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11 January 2009 @ 01:19 pm
I just need to talk it out, futons  


So when I ditched the HUGE couch, I also ditched having a couch I could lie down on and watch TV when I was sick. We wanted a new couch that was the right size, but our selection wasn't great, so we got what was comfortable to sit on, deffering the sleeping issue.

I was going to build something for the bay that matched the couch and slid out to be a sleeping surface, but I don't think I'll see that project to completition, so I've decided to buy something. The thing that seems to make the most sense is a futon chair. Sadly these are costly, but that's not quite the issue here.

I can't decide if I want a love seat/twin futon chair (about 45" wide.) Or a chair chair, but then the sleeping surface is only 28" wide. The two conflicting goals is that I want to bring some space back to my house. My house is very crowded, in good part because I love too much stuff, so having a small chair in the bay would bring some much needed light and peace to that corner of the room. I also want it to be a cozy reading nook. I'm not sure which of the two chairs would be better for curling up with a book. But it means when we have guests there is less seating for them. The 44" is a tight seat for two, but definately for two. The larger one also makes a much more comfy sleeping bed, but I'm not sure if that's a concern. I just want a verticle TV surface, though sometimes I will use it for sleeping when I'm sick or have insomnia, since our other futon is very large and usually trapped by computers. I think I need to work on some visualizations for what it would do to the bay. but I want to post this now and mull on how best to do it.

Welcome for any opinions.
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Erik: prof-membrane-2avacon on January 11th, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
What about a chair that reclines, such as something by laz-e-boy?
They have a wide range of things that convert from chair to almost-bed.
(Ekorness have some like this as well, but they are crazily expensive.
There are also various knock-offs of both.)
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on January 11th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
I've not seen anything that folded flat that wasn't both horribly expesnsive and took up too much space.
mathhobbitmathhobbit on January 12th, 2009 12:23 am (UTC)
When you're thinking about the love seat, you want to think about the arm rests. Couches have nice comfy arm rests for curling up and reading. Most futons have hard wooden arm rests that are ok if you pad them with enough pillows (but then there's not really room for 2 anymore).

Also, think about the cover you get. Dark colors will probably make your space less bright and open. A plain light color will develop juice stains immediately. Can you find a light colored pattern that you like? Or can you get a plain light color and decorate it? (A friend of mine got black futon covers then painted leaves on them. They were gorgeous!)

And slightly off-topic: can you make your current couch do what you want by propping yourself up on pillows somehow?
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on January 12th, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
And slightly off-topic: can you make your current couch do what you want by propping yourself up on pillows somehow?


It would work if I didn't have bad knees that start to hurt if I can't streth them out every now and then.