Whether you’re in school or converting the guest room at home, creating a comfortable place to study, read, watch TV, play games and generally relax is always a good idea — especially when that space can also transform into a handy bed. Granted, if you have excess space, you might think the answer is a sofa and a bed, but if you’re tight on space (think dorm rooms) or would rather save money and just buy a versatile two-in-one piece, it’s time to get a futon.
Futons are a great solution for anyone who’s short on space, loves a place to chill out and enjoys impromptu overnight visitors. Other handy benefits to these converting couches include the fact they are super comfortable, durable, budget friendly and more resistant to bugs than your standard bed mattress. For these reasons, many people, especially students, prefer having a futon rather than a traditional one-use couch.
If you’re decking out your college dorm room and are going to need a space for your buddies to crash, check out these 10 popular futon options. Most of these are extremely affordable, although we’ve thrown a few in at the end for people who want to go above and beyond. There are, of course, options for dorm rooms as well as other futons more suited to family homes and even models which are ideal for use as the main sitting option in your living room.
1. Milliard Tri-Fold Foam Mattress
This Milliard Tri-Fold Foam Mattress sports a simple yet elegant design, which is ideal for apartments, dorms, family dens and more. The square L-shape can be placed right up against wall corners to maximize space in small rooms, while the high-density foam ensures a comfortable sitting spot for gaming, reading or hanging out with your friends. It takes a few seconds to fold out into a bed and also includes velcro braces to keep the sofa secured when it’s not in use.
2. D&D Traditional Japanese Floor Futon
BEST NON-FURNITURE OPTION
Here’s a sleep solution that you can roll out anywhere. The D&D Traditional Japanese Floor Futon Mattress is filled with cozy cotton layers of fiber and foam for a soft snooze even if you’re sleeping on an ultra-hard floor. This is a great option to store in your closet for unexpected guests.
3. Room Essentials Black Futon
You can’t go wrong with the Room Essentials Black Futon. It’s durable, convenient and comfortable, whether you’re lying down on it or sitting and studying on it. Its simple black style works in any environment and is so sturdy, it will easily last from the dorm to your first apartment.
4. Your Zone Flip Chair
BEST FOR ONE PERSON
Whether you’re studying, hanging out with friends, or lounging around, this Your Zone Flip Chair is the perfect addition to any dorm room because it adjusts to easily fit any situation. It won’t take up much space, either. If you just need space to sleep just one person, this is a great option.
5. KD Frames Studio Bifold Futon
If you like the sound of an adjustable frame, which offers five different possible positions ranging from an upright sofa to a full bed, the KD Frames Studio Bifold Futon is for you. This attractive piece is made in the USA but doesn’t come with a mattress. The frame is constructed from tulip poplar and sports a natural finish, making it a versatile choice, which will look great in a whole range of home styles.
6. DHP Kebo Futon Sofa Bed
This comfortable, low-set DHP Kebo Futon Sofa Bed is ideal for hanging out on a lazy afternoon or catching some sleep at night. It brings both style and function into your home. And, it folds quickly and easily from a modern, stylish sofa to a full-size bed.
7. Mainstay Memory Foam Futon
BEST MEMORY FOAM OPTION
The Mainstay Memory Foam Futon is another futon option which switches from sofa to bed in a matter of seconds. The two-piece back rest lowers individually, allowing you to enjoy one side sofa and one side bed should you wish. The futon is available in either black suede or camel suede and has a memory foam inner to provide maximum comfort whether you’re sitting or lying down. The entire frame is made from metal to give it an attractive appearance and durability.
8. Bane Convertible Sofa
The eye-catching Bane Convertible Sofa has simple, but sophisticated style that looks so inviting, you might grab a nap every time you pass it by. Its solid wood frame keeps you supported while you study. And, it couldn’t be more comfortable in its bed mode at night. Plus, it’s especially convenient to have around for those unexpected guests who end up sleeping over.
9. Kodiak Furniture Phoenix Futon Set
There is a style of the Kodiak Furniture Phoenix Futon Set to suit every kind of interior decor. From plain colors to Canadian wildlife, this attractive futon mixes a natural wood appearance with 100% polyester cushions to provide a comfortable place to sit or sleep. Each futon set is made in the USA from solid hardwood and includes two handy drawers underneath, which can store your bedding supplies or other household items.
10. Maurice Microfiber Pillow Top Futon
The Maurice Microfiber Pillow Top Futon is a furniture piece worthy of being your main living room sofa. The three-seater design provides plenty of sitting space for the family, while the range of attractive available colors ensures there’s one to suit your interiors. The set includes two throw pillows for added comfort and has a reinforced back frame, steel seat and metal-to-metal connections to ensure it’s up to withstanding the rigors of daily life. It only takes a matter of seconds to switch from the sofa to the bed.