10 Grown-Up Futons That Aren’t Anything Like What You See in College Dorms

updated Sep 16, 2021
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If the word “futon” brings up an image of a horrible metal contraption with a dark “mattress” that always slides off the frame, know that you’re not alone. Any of us who have ever couch surfed at a friend’s place or opted for one of these affordable finds when furnishing our first place know exactly why futons get a notoriously bad rap. But it’s a new day, and futon designs and construction have come so far. There’s a lot that goes into buying a sleeper sofa, but if you’re looking for something that’s budget-friendly, comfortable, and stylish, a futon is a solid furniture choice. And happily, the futons of today are just as attractive as they are practical. From futons that feature that classic design we all know and love (with updated construction) to those that one could easily confuse with a high-end sofa, here are 10 of the best futons that (and your guests) you won’t mind having in your space.

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West Elm

Yep, West Elm has a futon! The Andes Futon is proof that these mainstays are definitely seeing better days when it comes to style. This sleek sofa folds down quickly and easily, and the simple gray color will match just about any decor idea you had in mind (although you can also get it made to order in a variety of other colors).

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Simple and seriously budget-friendly, this white futon found at Walmart is a great entry-level option. It's upholstered in white faux leather, and it gives off a sleek and elegant look while still remaining practical.

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was $340.99

This economical option comes in three colors and has a split back that lets one side lounge while the other stays upright — or you can put both sides down for a comfortable sleep. Novogratz also happens to be one of our favorite budget brands you should know about.

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was $1399.00

Looking for something ultra-functional? Coddle's line of convertible, modular furniture is a major upgrade from your typical futons. The Toggle can be converted into 16 different positions, comes with four layers of memory foam, and has two built-in USB ports.

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was $959.99

This option may look like a regular sofa, but its back folds down to create a cozy sleeping space for guests. It's upholstered in velvet and comes in a mix of bold and neutral colors. Best of all, it can be configured into three positions for ultimate lounging.

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Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters is one of the best spots for budget-friendly furniture, and this petite option is a perfect example. Unlike other inexpensive furniture that looks poorly made, this futon is upholstered in faux leather and brings an elevated style to boho spaces.

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West Elm
was $1499.00

Another stunner from West Elm, this futon offers classic mid-century vibes with a streamlined silhouette, button tufting, and gorgeous wooden legs. While this piece may appear small and compact, it's actually designed to sleep two when unfolded and seats three when upright.

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If a blue velvet futon is at the top of your wish list, let us introduce you to the Nathan Velvet Sofa Bed. Available in either a teal or royal blue hue, this sofa is a gorgeous Scandi pick. It has tone-on-tone piping, subtle buttoning along the backrest, and gorgeous angled solid wood legs. Best of all, it features Castlery's iconic comfort cushioning for a piece you and your guest will love lounging and sleeping on.

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PB Teen

PBTeen might cater to teenagers, but this futon is anything but juvenile. The Finn Futon sofa is stylish, trendy, and reclines to a full-sized bed with plenty of support and cushioning. This popular pick is easy to love and has a textured feel (choose between chenille, velvet, canvas, and twill) that adds some classic style.

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was $324.99

Need something extra small and compact? This sweet little seat comes in three colors and opens up to a twin-size sleeping area, perfect for overnight guests in tight spaces. It's also available in a faux-leather version.

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Sarah M. Vazquez also contributed to reporting.