Published at Friday, 11 October 2019. Sleeper Sofas. By Giovanna Cusanelli.
Sleeper sofas have been around for decades. They were initially sought out by people who wanted to have an extra place for overnight guests to sleep. These sofas, therefore, served dual purposes as seating during the day and beds at night.
Third, the mattress comfort, as well as the seating, is very important. We have all experienced sore backs from the old sofa beds, so choose carefully. Mattress components vary from the dreaded thin inner springs, to foam, memory foam, air mattresses, and combinations of the above. Some new air mattresses offer the advantage of choosing your own comfort level by controlling the air input with a single touch, a great advantage. Try out each mattress if possible, particularly if your studio sofa will be your primary sleeper in a small space. Keep in mind that the sleeper bed will be closed most of the time, so ask how easy it is to clean, if will it collect dust and mildew, and can it be replaced.
There are three main styles of futon frames as well, the bi-fold, tri-fold, and loveseat frame. The bi-fold frame most closely resembles a standard sofa or couch and is constructed of two connected slat racks – the one that is used for sitting and the other that forms the back of the futon or back rest. To change the futon from a "couch" to a "bed" one simply has to pull the back portion down by pulling on the lower portion of the frame. Bi-fold futons use the length of the mattress as the sofa/couch and thus provide the most seating/sitting area. A tri-fold (or A-Frame) futon employs a tri-fold style mattress. The "unused" third portion of the mattress can then be folded under the main seating area when used as a couch or hung over the back rest portion of the futon when used as a couch. Tri-fold futons use the width portion of the mattress for "couch sitting" so there is essentially less sitting space although they still can provide ample double or queen-size sleeping surfaces. The loveseat style frame is made for a two-piece type futon mattress for twin or double bed-sized futons. The loveseat style frame is like the tri-fold frame in that the width of the mattress is used for the sofa seating area and again, is superb for smaller spaces.
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