Need a space-saving guest bed that's stylish & practical? A futon could be the perfect choice.
Futons are a multi-functional, versatile space-saving style of bed. They're perfect for student dorms or accommodating overnight guests, and since they can be turned into a sofa, they're a stylish way to keep a spare bed tucked away. Futons are usually available in sofa bed, day bed and chair styles so you can easily add a bed to any sized room. Find out the most common questions about futon mattresses in our handy buying guide.
Futon mattresses originated from Japan and were the norm for a bed frame. Futon beds in the U.K., however, tend to be a space-saving solution or an easy-to-store away bed for guests. Typically, in Japan, futon mattresses are used on the floor and do not require a frame. Because of this, the mattress itself tends to be thinner but feels firm due to being placed on the floor.
Here, however, a futon bed can include any type of fold out bed, including the ever popular sofa bed. They're excellent for guests and are a game-changer when it comes to saving space in your home. If you're looking for the best bed for your spare room, read our Guest Bed And Guest Mattresses Buying Guide.
Similarly to standard mattresses, futons and sofa beds are available in a few different styles. While firmness isn't always available to change, you can usually choose from a few different materials. The most common mattress styles for a futon are:
A firm-feeling mattress can be beneficial for existing back pain. However, futon mattresses in the UK can be quite thick and are designed to be used on top of a frame. You can find futon mattresses that are suitable for daily use. However, they tend to be designed for light use and are not usually suitable for people with chronic back pain. If you do suffer from back pain, it's probably best to choose a more durable mattress, potentially one with orthopaedic support. You can read our guide to The Best Mattresses For Back Pain for more help.
An average futon mattress thickness ranges anywhere between three and nine inches. For perspective, a standard traditional mattress thickness ranges between eight and twelve inches. A futon mattress needs to be thinner so it can be easily folded and stored away. If you feel that your mattress is on the thin side, you can always add a removable foam mattress topper.
This will allow you to have extra depth when sleeping whilst still being able to pack it away easily. If you plan to use your futon or sofa bed regularly, consider a thicker depth for extra support. Sleeping on a thinner mattress over time can lead to stiff joints and uncomfortable back pain.
Futons in the UK are usually available in single or double. Typically, futon beds are either a sofa or chair style and the mattress size will reflect that. A king-size futon is not usually an option since it would be difficult to pack away a mattress of that size. When replacing a mattress for your futon, it's important to measure before ordering. Some manufacturer's mattress sizes vary, particularly if they are based outside of the U.K.
For help figuring out which size guest bed you need, take a look at our Ultimate UK Bed & Mattress Size Guide.
When shopping for a mattress for your futon. It's important to consider how often you will use it as a sofa. If you intend to use it often, a memory foam mattress is a great option. Most sofa cushions are made using memory foam because of its durability and soft yet supportive feel. It's also incredibly supportive when used as a bed, ensuring your guests get a good night's sleep.
Choosing a futon or sofa bed that suits your home's style is important, too. Luckily, we stock a huge range of sofa beds in a variety of colours, sizes and styles, so you can find one that perfectly matches your preferred aesthetic.
If you'd like to explore what other guest bed options are available, check out our helpful Guest Bed Buying Guide. Guests arriving in a hurry? We have a huge range of beds and mattresses that are available for next-day delivery. Shop our full range, across our website, and don't forget to check our sale page for our cheapest futons and sofa beds!