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A fold out couch...or a futon?

We don't have the room for a full-size guest bed. What's the best brand option for a fold-out couch or futon? I dont' want anything with a crappy mattress. I want my guests to feel rested. Is there such a thing?

by Anonymousreply 2210/28/2014

For a foldout, go for Flexsteel.

by Anonymousreply 104/02/2013

A futon can be uncomfortable for some people with back/joint pain - so a fold out couch. I've actually got a cheap but comfortable Ikea sofa that folds out into a full sized double bed.

by Anonymousreply 204/02/2013

Get a fold out some, BUT also get a decent foam topper to go on it, get a really good, padded mattress cover, then the sheets.

by Anonymousreply 304/02/2013

r1, thanks but those sleepers are hideous.

Do I need to add "visually appealing" to my requirements?

by Anonymousreply 404/03/2013

If you must get one, always go with a fold out couch. Futons seem really cheap and tacky as pieces of furniture.

I'd concur with the suggestion for a decent foam topper and mattress pad cover.

I'd actually opt for neither though. Just keep your sofa and get an inflatable mattress. I know that probably seems horrendous (I used to think so too), but I had to get one a few years back and was shocked at how surprisingly comfortable they can be. They've come a long way over the past few years.

by Anonymousreply 504/03/2013

Exactly OP - Those couches looked ready for a funeral home.I've never seen a decent pull out sofa - even expensive ones - and I really need one. Any other recommendations?

by Anonymousreply 604/03/2013

Don't listen to r5 regarding the inflatable mattress. Yes, they can be comfy, but even microscopic tears will cause them to deflate. You'll burn through several before you know it. I used to sleep on a futon. It was ok, but as others have said, they're tacky looking. I now sleep on a fold out couch that I purchased at Raymour and Flanigan. It's an attractive piece of furniture, and the mattress is comfy.

by Anonymousreply 704/03/2013

I have a full sized air mattress, it's as thick as a real mattress, I add a foam topper and good mattress pad, primo sheets. Very co,for table for guests. I've slept on it myself.

by Anonymousreply 804/03/2013

I hear you all about the air mattress, but I'm a night owl and my partner is not. So I'd also like something I can jump into in the middle of the night if I have a late night and my partner has gone to bed, or I have a cold and/or I just can't sleep in the middle of the night. I don't picture blowing up an air mattress at 2am.

I'd love to just have another twin bed in the other room, but we need the office space and our guests visit as couples. So sleeper it is.

r7, you that is a good site. A bit high-end but I guess it's a worthy investment.

The other option is a murphy bed in the office, I guess. But anything decent would be a custom install and very expensive.

by Anonymousreply 904/03/2013


I don't know what kind of air mattress you've been buying or what you've been doing to/on them... but I've had the same one for years and have never had a problem with any tears or punctures.

by Anonymousreply 1004/03/2013

Style may not be to your taste, and they're pretty expensive, but they're the best there is.

by Anonymousreply 1104/03/2013

air mattresses are terrible

you can get a comfortable futon if you go to a specialist store and buy the most expensive mattress. More comfortable than a bed. People buy the cheapest futons with the crappiest mattress and think that is every futon. It isn`t.

by Anonymousreply 1204/03/2013


The same probably goes for people who think every air mattress is terrible.

by Anonymousreply 1304/03/2013

Ebay has murphy beds from $500 to $4900.

Daybeds use a twin mattress. Two rows of your mary-iest pillows help make them look like deep couches.

Another option might be lofting the office: Buy the loft platform, throw a full inner-spring mattress on top, and put the desk under it.

Futons and fold-out couches are depressing. Air mattresses deflate at weird times and always smell like Playskool toys.

by Anonymousreply 1404/03/2013

[quote]Buy the loft platform

Ok, what is a loft platform and where does one get one?

by Anonymousreply 1504/03/2013

Concur with R8.

by Anonymousreply 1604/03/2013

Just get one of these.

by Anonymousreply 1704/03/2013

The Tillary sofa from west elm. Everyone loves sleeping on ours.

by Anonymousreply 1804/03/2013

Don't buy a stick of furniture from Raymour and Flanigan, buyer beware. The crap they make starts falling apart as soon as its delivered. The wood chips easily by normal use. Everyhere. The fabric opens at the seams. The only use you will have for it will be a firewood. The protection plan that costs extra money will possibly get them to send guy with a colored magic marker to touch up the wood, you may get a new cushion, made the same way. The protection is a scam, the entire company is a scam. Your useless shitty furniture will not be replaced by them.

by Anonymousreply 2010/28/2014

We have a fold out couch from La-z-Boy, which is actually very attractive and well made. The mattress has an inflatable top for more cushioning and I've slept on it numerous times and it's actually really comfortable.

Also, the slipcovers we got are washable, so it keeps it from looking dingy. We've had ours for over ten years and it still looks good.

by Anonymousreply 2110/28/2014

I just got an air mattress and the thing sounds like a jet airplane taking off. I can't refill it after it partially deflates for fear of waking everyone. So by morning I'm simply rolling off it. Just wasted $30. But it's comfortable.

by Anonymousreply 2210/28/2014
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