Cheap Futons – Great Temporary Bedding Solutions
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There are certain times and certain situations in our homes when we just need a cheap and simple solution. In the case of bedding, there are times when we have to quickly get a temporary bed together for an unexpected guest or a friend who is over and had a glass of wine too many and cannot drive home. Those of us living in houses with spare rooms have no problem but what about those of us who live in small apartments or condos? Do we have to send the guest to a hotel or are we in a situation to provide a temporary place to rest their head for the night? Two options that cost little and can save space as well as time are air mattresses and futons, and here we concentrate on cheap futons.
Futons were made popular during the 1960′s and 1970′s in the US but were used as portable, space-saving and convenient bedding in Japan for many centuries before that. The traditional design was just a roll of cotton bedding that could be packed away when not being used.
In the US they have conventionally been used with a frame that raises the mattress off the floor; some of these frames are versatile and can be shaped into a sofa or chair and this is where we come to the real beauty of futon mattresses in being used in apartments and tight spaces. Because they can double-up as an item of furniture they use no extra space at all. The sofa can just be easily collapsed into a bed as and when needed and, if you keep a couple of spare pillows, a comforter cover and a spare bed in a bag in a cabinet nearby, you can have a comfortable bed made up in minutes for your guest.
Over the years designs have become more sophisticated; the basic concepts still apply and the frames will probably still be wooden or metal, but they employ some new features to stop the mattress slipping in the frame when it is being used upright, for example.
Because futons are usually used with covers they are easy to maintain. The covers can be scotch guarded and waterproofed so that the mattress doesn’t suffer if there are spillages, which is especially likely with futon sofa-beds. Most of the covers are machine-washable and are sold in the same place as the futon, and the many imaginative designs available nowadays can add a splash of color or a new look to your living room.
Nowadays of course there are plenty of specialist sites online where you can buy a cheap futon for your home. You can buy just the frame or a frame and mattress set and you will be able to choose between various sizes (twin or full size are the most popular). The standard futon mattress will usually be around 4 inches thick and be made from cotton, polyester or a blend of both.
There is plenty to choose from online and you may be lucky enough to find sales or special deals on lines that are being cleared. Though there are more expensive and stylish models around, you should be able to pick up a perfectly good cheap futon bed for a few hundred dollars including delivery. Just make sure the retailer is reputable and established.