Category: Futon & Sofa

What You Need To Know About Futon Covers

Here you are at the website dedicated to covering topics regarding all things about futon covers. Our hope is that you will find answers to the most common questions regarding the ways to protect and enhance the look of your futon and your living space. As you know, it isn’t just all about function when you are trying to cover anything, whether that is a bed or outside furniture. If that was all there was to it, you could just throw a plastic bag over your sofa-sleeper and be done with it. Many of our grandmothers did that and we know how that turned out. Their couches never got old, but you always had to sit on that uncomfortable plastic stuff that you would stick to or slide on in the hot summers. No, the new covers are nothing like those.

Your search online will give you many different types of results depending upon how you are searching for items related to your futon. Not only must you consider how you will cover the thing, but also what it is made of and the type of bed frame you use. With the choices available to you, you may never have to get bored with your sofa-sleeper ever again. Also, because there are chaise lounge futons and chairs that are made of futon mattresses, the various types of covering materials, patterns, styles, colors, and choices are everywhere.

How You Will Be Using Your Mattress Affects The Type of Futon Cover

If you want to get a hip feel, use this type of animal print on your futon.

Here, we will discuss these various topics as well as cover some questions that come up in the process of owning convertible sleeper-sofas, overnight guests, home decor and such. Consider this article your introduction to the world of futon covers and their many benefits. Like with traditional couches, normal wear and tear are to be expected. Depending upon the uses that your futon sofa must endure, whether it is for mostly extra seating in an entertaining area or you have occasional, even frequent overnight guests, it will need to be protected.

Protection of your futon does not need to be strictly functional without fashion. Futon slipcovers come in a variety of patterns that can match nearly every taste. Again, depending upon the type of look that you are going for, you can use your cover to enhance the look of the space without overpowering. Covers come in varieties from basic solid colors of primary colors, muted tones on up to your favorite ’80s colors in bright pinks or neon. Patterns can also be found with animal prints, florals, and more elegant looking styles as well.

Think About The Function When Deciding On Fabrics For Your Futon Mattress Cover

Here is a sample floral print by Aya Fabric that can be used to get a custom futon cover made.

Fabric choices will also be a factor when you are deciding on your choice of the futon cover. It is suggested that you match the fabric with its most frequent uses. For example, using a microfiber suede or linen type cover is not recommended where kids and animals will be jumping up on it. Common sense applies here of course. You might, however, opt for a leather option as it can wear quite well with pets and children. For a child’s play area, the best fabric choices are kinds of cotton and cotton blends with usually some kind of patterned print or something dark for obvious reasons.

With the resurgence in the popularity of futons in many homes, there has been a shift towards modern looks as well as the more traditional Japanese appearance. Futon beds and basic frames are still popular for college dorms and serve a much more utilitarian over fashion function. However, in finer homes, futon sofa-sleepers are the perfect solution for the empty-nesters who have occasional house guests coming to stay for a short period. They work very well in a guest room or home office/guest room.

This is how restful and zen-like your space could be, you would need to consider this for your choice of the right futon cover.

If the case is one where you use yours for extra seating in an entertaining area and crave variety, then futon covers are your perfect solution. When you put a slipcover on your futon, you give yourself options that didn’t exist before. If you are thinking ahead, you can even get several covers and have them ready to change out when the mood strikes. In times that call for more spark, go for the animal print or bold color or pattern choice. Trying to create that more intimate or subdued feel, then use a muted color or elegant pattern.

Covers for your futon can be the ultimate expression of your creativity and personality. Green conscious homeowners even have natural organic materials and hemp as possible options for futon covers. When it comes to something so seemingly simple as putting a cover on a sofa or couch, you might never know how much your personality can come through. It is cheaper and definitely much quicker than painting a room or buying new furniture. In fact, you can order you’re a cover for your futon online, have it shipped to your home, wash it and have it on your couch in under a week. Best wishes, thanks for stopping by and happy shopping!

Best Futon Mattress Guide

A lot of people are unaware that there are many more types of futon mattresses than just 100% cotton variety. Cotton futon mattresses and cotton with foam futons are by far the most common but there are a number of other options for those searching for a suitable futon mattress, you can also check the foamglobes’ cheap futon mattress list to find out more.

The Different Types of Futon Mattresses

Cotton Futon Mattress

This mattress is your traditional futon mattress filled with cotton with a cotton cover. It is a firm mattress but can easily fold to form a love seat or sofa. It often comes with a wooden frame that can be folded into a sofa also. The cotton mattress can be prone to moisture, especially from your body heat while you sleep and thus requires airing out in a well-ventilated room. To prevent lumping, rotating and flipping the mattress every few weeks is also recommended.

Cotton & Foam Futon Mattress

foam futon mattressThis is the most popular futon mattress because it holds its form better than the 100% cotton mattress and yet is still very affordable. It essentially allows for a good sleeping experience while still being firm and holding shape. The core is made up of layers of foam which are surrounded by a cotton batting. The more foam layers there are, the softer the mattress will be. The shape of this mattress will hold for about twelve years before it needs to be replaced.

Wool Futon Mattress

Wool Futon MattressThe wool futon mattress is not very common because many people (myself included) have allergies to wool. Still, wool is a natural insulator, which makes this futon mattress eco-friendly and better in cooler climates. These mattresses also have foam cores since wool alone does not hold it’s shaped well.  You’ll definitely need to get a futon mattress cover as well since wool tends to be very absorbent. This mattress requires the same amount, if not more maintenance as the cotton mattresses.

Polyester Foam Mattress

Polyester Foam MattressTypically, the less cotton in the bedding, the longer it will last. This holds true for synthetic fabrics such as polyester. Polyester provides the support and firmness that a person would want in a futon mattress. It contains a foam core with a single layer of cotton around the foam to provide softness. This mattress can support all body types because they are very resilient and can hold their shape for a very long time. The mattress is lightweight and is made for everyday use. It should be flipped and rotated about every three months.

Futon with Innerspring Futon Mattress

Futon with Innerspring Futon MattressThis mattress resembles a typical box spring mattress. It comes in all sizes from a twin up to a king, whereas most other futon mattresses only come in sizes up to a queen. Within the mattress are springs which are encased with several layers of foam. It does not fold up and is only designed for sleeping purposes. This mattress is much bulkier than others and is also more expensive. It will last as long as a typical commercial mattress and it requires light maintenance which includes being flipped and rotated about every six months.

As with most products, the price will be reflected in the design and quality of the materials. However, with futons the lesser the quality of material, the less you will want to use it for sleeping purposes. Cheap cotton futons do best as sofas or as a guest bed. If you want a futon for your permanent sleeping surface however, the other options listed are a better choice.

So which one do I prefer?  Well as a traditionalist I actually prefer either a high-quality staple cotton futon or a cotton and foam futon which actually gives you the best of both worlds; the natural fiber of cotton and the high-density foam for long lasting durability and support.

What Makes a Good Futon Frame?

Though the most important part of a futon set is the futon mattress itself, a close second is the futon frame. Traditional Japanese futons do not require frames at all and instead lay directly on tatami mats but for the rest of us living in the west, a good quality supporting frame is vital to the comfort and longevity of your mattress.

Futon mattress frames come in two main varieties, the wood futon frame and the metal futon frame.  As a naturalist, I personally prefer a wooden frame but there are a large variety of good metal frames available on the market as well so you need not follow my personal preference. If you go for a wooden frame, choose a solid wood like pine, ash, oak, birch, or maple.  These are all strong sturdy woods that will serve your futon well for many years.  Alternatively, if you prefer a metal frame, you’ll probably be more limited in the choice of material as most metal frames are made of steel (painted or stainless) through the pricier ones are sometimes made of aluminum.Futon Frame

Probably the most important aspect of a futon bed frame are the slats.  When considering the futon frame’s slats remember what I like to call the “rule of 3″.  Essentially the slats need to ideally be at least 3 inches wide (2.5 at the very least) and should be no greater than 3 inches apart.  If you don’t stick to this rule, you’ll probably find your futon mattress will wear much more quickly and won’t be as comfortable due to the lack of support.  In addition to the slats, you may find some of the better futon frames have slat stress supports which look like thin boards underneath the slats that help reinforce them for even greater support.  Whatever type of frame you choose, however, be sure to stay clear away from metal frames that use round bars as slats as these provide very little if any support for your mattress.

In addition to the slats, you’ll want to look at the overall construction of the futon frame and whether there is evidence of good workmanship.  For metal frames, check the welds for sturdiness and look for any signs of poor metalworking.  With wooden frames be sure to check how the pieces of wood are connected together and look for any cracks that might weaken its structure.  In general, it’s best to look for frames with merits and tenon construction as this type of joinery will increase the overall strength of your frame and its lifespan.  Also, many futon companies are now adding various stress supports which typically come in the form of metal brackets and support beams.  These stress supports can help make the bed frame stronger and that much more durable, thus increasing its longevity.  In particular check for the existence of angle brackets in your frame.  Angle brackets reinforce a joint and help support the various weights exerted on your frame.  Striker plates are also beneficial for futon bed frames that transform into a sofa or chair as they protect the wood that is exposed to rubbing.  Without these metal plates, the wood can start to wear and weaken especially if you are transforming your bed to its furniture form often.

Finally, there comes the topic of the warranty which can range widely from 90 days all the way up to 10 years and sometimes even longer.  Like any type of merchandise, with all other things being equal, the longer the warranty, the longer the company expects its frame to last, and thus the better the overall quality and craftsmanship.  If you choose a good quality futon frame and mattress with a decent warranty and all the other aspects I’ve discussed, there’s no reason why your frame couldn’t last well past 15 years or more.  Just like the futon mattress, it’s always better not to skimp and buy a cheap futon frame but instead get something you’re going to be happy with for years to come.

Choosing Futon Mattress Covers

Choosing a suitable futon mattress cover often gets overlooked by a number of people who are either buying or who already own a futon mattress. I’m not sure whether this is because there are just so many futon slipcovers to choose from that they feel overwhelmed or if they simply do not know what to look for in a futon cover. Hopefully, this post helps shed some guidance on the matter.

Though it may sound overly obvious, probably the most important aspect in buying a futon mattress cover is getting the correct size. That’s easy you might say; a full futon cover is for a full futon mattress and a queen futon cover is for a queen futon mattress. Well, unfortunately, it’s not always that simple.  Though the futon manufacturers normally make their covers based on the standard mattress sizes, it’s not uncommon for them to be out an inch or two and sometimes even 3 or 4! The main reason for these variances is due to the thickness of each mattress. The length and width might match up but the thickness of futon mattresses can range widely from 3 inches all the way up to 8 inches or more. Also, if your futon mattress was custom made or is from a smaller company it may not meet the standard mattress dimensions. Thus, it’s really important to know the exact measurements of both your futon mattress and the futon cover prior to buying. To be on the safe, ensure there is a return policy at the store you purchase the cover from so you can easily exchange it if need be.Futon Mattress Covers

The next critical factor for deciding on suitable futon slipcovers is the material they are made from.  Some people just go for cheap futon covers regardless of the material they are made from but I personally feel this is a mistake.  Instead, be willing to spend a little bit more to get a quality fabric that best suits your needs.  There are essentially two main types of futon cover materials; covers made with natural fibers (cotton, linen, wool, hemp, bamboo) and those made with synthetic fibers (nylon, polyester, rayon, and acrylic). Knowing which type of material to choose really depends on the main purpose of the futon.

If it’s predominately to serve as a couch or sofa, you’d probably want to go with a synthetic fiber such as microfiber that is not only very durable but spill resistant as well. But if you are mainly using your futon mattress as a bed, I highly recommend you go with a natural fiber like organic cotton. The main reason for this is a natural fiber breathes much easier than a synthetic one and is also more likely to be hypoallergenic for those people with allergies. Another thing to note about futon cover fabrics however is whether they are machine washable or dry clean only. Futon covers that are machine washable are obviously a lot more convenient than those that aren’t. Be careful though; I’ve often heard of futon covers shrinking in the wash (especially those made of cotton) so much that they no longer fit on the mattress! So be sure to check labels very carefully.

Lastly, and especially if your futon mattress will be used as a sofa or chair, you’ll want to consider a suitable color and pattern. The best way to do this is to consider the rest of the décor in the room where your futon will be sitting and match accordingly. One practical piece of advice I’d like to give though is to buy a darker color over a lighter tone especially if you have kids or pets as stains show much easier on a white cover than a darker color. Of course if your futon mattress is for a bed, white or natural cotton color is perfectly fine and in fact, it is preferred.