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If the word ‘futon’ brings up an image of a horrible metal contraption with a dark mattress that always slides off the frame, know that you’re not alone. Any of us who have ever couch surfed at a friend’s place or opted for one of these affordable finds when furnishing our first place know exactly why futons get a notoriously bad rap. But it’s a new day and futon designs and construction have come so far. There’s a lot that goes into buying a sleeper sofa, but if you’re looking for something that’s budget-friendly, comfortable, and stylish, a futon is a solid furniture choice. And happily, the futons of today are just as attractive as they are practical. From futons that feature that classic design we all know and love (with updated construction) to those that one could easily confuse with a high-end sofa, here are 10 of the best futons that (and your guests) you won’t mind having in your space.
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Sarah M. Vazquez also contributed to reporting.