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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Updated on February 29, 2024

Our Top Futon Picks

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. 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.

How to Choose the Right Futon

  • Measurements: Start by taking measurements of your room to get the maximum dimensions your futon can be. Be sure to consider the space needed for when the futon is lying flat, which is often the size of a twin or full mattress. Next, think about what use you need out of your futon. If you'll be using your futon mostly for seating and only occasionally for sleeping, take into account how many people can sit comfortably. If you'll be using the futon largely as a bed, opt for one with a thicker mattress and be sure that the frame is easy to switch from upright to laying flat.
  • Comfort: Of course, with any sofa, comfort is key. If possible, head to a store to try out the seat of the futon (and how easy or hard it is to adjust). If ordering online, take a look at return and refund options in case it doesn't work for your space.
  • Style: Style is then the easiest part of the futon decision. Futons come in every style imaginable, from a traditional Chesterfield to a sleek, modern silhouette.

Best Overall Futon

$879.99 $329.99
Wayfair

Utterly contemporary yet timeless, this sturdy sofa combines square arms, a ribbed tufted back and sleek, tapered legs to create a stylish futon option. Available in a mix of colors, from light green and pink to navy and mustard yellow, the futon is covered in velvet upholstery and is finished with piped edges. Foam-filled cushion ensure this top-rated piece is just as comfortable as it is stylish.

Best Value Futon

$163.99 $149.99
Wayfair

Not only does this futon serve as a comfy place to sit, but it also has an integrated place to set drinks and snacks. When it's time to sleep, the cupholders lift back up into the couch and the back goes down to create a twin-sized bed.

Best Traditional Futon

From $1,199
Pottery Barn

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 Modern Futon

$399
Target

Blending classic upholstered fabric with modern wooden legs in a natural finish, this chic futon is ideal for guest rooms and dorm rooms alike. The convertible 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 Chesterfield Futon

$1,205 $549.99
Wayfair

Get the classic style of a Chesterfield with the functionality of a futon. Available in striking blue, as well as neutral ivory, gray 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 Sectional Futon

$1,171 $676
Wayfair

Get the loungeability 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 four neutral hues for a beautiful luxe addition to your living space.

Best Leather Futon

From $2,799
West Elm

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 Faux Leather Futon

$299.99
Amazon

Midcentury-inspired and chic, this futon is practical, beautiful and upholstered with faux leather. The high-density foam cushions add major comfort to your living room, and the durable wood frame guarantees you'll be able to use it for years.

Best Memory Foam Futon

$427.15
Amazon

If your futon is going to serve as your primary bed or be used often by guests, this oh-so comfy memory foam option is the way to go. The classic vintage style is upholstered in crushed velvet and comes in six fabric shades.

Best Japanese Futon Mattress

$99.99
Amazon

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 Colorful Futon

$428 $279
Amazon

Infuse your living space with a bold burst of color. This chic futon comes in 10 different hues including Apricot, Antique Gold, Sky Blue and Old Rosa pink. The split-back design allows you to lower each side individually or fold both sides down for a high-quality foam bed.

Best Futon for Small Spaces

$198
Walmart

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 Bunk Bed With Futon

$268.99 $248
Amazon

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 Floor Sleeper Sofa

From $549
West Elm Kids

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 Daybed Futon

$3,399
Crate & Barrel

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 to showcase a lower trundle bed or it can pop into place as a queen-size bed.

Best Futon Chair

$339.99 $319.99
Wayfair

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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