Futon bunk beds are a recent phenomenon, and have their roots in the natural evolution of futons. In recent years, futons have significantly improved in style, quality and comfort. In fact, futons have evolved from the tri-fold frame designed for college dormitories to more appealing, sofa-style sleepers with custom pillows and covers.
In addition, futon mattresses have improved in quality, and are now nearly as comfortable as traditional mattress. These factors, along with their versatility and space-saving functionality, have made futons and futon bunk beds more appealing.
Futon bunk beds are two futon beds stacked one on top of the other. The only real difference between futon bunk beds and traditional bunk beds is that the former has the dual functionality of serving as a couch. As such futon bunk beds represent the ultimate in space savings. They allow you to have two beds and a couch all within just a few square feet of floor space.
These benefits are obviously appealing to certain demographics. For instance, college dormitories are a natural fit for futon bunk beds. Likewise, in areas such as New York City and San Francisco, where apartment sizes are small and expensive, there is a great impetus for futon bunk beds to be purchased.
In addition to differing from traditional bunk beds due to their added functionality, futon bunk beds typically appeal to an older demographic, rather than kids. Futon bunk beds are also appealing to older individuals since they often have modern styling and offer a wide array of customization options such as covers and pillows.
Many futon bunk beds are built with a wooden finish which can easily match accompanying furniture such as dressers, desks, etc. Be sure that the guard rail extends to all sides of the upper bunk. This is a critical safety feature which must not be overlooked.