How to Decorate With Futons

A futon is often thought of as a dorm room or college apartment staple.

How to Decorate With Futons

However, these versatile pieces of furniture have come a long way in recent years. Nowadays, futons can be purchased in a variety of shapes, sizes and designs that enable them to fit nicely into practically any room in the house or even outdoors. If you are considering adding a futon to your collection of furniture, you may be interested in some useful tips on how to fit this unique item into your overall décor.

Use the room you are planning to place your futon in as a guide for the type of frame you select. You will likely not want a metal-based futon in your living room, and a fancy wood-framed futon will probably not look right in a child's playroom. Additionally, consider the other pieces of furniture in the room where you intend to place your futon. If you have sandalwood-colored bookshelves and end tables, it would be wise for you to purchase a futon with a sandalwood-colored frame to coordinate all of your pieces.

Choose a cover for your futon that coordinates with the décor of your home and is appropriate for the individuals who will be using it. Futon covers come in a variety of materials and patterns that should be able to match up with practically any pre-existing home decorative style. Bring a color sample from your home to help you select the most fitting cover for your futon. For instance, if you have a pillow from another piece of furniture, a swatch of fabric from a curtain or a color sample of your wall paint, bring these items with you to the futon store to be sure the cover coordinates. Additionally, choose a cover durable enough to handle the individuals using it. A stain-resistant or easily washed cover will be most appropriate for a futon that children or animals will be using.

Accent your futon with pillows or a blanket to add even more of a decorative element. If you choose a solid-colored cover for your futon, pick pillows that have a contrasting color or contain a pattern that coordinates with other colors in the room.

Change out your futon cover and pillows as often as you like to create different decorative styles.

Things You Will Need

  • Futon
  • Futon cover
  • Pillows
  • Blanket

About the Author

Based in Orlando, Fla., Michaela Davila has been writing poetry, short stories, resumes and advertising materials for years. She has recently been published in the Dollar Stretcher and Devozine. Davila has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Elon University and is a Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst.