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In a small apartment or house, finding a sleep spot for visiting guests can often be a logistical nightmare. When your guest bedrooms are limited, one of the easiest ways to add that extra mattress is through a futon. They only take up space when in use, otherwise, futons folds up nicely and functions as additional seating. Today, they come in a variety of styles and mattress sizes, so you can accommodate all your family without sacrificing good style. Here are some helpful things to consider when taking the futon bed plunge.

What size futon should I buy?

Like beds, futons come in twin, full, queen and king sizes. Although you might be tempted to buy a king-sized mattress to easily accommodate more guests, be sure that it will properly fit in your space — and have room to spare. Measure the space beforehand, and don't forget that when pulled out, the bed will take up much more room. Be sure to leave walking space on all sides; after all, you don't want to force guests to step over the bed in order to get in or out. If you can fit a king size futon, great! If you have minimal space, opt for a double bed, or even a twin-sized chair bed.

Is a futon mattress comfortable?

This is the ultimate question: Buy an uncomfortable mattress, and you’ll find your guests preferring the floor to the bed. Test it out like a regular mattress and be sure it supports the shoulders, hips and lower back. The thickness of the futon doesn’t necessarily mean extra comfort; the construction is what matters most. A good measure of quality is how many coils the mattress has: A full-sized mattress should have about 300, while a queen will have closer to 400.

What else should I consider when buying a futon bed?

While the comfort and size are most important, you also want something that looks good in your current space. Futons are no longer clunky and ugly; they come in a wide variety of styles, so you can easily find something that is both pretty and practical. To add interest, opt for a piece with a fun fabric pattern or bright color, or try a leather or tufted look for texture variation.

Find where to buy Futons and get inspired with our curated ideas for Futons to find the perfect item for every room in your home. With such a wide selection of Futons for sale, from brands like Studio Living, Strata Furniture, and Novogratz, you’re sure to find something that you’ll love. Shop from Futons, like the Arden Futon Set - Frame or the Westfield Futon Set, while discovering new home products and designs. Whether you’re looking to buy Futons online or get inspiration for your home, you’ll find just what you’re looking for on Houzz.