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If you’re looking for a space saving item of furniture that acts as both seating and as a bed, then a futon sofa is what you are looking for. During daylight hours, the futon acts as a sofa, during the night, it can convert into a bed for guests. Many can even be folded away altogether when not in use.

Futon sofas and mattresses can also be taken outside and placed on a patio or dry lawn. This is particularly the case with metal futon sofas like the one pictured below.


The word futon is an Anglicisation of the Japanese ‘shikibuton’, meaning mattress. Futons became increasingly popular in the West during the 1970s when Eastern philosophies, religions and designs came into fashion and the public consciousness.

One of my favorite types of futon is this Black Metal Futon & Mattress Set which you can buy for $209. You can read more information about it and the various specifications via the link above.

This set is the type of arrangement that will suit a wide range of interiors. It’s also possible to get the futon mattresses in different types of fabric and colors to suit your needs and preferences.