Thinking in these terms will help you to understand the type of futon you may need. Hosting couples will require a full or queen mattress, while having a place for a friend to crash when they need to may only need a single. If you have the room, you may want to purchase a few different futons to allow for flexible options as the need arises. A futon may be listed in different ways, depending on the manufacturer or retailers preference.
Even with the best mattress on the market youll 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, theyll 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?
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 werent 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 dont exist anymore, they do, but there are also some very nice frames, mattresses, and futon covers in todays market.
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