While today’s futons are typically used with frames and are too thick to be rolled up, they still serve two important purposes linked to their original uses: They offer a comfortable sleeping surface and take up less space than many other bedding options. Of course, today’s futons aren’t completely out of the way when they’re folded; they serve a different function as extra seating during the day. Since futons cost less money than a typical pull-out bed and take up less space than a full-sized bed, they’re quite economical.
Many people today use futons as fold-out guest beds, in either their home offices or living rooms, in order to preserve floor space while providing a sleeping surface that most find more comfortable than an air mattress — or a simple bed roll. Futons are also popular with the college crowd and in studio apartments due to their ability to serve double duty in very limited living spaces.