Futons, which are otherwise referred to as their traditional name of Shikibutons, are a type of bed style that traditionally hails from Japan.
Known for their convenience and space-saving features, futons are typically made on a very soft mat (which goes by the name of tatami) and are typically designed to be used solely as a bed.
In addition to this, there is also a more westernized version of the Japanese futon which is usually designed to double up as either a bed or sofa, which means that they often have plenty of uses and are a great addition to homes around the world.
Nevertheless, regardless of whether you have a traditional Japanese futon or you own a western-style futon, it’s very common for futons to begin to sag as time goes on, especially if it is used frequently!
Luckily, there are a variety of ways that you can help to fix a sagging futon, and we’re going to be breaking some of the most effective and easy ways to restore your futon back to its former glory below:
Place Pillows Underneath Your Futon
The first way that you can help to plump up your sagging futon is by placing some pillows directly underneath the futon.
Plumping up your futon by placing pillows underneath the areas of the futon that is starting to sag will help to ensure that all of the areas that are beginning to sag will make laying on the futon way more comfortable, while also helping to restore its original appearance.
Add An Additional Mattress To Your Futon
If you want a more permanent fix to your sagging futon, then another way that you can help to get rid of a sagging appearance is to add an additional mattress to your futon.
By stacking just one additional futon mattress to your futon, you will be able to add an instant level of thickness to your mattress in a matter of moments. Alternatively, if you do not wish to purchase an extra mattress for your futon, you could opt to use a mattress topper instead.
However, if you are interested in trying out this option to fix the sagging appearance/feel of your futon, then you will need to keep in mind that an extra layer on your futon might make it harder for you to fold your futon up.
Flip Your Mattress Over To The Other Side
A super-quick way to help fix a sagging futon problem is to simply flip your futon mattress over to the other side.
For the best results, we recommend that you make sure to carefully flip both the bottom and top sides of your futon as much as you can in order to prevent any of the springs from becoming uneven and uncomfortable to sit/lay on.
By taking the time to make sure that you are flipping your mattress at least once a month, as this will help to ensure that your futon mattress stays bouncy, springy, and most importantly, not saggy!
How Do You Tighten A Futon Frame?
If you’re noticing that your futon bed frame has started to become loose and unstable, then one of the best ways that you can tighten up your futon frame is to tighten any loose bolts.
Your futon frame should never be wobbly or feel unstable when you’re sitting or laying on it, so we recommend that you check all of the hardware of your futon frame.
If you notice that any of the bolts have become loose, then you should then use a wrench or screwdriver to tighten up all of the bolts.
If you check your futon’s frame hardware and find that none of the bolts or components have become loose, then the next thing that you should do is to check the slats.
More often than not, most futons will come with their very own wooden slat frame that acts as a foundation for the mattress. With regular usage, it’s very easy for the wooden slats to begin to loosen up and move apart, and this can make the overall structure of the futon feel unstable.
For this reason, we recommend checking the slats to see if they need to be pushed/slotted back into their correct position. In addition to this, if you notice that any of your slats have broken or snapped, then you should be able to easily repair them with some wood-friendly glue.
If neither the slats nor the hardware seems to be the issue, then the issue is more than likely going to be the glides and hinges.
For the most part, these two mechanisms are the key components responsible for being able to roll the futon back and forth, while the hinges help to hold the futon in place when folded.
If you’re noticing that your futon’s frame has become very loose, then we recommend checking that the glides and hinges haven’t become loose or bumped out of place, as these might cause the rest of your futon’s frame to feel unstable.
How Can I Make My Futon Sit Higher?
If you’re finding that your futon is too low to the ground and you’d like it to be a little bit higher, then one of the best ways that you can help to raise your futon higher off the ground is to purchase a rack riser that can go directly underneath the slats.
While many people opt to make these by themselves with slats of wood, you could alternatively get one custom-made to fit the specific dimensions of your futon mattress and frame.
On the flip side, if you don’t want to go to the trouble of doing this, then a quick fix solution you can try is to simply add another mattress on top of your futon’s current mattress.
An additional mattress will instantly be able to raise your futon off the ground and make it appear to be higher up off the ground.