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.
The different materials used in futon mattresses will directly affect the four qualities of weight, firmness, rigidity, and flexibility. The following is a rough guide as to the qualities of futon mattresses made from 100% cotton, cotton and foam, cotton and polyester, 100% polyester, and innerspring. Futon bed mattresses made from 100% cotton are at the heavier end of the scale, as is its firmness and flexibility.
However, the rigidity is quite low. A futon mattress made from a mixture of cotton and foam is much lighter and less firm than that of one made from 100% cotton. The rigidity of a cotton and foam futon mattress is quite high, so is ideal for futons that are going to be used mainly as a sofa. A futon mattress made from cotton and polyester is also light and not too firm. Its rigidity is less than that of 100% cotton or cotton and foam mattress.
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