The best futons for function and form

You enjoy lounging in the living room, but the sofa just isn’t comfortable enough sometimes. With a futon, you can turn your sofa into a comfortable day bed with a single push. We’ve researched the best futons on the market and compiled our findings here to help you shop.

Futon beds have thick upholstered cushions and flatten into a futon mattress when pushed down. Traditionally, futons don’t have arms but more modern styles do. Moreover, the latest models offer different positions from a half-reclined back to a split back with only half of the futon turned into a lounger.

When deciding on the covering, choose easy to clean fabric like linen or upholstery fabric. Button-tufted or ribbed backs look more stylish, but if you’re planning to use the futon for sleeping, they may not be as comfortable as flat backs. So, let’s get to it and check out our lineup.

HONBAY Convertible L-Shaped Sofa

Best Sectional Futon

The HONBAY futon is a sectional style with a movable ottoman piece. Gray linen upholstery paired with dark wooden legs give this L-shaped sofa a streamlined look. Firm cushions prevent seat dents and sagging spots. When assembling you don’t need any tools — just follow the supplied instructions.

DHP Emily Futon

Best for Apartments

The DHP futon is a split-back model allowing you to push one side down and keep the other upright. Outfitted with square tufted upholstery and chrome legs, this is the best choice for apartments who need something pragmatic but not tacky. If gray linen isn’t your style, choose faux leather, burgundy velvet, navy linen, green velvet, or white faux leather instead.

Novogratz Brittany Futon Sofa

Best Style

The Novogratz futon is a stylish linen futon that’ll fool everyone into thinking it’s your standard couch. A sumptuous ribbed tufted back and thick seat cushions make this futon feel luxurious. Wooden peg legs provide stability when used in any of the four different positions. As a futon, it measures 81.5 inches long, 34.5 inches wide, and 31.5 inches high. Spot-clean with upholstery wipes when dirty.

A futon isn’t just a college apartment essential, it’s also a great alternative to large clunky sofas in your adult abode. Especially useful in small apartments, futons convert from strictly sitting furniture to a lounger with a simple readjustment. Now it’s your turn to try any one of the futons on our list to make your sitting area more versatile.