Futons | Sleeper Sofas | Sofa Beds

A futon, also known as a sofa bed or sleeper sofa, is a convertible mattress used for bedding or seating. Usually used during the night for sleeping, the futon mattress can easily be stored away during the day. Many futons combine the use of both a bed frame and a sofa, and are often used to host guests on short stays and occasional overnighters. As a flexible and less expensive option for individuals on a budget or in a smaller space, the futon is a common sight in studios, college dorm rooms, and guest bedrooms alike.

What is a futon?

A futon is a transformable mattress filled with layers of material and used as a daytime sofa or bed (when converted). A futon can be used alone or as part of a frame of a piece of furniture. ‘Futon’ can be considered synonymous and interchangeable with the terms ‘sofa bed’ or ‘sleeper sofa’, however a traditional futon differs in form and function.

What size is a futon mattress?

Futons maintain the same standard sizes of mattresses, enabling its use on traditional bed frames and platforms. Therefore, a full size futon would equate to a width of 54 inches and a length of 75 inches. It is important to note that futons, just like mattresses, can be made in custom sizes. Twin: 38” x 75” (91 x 191 cm). Full: 54” x 75” (137 x 191 cm). Queen: 60” x 80” (152 x 203 cm). King: 76” x 80” (193 x 203 cm).

How do you make a futon more comfortable?

There are a variety of ways to make a futon more comfortable. A mattress topper is a lightweight option that can be added to a futon without negatively affecting its use in the daytime as a sofa or a bed at night. Layers of comforters can be a more affordable option and added on top of the futon for extra support. A third option is to bolster the futon from underneath by placing the futon mattress on top of slats.

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IKEA Färlöv Sleeper Sofa

The IKEA Färlöv Sleeper Sofa is the ideal sleeper sofa for small living areas as a guest bed or for taking naps. The sofa can quickly transform into a bed of two by removing the seat pad and back cushion and pull the handle underneath to fold out the bed and mattress.

The IKEA Färlöv Sleeper Sofa has an overall height of 31.125" (79 cm), width of 74” (188 cm), depth of 42.875” (109 cm), and seat height of 21.625” (55 cm). When open, the IKEA Färlöv Sleeper Sofa has an overall size of 74” x 79.5” (188 x 202 cm).

Collection of drawings of the IKEA Färlöv Sleeper Sofa with height, width, depth, and seat height dimensions
The IKEA Färlöv Sleeper Sofa is the ideal sleeper sofa for small living areas as a guest bed or for taking naps. The sofa can quickly transform into a bed of two by removing the seat pad and back cushion and pull the handle underneath to fold out the bed and mattress.

The IKEA Färlöv Sleeper Sofa has an overall height of 31.125" (79 cm), width of 74” (188 cm), depth of 42.875” (109 cm), and seat height of 21.625” (55 cm). When open, the IKEA Färlöv Sleeper Sofa has an overall size of 74” x 79.5” (188 x 202 cm).

Collection of drawings of the IKEA Färlöv Sleeper Sofa with height, width, depth, and seat height dimensions
IKEA Färlöv Sleeper Sofa
Height:
31.125" | 79 cm
Width:
74” | 188 cm
Length:
Depth:
42.875” | 109 cm
Seat Height
21.625” | 55 cm
Arm Height
20.375” | 52 cm
Weight:
Area:

Open Size: 74” x 79.5” | 188 x 202 cm

Materials
Particleboard and plywood frame; polyurethane foam cushions and mattress; polyester cover
Designer
Francis Cayouette (IKEA)
Year
2017

Drawings include:
IKEA Färlöv Sleeper Sofa front elevation, side, plan, side (open), plan (open)

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Twilight Sleeper Sofa
Pair of plan drawings of the Twilight Sleeper Sofa with people for scale in single and queen size bed modes

Designed by Flemming Busk, the Twilight Sleeper Sofa is compact, enabling it to be easily converted into a double twin bed, daybed, or queen-size bed by moving the bolster out and placing the cushion on the floor. We can use a Twilight Sleeper Sofa in living rooms, offices, guestrooms, bedrooms, and in secondary sitting arrangements.

The Twilight Sleeper Sofa is popular for people who want to furnish a modern space with flexible sleeping options. The lack of arms is compensated by aluminum frames with different dimensions which makes it ideal for small areas. Its roll-shaped back also provides a straightforward transition from a sofa to a bed, and the small wheels at the end enable ease of mobility.

The Twilight Sleeper Sofa has an overall height of 29” (74 cm), width of 79" (201 cm), and depth of 34.75” (88 cm). The seat height of the Twilight Sleeper Sofa is set at 17” (43 cm). When open, the Twilight Sleeper Sofa has a sleeping width of 69.5” (177 cm).

Plan and elevation drawings of the Twilight Sleeper Sofa in closed (couch) position with labeled dimensions
Designed by Flemming Busk, the Twilight Sleeper Sofa is compact, enabling it to be easily converted into a double twin bed, daybed, or queen-size bed by moving the bolster out. The Twilight Sleeper Sofa is used in living rooms, offices, guestrooms, bedrooms, and in secondary sitting arrangements.

The Twilight Sleeper Sofa has an overall height of 29” (74 cm), width of 79" (201 cm), and depth of 34.75” (88 cm). The seat height of the Twilight Sleeper Sofa is set at 17” (43 cm). When open, the Twilight Sleeper Sofa has a sleeping width of 69.5” (177 cm).

Plan and elevation drawings of the Twilight Sleeper Sofa in closed (couch) position with labeled dimensions
Twilight Sleeper Sofa
Height:
29” | 74 cm
Width:
79” | 201 cm
Length:
Depth:
34.75” | 88 cm
Seat Height
17” | 43 cm
Arm Height
Weight:
Area:

Width (Open): 69.5” | 177 cm

Materials
Aluminum Frame; polyurethane foam mattress; cotton blend fabric
Designer
Flemming Busk
Year
1999

Drawings include:
Twilight Sleeper Sofa front elevation, back, side, plan, front (open), side (open), plan (open), plan (person)

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IKEA Vimle Sleeper Sofa - 3 Seater

The IKEA Vimle Sleeper Sofa 3 Seater is an extended two or one-seater with the sofa seater section being combined in different ways to get the desired shape. To convert it into a bed, remove the back cushions and seats and pull out the underframe. You can also add a Chaise section, footstool, and an armrest for a more contemporary look.

The IKEA Vimle Sleeper Sofa (3 Seater) has an overall height of 26.75” (68 cm), width of 107.875” (274 cm), depth of 38.625” (98 cm), and seat height of 18.875” (48 cm). When open, the 3 Seater IKEA Vimle Sleeper Sofa has an overall size 107.875” x 59.875” (274 x 152 cm).

Collection of drawings of the IKEA Vimle Sleeper Sofa - 3 Seater with height, width, depth, and seat height dimensions
The IKEA Vimle Sleeper Sofa 3 Seater is an extended two or one-seater with the sofa seater section being combined in different ways to get the desired shape. To convert it into a bed, remove the back cushions and seats and pull out the underframe.

The IKEA Vimle Sleeper Sofa (3 Seater) has an overall height of 26.75” (68 cm), width of 107.875” (274 cm), depth of 38.625” (98 cm), and seat height of 18.875” (48 cm). When open, the 3 Seater IKEA Vimle Sleeper Sofa has an overall size 107.875” x 59.875” (274 x 152 cm).

Collection of drawings of the IKEA Vimle Sleeper Sofa - 3 Seater with height, width, depth, and seat height dimensions
IKEA Vimle Sleeper Sofa - 3 Seater
Height:
26.75” | 68 cm
Width:
107.875” | 274 cm
Length:
Depth:
38.625” | 98 cm
Seat Height
18.875” | 48 cm
Arm Height
26.75” | 68 cm
Weight:
Area:

Open Size: 107.875” x 95.625” | 274 x 243 cm

Materials
Solid wood, plywood, and fiberboard frame; polyurethane foam cushions and mattress; steel seat frame; polyester cover
Designer
Ehlén Johansson (IKEA)
Year
2018

Drawings include:
IKEA Vimle Sleeper Sofa (3 Seater) front elevation, side, plan, side (open), plan (open)

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IKEA Vimle Sleeper Sofa - 2 Seater

The IKEA Vimle Sleeper Sofa 2 Seater has a versatile design with storage compartments in the Footstool and Chaise lounge. Its large size makes up for the lack of a sofa bed, and thick, cozy mattress makes it ideal for a transient sleeper. It has bed slats that combine with the mattress to offer a more flexible, friendly, and comfortable sleep support.

The IKEA Vimle Sleeper Sofa (2 Seater) has an overall height of 26.75” (68 cm), width of 79.875” (203 cm), depth of 38.625” (98 cm), and seat height of 18.875” (48 cm). When open, the IKEA Vimle Sleeper Sofa (2 Seater) has an overall size of 79.875” x 59.875” (203 x 152 cm).

Set of dimensioned elevation and plan drawings of the IKEA Vimle Sleeper Sofa (2 Seater) measuring height, width and depth
The IKEA Vimle Sleeper Sofa 2 Seater has a versatile design with storage compartments in the Footstool and Chaise lounge. Its large size makes up for the lack of a sofa bed, and thick, cozy mattress makes it ideal for a transient sleeper.

The IKEA Vimle Sleeper Sofa (2 Seater) has an overall height of 26.75” (68 cm), width of 79.875” (203 cm), depth of 38.625” (98 cm), and seat height of 18.875” (48 cm). When open, the IKEA Vimle Sleeper Sofa (2 Seater) has an overall size of 79.875” x 59.875” (203 x 152 cm).

Set of dimensioned elevation and plan drawings of the IKEA Vimle Sleeper Sofa (2 Seater) measuring height, width and depth
IKEA Vimle Sleeper Sofa - 2 Seater
Height:
26.75” | 68 cm
Width:
79.875” | 203 cm
Length:
Depth:
38.625” | 98 cm
Seat Height
18.875” | 48 cm
Arm Height
26.75” | 68 cm
Weight:
Area:

Open Size: 79.875” x 95.625” | 203 x 243 cm

Materials
Solid wood, plywood, and fiberboard frame; polyurethane foam cushions and mattress; steel seat frame; polyester cover
Designer
Ehlén Johansson (IKEA)
Year
2018

Drawings include:
IKEA Vimle Sleeper Sofa - 2 Seater front elevation, side, plan, side (open), plan (open)

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IKEA Flottebo Sleeper Sofa

The IKEA Flottebo Sleeper Sofa has a movable cushion you can use to make the sleeper comfy for sleep, recline, or seat. To convert it into a sleeper, all you have to do is remove the cushions leaving you with enough space to sit or sleep, plus ample storage space beneath the seat.

The IKEA Flottebo Sleeper Sofa has an overall height of 31.125" (79 cm), width of 78.75” (200 cm), depth of 47.25” (120 cm), and seat height of 18.125” (46 cm).

Set of dimensioned elevation and plan drawings of the IKEA Flottebo Sleeper Sofa measured with height, width and depth
The IKEA Flottebo Sleeper Sofa has a movable cushion you can use to make the sleeper comfy for sleep, recline, or seat. To convert it into a sleeper, all you have to do is remove the cushions leaving you with enough space to sit or sleep, plus ample storage space beneath the seat.

The IKEA Flottebo Sleeper Sofa has an overall height of 31.125" (79 cm), width of 78.75” (200 cm), depth of 47.25” (120 cm), and seat height of 18.125” (46 cm).

Set of dimensioned elevation and plan drawings of the IKEA Flottebo Sleeper Sofa measured with height, width and depth
IKEA Flottebo Sleeper Sofa
Height:
31.125" | 79 cm
Width:
78.75” | 200 cm
Length:
Depth:
47.25” | 120 cm
Seat Height
18.125” | 46 cm
Arm Height
Weight:
Area:
Materials
Molded wood veneer frame; polyurethane foam mattress; polyester cover
Designer
C Halskov & H Dalsgaard (IKEA)
Year
2016

Drawings include:
IKEA Flottebo Sleeper Sofa front elevation, side, plan

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