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 Balkarp Sleeper Sofa
Plan view illustration of a woman sleeping on the IKEA Balkarp Sleeper Sofa for scale

The IKEA Balkarp Sleeper Sofa is a simple trio furniture structure making it easy to set it up for a sitting, sleeping, or reclining. It is comprised of metals and cushions, with no arm rests—making it ideal for office setups, living rooms, in family gatherings, game rooms, and dorm rooms.

The IKEA Balkarp Sleeper Sofa is less bulky and sits low to the ground at the size of a twin bed, hence comfortable to change or try different positions. However, the major con of the IKEA Balkarp Sleeper Sofa is that it is stiff and not as enjoyable as other sleeper sofas.

The IKEA Balkarp Sleeper Sofa has an overall height of 32” (81 cm), width of 67" (170 cm), and depth of 33” (84 cm). The seat height of the IKEA Balkarp Sleeper Sofa is set at 15” (38 cm). When open, the IKEA Balkarp Sleeper Sofa has a width of 39” (100 cm).

Plan and elevation drawings in the closed (sofa) position of the IKEA Balkarp Sleeper Sofa with dimensions
The IKEA Balkarp Sleeper Sofa is a simple trio furniture structure making it easy to set it up for a sitting, sleeping, or reclining. It is comprised of metals and cushions, with no arm rests—making it ideal for office setups, living rooms, in family gatherings, game rooms, and dorm rooms.

The IKEA Balkarp Sleeper Sofa has an overall height of 32” (81 cm), width of 67" (170 cm), and depth of 33” (84 cm). The seat height of the IKEA Balkarp Sleeper Sofa is set at 15” (38 cm). When open, the IKEA Balkarp Sleeper Sofa has a width of 39” (100 cm).

Plan and elevation drawings in the closed (sofa) position of the IKEA Balkarp Sleeper Sofa with dimensions
IKEA Balkarp Sleeper Sofa
Height:
32” | 81 cm
Width:
67” | 170 cm
Length:
Depth:
33” | 84 cm
Seat Height
15” | 38 cm
Arm Height
Weight:
Area:

Width (Open): 39” | 100 cm

Materials
Particleboard back and seat; polyurethane foam; steel legs; polyester fabric
Designer
IKEA
Year
2016

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

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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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Vesper Queen Sleeper Sofa

The Vesper Queen Sleeper Sofa has a comfortable large and easy-to-fold feature and a deep luxurious seating available in sofas. It has a wooden platform on which the Vesper mattress rests on. It occupies less space when opened to give a standard-size Queen sleeping surface and a patented conversion mechanism enabling conversion from sleeper to sofa.

The Vesper Queen Sleeper Sofa has an overall height of 34” (86 cm), width of 81” (203 cm), depth of 40” (102 cm), and seat height of 19” (48 cm). When open, the Vesper Queen Sleeper Sofa has an overall size of 81” x 86” (203 x 218 cm).

Set of dimensioned elevation and plan drawings of the Vesper Queen Sleeper Sofa measured with height, width and depth
The Vesper Queen Sleeper Sofa has a comfortable large and easy-to-fold feature and a deep luxurious seating available in sofas. It has a wooden platform on which the Vesper mattress rests on. It occupies less space when opened to give a standard-size Queen sleeping surface.

The Vesper Queen Sleeper Sofa has an overall height of 34” (86 cm), width of 81” (203 cm), depth of 40” (102 cm), and seat height of 19” (48 cm). When open, the Vesper Queen Sleeper Sofa has an overall size of 81” x 86” (203 x 218 cm).

Set of dimensioned elevation and plan drawings of the Vesper Queen Sleeper Sofa measured with height, width and depth
Vesper Queen Sleeper Sofa
Height:
34” | 86 cm
Width:
81” | 203 cm
Length:
Depth:
40” | 102 cm
Seat Height
19” | 48 cm
Arm Height
24.25” | 62 cm
Weight:
Area:

Open Size: 81” x 86” | 203 x 218 cm

Materials
Hardwood frame; high-density foam mattress and cushions; fabric or leather upholstery
Designer
Jeffrey Bernett & Nicholas Dodziuk
Year
2015

Drawings include:
Vesper Queen Sleeper Sofa 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 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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