10 Seriously Stylish (and Comfy) Futons, Starting at $250

published Aug 5, 2021
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If you’re looking for a stylish, budget-friendly option for seating and sleeping, don’t rule out a futon. The multi-tasking piece of furniture skyrocketed in popularity in the U.S. more than 30 years ago, but it’s anything but old-fashioned. In fact, today’s futons are so much more attractive than the one you may have crashed on in your parent’s basement. With features such as tufted cushions, rolled arms, and lush fabrics, they’re more appealing and comfortable than ever before. Below we’ve rounded up some of the most stylish futons that are perfect for outfitting a dorm room, furnishing a starter apartment, or adding seating and a bed for overnight guests. Even better? They’re affordably priced, starting at $10 for a used model and $250 for a new one.

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Bed Bath & Beyond

Admit it: You wouldn’t have even known this was a futon if we hadn’t told you. This gorgeous velvet-clad futon has a tufted back and rolled arms just like you would see on an expensive sofa. The ivory velvet instantly elevates the style factor of any room. Each side of the split back can be reclined independently, and the rolled arms stay intact when folded flat. Note that the bed portion is only 69" long, which may not be ideal for taller guests to sleep on.

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The mid-century modern styling of this futon works in a variety of decor settings. With hardwood framing, dark espresso wood legs, and camel brown faux leather that wipes clean, it’s a truly versatile piece. Whether you’re looking for additional seating space or accommodations for overnight guests, this futon is a steal at $250.

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This handsome futon has a black metal frame that converts from a sofa to a lounger to a bed in a few easy steps. It comes in five different faux suede colors, which give it texture and depth. There’s also plenty of room to add a few bright throw pillows to kick up the style factor. It can accommodate up to 250 pounds, but it’s also compact enough for super-small spaces and lightweight enough if you find you need to move it (like to your next dorm or apartment).

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This futon combines the best of vintage and modern style. It features tubular metal legs and cheery mustard-colored velvet, giving it an eye-catching retro flair. The split-back design reclines independently, too, for lounging with a friend. If you’re the creative type, this futon will appeal to you: It’s modern without looking trendy and minimalist without feeling sparse.

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This armless futon has a sleek, modern appearance for more contemporary spaces. It’s constructed with a solid wood frame and converts to a standard full-sized bed, which gives you a tad more room than other futons that often are twin-sized. It comes in 13 colors in either faux suede or linen. There also are two rustic prints, if you’re going for a more outdoorsy vibe. It converts in a single movement and can accommodate up to 500 pounds.

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This futon set is constructed of solid hardwood and converts to a full-sized bed. Plus, the tray-style arms can be extended or lowered, making it a handy spot to set drinks or remotes. It’s available in six finishes and two styles — one with two drawers for extra storage (which you know you always need). One note: This futon requires lots more assembly than most other styles, so call up a friend to help and promise to buy them lunch.

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This budget-priced futon mattress is a great investment if you need to revamp an existing full-sized futon. It has individually wrapped coils for better durability and comfort. The microfiber polyester fabric comes in rich brown or classic black. The company prides itself on smart packaging to reduce its carbon footprint in the shipping process, so your mattress will come neatly rolled to about 1/3 of its usual size and will return to its shape when removed from the box.

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Apartment Therapy Bazaar

This gently used sofa futon is a steal for $10 (yes, you read that correctly: $10). With its mid-century modern design, it works in a variety of settings. But hurry! There’s only one available.

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We’re totally in love with this reasonably priced sofa futon in pink linen with a ribbon-tufted back and curved arms. The multi-position split-back design makes it comfy for two, and it folds flat into a bed for overnight guests. Its elegant lines give off an art deco sort of feel, adding classic retro style to your living room or dorm.

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This contemporary design features wide arms and a wooden frame with plastic legs. It comes in two neutral shades of microfiber upholstery (grey or blue) to coordinate with many other colors. A split-back means you can recline separately or fold into a bed for lounging or guests. It’s a good value for the money if you need a double-duty piece.