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August 19, 2008

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I don't know about any brands, but you should think about the material of the padding inside. My family's futon is now pretty uncomfortable because being folded into a couch shape 99% of the time has created a rut straight down its middle. I guess it also depends on how you're going to store it and stuff.

Hope that helps!

NU grad

We actually bought one from this">http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/series/11701/">this series at IKEA. (They don't call it a futon, of course.) I like the metal frame (I had TWO wooden futons die on me in the past), and you can upgrade the mattress--I think they have three or four levels of mattress, from very basic foam to ones with springs. We just got the basic mattress and have had many guests sleep on it (and have slept on it ourselves) and it's not bad, though I'd want to upgrade if I had to sleep on it every day. You can upgrade the cover and get a variety of pillows and such to make it look very couchlike when it's not serving as a bed. (For instance, our cover goes all the way to the floor, hiding the ugly metal legs.) I find ours actually very comfy as a couch. Also, there's a handy box you can get that goes under it that stores pillows and other bedding quite nicely.

I know IKEA is where young adult design goes to die, but I guess there's a reason for that--it's affordable and generally very practical as well.

Chris

I vote for Ikea too. Of course, you can get lost in there, which is probably the idea.

Lindsey

I love IKEA, mostly I love buying matching furniture for cheap. Bed, dressers, coffee table, end tables, bookshelves… I'm a junkie. Plus it's like shopping in the Death Star.

I like this one from IKEA: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S99838627

Shelley

Please let me know what you pick! We're thinking about doing this for Peach instead of the usual toddler bed route.

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