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Sofa Beds & Futons: Fact vs. Fiction

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When trying to decide between a sofa bed and a futon, there are the myths and there are the facts – and it’s important to address them before you make a choice that impacts your daily life for years to come.

It seems pretty heavy when you say it like that, but it’s true if the so-called “hide a bed sofa” or futon in question is going to be your living room’s centerpiece. And, even if it’s not, you still want to get the best option your money can buy.

Myth #1: Futons don’t have – nay, can’t have – real mattresses.

Hogwash! Yes, it’s true that some futons rely on foam mattresses (and comfy ones at that!), but there are many futon brands that feature real, no-kidding mattresses the likes of which might be found on any bed.

Myth #2: Microfiber is cheap.

Whoa! Yet another insult! Microfiber may be inexpensive, but as a synthetic it’s also very tough and hard to stain while still remaining soft to the touch. When did this magical combination of attributes become such a bad thing?

Myth #3: “That sofa-bed bar dug into my back all night!”

Mhmm. Well, that can happen. And, with “vintage” sofa beds it’s almost a guarantee, as many a Seinfeld character may confess, but sofa-bed design has come a long way since then, and improved materials and manufacture make today’s hide-a-beds far more comfortable than their predecessors.

Myth #4: They’re too hard to move.

Now, they can be hard to move, but they don’t have to be! First of all, many futon models can be broken down and reassembled for easy movement. As for sofa beds, it’s wise to follow these easy steps.

Myth #5: They’re too difficult to fold out/fold up.

It’s all about leverage. Technological advances have improved the mechanisms used in sofa beds and futons across the industry, but there are also a couple tricks that might help.

For sofa beds, some people like to tie a length of cord to the handle so it’s easier to pull open; for futons that aren’t “click-clacks,” the trick is to pull up rather than out when unfolding them ... and maybe spritz the joints with WD-40 on older metal frames.

The "Emma" futon from DHP easily folds into a full-size sleeper and also features a fully adjustable back and armrests. 

South Sea Rattan defies conventional sofa-bed design with the "Bermuda" queen sleeper sofa. 

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