Rigidity of a futon bed mattress is more important when the futon is being used mainly as a sofa. Flexibility basically defines how easy folding the futon mattress is going to be. If you are going to folding the mattress daily from sofa to bed back to sofa again, then buying a futon bed mattress with a lot of flexibility makes sense. Futon bed mattresses are made from a variety of materials.
What are the pros and cons to natural fibers vs foams? How long should my futon mattress last? Feel is a rather subjective term; someones firm could be too soft for another. As a general rule of thumb, my customers like a firm futon for sleeping, a soft futon for sitting, and in between mattress for a sofa that converts into a guest bed. Foam futons usually retain the firmness they have when purchased, but only if the foam is of an acceptable quality.
However a futon bed mattress made from cotton and polyester is quite flexible. A futon mattress made from 100% polyester is by far the lightest of all; it also rates well for firmness and rigidity. A futon bed mattress made using inner springs is by far the heaviest and would only be used when the futon is almost always used as a bed. As you might expect, the rigidity of a futon mattress using inner springs is excellent.
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