When making a buying decision relating to futon furniture the first thing to consider is how much space is available?
If there’s not a lot of space and a) the futon is for a child or b) an emergency spare bed is needed then single futons offer a comfortable solution.
From the early days of the futon industry there have always been at least three sizes of futon frame, single, double and queen. In the case of the UK there are two single size futon frames either 76cms or 2’6” and its European equivalent 90cms or 3’0” and it’s this size that dominates the single futons market.
The construction of a single futon frame is the same whatever the size i.e. it’s made in three sections and has two functions, chair and bed. When the frame is pulled out flat it’s a bed and when folded with its futon mattress it’s a chair. Single futons are made from timber, either softwood like Pine or harder woods like Beech or Birch.
The alternative to timber is steel and when steel is used there is also a choice available. European gauge steel is thicker than Asian steel and generally manufacturing quality is higher. Often flexi slats are used for the sitting and sleeping surface whereas in China, Malaysia and Indonesia manufacturers use wire mesh. The comfort and strength of flexi slats is far superior to the mesh type frames but they are more expensive.
Futon furniture has always been considered as versatile and the single futon plays a part in this assumption.
At the height of its popularity futon furniture was available on most high streets at specialist, furniture and department stores. Room settings were often displayed and these always included a single futon, study bunks and similar ensembles that used single futons for somewhere to sit and relax and also offer an extra bed in an emergency situation.