The Best Futons for Every Budget and Style

Make any room guest-ready with a versatile futon that transforms from seating to a bed in mere seconds.

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August 04, 2022

Furniture pieces that serve double-duty maximize the functionality of your home, no matter your square footage. Since a sofa and a bed are two of our largest furniture footprints, combining them allows you to easily add extra sleeping quarters for guests or make the most of a small space. Rather than a sleeper sofa, which is more expensive and takes up more room, consider futons — which have come a long way since their beginning in the 1980s.

Futons are affordable, lightweight and go from seating to sleeping by simply laying them flat. And they come in a wide variety of styles, from classic to modern, upholsteries (linens, velvets and leathers) and functionalities, from Japanese futons to ones combined with a bunk bed or with additional storage. We've searched for the best futons to instantly amplify your home's capacity and create a makeshift guest room anywhere.

Best Overall Futon

Utterly contemporary yet timeless, this stylish sofa combines curved arms, a ribbed tufted back and sleek, slanted legs. Available in a mix of colors, from light blue and pink to navy and forest green, the futon is covered in linen upholstery that's easy to wipe clean.

Best Bunk Bed With Futon

A hangout meets sleeping quarters in this oh-so-fun bunk bed. The steel frame is sturdy and has full-length guard rails and an integrated ladder. The bottom bunk is a comfy sofa for reading books, playing video games or chatting with friends, and then it can be quickly transformed into an extra bed when needed.

Best Futon for Small Spaces

When square footage is tight, look for furniture that serves multiple functions. Not only is this futon a sofa and bed, but it also acts as an end table. The fold-down middle armrest eliminates the need to find room for side tables and has two cup holders. When you need an extra sleeping spot, simply recline the back and remove the armrest. Voila, instant bed.

Best Japanese Futon Mattress

Japanese futons are incredibly versatile since they're easy to fold up and store, take with you on travels and use as a bed, play mat or floor pillow. The flexible design allows you to transform any space into a bedroom and then stow it away the next morning. This top-rated mattress has a five-layer design that mixes microfiber cotton and memory foam for a comfy resting spot.

Best Sectional Futon

Get the lounge-ability of a sectional and the benefit of a futon with this contemporary design. The chaise is flexible and can be configured to either side, and there's even a hidden compartment for extra storage. Select from chenille or velvet upholstery for a beautiful luxe addition to your living space.

Best Modern Futon

Blending classic tufting with a modern squared-off silhouette, this chic futon is available in velvet, linen or faux leather. The split-back design allows you to adjust from a straight back to a reclining position to completely flat, and its petite footprint means you can add it to even the tiniest of spaces.

Best Traditional Futon

For the convenience of a futon without the look of one, turn to this transitional version from Pottery Barn. The seat and back easily lay flat for a comfy bed, and the cushion lifts up to store all the sheets and blankets you need for overnight guests.

Best Leather Futon

The fan-favorite Andes sofa is transformed into a futon, so that you have all the coziness of a comfortable sofa, along with the addition of a relaxing bed that sleeps two. Made with sustainably sourced eucalyptus and hardwood, the futon is upholstered in top-grade leather or vegan leather in a wide variety of shades.

Best Chesterfield Futon

Get the classic style of a Chesterfield with the functionality of a futon. Available in striking emerald green or rich navy, as well as neutral ivory or black, the luxe velvet sofa has plush rolled arms, button tufting and deep seating. When it's time for sleep, the whole piece transforms into a comfy bed for guests.

Best Daybed Futon

Not only does this daybed add chic seating to a bedroom, living space or office, but it also doubles as a bed to accommodate overnight guests. The front rail pulls out for a lower trundle bed or pops into place as a queen-size bed.

Best Floor Sleeper Sofa

Uber casual and perfect for a teen room or playroom, this sleeper sofa sits directly on the floor and is easily adaptable by pushing the back up or down. The cushy piece seats three as a sofa and sleeps one to two when folded down.

Best Futon Chair

If you're working with a super-tight space, want to add an extra bed to your kid's or teen's room, or need your home office to double as a guest room, this sleek armless chair converts into a twin-size bed. In addition to a chair and bed, it can also be configured into an upright or reclined chaise lounge.

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