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A Buying Guide for a Futon Mattress

Jul 9, 2008
At one time a futon was the logical choice for a bed in a dorm room or a small apartment. Now more and more people are opting to have a futon in their living room or rec room so that they have extra sleeping space for when company comes and spends the night. A futon doubles as a sofa and a bed because you can pull it out into a full size bed. A futon mattress is flexible so that it folds easily into a sitting position when not in use as a bed.

There are several factors to keep in mind when choosing a mattress for a futon. You have to think of the firmness, which refers to how resistant the mattress is to pressure when someone lies on it. You want it to be firm enough so that when you lie down you can't feel the springs underneath. The rigidity of the mattress is another factor you have to look at. This refers to how well the mattress retains its square shape and how well the cover will fit after the mattress has been used several times. The flexibility of the mattress is important as well. Since you have to fold it up to convert it from a sofa to a sleeper, this should not be a cumbersome task that requires more than one person.

Next you have to take a look at the different types of mattresses that you can buy for a futon. These are:
- Traditional mattress with a foam interior covered by cotton. The filling for this type of mattress is usually cotton or polyester and is constructed using different layering techniques. This is a great choice if you will be using the mattress all year round because the cotton fabrics keep you warm in winter and cool in summer. These mattresses have a great degree of flexibility, which means they are very easy to fold.

- Innerspring mattresses. These mattresses closely resemble the type of mattress that you have in your bed because they contain springs. The grid of springs inside the mattress helps to eliminate noise when one moves about when sleeping. These are best suited for a futon that you do not have to fold several times to convert it from a bed to a sofa. It is also an excellent choice if the futon is to serve as a bed for a long period of time.

- Memory or latex Foam mattresses. The mattresses made with memory form conform to the shape of your body when you lie on them. They are made of several layers of high-density polystyrene foam or could be made from latex in an egg carton style. The open cells in the foam allow for the movement of air when you lie on them. This is what causes it to react to your body shape and not bounce like other mattresses do.

You can coordinate the cover of the mattress to match the dor of your room. In addition, there are many different styles of futons to choose from so that it can become a very comfortable piece of furniture that looks great in any room of your home.
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For more information on the futon mattreses, the size of a full mattress, and other mattress related topics visit http://www.BedMattresses.info This site allows you to easily find out the size of full mattress as well as other mattress sizes.
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