In tough financial times, a lot of people try to cut costs when they can so it’s no wonder they want to know where to find a cheap futon that’s still of good quality. Well, before I get into that, I must say there are a few things you have to consider before buying a futon mattress. Essentially it is very important that you understand exactly what the futon is going to be used for and how much it’s going to be used. These two points can essentially determine whether you can get away with a cheap futon or if you need to spend the extra money for the best futon your budget can possibly afford you. If you’re looking for something that can suffice as your main sleeping surface as well as a couch, you will probably want a better quality, more expensive futon that’s going to last you for years to come. Conversely, if you’re just looking for something that will work both ways but primarily serves as a sofa, you can probably afford to go a little on the cheaper side. Understanding this will help better determine the type of futon you actually need versus what you want to pay.
It’s also important (to some, not all) to have the appropriate design that matches and fits into the living space the futon will eventually occupy. Make sure you do the measurements and ask yourself what type of design or color best fits your personal tastes. Do as much as or as little as you like to meet your futon needs, but please, understand what those needs are first.
Money is often the most important thing to consider when purchasing something for your home but lets not try to make this too difficult of a purchase. Based on your needs, set yourself a reasonable budget that can still offer you a decent futon mattress and stick to it! Now that you know exactly what it is you need and what are looking for, you can start searching for that futon.
There are several different places to look for good quality cheap futon mattresses but finding the right places may be a task in itself. Here are a few tips that should make your futon shopping experience more pleasurable and efficient:
Buy Online – I find browsing a good online store like Amazon is an excellent way to narrow your search. You can check prices, read reviews, gain knowledge on what makes a good futon (hopefully you’ve found this here!), get an overall better perspective on what’s out there, and even buy one right online. Either way, a great medium for the hunt and probably the most efficient.
Buy Used – Sometimes finding the right new futon at the right price is difficult. Buying a lightly used futon can be a great alternative. You could ask your friends or family if they know of anyone selling one or look for one at yard sales, thrift stores, newspaper classifieds, or sites that sell used furniture. Buying used could end up saving you a lot of money but be sure to exercise caution and know exactly what you’re buying. Most important is the age of the futon (ideally less than 2 years old), how often it was used, whether it was exposed to pets, and whether it was kept in a well ventilated area.
Furniture Stores – Often times new furniture stores have storage rooms with previous models or discount futon inventory. Ask the furniture salesman if they have anything you could look at. There just might be something waiting for you behind closed doors. There’s also discount furniture stores that sell only discount items that still might be of great quality. Look online to find out just where these stores are and see if they have something that fits your needs. Some furniture stores may also negotiate a price, let you lease or even make monthly payments if the product is not in your immediate price range.
Places to Avoid – When looking for a quality futon for an affordable price, there will be places that do not meet the quality criteria. For example, you should avoid large box stores when buying large pieces of furniture including futons. Furniture from large chain stores can often suffer from poor design, be very uncomfortable, and be generally low in quality. They may seem like good value at the time but in the long run will wind up costing you more as you’ll likely need to replace it after a few years. So do yourself a favor and don’t waste your time or money at these places. Remember as well to consider the cost of gasoline to get to some of these stores; don’t drive 200 miles to get a deal on a $200 futon!
Hopefully this post helps outline the fact that while a finding a decent affordable futon is good, buying one just because it’s cheap is not. Consider all the factors involved before laying down your hard-earned cash. You might think you’re saving money buying a cheap futon mattress but if the quality isn’t there, you’ll be kicking yourself for years to come instead what you should be doing: sleeping.