A look at the different types of futon mattresses to go with your futon frame.
Futon mattresses are used to create a comfortable seating or sleeping arrangement on any futon. They are most commonly bought individually or as part of a futon set, which would include the frame mattress and mattress cover. It you only have a futon frame it is useless without a comfortable futon mattress.
Futon mattresses are available in various sizes. Depending on the size of your of futon frame, you will want to get a corresponding futon mattress. Usually, futon frames and futon mattresses run in the same sizes as bed sizes, so you will most likely want to look at queen size or full size futon mattresses. These are the two most popular futon sizes, but it is possible you own a twin or king size futon. If you have yet to buy a futon frame, then you will want to get a futon frame and mattress based on the size of the person who will be using it most. If your futon is going to be used for sleeping purposes, test it out by lying down on it and making sure it is big enough for you, or whoever else will be using it.
Here is a quick breakdown to the different dimensions of futon mattresses.
If you are looking for a futon for your child or young teenager, you may want to look at twin sized or full sized futon mattresses. A standard twin sized futon mattress is 39 inches by 75 inches, while a full sized futon mattress is most commonly 54 inches by 75 inches. If you want more room on your futon or the futon is going to be used by two people, a queen sized futon mattress is most likely what you need. Queen sized futon mattresses are 60 inches by 80 inches. The price of futon mattresses goes up as the size of futon mattresses get bigger, so decide which size you want prior to beginning the selection process.
There are a number of brands that are known for selling high quality futon mattresses. Most manufacturers of bed mattresses also make futon mattresses, such as Simmons, Serta, Sealy and Tempur-Pedic. You can find futon mattresses at any location where futons are sold, which includes Futon World, Ikea, West Elm and others. You may even have luck finding discount futon mattresses at regular mattress suppliers such as 1800-MATTRESS or Sleepys.
Another important thing to decide when looking at different futon mattresses is what degree of firmness you want from you mattress. The different degrees of firmness can loosely be broken down into soft, medium and firm mattresses. Soft or ultra soft futon mattresses are generally made of feathers or foam and have very little resistance. Firm mattresses on the other hand, have very little give. Medium-soft, medium and medium-firm are all very good options and common as a result of the fact that they are not too soft, but not too firm.
When purchasing a futon mattress, you may also want to look at futon covers. Often times, a futon cover is included with the futon mattress, but in the case that one is not included, you will certainly want to buy one. Futon covers can cost anywhere from $30-90, depending on the size of your futon frame and mattress.
Outdoor futon frames, mattresses and accessories are a great addition for any backyard or outside area.
So you are looking to add a piece of furniture to your outdoor patio area, but you are not sure what to choose. An outdoor futon can be the perfect addition to any outdoor patio or deck, and it serves more than one function. Outdoor futons can be used for sitting with guests or lounging with your favorite book on a lazy Sunday. Knowing a little about outdoor futons can ensure you get a quality one that you can relax on for days to come.
When shopping for an outdoor futon you will want to ensure that both the mattress and frame are weather resistant. If your futon cannot fare well with the elements you will have to purchase a cover or tarp; which can be a hassle in itself. Be sure to purchase futons that are specifically made for the outdoors. Outdoor futons are covered in 100 percent polyester, but can also be found in leather, suede, and microfiber. The best material for outdoors would be polyester, but if you purchase one in another fabric be sure it is weather resistant.
Majority of outdoor futon mattresses are constructed from polyester filling as well. They are typically thinner than your traditional futon mattress, but that is because they are not intended for nightly sleeping. When you go to purchase your outdoor futon, look for one that matches your outdoor décor. You can find covers anywhere from zebra print to Hawaiian prints or even just plain colors. Outdoor futons also come in a variety of sizes. You can find twin, full and even queen-sized futons that will fit perfectly on your patio.
Be prepared to spend anywhere from $60.00 to well over $1,000.00 for an outdoor futon. The size, fabric and mattress quality will determine the overall price of your outdoor futon. Futons that come with leather slip covers will cost more than those decorated with a polyester cover. Keep in mind that when you are purchasing your outdoor futon, it is something practical for your household. If you have children, purchase an outdoor futon that can handle a lot more wear than a futon that you will use to sip wine on a Saturday night.
If you are on the hunt for your outdoor futon, you can find a large majority of online retailers that carry them. Amazon, US-Mattress, EBay, and the Sportsman Guide carry a large variety of outdoor futons to choose from with optional designer slip covers as well. The large retailer, IKEA carries several outdoor futon models that are made from durable materials and you have the option of purchasing different water proof outdoor slip covers as well. If you are looking for an in-store retailer, visit Sears, Wal-Mart or even your local JC Penny. Retailers such as Sears carry the Calypso Outdoor Futon that is created from a metal frame and a polyester filled futon mattress. It has an easy to adjust side addition that makes the futon span up to 57 inches in length.
Outdoor futons are great for so many different reasons. They can be used for a relaxing night on your porch, entertaining guests outside, or even for your kids to sit and play on. Adding an outdoor futon to your house does not have to be a difficult purchase. As long as you know just what you are looking for you can easily find the perfect outdoor futon for you.