You probably already know that futons are a great way to maximize your home’s accommodations when space is at a premium.
… But maybe you’re not sure which one to buy?
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St Paul Furniture
Best Futons of 2020 (Including Most Comfortable Pick)
In order of importance, here are my favorite futons of 2020.
Best Overall: St Paul Furniture – El Dorado
Having seen them all, my vote for the best futon is the St. Paul Furniture El Dorado. Constructed with imported Indonesian hardwood, the futon frame is sturdy and substantial – it simply feels like quality. The light-brown finish pairs well with complementary colors in your living space. The futon mattresses provides a nice balance of support and firmness, and is available in a wide variety of colors and patterns so that you can find the best match for your room. You also have the option of choosing a futon frame design with or without drawers, which can provide a great place to store sheets, pillows, blankets, and anything else you might need to accommodate your overnight guests.
As with everything in life, there are some compromises to be made if you decide that this futon is for you. First of all, it is one of the more expensive futons out there. While you are certainly getting your money’s worth, if you are on a budget you might be better off looking at products further down on our list. The other point to keep in mind is that the assembly can take a few hours. This is a small price to pay for a well-built futon frame at the end of the day, but it is still worth noting so that you can plan for installation when it arrives.
Most Comfortable: Nirvana Futons Standford Set
Coming in as a close second to the St Paul Furniture El Dorado is the Nirvana Futons Stanford set. The futon frame is also made of solid hardwood, so it is quite sturdy and will stand up to extensive use. The manufacturer stands behind their product with a 5 year limited warranty on the futon frame and a 4 year limited warranty on the futon mattresses. Like the El Dorado, the Stanford set is available in a wide variety of colors. You will also be able to choose between full and queen sized options, as well as twill or microfiber fabric for the mattress cover. Microfiber can be helpful in preventing stains from spilled drinks. If you prefer a product without arm rests, which gives more space for tall guests to spread out, you can check out the very similar Arden set (View on Amazon) by the same manufacturer.
As with the El Dorado, there are two drawbacks to consider with the Standford set. The price is again on the higher side of the range of products available today, but this is to be expected when you are in the market for the best products. There is also a bit of assembly required once the product makes it to your home, so make sure to plan accordingly.
Simmons Boston Futon
There’s something really nice about the old-school wood-sided futons. They don’t go out of their way to look like a couch, but they’re also not the hyper-modern pieces that have no warmth. They look like couches that one would have in a rec room or major a dorm, but they still have enough class to be used by adults. These are classic futons that really never went out of style, even if many companies are trying to do something new. If you want classic, this is the futon for you.
The Simmons Boston Futon is a throwback in the best way. It’s big and roomy, so it might not work well in a studio but it works great in a guest room. The unit is a little heavy, but that means that it is incredibly sturdy. The futon mattresses themselves are quite comfortable and you might even find yourself moving to them instead of your bed from time to time. It is a great futon that will make you wonder why you ever chose to sleep on anything else.
This futon isn’t quite as convenient as some modern futons, though. It’s heavy, moving it takes some effort, and you may well want to leave it in the couch position to sleep. Even with that said, it’s still a great piece of furniture. This is the perfect choice if you want a futon frame that’s solid and will last for years to come.
It’s always nice to find a futon that actually looks nice. It’s not that futons tend to be ugly, but rather that most tend to put function over form. On the balance, that’s probably a good thing – but it’s somehow convinced futon makers that their products don’t need to look nice. The Novogratz Brittany is one of those rare futons that looks great even though it’s built mostly to fulfill a function. It’s a fantastic sleeper that won’t look out of place in your home.
At first glance, it’s a bit tough to see that this futon is actually a futon. It looks much more like a couch, albeit one that’s a bit more on the stylish end than on the functional end. Once you get up close, though, you can see that the futon is meant to be used. It’s easy to move from one configuration to the other, with no real strings attached. The whole futon is light enough to be moved around as necessary, but still sturdy enough that you won’t worry about breaking it when you sit down.
The futon matresses are remarkably firm, which is either a good or bad thing depending on your preference. The good news is that it doesn’t sag and it won’t wear out. The bad news is that it doesn’t really have much give. Definitely consider this couch if you need extra support, which is precisely why we’ve chosen it as our best futon for everyday sleeping.
Futon Lounger by Kodiak
Futons come in many shapes and sizes. While some seem to be designed to double as something more, there’s a lot to be said for futons that take their primary role serious. Good futon matresses should be able to double as a bed easily, especially if they are primarily put to use for that purpose. Futons are an ideal choice if you live in a dorm or in a studio, and thus a comfortable futon that can really save space is one that deserves some praise. One such futon is the Kodiak Futon Lounger.
The futon mattresses from Kodiak is obviously meant to be used as primary sofa beds. They fold out at the sides instead of at a central hinge, making them much easier to use. You don’t even have to pull them out from the wall – move the sides down and you’re good to go. The futon also doubles as a lounger if you choose to only lower one side of the futon. This makes it a very versatile piece of furniture and the best choice for those who truly don’t have a great deal of extra space in their homes.
The downside to this futon is that it’s fairly small and low to the ground. That makes sense for something that’s meant to save space, but it’s not ideal for those who are particularly tall. If you’re looking for something that will help you make the most of the space in a very small room, though, this is the futon for you.
Divano Roma Furniture Modern Plush Futon
Good looking futon mattresses are a rarity. It’s not that they aren’t out there, but rather that most people buy futon mattresses just because they need a sleeper. If you want a good futon frame that also happens to look great, this might be the best futon for you.
This is a superb furniture piece if you have a side room that needs to be filled out. Yes, it’s a futon but it nonetheless looks great in a sitting space. It’s one of the rare futon mattresses that’s more about form than function, but that’s okay in this place. It isn’t a bad sofa bed and it will keep your guests happy for a few nights. If you are willing to build a room around it, you can actually use this as a centerpiece. Just don’t choose it for your living room – it’s just not quite big enough.
There are a few complaints with this comfortable futon, but none of them are major. Yes, it’s a bit firm – and yes, it’s not that easy to move. You’re definitely getting more of an accent piece than the main furniture piece here, though, so don’t be fooled. This is the ideal choice for those who need an extra sleeper, not for those who need a primary sofa bed. Still, a mattress topper can turn this one into a fairly good choice even for a studio.
What do you expect out of a futon? Most people want something that looks decent, can turn into a sofa bed, and that won’t break their backs when they try to move it. Fortunately, the DHP Dillan really does do all that. It might not be fancy, but it is a really solid futon frame that doesn’t fail at anything that futon matresses are supposed to do.
There is an awful lot to like here. The futon frame looks great, especially if you are going to use it as a primary piece of furniture in a studio. It’s also very light, which is helpful for those who need to move the futon around. It doesn’t take much to switch it over to being a sofa bed and it’s comfortable enough that you won’t have any major sleep problems. All in all, it’s a good, comfortable futon that will satisfy your needs.
So, what are the complaints? The big one is that the futon mattresses are small. That’s not a big deal, though, as DHP is pretty up-front with the measurements. It’s much better suited for shorter people than tall, though it’s really not that much shorter than the average futon. The padding is also firm, which isn’t bad for a guest bed but it might not be great if you use it all the time. If you grab a mattress topper, though, this can be a great primary bed.
Best Choice Products Leather Faux Fold Down
Leather is an interesting choice for futon mattresses. While it’s not necessarily what you immediately think about when you consider a comfortable bed, it’s definitely something that you’d consider when you want something that looks good. Leather makes futon mattresses look a little more adult and a little less like the kind of furniture a teenager would use. This particular futon really does look great, but that’s not all that it has going for it. In truth, it’s a solid piece of work that is a good fit for any home.
The primary audience for futon mattresses of this type is probably people who want to save space. This futon fits particularly well in smaller apartments or studios, but it wouldn’t totally be out of place in a college dorm. Even with that said, it looks good in an office or a guest room that isn’t used often – it’s not going to be mistaken for anything else, but it still looks functional enough that it isn’t an eyesore when not being used.
There aren’t too many downsides here. You’ll absolutely need a sheet if anyone is sleeping on the futon bed, but that really should be a given. It’s also not that easy to put together, so make sure you look online for extra instructions. If you can get past a little extra work, though, you’ll find a futon that looks great and that will still provide you or company with a place to sleep.
HomCom Suede Fabric Lounge Futon
Futons need to fulfill two functions well. They need to be comfortable enough to sit on and they need to provide an extra sleeping space. The best futons do both admirably. One such futon is the HomCom Suede Fabric Lounge Futon, which is a fantastic futon for those who need extra back support.
If you like extra support, this is a good futon. The mattress is a bit on the firm side, which is a fantastic perk for those who need a little extra support from a futon. It folds down relatively easily, with the detachable pillow providing a good deal of lumbar support. Beyond that, you’ve got a relatively typical futon that looks nice and has a nice removable cover. It’s the perfect extra piece for an office or a bedroom, if not the main room of a house. It does its job admirably for anyone who just needs a good futon.
There are, however, a few problems with this futon. It’s very hard to put together, with unhelpful instructions and badly labeled parts. This won’t bother you when you get it together, but it is sure to make for a frustrating hour or so. Other than that, the big complaint is that it sits low to the ground. If you have trouble with mobility, then, this might not be for you. If you don’t mind sitting a bit low and you want a futon that’s going to give you the right kind of support, this might be a great choice.
DHP – Allegra
If hardwood is not a necessity, then the DHP Allegra can be a great option for your home. While it lacks the sturdy hardwood frame of the previously mentioned models, the build quality is still sufficient and the pillow-top cushion is very comfortable. The fabric used for the cushion is microfiber, which is not only very soft but also will give you more time to clean off any spilled liquids prior to them seeping in and causing permanent stains. Unlike the hardwood models mentioned above, assembly of this futon is a breeze and the price is quite fair.
While the cushions are comfortable, many buyers find that the support can become relaxed over time. This is unfortunately a compromise you’ll have to deal with in the lower futon price range. However, this can easily be remedied with a mattress topper if you run into similar issues down the road.
Best Choice Products Microfiber
It’s nice to see a futon that doesn’t pretend to be something else. There are no hidden features here or attempts to be ultra-fancy. Instead, this futon is simply a good place for your guests to sit and sleep overnight in a pinch.
Efficient is probably the most precise word to describe this microfiber sleeper. It’s compact and easy to put together, so you won’t need much help when it arrives. It works well enough in a guest room or any extra space you have, with looks that help it match almost anything. There’s not much else to say here, other than the futon works well. It won’t stand out, but that’s not usually the point of a futon like this.
There are a bunch of little nit-picks here that do keep the futon from being perfect. The big one is the locking system. It takes a lot of effort to put this futon back into its original shape after you pull it down. If you keep working until it locks, though, you’ll have no problem. The futon is also very firm – it’s more than some people can handle, but it’s nice if you have a bad back. Choose this one if you need a temporary sleeper that doesn’t get moved often.
Divano Roma Mid Century Modern
Mid-century modern is a fantastic style for futons. There’s something about the style that makes the futon look more adult, for lack of a better term. It’s exactly what a futon needs to make the jump from functional piece of dorm furniture to something that belongs in the home of an adult, but it doesn’t sacrifice any of the utility of the furniture. Honestly, it’s one of the better looks for a futon and something that really makes a difference. Ify ou’re looking for a good futon in this style, Divano’s Roma is a great place to start.
The good news is that the futon looks great. It’s not quite going to be mistaken for a classic love seat, but it’s definitely better looking than the futons you’d find in most dorm rooms. It’s also functional – folding it out is easy enough and it gives guests a fair bit of space. You probably won’t ever mistake this particular futon for a bed, either, but it’s much better than most guest options out there. As it stands, it’s one of the better blends of function and aesthetics that you are going to find.
One thing that definitely pops up in other reviews is that the mattress of this futon is quite firm. That’s not necessarily a bad thing for some people, but you should be aware of that if you need a very fluffy mattress. It shouldn’t be enough to keep you from sleeping, but it’s always a good idea to pick something that fits your personal preferences. If you want a mattress that’s firm and looks great, this is a futon for you.
Simplicity can be a blessing when it comes to futons. Sure, it’s nice to have something fancy but it’s also nice to have something that just works. Given that a futon does have moving parts and that you may want to use it on a regular basis, it’s a good idea to find something that’s functional first and that is aesthetically pleasing second. Fortunately, the DHP Lone is a good looking futon that is very easy to use and holds up to repeated wear and tear.
This isn’t the world’s fanciest futon. In fact, it’s very much what you’d expect to see in a small apartment or in a dorm room. That’s not a bad thing, though – futons don’t always have to hide their functionality. What you will get here is a futon that works well and that is easy to move into the two different positions. You won’t need help and you rarely have to worry about any major problems. If you’re trying to use the futon to save space, it’s about as good a product as you could hope for.
Are there flaws? Sure. The mattress is a bit hard and there are a few shipping issues that have been reported. Beyond that, though, it’s a solid little futon that will give you someplace to sleep if you don’t have room for both a couch and a bed. It’s definitely the best futon to buy when space is at a premium.
While most people think of a futon as a particularly disposable piece of furniture, there are actually futons out there that serve as long-term parts of a home’s decor. These futons look a bit more like a couch or love seat than pieces of dorm decoration and they tend to stand up to scrutiny even when up close. Even with that said, they still work well as beds and allow even those who don’t have guest rooms a chance to put their company up on something that’s a bit more comfortable than the average couch.
The DHP Andora is a great looking piece of furniture. It looks much more like a love seat than a futon, with a solid aesthetic that fits into most rooms. It’s not exactly going to win any awards for style, but it’s also not going to stick out if you opt to use it in a living room instead of purely as part of your guest furniture. In addition to looks, it’s also got a good bit of functionality with its true twin-size bed. It’s quite comfortable for a futon, with a little more support than you might expect. It’s easily a piece that could double as a primary bed in a studio.
If there is a complaint about the futon, it’s that it doesn’t stand up well to heavy wear and tear. If you’re gentle with it or you use a cover, you certainly won’t ever experience a problem. If you choose to abuse the futon, though, you really shouldn’t expect perfection.
Better Homes and Gardens Wood Arm Futon
A nice futon can go a long way. It works well as a primary piece of furniture when you have a small apartment and as a great addition to a guest room or office when you’ve got a bit more space. It’s the kind of thing that makes a home a little more cozy – something with which the Better Homes and Gardens Wood Arm Futon helps quite a bit.
Most of what you’ll enjoy about this particular futon will come from its looks. Thet titular word arms really look great, helping elevate the piece from a typical piece of college furniture to something that looks a bit more adult. The mattress itself is also quite comfortable even if you’re not sleeping on it – it provides enough support that you’ll enjoy using it throughout the day. It’s just big enough to be a comfortable guest bed without requiring you to give up too much space and you’ll enjoy the fact that the construction feels solid enough that guests won’t feel uncomfortable on the futon.
The only minor caveat about this futon is that it’s a little hard to move. You can certainly convert it from one mode to the other on your own, but you’ll need the help of a second person to make the change quickly. As such, this futon serves much better as part of a guest room or office than it will in any kind of primary sleeping arrangement. If you don’t mind the time it takes to set up, though, you’ll find that this is quite a good futon.
DHP – Bergen
If the top tier of futons are out of reach with your budget but you still want the look of hardwood, the DHP Bergen could be the best futon for you. While the frame is made of metal, most of what you see are the solid wood arms. The mattress is only available in tan, but it is a coil mattress that is firm and provides plenty of support. A sheet or cover can be placed over the mattress if a different color is desired.
As with all of the other futons reviewed so far, there will be some assembly required upon receipt. However, many note that assembly in this case is a breeze. If your budget is in the middle of the range, this could easily be your pick for a comfortable and stylish futon that will stand up to the test of time.
One of the best things about futons is the wide range of styles they come in. While everyone is used to the basic futon seen in dorms across the country, there are also models fit for every taste. The DHP Zany futon, for example, is a great example of modern minimalist design that is nonetheless as functional as it is stylish.
This futon is an ideal piece for those who are looking for style. It’s functional, sure, but the big selling point is how great it looks. It wouldn’t be out of place in a high-end condo or townhome, yet it’s useful enough that you can use it almost anywhere. Think of this as an accent piece that nonetheless provides a great deal of utility in almost any home. It’s light and easy to move, but still sturdy enough to use as an extra bed. It’s a fantastic piece of furniture if you need to preserve space.
The only real downside to this one is that it’s a bit difficult to assemble on your own. It’s not impossible, of course, but it does require a little extra effort if you can’t get a friend to help out. Luckily it is fairly light and eas to move, so you won’t have to take it apart if you don’t like where you’ve put the futon. While it might not be the largest futon on the market, it still provides a great extra bed and doubles easily as a couch in almost any small room.
Mainstays Memory Foam Convertible Futon
If you have never slept on memory foam, you should absolutely give it a try. It’s the kind of luxury that you’ll want to use every night, especially if you have trouble getting the right kind of support from more traditional mattresses. Fortunately, this material is no longer just something you can get on a bed – you can also get a futon with a memory foam mattress. One of the top on the market is the Mainstays Memory Foam Convertible Futon, which works well as both a bed and as a couch.
As you might imagine, the big selling point here is the memory foam material. While it’s not necessarily for everyone, those who love an extra bit of support will find it hard to go back to anything else. Simply having the memory foam mattress on the futon is a game-changer, so it’s more than worth a try. Aside from that, this is a very attractive futon that has three different positions for sitting or lying down and that can be moved from one to another with relative easy. This is easily one of the most comfortable futons that you’re ever going to find.
There are a few downsides to this couch. The big one is, oddly enough, the memory foam. If you don’t like the support, you’re not going to find this futon to be very comfortable. The sitting position can also feel a bit awkward if you don’t generally have good posture as well, so the whole experience can be a bit different than that for which you have been used. If you like the feel of memory foam, though, this futon is for you.
DHP Coral Cables
Good futons don’t need to do much to become valuable parts of your home. If they look decent and work as a bed, most of the work has already been done. If you really want to see a good futon, though, you’ll add in another element – comfort.
There is a lot to like when it comes to this futon. When it’s sitting up as a couch, it looks much better than the typical sleeper futon and you won’t have a problem using it as decor in a bedroom or even an office. It really shines when you fold it down into the sleeper configuration, though. It’s very easy to move from one mode to the other and it’s quite comfortable. A great deal of that has to do with the simple addition of the back legs, which help to provide a little extra support in both modes. This is a solid futon that you’ll enjoy using.
Realistically, this isn’t the kind of couch that will serve well as the central piece of a living room – and that’s fine because that’s not really for what it is meant. This is instead a great fold-out futon, one that will serve very well as a couch in a guest room or office and a good place for your guests to sleep. As long as you understand exactly what it’s meant to do, you’ll get what you need from the product. In the end, that’s absolutely all you should be able to ask from a futon. This is simply a product that delivers on its promises.
Best Choice Products Modern Entertainment Futon
A good futon is usually just an extra place for guests to sit and sleep. It’s nice to see, though, that some futons do a little more. This particular futon works really well as the main couch in your home, especially with its extra features.
Like most futons, this unit works as a bed or a couch. Unlike most, though, it puts some thought into the couch function. It has a central console that folds down, allowing you to store a remote and to hold drinks. It even has arm-rests! Fortunately, those arm-rests are still removable so that you can still use this unit as a fantastic bed. It really is nice to know that you can get a futon that works well as a primary couch.
All of the extra function means that it does take a little more work to use. You can’t just pull it down – you’ll have to remove the arm rests. Honestly, though, that’s a really good trade-off for the utility. If you want a great couch that will fold out into a place for people to sleep, this is the futon for you.
Harper Bright Design Convertible
The ideal choice of futon is the one that works well. It’s the futon that doesn’t take forever to put together or move and the kind that won’t send you to a chiropractor after a fitful night’s sleep. It’s the kind of futon that looks nice enough in an office, but that could be used in your living room in a pinch. It’s a lot to ask from one piece of furniture, but fortunately the Harper Bright Design Convertible futon does all that and more.
This is a nice piece of engineering that gets the job done every time. It doesn’t have much in the way of fancy aesthetics, but it does still look nice. It’s more of a dorm or office piece than a living room piece, but it does spruce up nicely with a few pillows. It doesn’t really take much effort to move this futon into the bed mode and you won’t wake up in pain after sleeping. While there are no special bells and whistles to this futon, it does work – and honestly, that’s one of the greatest things you can get from any futon.
The only real downside is that this futon is a little tough to put together. It’s not the hardest to assemble in the world, but you might get a bit frustrated. Follow the directions as much as you can and go online if you need extra help. If you can put up with that, you’ll get a very useful futon that does its job very well.
DHP – Emily
The final futon on our list is the DHP Emily. For many people price will be the deciding factor, and in this case the Emily is probably the futon for you. The Emily has a sleek and modern style, with a black faux leather covering that will pair well with most homes. For the party animals out there, the Best Choice Products Modern Entertainment (View on Amazon) futon is a similar product, but offers a middle arm rest with cup holders.
Of course, it is important to keep in mind that when you are purchasing the lowest price products, you are making a sacrifice in quality. Just be realistic as to what one should expect from this futon – you may find that you’ll want to replace it a few years down the road.
Comfortable & Affordable: How to Choose The Perfect Futon
When purchasing a piece of furniture you expect that it will stand the test of time. Generally, futon frames built from wood are more desirable than metal frames with welded joints – at least in terms of durability. The best options boast not only a solid grounding, but they also come with a mattress that provides adequate support and give.
While futons statistically will be sat on more often then they are laid down upon, keep in mind that the person sleeping on it will likely be your guest. The best futons are just as comfortable for slumber as they are for relaxation and casual conversation. Comfort is the main function of your futon. No matter how sturdy and stylish it may be, if you can’t sit on it for twenty minutes without developing a backache it probably won’t work for you down the road.
This comes down to your own personal taste, and as such it is not a factor in our ratings. Futons come in all shapes, sizes, and colors – you’ll want to find a product that plays nicely with the other furniture in your room. Also consider whether or not you want armrests. Armrests are great for the sitting position but they can limit the overall length of the bed, restricting the sleeping space for tall guests.
Price is probably the most important factor in choosing the right futon for your home. Make sure to spend only what you are comfortable with sacrificing. While we’d all love to buy the most luxurious model available, sometimes this is simply not practical. Decide where you can and cannot compromise based on your budget, and try not to be swayed by upgrades out of your reach.
While there are myriad futons on the market today, it is helpful to cut through the noise and focus on the futons that people are buying, using extensively, critiquing, and still enjoying. These days, there is simply no need to be the guinea pig for an untested and potentially unreliable product. Keeping this in mind – if money is no concern, feel strongly that the best futon you can buy the St Paul Furniture El Dorado (View on Amazon) – or you can opt for the close runner up, the Nirvana Futons Standford Set (View on Amazon). These futons are made from durable hardwood and provide plenty of support for both sitting and sleeping. They are also very customizable, and are available with many different cushion colors as well as other options.
Understandably, the top of the line models are out of the reach of many people. That doesn’t mean that you are out of luck! Fortunately, the DHP Allerga (View on Amazon) and the DHP Bergen (View on Amazon) are both worthwhile options, offering their own pros and cons depending on what matters more to you in your futon purchase. The Allegra offers a more modern style and plush comfort, while the Bergen offers a more traditional wood frame style and a decent level of support.
Of course, sometimes price is the only factor and you just need a futon with basic form and function. Make sure you are OK with buying a lower quality product if this is the case, but the DHP Emily (View on Amazon) is probably the best futon if you’re on a budget.
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