The Ultimate Guide To Futon Mattress Sizes

We’ve heard a lot of people cry “what size is a futon mattress” over the years, thinking that they are worlds apart from traditional mattresses. But the truth is, they are almost identical!

However, you still need to be aware of the size of your futon so you can make sure all is well when you take it home. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

The Standard Futon Size

You have probably bought a futon from a general store at some point or another (or you’ve known someone who has). These tend to be the ones that everyone thinks of when the word “futon” is uttered. They are fantastic for a pull out sofa-style guest bed.

Typically, they are a double-size (sometimes called “full” size) since they don’t take up a lot of room when they’re being used as a bed. Plus, you get the added comfort of a roomy couch when they’re folded.

However, there are more to futons then their standard package, you just don’t often see them!

Futon Mattress: The Dimensions

For those of you who have already rushed out to buy one, you will need to measure it to be on the safe side. Otherwise, you might end up buying fancy bedding that doesn’t fit — no one wants that.

So, grab a tape measure and use the table below to see what size futon you have purchased.

Mattress Type Width (inches) Length (inches)
Twin Size 39 75
Twin XL Size 39 80
Full Size 54 75
Queen Size 60 80
King Size 76 80

Twin and Twin XL Size Futon Mattresses

For those needing to save space in your living room or guest bedroom, these are a great option. If you buy a decent quality one, they can even be folded up into armchairs. Not to mention that all this comes at a fantastic price (cheaper than a standard single bed).

Full (Double) and Queen Size Futon Mattresses

These might be concertinaed into a two-seater couch or even a love seat, depending on the model you buy. They are the most common ones since they fit nicely in spare rooms and can comfortably fit two people.

King Size Futon Mattresses

Okay, you can’t just go to any store and grab one of these — they are pretty rare. But, if you look hard enough, you will be able to find one. Just don’t expect them to be as budget-friendly as the others. The huge space a king futon mattress gives you costs a lot!

Your Questions, Answered...

You’re almost a certified futon expert now; although we need to answer your super-important questions before we crown you the futon mattress queen or king.

Where Can I Get One?

You get everything online nowadays — futons included. Buying online means you can go straight to the manufacturer, get fab warranties, and save some cash, all from the comfort of your own home.

Are Futon Mattresses Good For Your Back?

Futons are the standard bed in Japan at one point. But in other parts of the world — Europe and America especially — they are usually used for guest bedrooms or spare mattresses.

In Japan, they don’t use a frame. The mattress is thin but firm when it’s put on the floor which is beneficial for your back. However, it should be noted that the ones on sale in the United States of America are a lot thicker and should be put on a frame.

So, unfortunately, if you do have chronic back pain, you will be better off paying more for a sturdy, durable regular mattress.

What Are Futon Mattresses Made Of?

Like normal mattresses, futons come in a wide range of materials. Although firmness isn’t something you can customize here, you do get the option of picking the filling.

The top 3 futon mattress styles are:

  • Memory foam mattress — we would recommend you use this for a guest bedroom. They are as durable as a futon mattress can be. Plus, they react to the specific person’s body shape and weight, meaning custom support for anyone.
  • Latex foam mattress — these are also incredibly durable. Although, we should note that it is not very budget-friendly!
  • Coil mattress — if you’ve ever slept on a standard futon before, you will have noticed that it was made from coils or springs (more than likely). They are somewhat comfortable if you don’t suffer from back pain. But they tend to lose their shape relatively quickly so try to avoid paying too much for coil models.

Is It a Good Idea to Use a Futon as My Normal Bed?

It truly depends on you and the specific futon you have purchased. For most people though, it will cause more harm than good unless you shop around and find a premium quality futon mattress.

How Do I Secure My Futon Mattress?

Sliding futon mattresses is why they get a bad reputation for being ridiculously uncomfortable. But there are ways to stop this. Take a look below:

  • Buy a great quality futon frame — all the best frames come with stoppers than prevent the mattress from moving during the night.
  • Purchase an anti-slip pad — you can find some good ones on Amazon. It will provide a friction layer between the futon mattress and the frame which stops the mattress moving when you get up or roll over.

How Should I Store My Futon Mattress?

Don’t be scared about folding your futon up — that is quite literally what they are made to do! When you purchased it, you will have seen whether it contracts into a couch, armchair, or love seat.

Having said this, some futons can’t be folded into another useful bit of furniture. In this case, you will need to look at the manufacturer’s advice and go from there.

Do I Need to Buy a Futon Cover?

The short answer is yes! Otherwise, the futon mattress itself is extremely likely to become stained, soiled, or damaged. Trust us, it will save you a load of money in the future.

Plus, the covers come in all sorts of material — denim, corduroy, suede, vinyl, microfiber, silk, — so you can match with the theme of the room. It makes for a lovely little decorative addition (even if this is the only reason why you cover your futon, just do it!).

How Do I Know Which Size to Buy?

To begin with, you will have to measure your space. Whether you are putting it in a guest bedroom, games room, or living room, it is vital you know how much space there is available so you don’t waste your money.

You might not have room for a full-size futon (which turns into a two-seater couch), so opt for a twin-size one instead. This way you will have a great armchair and a spare bed. Win-win!

Buying mattresses (of any kind) is a deeply personal activity. Only you know what style you like and the level of firmness you need. We are simply here to give you a helping hand with all the boring bits.

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