10 Signs That Indicate It’s Time to Replace Your Old Futon
1. Shapeless mattress
The number one sign of an old futon is a shapeless, lumpy mattress. If you have been extensively using the futon to binge-watch your favorite TV shows, or have been sleeping on it night after night, then it’s likely i’s lost its original comfortable and plush feeling. It’s certainly not good to sleep on a futon with a lumpy mattress. That can lead to backaches and muscle sprain. Without a good night’s rest, you won’t feel 100% the next day. Your productivity can get negatively impacted too.
In addition to changing the mattress, you might consider replacing the futon frame, too. Frames can also develop dents and bumps. The spacing between the frames or bars can also change, causing uneven support to the mattress. Thus, a shapeless mattress can also be a result of a damaged frame, which is best replaced.
2. Severely scratched frame
Futon frames – especially their backrests and arms – can develop severe scratching. They can also take abuse in the form of spilled hot liquids, sharp objects, and even cigarette burns.
All these are an indication it’s time for a change. You can decide if you need to replace the mattress or if just changing the frame would suffice. In most cases, though, it is best to replace both the mattress and the futon’s frame, especially if you haven’t replaced the mattress in years.
3. It is infested
Many pests can cause an infestation in the futon’s mattress and frame: bed bugs, roaches, termites, etc.
Bed bugs can wreak havoc on your life. Once they infest your futon, they can easily spread to other parts of your house and infest all other furniture items. They can ruin your sleep, inflict bites and welts, and even lead to psychological trauma.
Like bed bugs, termites can infect wooden futon frames. They can dig through the frame and make it hollow. Such futons can even become structurally weak.
The best way to deal with an infested futon is to trash it. You can call your zoning office to find out how to discard the futon hygienically. In most cases, you’ll need to throw the frame in the landfill for a small fee. The mattress you must either burn or wrap in plastic encasement and mark clearly as ‘bug Infested’. This way, no unsuspecting person will pick it up.
4. It has become wobbly and unbalanced
A futon that has reached the end of its life can become very wobbly. It can even topple when a child jumps on it.
You can have a carpenter or welder look at it for some quick fixes. Sometimes, small repairs can help make a used futon more stable. But if the futon has been with you for a decade or longer, you should replace it.
Sometimes, manufacturers take back older futons when you buy a new one from them. They also offer to pick it up so you can save yourself a lot of hassle that comes with selling or donating futons.
Again, you can decide whether to keep the mattress or replace both.
5. It is splintering, sagging, or/and squeaking
A futon that is splintered is a serious health hazard. Metal futons can have un-sanded sharp edges while wood can splinter and crack. This can be very dangerous for kids, adults, and pets.
Squeaking futons certainly don’t make a great impression on your guests, if the futon is in your living room.
In these cases, it’s likely best to replace it.
6. Frayed, faded, torn material
Your upholstered futon and mattress covers can also become frayed, faded, and torn. Years of abuse can cause several signs of damage to the futon’s mattress. Perhaps there were some liquids spilled or kids poked a sharp object through it. Sunlight and UV rays have also probably left the mattress cover looking worn out and dull.
Whatever the reason behind a torn and frayed mattress, it certainly does not make a good impression and it may be time for a change.
7. A musty odor that just won’t go away
Futon frames and mattresses can both acquire a musty and moldy odor. This can be due to a number of reasons: pets and kids’ urine, pet/human saliva, bodily fluids, spilled liquids, and foods can all cause terrible odors.
You can get the futon mattress cover dry cleaned and/or spot treat it at home. But if the odor does not go away, it might be time to part ways with it.
8. The futon has mold or fungus on it
If you live in a humid climate, chances are that all your upholstery gathers mold and fungi. This is seen in the form of white fuzz on the mattress or dark, moldy spots that are not only unsightly but also rather dangerous.
Mold can adversely affect the elderly and kids. It can cause allergies, watery eyes, sneezing, and even memory/cognitive issues.
If you see these signs on your futon, the time to replace it is right away.
9. You are renovating
In the case of a living room upgrade, the simplest way to spruce it up is to replace the futon. Even if you are attached to it, if the futon looks out of place and just does not match with the décor, then it may be time to replace just the mattress or the complete futon with its frame.
10. You are moving and the futon doesn’t fit in the new place
The best time to upgrade to a new futon is when you cannot take it with you when you move or when it does not fit in the new place. Why not start afresh completely and invest in new furniture?