A call or email has just come in. The "good" news, company's coming to visit. Help! Once you hear the news, the planning begins. The basic question is where will everyone sleep? The solution can range from the den floor to the master bedroom.
Some husband's would ask "how comfortable do you want to make the in-laws or other company"? Basically the real question is how much effort the family is willing to make for the company's comfort. A sleeper sofa or a regular bed that's dedicated to your spare bedroom are the traditional solutions, each of these have their own negatives.
The sleeper sofa mattress is typically undersized and shorter than a regular bed, plus the mattress is made of thin foam so it can fit into the frame. (not very comfortable). In addition, the support structure has an uncomfortable bar that makes a good night sleep almost impossible. We referred to my mother in-laws sleeper sofa as "the rack".
A futon on the other hand is a standard size bed and comes in a varitey of different comfort levels depending on your mattress selection. Add a decorative cover to match the room decor and you are all set for the guests. Simple-A custom sleeper at an affordable price that can usually be gotten without any waiting.
As for a dedicated spare bedroom, it's only used briefly during the stay of a guest. Otherwise it has little use. In current times, the layout of houses plus the advent of computers has resulted in many people preferring to have a home office or little den that can be used year round.
A futon allows you to have the best of both worlds. By using it in the home office or den you can have a comfortable sofa to sit on every day and still offer your company a welcoming place to sleep. Once a futon is converted to a bed, you effectively have a platfrom bed. It is completely supported through out. The frames can come in any size from a twin to a queen. The choices of mattresses ranges from a traditional cotton/foam to a wonderful memory foam mattress or several innerspring types. All give a comfortable night's sleep.
Forget what you thought you knew about futons because todays are more likable. They are more comfortable, easier to use and have looks that fit your decorating style. The cost can be a little higher than the old college ones, but you get what you pay for! Get a quality, well made futon and you'll be happy over the years with your decision because you get a comfortable sofa to use in any extra space. You can re-decorate easily with a new cleanable cover and the sleeping is like a real bed in both comfort and size.
Consider the alternatives and at least come take a look! We know you'll be pleasantly surprised. Customers are always telling us how they never thought they would like a futon and how well they now work in their home. Please let us know what you think by commenting on our web site/facebook or when you visit our stores.