Futon Bed Mattress Versus Waterbed Showdown

Both the futon and the waterbed are considered unconventional beds. While a futon is a bed that can easily comfort into a full length sofa in a few easy steps, a waterbed is a mattress filled with water that allows you to literally sleep on water. Waterbeds can be extremely fun while futons are extremely flexible. So which is the right choice for you? We’ve looked at the pros and cons in regards to convenience and comfort so you can make an informed decision on the type of bed best suited to your needs.


  • There is no denying that a futon is the most convenient type of bed out there. It is easy to move because the mattress is designed with flexibility in mind. Furthermore, most futons come with a wooden frame that is much easier to set up and move around than the traditional bed structure. They are a space saver and wallet cruncher, especially for those just starting out.
  • A waterbed, on the other hand, is anything but convenient. In most instances you will need a waterbed wooden frame structure that can support a waterbed mattress. You cannot put a waterbed mattress anywhere. Another big issue with waterbeds is that, well, they are water beds. This means they can easily pop if something sharp sits on it, including a pet. Many apartment buildings do not allow waterbeds due to the fact that, if it leaks, then there is quite a big disaster to clean up.


  • Many people assume that a futon is not going to be very comfortable. After all, isn’t it just a glorified sofa? This is actually not true. A futon mattress is made out of several different material including cotton, polyester and foam. You can choose the weight of the mattress depending on your support and firmness needs and wants. Most people admit that a futon is less comfortable than a traditional inner spring or therapeutic foam mattress but it is definitely a step up from sleeping on a sofa.
  • There’s no denying that the water bed is fun. However, most people would agree that the water bed mattress is also extremely comfortable, supportive and soothing. The light rocking motion can ease people into sleep while the softness of the water is helpful on the back and other aches and pains. Of course, this is all a matter of taste. For those who get seasick, then perhaps a water bed is not the best option.

Futon Versus Latex, The Pros And Cons

Futon or Latex? Latex or Futon? Having trouble deciding which is the right mattress and bed type for your household needs? Below we’ve addressed the pros and cons to futon and latex to help you make a more informed decision.

The Pros And Cons To A Futon Mattress

  • Futons are beds that can easily transform into sofas. They are full length and offer convenience, flexibility and comfort all in one.
  • Futon’s are convenient for any single room from the living room to the guest room, from the bedroom to the office. From an interior design perspective, a futon is a lot more aesthetically pleasing than a bed, especially in a guest room, spare room or living room.
  • In regards to cost, you really cannot beat a futon mattress. Because they act as both a couch and a bed, a futon can save you thousands of dollars in furniture costs. This is great for those on a budget, especially during the credit crunch.
  • Futons are also quite comfortable. Because they come in various weights and materials, you can choose what type of support you are looking for.
  • There is only one con to futons and that is the fact that, well, they are simply not beds. Although they are much more comfortable than sleeping on a sofa, they lack that cozy, warm, gushy feeling that other types of beds have.

The Pros and Cons to Latex Mattresses

  • First of all, latex mattresses are extremely comfortable. They are made from the sap of rubber trees and undergo a very delicate process to ensure that the mattress is 100% latex all the way through.
  • Furthermore, latex mattresses are a natural product which means thy resists dust mites, moulds, mildew and other allergens which is an extreme pro. The fewer allergies you have, the better night sleep you will get.
  • Latex mattresses also tend to be cooler than any other type of mattress which is great for those hot summer nights (but not so much when you want to cuddle into the warmth of your mattress).
  • Latex mattresses are also very durable and estimated to last 20 years, which is extremely good in the mattress world.
  • However, latex mattresses often come with a mild latex smell which is anything but pleasing, especially when you first wake up in the morning.
  • Furthermore, the comforts and all natural elements of latex mattresses do not come cheap. You can expect to pay a small fortune for a latex mattress.