The perfect solution for modern life, the 12 best futons are compact, multi-functional and stylish, too

The 12 best futons all have so many reasons to buy them. Good for sleeping, sitting and fitting into small spaces it helps that they're stylish, too

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Futons have shed their student image, with many sophisticated and stylish models on the market. Switching easily from seating to sleeping in seconds, futons are a great space-saving solution for guest rooms and home offices - which for many city dwellers are often the same place.

Forget the chunky timber frames and bulky mattresses of old, the latest futons are available in a range of styles. We've seen linear silhouettes, elegant tufted upholstery and mid-century styling among the best couches

Most are inexpensive too, with futons from some of the best home decor stores available at under $1000.

Best box tufted futons

Best mid century style futons

Best linear futons

Best diamond tufted futons

Are futons worth buying?

Futons are a good option, particularly if you will need to accommodate guests in a small living space. They offer seating when you're not hosting and sleep space when you are.    

'Futons are a great purchase if you have a small space and want your furniture to do double duty without taking up additional square footage,' says Paula Cossarini, Product Design Manager at Article. 'They’re perfect for small apartments or home offices that need to double up as guest rooms.'

Jacky Parker is a London-based freelance journalist and content creator, specialising in interiors, travel and food. From buying guides and real home case studies to shopping and news pages, she produces a wide range of features for national magazines and SEO content for websites

A long-time contributor to Livingetc, as a member of the team, she regularly reports on the latest trends, speaking to experts and discovering the latest tips. Jacky has also written  for other publications such as Homes and Gardens, Ideal Home, Red, Grand Designs, Sunday Times Style and AD, Country Homes and Interiors and ELLE Decoration.