November 8, 2007
by Don VanPelt
Futon bunk beds are great for people that want to save space and add versatility to their room. The bed can function as a couch during the day and then turn into a bed at night. They look great and are surprisingly affordable.
There are many different frames to choose from when shopping for a futon bunk bed. There are metal frames, which have a distinct, unique look to them, as well as a wide variety of color choices. There are also thousands of wooden-framed choices available as well. It’s just a matter of personal preference, although some people consider the wooden frames to be best because the slat supports tend to be wider and closer together. This supports the mattress better and is more comfortable. If you just can’t decide on metal or wood, keep that last tip in mind.
Since the bottom futon actually folds out and becomes a bed, check for one that can be place up against a wall and still allow the futon to be laid flat. They are often called wall-huggers. There are some beds that have to be placed five or six inches away from the wall to allow for some movement when unfolding the futon. So if you must have your bunk bed up against a wall, look for a “wall-hugger”, this will make the conversion to a bed easy, especially if you are doing this on a daily basis.
If you plan on using the futon as an actual bed and sleeping on it every night, you need to think about spending a little more to get one that is really comfortable. An all-cotton mattress or futon can be heavy, some people prefer a poly-cotton blend which is lighter and easier to move around while still providing comfort. One that actually has an inner spring mattress will provide the best support but will also cost more.
There are many different covers that can be used on a futon mattress. Remember the bottom of the bunk is a regular futon, you can use any futon cover and almost all futon bunk beds already come with a durable cover that can double as bed covering. So there are options if you want a specific color or pattern for your new futon bed.
A futon bunk bed is a great choice for a family whose living space is tight. They are perfect for teenagers and for college students. The option to turn the couch into a bed can serve a lot of different lifestyles. They make an impressive and functional variation from the traditional-style bunk bed.
The futon originated in Japan, where it is placed directly on the floor. It has become very popular in the United States where cramped living conditions exist. Taking that futon and placing it up on a metal or a wooden frame, having the versatility of either a couch or a bed, and then placing another bed on top of this set-up, it’s no wonder this style has become very popular so quickly. It just makes sense.
Don VanPelt is a writer for Bunk Beds Central who has published many articles about bunk beds. You can read his comments and get his recommendations on the best places to purchase bunk beds at Bunk Beds Central.