Before you go out and buy a futon bed and mattress, make sure you buy a futon bed mattress that best suits your needs. Buying a futon can be a cheap alternative to buying a sofa bed, but if you don’t know exactly which futon you want, you may live to regret it.

Futon beds have become increasingly popular. This dual-purpose furniture is great when you don’t have a lot of space, or if you want a sofa that can occasionally be used as a guest bed. Futons also tend to cost less than more traditional sofa beds. However, before you buy a futon bed and mattress, you need to decide exactly what function the futon bed will be used for.

First, futon bedding tends to come in two varieties; a two-fold frame or a three-fold frame. A bi-fold futon bed is where the frame folds the mattress in half; down the middle, along. A tri-fold futon bed is where the frame folds the mattress in thirds, widthwise; one third forms the seat, one third the back and the last third folds over the back or under the seat. When folded, the bi-fold futon mattress has a larger seating area than the tri-fold futon mattress. The bi-fold futon looks much more like a traditional sofa, while the tri-fold futon looks more like a loveseat. If space is very limited, you may want to consider purchasing a tri-fold futon mattress, but if not, the bi-fold futon mattress usually looks much more pleasing to the eye.

Second, it should be noted that it is not the structure of the futon that provides the comfort when sitting or sleeping on a futon: it is the mattress of the futon that provides the comfort. A futon bed mattress made for a tri-fold futon is not as thick as one for a bi-fold futon. So if you intend to sleep on your futon regularly, it would be best to purchase a bi-fold futon mattress – a thicker mattress tends to be more supportive. But if space is at a premium and you’ll only occasionally get a better night’s sleep on your futon, then the tri-fold will certainly suffice.

The best futon mattress is the one that best suits your needs. Consider the space you have available and what the main function of the futon bed mattress will be. If the futon is to be used regularly for sleeping, then most consumer reviews of futon beds tend to favor the bi-fold futon frame and mattress. Lastly, always buy the best you can afford. There are many top rated futon bed mattresses to choose from. You can find them in many department stores these days, or you can find many makes and models of futons on the Internet. Remember, know exactly what type of futon bed mattress you need before you go out and buy one.