Does your futon feel flimsy, flat, lumpy, or saggy? Before you give up, try these methods to spruce up your slab of foam.
Step 1: Rotate Rotate your futon mattress frequently. Flip it over and put the side that was at your head down at your feet.
TIP: If regular rotation doesn't fluff up the fibers enough, try rolling and unrolling the mattress or beating it on both sides with a baseball bat or broom handle.
Step 2: Take it to the floor Take the futon off the frame and move it to the floor. The cheap frames many futons come with don't provide adequate support for a sagging mattress.
Step 3: Add wedges and pillows Stuff small pillows or foam wedges under the mattress when it's in the sofa position to level the seating area.
TIP: Accent the arms of the futon frame with soft pillows for even more comfortable seating.
Step 4: Top it with an egg carton Buy a thick foam egg carton mattress topper to lay on your futon, and cover it with a mattress pad and sheets.
Step 5: Change the cover Buy a spare futon cover that is soft yet durable. The cover protects your futon, and with a spare you'll always have one that's clean.
Step 6: Adjust the fluff If your futon is still uncomfortable, try adjusting the amount of fluff inside. If it's too firm, open it up and pull some out. Or, if it's too flimsy, create another layer by buying extra stuffing and shoving it inside.
FACT: Being sleep-deprived can have effects on the body and mind that are as severe as being drunk.