How to Choose and Care for a Futon Mattress

It sure is nice to have a futon. You can use it as a couch, bed, or both. They save room and look good to boot. They are very versatile pieces of furniture. When buying futons, you should choose one with a quality mattress. If you already have a futon mattress, then you need to learn how to care for it so that it will last for years to come.

Choosing a Mattress

  • How often will it be used? If it’s only going to be used on occasion as a guest bed, you can get away with buying an inexpensive cotton mattress. If it’s going to be used every single night, then you may want to invest in a coil-filled mattress.
  • How thick do you want the mattress to be? A thick mattress will be too much for a futon with a thin frame. Likewise, a thin mattress won’t provide adequate support for a substantial wooden frame. You should also consider your own personal preferences. Do you prefer a firm mattress or soft mattress?
  • Consider the flexibility. If the futon is going to double as a couch and a bed, the mattress needs to easily fold or stretch into position. Some foam and innerspring cores can make a mattress difficult to fold.


Caring for a Futon Mattress

  • Rotate the mattress on a regular basis! Rotating it once a week will prevent sink spots from developing. Rotating a mattress will also give it a longer life.
  • Use a damp washcloth to remove surface stains. It’s okay to use mild laundry detergent. Mix it in a bowl of warm water and soak a washcloth in the bowl. Gently rub the cloth over the mattress. Try not to get it TOO wet, as excess moisture can lead to mildew. After cleaning the mattress, take it outside to dry in the sun.
  • Use a steam cleaner or aerosol freshener to deodorize the mattress. Read the manufacturer’s instructions regarding the use of a steam cleaner on the futon.
  • It’s okay to vacuum the futon. Ideally, you should vacuum it once a month to remove dust.


As long as you follow these tips, your futon mattress should last for a long time. Don’t forget to care for the frame too!

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