Futons and sofa beds are similar types of furniture. You can use them both as a couch and as extra bed when you have company stay the night. Futons and sofa beds are so similar, in fact, that it can be difficult deciding which of the two to buy. In the following article we will break down the differences between the two and their pros and cons.
Futons are, in essence, covered mattresses that you fold over a sofa-like frame, which can also lay flat just like a bed frame. Futon mattresses come in the same sizes as bed mattresses (double, queen and king), and like bed mattresses, they have different levels of firmness. That is, some are soft, some are firm and some are in between.
Futons have many advantages. First, they are easy to set up. In no time, you can convert one from a sofa into a bed and then back again. They are also relatively light. Once you remove the mattress, the frame is usually light enough for one adult to move around the room without much problem. Futons can further be quite comfortable. At least to sleep on. Best of all, futons are typically inexpensive. Regardless of your budget, you should be able to find one that fits your needs.
That does not mean that futons are perfect. Foremost, while they can be comfortable to sleep on, they tend to be not as comfortable for sitting as standard sofas. The mattresses can get lumpy, and they can sink quite a bit, which makes them not a great choice for small children and the elderly. Finally, futons usually do not look as good as standard sofas. Many of them, in fact, might not fit in with every type of decor.
A sofa bed is a sofa that has a bed hidden inside it. This includes a mattress and a metal frame. Sofa beds look and act just like normal sofas. There are no visual indications that they have beds inside them. To convert a sofa bed into a bed, you first remove the cushions from it and then pull out the mattress, which folds out into a bed. As this mattress has to fit inside the sofa, it is typically much thinner than an ordinary bed mattress.
The benefit of sofa beds is that they can fit into any decor you might have, and they can be very stylish. They are great when you want to hide the fact that they are actually sofa beds.
But sofa beds also have a slew of disadvantages. First of all, sofa beds are heavy. They are usually much heavier than ordinary sofas because they have both a mattress and a metal frame inside them. This makes them difficult to move. They further tend to be expensive. They can be a lot more expensive than a futon. Finally, because the mattresses are thin, they are usually not so comfortable to sleep on, and over time they can become even more uncomfortable.
So, Which Should You Choose?
If your budget is limited, a futon will probably be a better choice, as they are usually far less expensive than sofa beds. They are also the choice if you need something light or something that will provide the most comfortable night of sleep.
Sofa beds, on the other hand, are the best choice if having a nice looking (and comfortable) sofa is more important to you than the comfort of the bed inside it.