Overview of Ikea Futons
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Ikea, the Swedish company that operates all around the world and is, in fact the world’s largest furniture seller, has been in the US since the 1980′s and it represents one of their most important markets; there are 37 stores in the USA. Mattresses and beds are a big part of the 12,000 products that they include on their web site and here we take a look at the range of Ikea futons available.
Like with most of their products Ikea makes futons that are easy to assemble, pleasing on the eye and good value for money. Most of them are in the form of a sofa-bed, which acts as both a place to sleep and a place to sit, making them not only a great cost-saving item ( no need to buy an extra spare bed for visitors) but they can also save on valuable floor-space in tight apartments.
A typical Ikea futon will be priced between $300 and $800 and will be designed for ease of positioning and ease of folding down when used as a bed, as well as appealing to many different design tastes – evidenced by the wide array of designs and covers available for the futon.
Nowadays it can be quite difficult to tell a sofa bed apart from a plush 3-seater sofa, such is the comfort level of sofa-beds. The more expensive Ikea ones – such as those in the Ektorp range – look and feel like a normal sofa. They are 2 meters wide, a meter deep and around 90cm tall and they convert into a comfortable full size bed. The frame is made of steel and the 4 3/8″ thick high-resilience polyurethane foam mattress provides the necessary comfort and support whether sleeping or sitting. When the sofa-bed is used as a bed, the head section can be turned up to provide a convenient rest for watching TV or reading. These beds come with a machine-washable cotton removable cover – this is important as sofa-beds usually have to stand up to a lot more wear and tear than normal beds, especially as many people eat and drink on their sofas. Many people like to use their Ikea futon bed with a mattress pad that protects it even further.
The Ikea PS Havet futon beds are their mid-range option. Some of them are narrower than the plusher 2-meter Ektorp models, but can still be used a full size bed for two people. They still have a steel frame and you have the option of choosing a high-resilience foam and latex mattress to conform to body shape. This mattress is strong enough to be used every night. The other interesting feature of this range is that the whole bed is mounted on caster wheels, which makes it extremely easy to move between rooms or when you are cleaning.
Like much Ikea furniture, the futon beds are self-assemble models. Usually there will be a simple Alan Key- based assemble procedure that is detailed in the accompanying manual. You shouldn’t need to call the professionals!