Sofa Beds vs. Futon Frames
A sofa bed is that furniture that serves as a couch for sitting in the day time and as a bed for sleeping in the evening. These are specially designed to serve this dual purpose. There are many styles of sofa beds to choose from ranging from size to construction to the type of mattress used inside of it. The basic styles include the traditional pull-out sofa bed, the click-clack convertible sofa bed, and the futon sofa bed.
There can be much confusion over the difference between a traditional sofa bed and a futon and in many cases sellers use the terms interchangeably. The main difference is that the mattress for a sofa bed is hidden underneath the frame when used as a couch and has separate seat cushions. The mattress for a futon on the other hand is used as the seat cushion and mattress. When it is in its sofa form, a sofa bed looks and feels just like a traditional couch. They are fully upholstered, have thick cushions and plush armrests. To turn the sofa into a bed, the top seat cushions are removed to reveal the top of the bed frame, which is then pulled out or folded out to reveal the mattress. In the morning, the frame and mattress can be put back to turn the bed back into a sofa.
A futon, on the other hand, uses the same cushion either as a sofa or as a bed. Futons look different from sofas as they are not fully upholstered and some models do not have armrests. Traditional western style futon frames have either a wood or metal support structure that is visible and not covered with upholstery fabric. In a sitting position, the back of the futon is folded up. To turn the futon into a bed, users simply need to press the back of the futon down. This flattens out the futon, and the cushion becomes a mattress.
A futon slipcover is an additional item that is used to not only protect your futon mattress, but also personalizes and customizes your furniture.
Recently the line between sofa beds and futons have blurred with hybrid models called convertible sofa beds These convertible sofa bed frames can be called futons, as the same cushion is used for the couch and the bed, like a futon. However, they are fully upholstered and look like traditional sofa beds.
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