How to Select The Best Futon Mattress for Your Needs

The thickness and inner construction affect the comfort and durability of a futon mattress.
Assessing your needs helps with the selection.

Futon mattresses come in various thicknesses and with different filling material. Futon use, budget and personal comfort preferences help you choose a mattress for the futon frame.

Futon Parts

A futon consists of a separate frame and mattress. Furniture stores often allow you to purchase the parts separately, which lets you to find the style of frame that fits your decor with a mattress that feels comfortable. Frames and mattresses typically come in full or queen sizes.

Mattress Types

Futon mattresses come in thicknesses of approximately 2 inches to 10 inches. The inner material varies. Cotton often fills thin mattresses. Thicker mattresses often use a combination of materials, which may include cotton, foam and springs or coils. These mattress styles better replicate the feel of a regular bed mattress and couch cushions.

Budget Considerations

The Frame

If you don't already have a futon frame, budget for the cost of a new frame on top of the mattress cost. Futon frames come in a variety of price ranges based on style, size and material.

Mattress Thickness

A basic, thin mattress may cost less than $100, while thicker mattresses cost several hundred dollars. If you're on a limited budget and want to invest in a comfortable mattress, allot a larger portion of the budget to the mattress and less to the frame.

Futon Use

The frequency and type of use of the futon plays a role in mattress selection. A mattress at least 6 inches thick provides the greatest comfort for an adult. Investing in a comfortable, durable mattress at the high end of the price range is recommended if the futon will get a lot of use for sleeping. Thicker mattresses also provide comfort closer to that of a regular couch if the futon gets a lot of use during the day.

Mattresses with coils tend to feel more like a regular bed and hold up better. One drawback to thicker mattresses with coils or springs is the weight. Thin mattresses are ideal for infrequent use, such as when you need an extra bed in a pinch. If you plan to move the futon frequently, a thinner mattress is easier to maneuver.

Comfort Selection

The final selection often comes down to comfort and personal preference. Test out several futon mattresses as you would any other bed. Sit and lie down on the mattress to see how it feels in both positions. Paying a little more for a higher-end mattress pays off in the comfort you feel when sitting or sleeping on the futon.

About the Author

Based in the Midwest, Shelley Frost has been writing parenting and education articles since 2007. Her experience come from teaching, tutoring and managing educational after school programs. Frost worked in insurance and software testing before becoming a writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education with a reading endorsement.