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Futons - The Furniture Authority

Millions are discovering a new alternative to a bed that doesn't believe in lying low: the versatile and functional futon. Beds take up a lot of room, but futons are no larger than a small sofa. Even though futons are smaller than a bed, they still serve as a bed. At the same time, during the day futons serve as a couch and give you the best of both worlds. Like an old family friend, it can fit in the bedroom, family room, recreation room or even the study. The Furniture Authority, a recognized leader in the US for top quality bedroom furniture and accessories, offers solid wood futons, futon beds, futon bunk beds, iron futons, metal futons and metal and wood futons. Our wide selection of futon mattresses offers great comfort both as a sofa and as a bed for sleeping.

Originally from Japan, futons came on the scene in the US in the 1940's and have been gaining in popularity ever since. Futons are not like pull out beds inside a sofa. Futons more or less fold in half. Futon frames are usually made of metal or wood, and come in a variety of styles and colors. You can find futons in mission, cottage, contemporary, traditional, and even tropical designs. You can find futon mattresses in cotton, coil, foam and spring styles that are comfortable to sit on during the day and also give you a cozy night's sleep.

But perhaps the real benefits of futons are the covers. You can change the look of the entire room just by changing the cover of futons. Today futon covers border from the ordinary to the exotic (animal or tropical prints). Some of them come in florals, prints, solids, stripes. If your taste in futons is more ethnic you can even find Asian looks. Faux suede, floral, plaids and solid covers for futons are very popular. If that doesn't give you enough variety, add in the fact that futons are light enough to move around the room for even more arrangement possibilities. The firmness of futons depends on what stuffing is used, so be sure to ask, if this is important to you. Wool and foam are more firm, while cotton and polyester are softer. Besides the benefit of changing the setting in your home as often as you wish, futons are very economical and convenient too.

Futon mattresses with springs are becoming more and more popular these days. Although, they're mostly used in Japanese beds, American markets have caught-up with this type of mattress and now offer innerspring futons to US consumers. Although memory foam mattress, latex or air mattresses are more popular, because they provide much more comfort, some people still prefer Western-style futon mattresses with springs.

If you do choose a spring futon, be sure to pay careful attention to the quality. Natural staple is better for your health than synthetic, so you could opt for natural fiber if available. Do not consider a mattress worse than another simply because it contains fewer coils. More coils does not always translate to more comfort. A fewer amount of large coils may just provide more comfort than 600 or 800 smaller coils.

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