Futons are wonderful furniture for the space or economically challenged. The futon originated in Europe where apartments and flats have historically been much smaller than the typical efficiency in America. With college coming back in session soon, many new freshman and returning students will be considering how to go about furnishing their dorm room or apartment for the first time. A futon is an excellent solution for a place to sit as well as a place to sleep. Before purchasing your futon frame and mattress, consider the type of mattress you would like as well as your budget first.
Futon mattresses generally come in two different types and range in a variety of sizes from a simple chair that folds out into a single bed to love seats and even couches that will unfold into a king sized sleeping area. The two main types of futon mattresses are the standard foam layer mattress and a spring coil type of mattress.
Foam layer mattresses can be really nice because they aren't very bulky. They are fairly simple for one to two people to carry depending upon the size of the mattress. They do tend to be on the firm side, though depending upon the quality of the futon mattress in question. Many people choose the foam layer style of mattress due to its very low price tag. For just a little more, foam layer mattress are available with viscoelastic foam which is considerably more comfortable if you plan to use a futon as a daily sleeping area. The main drawback for cheap foam layer mattresses is that they tend to be uncomfortable for daily use because of their firmness. Also they tend to compress rather quickly, providing less support for your neck and back which may lead to pain after prolonged periods of use.
Spring coil futon mattresses tend to have a much more bulky appearance than layered foam. These are constructed very similar to a typical bed mattress in that they have foam layers inside as well as metal springs which provide support as well as some control over varying the level of firmness. While a the layered mattresses will be one continuous piece, spring coil types will have breaks that fit together once they are layed flat. The mattress is too bulky and the springs can not bend in the typical way that layered foam does. Due to their bulk, they are usually better for two people to carry.
Depending on your budget, either type of futon mattress can be purchased fairly cheaply. While the foam layer style will generally be the lowest priced mattress around, low end coiled mattresses are not mcu more expensive. Generally you can expect to pay anywhere from seventy to seven hundred dollars depending on the quality, brand, and size of the futon mattress you eventually decide to purchase.