Best Futon Frames Reviews For 2019

Futons have been around for a long time already even before it arrived in our bedrooms. Over the years, manufacturers improvised its image into one of the most practical and versatile furniture. From the bedroom, futons are now used in the living room, entertainment room, guest room, etc. With the best futon frames, it can be converted from being a sofa to a lounger, and a bed. Depending on the brand and model you get, you can even adjust to over 10 different positions.  Futon frames vary from wooden to metal constructions together with other features which help them function smoothly. There are bi-fold and tri-fold futon frames that can encase your preferred mattress which can be as thick as 10 inches or so. But regardless of your budget, this guide can help you choose the best futon frames that pass your requirements. Read on to see which of the brands and models below got the things you want in a futon frame.

Top Futon Frames Reviews 2019

#1. Nirvana Futons Westfield Wood Futon Frame, Full (Editor’s Choice Winner)

If you already have a futon mattress, this Editor’s Choice might help you settle in. It is made from pure hardwood parts to ensure its durability and long-term use. Complete with everything you need in assembly, you no longer need to search for screwdrivers or even Allan wrench. The frame doesn’t come with a futon mattress, cover, and some pillows but its rice is worth it. Once all parts and joints are tightened, you won’t hear any squeak while whether you’re sitting or lying on it. This is a great buy if you prefer a futon chair/bed that sits lower to the ground.

Features

  • Measures 81 x 32 x 33.5 inches as a sofa and 81 x 54 x 24.8 inches as a bed
  • Timeless gentle curved arms measure 24.75 inches to functions as headboard and footboard
  • Anti-slip mechanism keeps it locked in place as a sofa or a bed
  • Seat and back decks are crafted to make it more attractive
  • Fits futon mattresses with 54 x 75 inches dimension
  • Holds up to 250 pounds including the futon mattress
  • 100% environmentally friendly and made from hardwood parts only from sustainable plantations
  • 4-year limited warranty from the manufacturer guarantees the company’s quality service and assistance that comes with it

Nirvana Futons Westfield Wood Futon Frame

This futon frame is what we can call a “risk-free purchase”. It’s quick and easy to assemble in less than an hour. Since it comes with complete tools, we recommend it to first-time buyers who don’t have many handy tools at home. It can even fit up to 10 inches futon mattress which we like about it.

Pros

  • Eco-friendly and versatile
  • Exceptionally built to last for years using hardwood materials
  • Stylish and hassle-free to convert from sofa-bed or bed-sofa
  • Prevents slipping when reclined
  • Made from high-quality materials from Indonesia

Cons

  • Can only accommodate up to 250 pounds including the mattress’ weight
  • The package doesn’t include the futon mattress, cover, and pillows

#2. KD Frames 4722-BI-F Studio Bifold Futon, Full (Editor’s Choice Runner Up)

Do you like your futon chair to be more flexible? Well then, here’s the answer to that. This Runner Up can be adjusted to not just 4 but 5 reclining positions. Thus, you can sit up straight or adjust it to different lounging positions. Anytime you feel like taking a nap, you can convert it easily into a bed. However, the gap between each slat is too wide so you may have to use an additional platform. This will protect your mattress by preventing it from sagging between the slats. Aside from being fully functional furniture, it’s also stylish and eco-friendly.

Features

  • Weighs 49 pounds with 74 x 54.5 x 10 inches product dimension as a bed and 36 x 46 inches as a sofa
  • Stands 10 inches high from the floor when converted into a bed allows you to get in/out of bed easier
  • Each slat has a 4 inches spacing while the center gap is 4.5 inches to hold your futon mattress
  • Adjustable back adjusts up to 4 different positions as a sofa while the deck locks together using wood dowels
  • Certified made in the USA using sturdy and reliable materials
  • 5 years warranty from the manufacturer guarantees the company’s assistance to ensure customers’ satisfaction

Studio Bifold Futon - Full

Crafted from Tulip Poplar hardwood, we recommend this frame for users who prefer more adjustable positions. It also has that mix of classic and contemporary design which helps it stand out from its competitors. Most importantly, we like that it feels solid and durable whether we’re sitting or sleeping on it.

Pros

  • Ideal for budget-seekers and first-time futon users
  • Requires minor assembly only
  • Eco-friendly and made from pure pine wood
  • Guaranteed built with solid construction
  • Fits in easily with urban interior

Cons

  • Some holes were not drilled in the wrong spot
  • The space between each slat is too wide to prevent sagging

#3. DHP Aiden Metal Futon Frame, Black (Budget Pick Winner)

This futon frame from Dorel Industries offers a combination of modern design and innovation. Perfect for enjoying both the comfort and value of your money, this futon frame is packed with reinforcements. Its 6 legs and crisscrossed metal grid provide support to the mattress while the retainer handles the edge of the seat. Thus, the mattress can remain in its place regardless of its position and absorbed movement. This feature also helps the frame convert from seating-sleeper, sleeper-seating position. The bi-fold moving pallet fitted into the steel frame is secured to the armrests which lend it some weight.

Features

  • Weighs 44 pounds with 76.5 x 30 x 29 inches dimension as a sofa and 71.5 x 52 x 10.5 inches dimension as a bed
  • 6-legged futon frame that is convertible from sofa to a  bed
  • Built with sturdy metal frame construction with a contemporary low seating design
  • Holds up to 600 pounds including the futon mattress
  • Retainer clips prevent the mattress from sliding out of the frame
  • Metal mesh frame helps the frame to provide maximum support to any futon mattress
  • Fits any Full-size standard futon mattress
  • Protected by a 1-year limited warranty

DHP Aiden Metal Futon Frame, Black

For those who prefer a lightweight but full metal futon frame without breaking the bank, we recommend this model. It’s designed with elegant arched arms and a stylish look which can fit in contemporary rooms. Also, it’s built with mesh which made it more lightweight and easier for us to carry it around.

Pros

  • Constructed with a full metal body at an affordable price
  • Provides an equal weight distribution
  • Reinforced with a metal grid to ensure its support
  • Allows the futon mattress to breathe regardless of its position

Cons

  • The holes were not drilled properly
  • Welded joints may breakdown sooner after a few months of regular use

#4. Nirvana Futons Tri-Fold Wood Futon Frame Sofa Bed Lounger, Full (Budget Pick Runner Up)

Do you need a futon where you can recline and stretch your legs without your feet hanging off the frame? Then, this trifold frame might be the one you’re looking for. Available at an affordable price, it is made with a trifold design using dense solid hardwood construction materials. Thus, it can function as a bed, sofa, or lounger with 13 adjustment options whenever you want. Available in Full size, it can accommodate up to 2 sleepers with an average size.

Features

  • Weighs 65 pounds with 56.5 x 52 x 29.5 inches dimension as a lounger
  • 72 x 52 x 10 inches as a bed, and 36.3 x 52 x 29.5 inches as a sofa
  • Adjustable up to 13 positions: 1 for bed, 8 lounging positions, and 4 sitting positions
  • Tilting back feature allows you to enjoy its perfect degree of comfort with various seating positions
  • Natural clear coat gives it an expert finish while accentuating its genuine beauty
  • Crafted in Indonesia with a 5-year warranty from the manufacturer

Nirvana Futons Tri-Fold Wood Futon Frame

Pros

  • Cost-efficient and easy to assemble
  • Environmentally friendly and durable
  • Perfect for flexible futon mattresses that are meant for trifold frames
  • Ideal for any occasion and room

Cons

  • The size is a little bit small compared with the standard Full size
  • Pushes the mattress to fold from top to bottom

#5. Wildon Home Cushman Futon Frame

Made from modern metal, this futon frame is one of the most in-demand models today. It costs higher than the previous models but it’s worth it if you prefer to relax on a lounger position. No need to look for something to make it more attractive, the frame itself is stylish enough to pair with any futon mattress. It’s also designed to save space which is very much appreciated by those who have limited space at home. You can also take advantage of its 30-day return policy in case you don’t find it satisfying.

Features

  • Weighs 58.52 pounds with 33 x 74.8 x 49 inches product dimension
  • Frame dimension measures 54 x 74 inches while the seat’s height reaches up to 14 inches high
  • Free brackets come with the box to keep your futon mattress in place
  • Fits up to 10 inches futon mattress which shouldn’t exceed 1,000 pounds including your weight
  • Slat materials are made from medium-density fiberboard with 8 inches gap
  • 2 adjustable positions allow you to convert it easily from sofa to bed or bed to sofa

Wildon Home Cushman Futon Frame

Pros

  • Lightweight and made from durable materials
  • Hassle-free to assemble with less number of parts
  • Compact and stylish
  • Includes free brackets in its package to keep your mattress in place

Cons

  • Costs higher than the previous models
  • Can be a little wobbly when used as a bed

Things to Consider Before Buying Best Futon Frames

Futon is becoming more and more popular these days especially for those who live in small apartments or studio type condominiums. But did you know that futons were first used in Japan as their mattresses on the floor? Compared with the usual mattresses that we use today, futon is lighter and more flexible. It can be rolled and unrolled easily on the floor whenever you need to use it. So to make it more comfortable for other users, manufacturers started to incorporate it into chairs.

Since then futon chairs became one of the most in-demand furniture in the market. Of course, futon chairs will not be called chairs with just its futon mattress alone. It needs a frame which serves as its skeleton and a major source of support. This way, you can use it either as a chair in the morning then as a bed at night. But if you intend to use this versatile furniture as your sofa or as a daily bed, you better ensure its quality. So, here are some things to consider before you buy the best futon frames:

  • Size

When it comes to futon frames, one of the most important things you have to consider is its size. Futon chairs are pretty popular among customers who live in small apartments, condominiums, or even in dorms. Obviously, the issue in these living environments is space which futon chairs happened to solve smoothly. Whether you prefer to have bulky furniture or not, size matters, especially if you have a small home.

If you already have an existing mattress, get its exact size to find a frame where it can fit perfectly. For customized frames, it’s still important that you know how long, wide, and tall you want it to be. You also need to find a reliable shop that offers customized frames.

  • Weight

The weight of the frame is another thing to consider especially if you’re living alone in a tall apartment building. Not all delivery men are that kind to help you carry the package up to your apartment. So if you live alone and don’t have a friend nearby to give you a hand, check its weight. Be sure that it’s lightweight enough for you to carry alone. A lightweight frame would be easier to move around your place even with your futon mattress on.

  • Style

Aside from the varied size and weight of futon frames, its style varies as well. Though the option is not that overwhelming for futon frames, they can still look modern, vintage, and stylish. You just have to find the style that matches your taste and room’s interior decoration. Far from the basic style that futon frames used to have, options nowadays also include pads/mattresses. These paddings are stitched to the frame so you can save time on shopping for a futon mattress.

On the other hand, cleaning its stitched mattress on the frame is more difficult. You can’t also change the color of its mattress’ color unlike those solo frames with detachable pads/mattresses. It’s also up to you whether you want your frame to arrive with or without arms. For those who prefer beds or chairs that stand lower to the floor, there are available futon frames for them. Thus, they can enjoy a lounging position with their reclined back and feet touching the floor or on the tabletop.

  • Materials

Futon frames are usually made from wood or metal but some models nowadays also come with plastic parts. These parts are usually seen as plastic legs since solid metal or wooden frames are more expensive than those with plastic parts.

  • Finish Look

Wooden frames can be available using different kinds of woods like ebony, and oak. At the same time, metal futon frames can be made from different kinds of metals. Regardless, manufacturers usually keep the wooden frames natural color and just cover it with a wooden varnish. Also, metal frames are commonly available in black or white.

  • Main Purpose or Use

Aside from these things above, the last thing to keep in mind is how you would like to use it. Do you intend to use it as an everyday sofa, bed, or both? The overall quality of the futon frame depends on how much you want to use it. If you intend to use it in a sitting or lounging position it should be easy to recline to your desired angle. But if you need to convert it into a bed daily, you should be able to lay it flat without a hassle. In this case, its materials and offered support must be solid to guarantee its long-term use.

Conclusion

Are you stuck on a tight budget? That’s not a problem since there are lots of futon frames to choose from. We recommend a metal frame since it is usually offered at more affordable prices compared with wooden frames. However, frames made from solid wood were tested and proven already to last longer despite their higher price. Take note that wooden frames are typically heavier as well so you may need a hand on setting up or moving them.

To help your futon mattress last longer, the distance between its slats should not be more than 3 inches. Frames with a wider gap between each slat can cause damage to the mattress. In the end, the mattress loses its support and sags in between each slat.

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