Have you ever wondered what was the difference between a traditional bed and a futon? Or how about the difference between all the different mattresses in your local mattress store?
This article will help you understand some of these differences. The following list is composed of several types of beds that are popular in today’s market for furniture. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, but remember, it is up to you to decide which one is best for your lifestyle.
The Traditional Bed
This type of bed requires multiple components (headboard, footboard, side rails) to create one complete unit commonly called a “bed.” The traditional bed typically consists of an inner-spring mattress with fabric or leather upholstery on the outside. The inner-spring mattress is the most popular type of mattress in America and is known for providing excellent support. It is made out of metal coils that are packed in layers to provide cushioning and comfort.
Traditional bed frames can be found in styles ranging from simple or contemporary to ornate Victorian pieces. Upgrade your traditional bed with a box spring; they provide enhanced support.
The Futon Bed
A futon frame first originated as a Japanese bed frame but has evolved, resulting today in several variations:
This style has become increasingly rare since it doesn’t fold up. It looks like any other Modern-day Bed only smaller, and can usually accommodate one person (with exceptions). One can be purchased from IKEA.
This style is just as it sounds, a standard futon that folds up into a couch or chair. It typically has an extra thick cushion on top and arms on either side of the frame. The mattress can be made out of cotton, foam, or latex filling. There are many variations to this type of bed but they all serve the same purpose; they look like any other contemporary piece of furniture (coffee tables, end tables, etc.) and fold up for easy storage when you need more space in your home.
Some folding futons come with locking mechanisms so they will stay folded when not in use. Then pull down the seat cushions to make it into a bed. A folding futon like this one can be purchased from Wayfair.
3) Murphy Bed
This piece of furniture is designed to fold up and store away when not in use, similar to a traditional closet door. It attaches to the wall at the headboard area by hinges and hangs down over the bed frame (which lies on its side). These are available in different styles but most come with solid panels that fit against the wall until you’re ready to slide it up; then you can dress your bed back up with pillows, etc.
Another design has sliding glass doors that go around each side of the mattress which completely covers it up when closed.
The standard size for a futon mattress is 6″ thick. It can be purchased in either cotton or foam filling.
Foam futon mattresses are more popular today because they are engineered to provide the same support as an inner-spring mattress at a fraction of the cost. Some people prefer firmer mattresses while others go for softer ones, so it is important to try them before you buy them. Cotton filled futons are typically softer and will conform to your body once you lie on them, but may not offer enough support for some people’s tastes if they suffer from back problems.
Although this type of mattress would be considered “standard” thickness it doesn’t matter what name you give it, as long as it has adequate padding/support for its intended use.
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