than its predecessor -- the couch I bought fifteen ago, from a student.
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Cathy Goodwin, Ph.D., is an author, speaker and career/business consultant, helping midlife professionals take their First step to a Second Career. http://www.cathygoodwin.com.
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Make Sure You Buy The Right Futon Bed Mattress
By Robin Cassidy
Before you go out and buy a futon bed and mattress make sure you buy a futon bed mattress that best suits your needs. Buying a futon bed can be a cheap alternative to buying a sofa bed, but if you don't know exactly what futon you want, you may live to regret it.
Futon beds have become increasingly popular. These dual purpose pieces of furniture are great when you don't have much space, or if you want a sofa that can be occasionally used as a bed for guests. Futon beds also tend to cost less than the more traditional sofa beds. However before buying a futon bed and mattress you should decide exactly what function the futon bed will be put to use.
First, futon beds tend to come in two varieties; a bi-fold frame or tri-fold frame. A bi-fold futon bed is where the frame folds the mattress in half; down the middle, lengthways. A tri-fold futon bed is where the frame folds the mattress into thirds, widthways; one third forms the seat, one third the back, and the final third folding over the back or underneath the seat. When folded, the bi-fold futon bed mattress has a wider seating area than does the tri-fold futon bed mattress. The bi-fold futon looks much more like a traditional sofa, whereas the tri-fold futon looks more like a two seat sofa. If space is very limited you may want to consider buying a tri-fold futon bed mattress, but if not, the bi-fold futon bed mattress usually looks far more pleasing to the eye.
Secondly, it should be borne in mind that it isn't the futon frame that provides the comfort when either sitting or sleeping on a futon: it is the futon mattress that provides the comfort. A futon bed mattress made for a tri-fold futon frame is not as thick as that for a bi-fold futon bed frame. Therefore, if you intend to sleep on your futon regularly you might be best to buy a bi-fold futon bed mattress: a thicker mattress tends to provide more support. But if space is at a premium and you will only occasionally sleep on your futon best, than the tri-fold will certainly suffice.
The best futon bed mattress is the one that best suits your requirements. Consider the space you have available, and what will be the main function of the futon bed mattress. If the futon is going to be used regularly for sleeping on, then most consumer reviews of futon beds tend to favour the bi-fold futon frame and mattress. Finally, always buy the best you can afford. There are many top rated futon bed mattresses to choose from. You can find them in many department stores these days, or you can find many makes and models of futon beds on the internet. Remember, know exactly what type of futon bed mattress you require before you go out and buy one.
Robin O'Brien is founder of a website that compares mattress ratings to help consumers buy a top rated futon bed mattress from some of the world's most respected manufacturers. You can also get advice on buying a Serta, Simmons, Jamison or Tempur Pedic mattress amongst others.
Best Bed Mattress Comparison - Futon Bed Mattress, Tempurpedic Mattress and Air Bed Mattress
By Kristen Z Mccoy
Unless you get a good night's sleep, do you think you will be at your productive best the next day? In today's cut throat world where competition is stiff, in order to continue performing well and staying ahead of the race by giving your best, you must get 7/8 hours of peaceful sleep every night. One of the main factors that determine our sleep quality is the bed mattress and it is important to invest in a good quality bed mattress. Just to help you out in your mattress selection expedition, I will provide you a few tips in this article.
Futon bed mattress
Futon bed mattresses are made of 100% cotton, cotton and polyester mix, foam and cotton and completely polyester. However, you wont really be able to set your hands on a handmade futon bed mattress nowadays as they are all machine made. Futon bed mattresses are available in many versions, either of the bi fold frame variety or the tri fold frame variety.
The reason why they are fast replacing the other kinds of traditional bed mattresses is because the pressure points in the body receive quality support from futon bed mattresses, you can store and fold them away easily, the body gets the opportunity to breathe because of the fiber content and your sleeping becomes more comfortable as the futon bed mattress is able to stick to a temperature that is stable.
Air bed mattress
Air bed mattresses are ideal for those people who get worried because of microorganisms and dust mites. It is highly inflatable and compared to innerspring mattresses, it is cheaper and more affordable. It can be your perfect solution for temporary bedding problems and is ideal for camping. You can deflate and roll it up and this makes it easy to store.
This kind of mattress is firm because it can maintain its elasticity, the body pressure determines the kind of temperature that will flow through the mattress and it provides great support to the spinal joints.
Kristen Mccoy is the leading expert in Futon Bed Mattress. She has helped hundreds of people choose their bed mattresses. Visit her Futon Bed Mattress blog and get more info on bed mattress http://www.futonbedmattress.com
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