Look for foam that has a density no less than 1.2 pound per cubic foot. With foam, higher density usually equals a long lasting mattress that retains it feel. Natural fibers, mostly cotton, are good for futons that need more flexibility. For those of us that are traditionalists a natural fiber and foam blend is a good choice when looking at a futon mattress. The futon cover is the piece that buttons up the look of the futon.
You may hear futons described as a three-seat, love seat, lounge, click-clack bed, dorm futon, or bunk bed futon. It is best to read the description thoroughly to better understand the type of futon they are selling and if it will fit your needs. The description of the futon will typically supply the dimensions of the futon mattress. If the dimensions are 60x80, then this is a queen mattress and most likely a three-seat futon.
Natural fibers, cotton and linen are nice and soft to begin with, but can wear faster than synthetics. Synthetic fibers; polyester, nylon, rayon and such; might not be quite as soft but they last longer than natural fibers. Synthetic fibers have come a long way, they are constantly being improved and they hold vivid dyes that cotton and linen cant. A good compromise between Natural and Synthetic fibers is blends of the two, which are in abundance in the futon cover market.
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