Overall, futons are comfortable. However, when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep you may want to find ways to make them even more comfortable on occasion and this is understandable. Here are 5 proven ways to make your futon as comfortable as possible.
1. Get a good mattress
Most futon mattresses are made out of cotton along with one other material, usually foam, polyester, or wool. However, they are not always manufactured the same with some being better than others.
The main thing to be mindful of when buying a futon mattress is the thickness. A thicker mattress will allow you to avoid feeling the bars of the frame when you are sitting or laying down on it. To make it even more comfortable, add a feather bed to it. Feather beds are like comforters but instead of you getting under it, it sits on the mattress, giving it a softer feel. If you end up with a mattress that is definitely too think, a topper will give you the extra thickness needed to avoid feeling the frame at all.
2. Replace mattress when needed
Even when you get a great mattress for your futon, they do not last forever especially if you use it regularly. Mattresses tend to sag and grooves that appear can eventually lead to the bars of the frame being felt when you are sitting and/or lying down.
To ensure your mattress is as comfortable as it should be, you need to replace it when needed. Futons that are lightly used usually last between 5 and 10 years. Ones that are used regularly last even less than this. Obviously the thicker your mattress is, the more comfortable it will be with Queen mattresses typically measuring more than 6 inches.
3. Confirm size
If you are the one using the futon, you want to make sure you are able to fit comfortably on it especially if you use it as your bed every night. If you have it mostly to accommodate guests on occasion, it needs to be big enough for an average-sized person to fit comfortably on it.
To ensure the most comfort possible, get the futon that will give you or your guest the best night’s sleep possible. For example, if you use the futon as your bed every night, you probably want something bigger than a chair futon. If this is the case, consider at least a twin and for the best night’s sleep, look at a Queen-sized mattress. This will allow you more room which will allow you to rest easier.
4. Check supports
Futons come with enough support to allow you to be comfortable on it, usually in the form of wooden slats, bars, or a box spring. However, if these become damaged you definitely will not get the good night’s sleep you need and deserve when using your futon.
To ensure the futon frame has the support needed, inspect it every now and then. Make sure the bars are not bent or that no slats are broken. If you do have bent bars, you should be able to bend them back into place. For any broken slats, replace them. Either way you will be reinforcing the support your frame offers, preventing sagging that can make for an uncomfortable night’s sleep.
5. Add layers
Whether you have a thick mattress or a thin one, you can always use some extra comfortable if you can manage it. That is why it is recommended that you add some extra layers to your futon mattress.
In addition to feather beds and toppers, adding some extra comforters can provide you with some extra layers that can provide significant comfort when you are using the futon. Some people even add an air mattress to the top of their futon. If you decide to do this, make sure the mattress is able to hold the air throughout the night.