The 7 Best Futons to Buy in 2018

Shop for the best futons that easily convert into a bed for overnight guests

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Basic futons are quilted mattresses stuffed with batting and foam. Some types were designed to roll out on the floor for sleeping while others use a supportive frame as a seat or bed. If you want a piece of furniture that will make the most of your home’s square footage a convertible futon sofa provides a place to both sit and sleep. 

In our hunt for the best futons to buy, we left no pillow unturned. Here, you'll find a top rated selection for both average and small budgets. Our top picks include dual-use sofas that unfurl for sleep and bona fide beds that offer firm support.

  • 01 of 07

    Best Overall: DHP Emily Futon Sofa Bed With Chrome Legs

    Excellent

    The clunky, futon sofa is over and done. The Emily from DHP is a sleek piece of furniture with a handy, split backrest that you and friend can adjust to individual comfort levels. When it’s time to hit the pillow, just flatten the sofa into a comfortable full-size bed. If you prefer a queen size mattress, you can pair this dual use sofa with the Emily chaise lounger.

    When it comes to style, our best overall scores big for its chic, tufted upholstery and polished chrome legs. To keep it free from dirt, just clean with a damp rag. Even better, everything you need to assemble the Emily in minutes comes in a single package.

  • 02 of 07

    Best Mattress: DHP 8-Inch Independently-Encased Coil Premium Futon Mattress

    Want something with bounce? For springy comfort, this firm futon packs 522 individually encased coils surrounded by layers of supportive foam and batting. The mattress, which is three inches thicker than the average futon, can be used as a floor bed or paired with a full-size frame (sold separately) for lounging and sleeping.

    The mattress is available in black, brown, charcoal or tan; however, its outer microfiber material isn’t removable. Luckily, you can refresh this futon's look with a removable cover.

  • 03 of 07

    Runner Up, Best Mattress: Serta Cypress Double Sided Innerspring Futon Mattress

    Are you searching for a name brand futon? Serta, one of the oldest mattress companies in the U.S., manufactures our runner-up in both full and queen sizes.

    The futon built for superior comfort features a double-sided, 288 innerspring unit surrounded by three layers of cotton blend fibers. So that you know, you could boost the lifespan of a mattress with dual sided coils like this one by flipping it periodically.

    Do you sleep hot? For cooling comfort, the bed’s non-removable cover is made of Cottonique – a highly breathable and also allergy-free material made of cotton and polyester.

    FYI, while this mattress is too thick for a tri-fold futon frame, it can function as a sleeper sofa with a bi-fold frame.

  • 04 of 07

    Best Traditional: EMOOR Japanese Traditional Floor Futon

    If you’re looking for a firm, floor bed that you can fold and store easily, behold this traditional futon made by Japanese craftsman. It’s available in both twin and full sizes. Futons like this one use a tatami mat (sold separately) instead of a frame.

    Concerned about bugs crawling into the bed? Have no fear because the futon is stuffed Teijin Mightypop, an insect repellent fiber that’s also antibacterial. Likewise, according to the manufacturer, it will keep your futon smelling fresh for up to three years. 

    FYI, while the futon's non-removable, outer fabric is breathable cotton, a removable cover, available at extra cost will keep your futon looking like new.

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  • 05 of 07

    Best Design: DHP Novogratz Brittany Linen Futon

    Turn your home office or main living space into a guest room with this twin-size futon sleeper sofa available in five stylish colors: Pink, mustard, blue, green and gray. The futon's midcentury inspired design features a tufted, split backrest that you can adjust three different ways and durable linen upholstery that’s no sweat to clean.

    But is it comfortable? Verified customers say that this sturdy piece provides excellent support.  Hate putting together furniture?  Professional assembly is available in many areas for an extra fee.

  • 06 of 07

    Best Leather: Pearington Pillow Top Bella Futon Sofa Lounger

    When it comes to buying furniture, leather is a good investment because it’s both beautiful and durable. This bonded leather futon available in black or brown stands the test of time with pillow top upholstery that’s both chic and comfortable. The sofa’s sexy stainless steel legs add a touch of timeless elegance. To transform the couch into a twin-size bed, recline the backrest.

    Keep in mind, while this stylish little futon sofa is perfect for small spaces it may be too short for sleepers over six feet tall.

  • 07 of 07

    Best Classic Futon: Stanford Futon Set with Full Size Frame and Mattress

    This mission-style, full-size futon set is a practical choice for any home because it combines the comfort of a sofa with the convenience of a guest bed. The convertible frame is 100 percent hardwood, and it comes complete with a finished seat and backrest. For your comfort, it adjusts to three different positions: Upright, reclined and flat for sleeping.

    You won't have any problems matching this set to your décor because the mattress cover is available in two different fabrics in 10 different colors: Microfiber fudge, microfiber khaki, twill hunter green, twill black, twill burgundy, twill ivory, twill khaki, twill navy blue, twill red, and twill royal blue.

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How We Tested

Our reviewers spent 124 hours testing one of the top-rated futons on the market. To ensure the most comprehensive feedback, our testers set up this futon in their own homes and lounged to their hearts’ content, using it as both a couch and a bed. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when trying out this futon, including its design, durability, and comfort. We've outlined the key points here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.


What to Look for in a Futon

Frame type Most futons are bi-fold, but tri-fold styles are also an option. Bi-fold futons have cushions that fold down once in the middle and have arms and legs like standard couches. Tri-fold futons fold three times.

Frame material A futon’s frame is generally exposed, so it’s important to pay attention to its finish. Metal is usually less expensive than finished wood, but if the futon is the focus of the room, the price for a more attractive design may be worth it.

Mattress Most futon mattresses are filled with a mixture of cotton and foam, which makes them rigid and durable. Others are filled with cotton and polyester. Some futons have innerspring mattresses, but these are often heavier and more expensive.

Test Results: DHP Emily Futon Sofa Bed With Chrome Legs (Best Overall)

Excellent

What We Like

  • Easy setup

  • Durable and attractive fabric

  • Comfortable

What We Don't Like

  • No arms at the ends

DHP Emily Futon Sofa Bed With Chrome Legs
DHP Emily Futon Sofa Bed
DHP Emily Futon

This futon checked all the boxes for one of our testers, who noted it was “far superior” to any comparable product that he’d used in the past: “It was extremely quick and easy to install, the fabric is pet hair resistant, it's comfortable yet appears to be durable, and it fits nicely in my city-sized studio apartment,” he explained. Another reviewer had a single complaint about the lack of arms. “The only thing I would change about this product is adding arms,” he said. “If it had those, I’d be totally thrilled with it. But otherwise, I'm extremely satisfied.”