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Not all houses have the space for a guest room; that's where the help of handy sleeper sofas comes into play. There are a number of shapes and sizes you can shop for, but a functional futon is always a great choice for a small space. Not only are they excellent for adding extra sleeping space, but a lot of these options can actually be stylish these days. We're not talking about your grandparents' old basement futon — these are truly elevated sofas. Thanks to the internet, there are also a ton of affordable options out there. We found a handful of picks that start at just $81, so you don't have to break the bank to get exactly what you want. Keep reading to see how to score your perfect match and shop our top choices.
What to Look For When Buying a Futon
Once you've narrowed in on your style, it's time to think about the details. Are you looking for something to put in a guest room or a small-space living room? Depending on what type of room you place it in, you might want a more traditional or classic look so that it doesn't look like a futon, but rather, a couch with a hidden feature.
Both its fabric and comfort play a big role. You can shop for durable polyester, which is great for kids and pet owners because it's easy to clean, or you can go for a more stylized choice like velvet or even bouclé. This falls in line with comfort, as fabric, cushion depth, and filling all make a big difference in how satisfying it is to sleep in. The frame of your futon matters as well, as you want to ensure it's something sturdy — like solid wood or metal — so that it won't break in a year's time. Don't forget to measure your space, too, because the inches matter, and this way you can find a futon that fits in seamlessly without thinking about it. Lastly, the price is most important. We found choices starting under $100 as well as options in the thousands, so you can decide which one fits your budget.
Keep reading to see our picks from brands like Target, West Elm, and more. Our personal favorite is the Room Essentials Futon Sofa With Arms ($340) because the price tag is just unbeatable. Plus, it has a modern and minimal look to it that'll blend into any space.
— Additional reporting by Haley Lyndes