Definition of Futon

Meaning of the Term as it Pertains to Mattresses

What is a Futon?

A broadly used term, futon is commonly used to describe an adjustable piece of furniture that can be positioned upright like a couch or flattened out to create a sleeping space. The versatile piece of furniture usually consists of an adjustable frame, a mattress, and a mattress cover. Frames are made from wood or metal, and mattresses may be stuffed with cotton, wool, or foam. Futon covers are typically made from soft fabric and designed to look more decorative. Most households use futons as additional sleeping space for guests. The piece of furniture is commonly used when space is an issue, like in dorms or small rooms.

The term futon technically applies to a traditional Japanese bed, which consists of a padded mattress and quilts. The bed is placed on the floor and rolled up and stored after use. In essence, the term futon describes a space-saving bed.