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.
A lighter futon bed mattress is a good choice as long as it gives the comfort you want. If youre planning on using your futon mainly as a bed then a heavier futon mattress is usually going to be best option. Firmness is a measurement of the feel or give of the mattress when used as a sleeping or sitting surface. This quality is what people define as comfortable. Rigidity is the ability of the futon bed mattress to retain its shape along its edge when being used as a bed or sofa.
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.
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