To make the most of small spaces in our homes is often a necessity. But decorating these small spaces without having to give up any of our needs can be difficult. This is especially true if the space to decorate is a small room that we have decided to use as a guest room, or if we want to make the most of multifunctional kitchenettes or entryways. It will be important to maximize the space without risking to fill it with too many furnishings. One of the best choices for small spaces where we want to include some beds is to opt for futons. For centuries, the Japanese people had to make the most of very limited spaces. The average Japanese family lived in a single room that was used for all purposes: eating, sleeping, working and living. The Japanese futon is born in this context. Now, LOVEThESIGN brings this Japanese concept to the Western audience. The word futon comes from the Japanese language and it indicates one of the parts of a complete platform bed. We could translate the word futon with the English word mattress. Actually, futons are much more than mattresses. Many Eastern cultures do not use bedsteads but leave the mattress directly on the floor, on a mat or on very low wooden platforms. Western cultures in the ‘70s have taken up this Eastern tradition and have adapted it to their European or American homes. Futons, in their Western version, have at least three basic characteristics: the wood used for the frame as well as the fabric of the mattress cover and its padding are made of natural fibers, the highest quality and hypoallergenic materials; futons have a thin and foldable mattress that can be rolled up and stored in the closet during the day; finally, the futon’s frame is very low and in some cases you can fold it in three creating comfortable chairs or sofas. All the articles on LOVEThESIGN are made of high-quality fabric. They are produced by highly skilled craftsmen using traditional materials and designs. The main material of the futon’s mattress is cotton. LOVEThESIGN allows you to choose between three types of cotton: raw, cotton wool or organic cotton. Then there are other options like the Futon with springs, made of latex or wool. Thanks to their natural padding, futons do not retain moisture and allow a fresh night sleep even in the hottest nights of the summer. The longer fibers that constitute them make them strong, resistant, more comfortable and more durable over time. The JAPAN bed model, the typical Japanese bed by Karup, is one of the minimalist models proposed by LOVEThESIGN. The frame is made of Norwegian fir and the slats are in solid pine wood. The futon mattress is filled with a mix of cotton, polyester and wool, but you can add an extra layer of sponge to improve its softness. The fabric is made of approximately 70% cotton and 30% polyester. The Dock model by Karup proposed by LOVEThESIGN is also a very beautiful item: a simple futon which is also a timeless best-seller. The frame is made of Norwegian fir and futon mattresses are very comfortable. The slats are in solid pine. Dock’s elements all together generate and characterize the minimalistic design of these futons. The mattress of all futons can be rolled up to avoid space problems. The Futon Roller by Karup proposed by LOVEThESIGN is made of cotton and natural fibers and is easy to roll up. It is available in black, gray and metallic gray. The mattress, in 100% natural cotton, can be washed and sterilized. We can easily lift it, put it on a railing, let him take some fresh air and then bring put it back. A hard brush is enough to clean futon mattresses. All of it is impossible or at least very difficult with a heavy and bulky conventional mattress. The futon mattress is easy to fold and you can take it everywhere even when camping. Just roll it up, close it with a cotton string, and it’s done. It takes up very little space and you can put it in the trunk of your car. Larger beds, such as queen-size or king-size beds, need to be disassembled to be moved. They are very heavy, and it is difficult to pass them through the doors and then to get them down the stairs. And even when you get out of the house, it is not easy to transport them with regular cars. The frame of futons can be rigid or it can be convertible into a small sofa. Traditional Futon beds are built so that they can be used as a bed or as a sofa. The futon can serve this dual function because it can be assembled both vertically - to be used as a sofa during the day – or, very easily, it can be stretched used as a bed to sleep. The frames of the futoncan be purchased in wood or aluminium. LOVEThESIGN futons are made of metals that make them light and easy to move in the various rooms of our house. The models on LOVEThESIGN range from simple and classic designs to more complex and sophisticated forms. Some of the most elaborate futons can be equipped with armrests or magazine rack and they be manufactured in a variety of materials. The futons on LOVEThESIGN come with the padding or, depending on the model, with a folding mattress needed to use this piece of furniture as a bed or even to be used as the back of the sofa. Studios, small apartments, beach houses and bedrooms are all perfect locations for a futon. Having a futon allows us to have a bed always available on which our guests can either sit or take a nap during their visits. Small size, flexibility and durability are three of the major advantages of having a futon instead of a traditional bed. Contact us for any question concerning our beds futons or sofa beds. One of our specialists will be happy to help you with the choice of your futon. Choosing a futon for your bedroom can be the right solution not only for those of you who have a small space available, s but also for those who have trouble sleeping. Sleeping is one of the most important things we do. Sleeping properly improves our performance during the day. The better you sleep, the better you work the following day. Despite the importance of sleep, most of us give little importance to the choice of beds and mattresses. And yet, everyone knows their needs for sleep and only we know what we need. Our body and all our muscles adapt to the surface on which we sleep. With the passage of time the beds and traditional mattresses are deformed causing sciatica, pain and muscle problems. Scientific research has shown that the majority of people who used to suffer from back pain and could not sleep for more than two hours because of muscle pain, have enjoyed a real and tangible improvement in symptoms when they started to sleep on a futon. This is due to the correct posture and proper body alignment that you manage to maintain on these type of bed. The reason behind the choice of a futon is therefore not only economical and practical, but it is also based on the will to embrace a different idea of sleeping and resting. Tension and headaches are very common. This is the result of increased levels of stress both at home and at work. This headache is caused by muscular tension and it is known in Japan as Katakori. The best remedy for Katakori are futons. When muscles are in their favourite position and the neck takes a right curvature, all muscles can relax properly. As the muscles relax, the nerves of the head can then heal from daily irritations while our back and arms are free in their movements. This fact will naturally increase your comfort and it will enable you to fall asleep faster. The relaxation of the muscles will ease the pain of the body, allowing you to enjoy a better, deeper and more restful sleep. After realizing how comfortable these beds can be, many people decide to buy a futon for their house. It is the best choice for the health of our back. Although people think that large and soft beds are the best for people suffering from back pain, scientific research has shown over the years that futons are better for the back. In fact, they are able to keep the spine aligned all night, and you will not wake up with back pain. They are ideal for those suffering from problems of the sciatic nerve, or for pregnant women. You can also put two futon mattresses one over the other, if you want a more comfortable solution. Once you try a futon you will never go back to regular beds. At first, for the first week or so, you will maybe find it “strange” and definitely different from traditional beds. But once the body has become accustomed to it, you will have no desire to go back to sleep on a normal bed. LOVEThESIGN offers many models you can choose. Some are broader and with the same capacity of traditional sofas; some others are equipped with a sleeper and can be transformed into comfortable reclining chairs. A number of models are so well made that it is practically impossible to notice that they are futons and not regular sofas. The Futon come in two pieces, mattress and frame. The mattress has evolved over the years. Today, futon mattresses are filled with comfortable materials such as wool, cotton, polyester, foam, latex, and some of them even have springs, like traditional mattresses. A sofa made from a futon mattress can have different sizes and different levels of thickness according to the customer's needs. Futons’ frames are very robust and made of wood and/or metal. The connecting levers make it possible to change the futon and use it as a bed or as a sofa. Futons can be completed with a cover. Although futons are usually very elegant, many people choose to buy coloured covers to place on the mattress to coordinate this complement with the rest of the furniture in the room. This way, the futon becomes even more original. Long gone are the days when using a sofa bed meant to sit on a uncomfortable and unpleasant sofa, and then to sleep on a bed that was even less welcoming. The range of sofa beds that LOVEThESIGN proposes offers a great comfort both as sofas and as beds. Our range of high-quality sofa beds is well designed and it makes it very easy to receive and accommodate your family and friends at any time. Just pull out the folding couch and in a few minutes your guests will have a place to sleep that is comfortable as much as a regular bed. There are many options for all needs and tastes, including leather sofa beds, armchair beds, single or double sofa beds. Once you buy a sofa bed, your guests can stay for the night if it's getting late and the kids can have a sleepover. It is a very convenient solution when you do not have a spare bedroom in the house and you often have guests or relatives who spend the night at your place. Also consider the following information provided to guide you in choice of the best futon for you. Futons allow the use of one room for more than one purpose. LOVEThESIGN futons are easy to use and to store and, when necessary, you can easily set up a comfortable bed on the floor for your guest. With futons you can always improvise and turn any room with a free space into a great bedroom for your guests. Just pull out the futon from the closet, unroll it, put on the sheets and you're done. Your guests will sleep on the futon and they will certainly find it very comfortable. As for the futon that can be turned into a sofa, when they are not set up as beds, they look like traditional sofas where you can curl up and watch television. The versatility of this product makes it a great choice for a small house or apartment, helping you to make the most of the space you have available. Take a look at our selection of sofa beds and contact us if you have any question. With a futon, you can use your space in a multifunctional way. During the day, you can use it for what you need, while during the night, you can pull out the futon and use that empty room as a bedroom. It is not necessary to make the bed, or to close the door to hide the messy bed from your guests. Moreover, we do not have to worry about removing the dust from the bed (we just need to roll up the futon and to put it back in the closet). Futons are very stylish and they are able to transform your bedroom completely, giving it a clean and minimalist look. At the same time, even children will find futons very funny and practical, since they love to sleep on the floor. And also, with a futon you will not have to worry about your children falling off the bed. so you will not need to place chairs in a way to prevent your children from rolling and fall on the ground, like you do with regular beds. Another positive note for parents is that the mattresses of all futons are not bouncing and parents with young children knows that this is an added value for a bed for the kids. Last but not least, futon beds (and especially those proposed by LOVEThESIGN) are affordable and very durable, which considering the times we live in, is a very important aspect. """