You might already be contemplating a futon as an additional bed in your home for times when you have company sleeping over, or even as an inexpensive alternative to a regular bed which you don’t necessarily want to spend money on at the moment.
There are many futon styles and sizes to choose from, but the question is, how much weight can a futon hold?
Most of the time, people don’t worry about such things as much as they do about the overall comfort level and style of the futon, but if you or someone else who’s going to use the futon are overweight, the matter of weight limits becomes paramount, even more so if two people are to sleep on it. In any case, here’s some good news for you – most futons will be able to handle your weight! For a more in-depth look at individual futon weight limits, continue reading.
The original futon concept comes from Japan where people sleep on the floor in comfortable bedding filled with all-natural cotton. Since these traditional futons have no frames or any other kind of support structures, technically speaking there’s no weight limit for one, none that a human being can approach anyway. The only constraint with such futons are their dimensions which may be too small for people of considerable girth.
Since all that extra weight will be pressing down on the mattress with nothing except a relatively thin layer of padding between the sleeper and the ground, this type of futon might not be suited for very overweight people at all as they’ll get next to no cushioning out of it.
These are the most common futons supported by a frame you should be looking for if you were a bachelor or needed an extra bed in your home. The most important trait to look for when choosing one based on its weight capacity is the material type of its frame. The base division is between metal and wooden frames with wooden ones consisting of soft-and hardwood sub variants.
Metal frames are cheaper, can be hollow as well as solid, and aren’t as rigid as wooden ones. This can be a problem for the heavy set as metal frames tend to sag and can even lose their shape if brought to their weight limit. Wooden frames are better at equally distributing one’s weight and are less prone to moving. Softwood frames are suppler and will bend a little before breaking. Hardwood ones are firmer and more rigid but can support a little bit more weight.
Futons in this category fold out to become a full-sized mattress, with a width of 54 inches and a length of 75. Those equipped with a metal frame are usually rated at a weight limit of 400 pounds. Wooden ones can support considerably more, up to 600 pounds to be exact, making them more than adequate for all but the heaviest of sleepers to rest on without fear of bending the futon out of shape or worse.
These are great for couples to sleep on as the six extra inches of width give both people enough room to sleep comfortably without having to spoon or tightly cuddle. The same material considerations you’d make for a full-sized futon apply to this one as well, but since its size is bigger, so is the weight limit. Although many queen-size futons are also rated at 600 pounds, sturdier ones go up as high as 750 without any issues.
These are becoming increasingly popular as the ultimate space saver in cramped apartments, dorm rooms and other places where multiple people share a very small living space. With these the bottom bunk can be treated as a standard futon, so the 600 pound weight limit still applies.
Things get a little trickier and a lot lighter with the top bunk. As its supports are quite high and can’t be too heavy or else the whole ensemble would be far too bulky to move around, the upper bunk usually has a twin-size mattress which is smaller than full size. With such a reduction in size and support comes a noticeable decrease in weight limit, which stands at around 150 pounds for metal frames and 200 pounds for wooden ones and is suitable for average adults and children only.
Most people will find that a regular futon is more than capable of supporting their weight. Even if you or two of you together are approaching its weight limit, any potential damage can be offset by supporting the futon’s frame from underneath with something sturdy like a stack of books etc., making the futon an even more accessible option for almost everyone to take full advantage of.