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Buying Q&A: Grown-Up Futons?

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The Nest Q&A

Our office is also our guest bedroom, so we’re considering a futon. Is there another less college-looking piece we can buy?

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Ah yes, the futon. Sometimes you don’t want to live with ’em, but you can’t have guests without ’em. Luckily, furniture designers are reinventing the ’80s creation into sleeker and more modern designs, along with renaming them into things like sleeper sofas and daybeds. “I think for a young couple starting out, versatility is key,” says Sotheby’s-trained home shopping expert Jennifer Litwin, author of Best Furniture Buying Tips Ever. Some of the best sleeper sofas allow you to recline in multiple directions, and order the item in beautiful fabrics. One of Litwin’s favorites: “Ligne Roset makes great quality furniture, including a sofa bed that opens left, opens right, and bends back. It’s not inexpensive,” she warns, “but I rated it as the best in the premium category.” She says Innovation also makes a versatile futon that can carry you through the years and multiple locations. And if you want your futon or daybed to look like nice furniture, treat it like nice furniture: add pillows in gorgeous fabrics or a cashmere throw over the back.

-- Amy Spencer

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