Modern, Mindful Alternatives to the Futon

Modern, Mindful Alternatives to the Futon

Lauren Zerbey
Feb 7, 2011

During a recent remodel project, we converted a portion of our unfinished attic into a small loft. We'd like to use the space for an informal office, but also have it double as a guest bedroom. At only 200 square feet, a full size bed is out of the question and because the space has a sloped ceiling, we need something low to the ground. Even though a futon would be a great solution (in theory), I keep picturing frumpy floral mattresses, awkwardly folded on a not-so-modern oak frame. Fortunately, after a little research I discovered several modern alternatives that don't scream college dorm room, and had sustainable qualities as well.

The mechanics may vary (some fold down while others flip over or out), but with the exception of the Case Study Day Bed, all of these sofas sleep two people. Unlike the sofa beds we grew up with, these options put the sleeper(s) parallel to the length of the bed, which means less floor space is needed in front of the sofa.

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1 The Diplomat Sleeper Sofa, $1799 from Blu Dot: Blu Dot's strength is in their efficiency, from their materials to their machining, production, packaging and transportation, which use fewer resources and make a smaller environmental footprint.

2 Sofa Bed, $995 from BoConcept: All of BoConcept's products can be recycled, and are formulated within the E1 formaldehyde standard (which must contain less than 0.75 formaldehyde parts per million). See BoConcept's full environmental policy here.

3 Karlstad Sofa Bed, $849 from IKEA: You might not think of IKEA products as being environmentally-friendly, but the company is making marked improvements in its eco initiatives. All of their products are now made with only formaldehyde-free, water-based and UV-based lacquers, which brings their formaldehyde levels significantly below EU safety levels.

4 Modernica Case Study Day Bed, $1595 from Velocity Art and Design: handcrafted in Los Angeles, this durable, iconic piece will never go out of style.

(Images: As linked)

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