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The furniture included in RVs is typically very functional, but not very aesthetically pleasing. Fortunately, there are plenty of residential furniture option that are stylish, but lightweight enough for use in RVs. Futons in particular are a great choice for RVs because they provide needed guest sleeping space without adding too much weight. Below are twenty awesome RV futon options that are perfectly suited for a tiny home on wheels.
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- 1 Long RV Futons
- 2 Short RV Futons
- 3 RV Futons for Kids
- 4 RV Futon Alternatives
- 5 Using Residential Futons in RVs
Long RV Futons
All RV furniture should be lightweight, but some RVs have room for larger pieces. If there is sufficient space, longer futons are ideal as they can comfortably fit multiple adult guests. All of the futons in this section are under 105 pounds and between 65 and 85 inches long. If you need a shorter futon, skip to the next section.
Price: $323; Length: 65 inches
This sleek futon is a great mid-size length that will work in many RV spaces. Although the futon is shorter than most residential sleeper sofas, the armless design maximizes the sleeping surface. The turquoise color is bright, but not too bold.
Price: $219.99; Length: 74.8 inches
The Sleerway futon is an affordable, but practical option for RVers. Available in light and dark grey, purple and red this couch works with neutral or bold interior design styles. The fold-down cup holder is a handy feature for spaces without sufficient room for an end table. A fifth leg in the center of the futon provides added stability for guests sleeping on your couch.
Price: $269 to $465 (depending on color); Length: 77 inches
DHP’s Jasper futon offers a classic look in a range of colors. RV remodelers can choose from neutral tones, including grey, camel and black, or bold colors such as yellow or orange. Regardless of color, the futon features elegant wing-shaped arms and encased coils and foam seating for added comfort.
Price: $355.95; Length: 78.5 inches
Crafted in the mid-century modern style, this faux leather futon with wood legs will add warmth to any RV living room. This sleeper sofa is available in camel (pictured) or black. The split-back design allows the futon to be converted into a lounger (one side down) or a full size bed.
Price: $392 to $459 (depending on color); Length: 83 inches
The Novogatz futon is long for most RVs and tiny homes, but is an awesome choice if you have a long wall or slide-out. The memory foam cushions add extra comfort for both everyday use and overnight guests. The long, velvet futon is available in a variety of colors including light green (pictured), grey, mustard and pink.
Short RV Futons
Short futons that fit in slides-outs and other tight RV corners can be difficult to find. Luckily, we’ve done the work for you and found five fabulous RV futons that are under 60 inches long. When purchasing shorter futons, keep in mind that the average adult is taller than 60 inches, so these futons may leave your feet hanging in the air.
Price: $131.99; Length: 39 inches
For really tight spaces, this twin-sized futon is a great way to add guest sleeping space for one adult. The wood frame can be positioned as a chair, lounger or bed. The mattress is not included and will need to be purchased separately.
Price: $599.99; Length: 52 inches
This premium sofa has an extra thick seat that folds out into a full size bed. The trifold design creates a much larger bed than typical compact futons (78 inches when fully extended). The 52 inch width is exactly the size we needed for our fifth wheel’s slide-out, so I can confirm it is a very difficult size to find.
Price: $229.99; Length: 53 inches
HFG’s short, fabric futon has some unique high-tech features. An outlet on the side of the sofa includes a USB port, headphone jack and volume controls for the built-in stereo speakers. The tiny futon is available in brown (pictured) or light grey.
Price: $369.99; Length: 55 inches (with arms up)
Another great solution for a single guest, the Knocbel Futon has unique foldable arms. When the arms are folded up, the couch is only 55 inches long. However, when the arms are fully expanded for sleeping, the length extends to 74 inches. This small sofa is available in blue, orange or pink.
Price: $2145; Length: 58 inches inches
This sofa, which is just under 5 feet long, has a unique design that packs a full bed into a small sofa. In addition to the back folding down, the think cushion also folds out to create a 79 inch long bed. The futon also features a no-zag spring and promises comfortable cushions that will stay even. The couch is available in dark grey and light grey and buyers can select metal or wood legs.
RV Futons for Kids
Futons can be a great multi-purpose solution for full time families with children. Whether they are used in the main living area or a bunkroom, futons can be used as a bed at night and then folded up to create more play space during the day. All of the following futons were designed specifically for kids. If you are new to RVing with kids, also check out our guide to making road trips fun!
Price: $69.99; Length: 18 inches
For the littlest RV campers, this Paw Patrol sofa is a fun place to crash. The foam couch folds out into a single bed for toddlers. The bed is 39 inches when extended. For easy maintenance, the cover is removable and machine washable. Similar couches are available with outer space and princess themed designs.
Price: $119; Length: 29 inches
This ultra suede flip chair makes the perfect RV futon for kids or teens, as the chair easy folds out into a single bed. Of course, it comes it several fun colors including lime green, purple and navy blue. Reviewers say the the chair is also quite comfortable.
Price: $119; Length: 34.3 inches
For smaller children, the tiny Bonzy futon is a great place to sleep. The faux leather fabric comes in black, red, green, white and brown. The sleeping space is 35 inches long when the futon is folded down. While this futon will only function as a bed for small children and toddlers, it can be used as extra seating for an adult.
Price: $129 to $341 (depending on color); Length: 46 inches
DHP’s kids futon is a pint-sized couch (only 30 pounds!) with full-grown style. The tufted fabric and chrome legs will look great in any bunkroom. The futon comes in a variety of fun colors including teal (pictured), dark blue, lilac and dark pink.
Price: $399; Length: 47 inches
While this sleeper sofa from Pottery Barn is not technically a futon, it is a great RV sleeping option for kids and teens. The cushion of this legless sofa, folds out into a bed. It is also perfect for RVs because it is super lightweight (only 25 pounds). The sleeper sofa is available in a variety of colors including shades of pink, blue and grey.
RV Futon Alternatives
If none of the above RV futons fit your needs, there are several other alternatives to create extra sleeping space in your tiny home on wheels. All of the below guest bed options are compact, lightweight and will sleep at least one adult.
Price: $139.99; Length: 29.5 inches
This deceiving foot stool actually houses a twin bed. When the bed is tucked away, the ottoman can easily be stored in any corner or used as a foot rest in the living room. To turn the ottoman into a bed, simply remove the machine washable slipcover and unfold the cot hidden underneath. The slipcover is available in beige (pictured) and grey.
Price: $379.99; Length 34 inches
If you do not have sufficient room for a sofa or loveseat, consider a convertible chair. Vonanda’s sleeper chair easily folds out into a twin bed. The comfortable cushions are covered in linen fabric and are available in denim blue (pictured), mustard or grey. A cushy pillow is also included.
Price: $161 to $189 (depending on color): Length: 43.3 inches
This lightweight, legless sofa is a great RV futon alternative. The adjustable backrest and double cushion can be folded into a variety of positions including a bed for two people. Covered in a soft fleece fabric, the floor sofa is available in light blue (pictured), beige, black and red. Two pillows are included.
Price: $135.99; Length: 60 inches
For a guest sleeping space without a whole new piece of furniture, try Giantex’s folding mattress. The queen size mattress can fit in your RV’s storage bay when folded and laid out in the living room when you have overnight guests. Made with rebound sponge, the folding mattress is more comfortable than a blow-up mattress.
Price: $119.9; Length: 31 inches
For an even more compact folding mattress, buy Cushy Form’s floor bed. The twin size folding mattress is 75 inches long when extended, so it is long enough for most adults. A free carrying case is included, so the mattress can be easily stored in your RV.
Using Residential Futons in RVs
When using residential furniture in an RV, there are several factors to consider before making a purchase. Below are tips for buying furniture that is suitable for RV living and travel.
RV Door Width
Always measure your RV door width and check the package dimensions before ordering any furniture for an RV. If the futon will not fit through your door, you will have to remove and reinstall one of the larger windows in your RV to place the furniture. Fortunately, most furniture ordered online comes in pieces so the package is smaller than the assembled product.
When measuring furniture that will be placed in a slide-out, do not forget to measure the width of the slide. Many couches have slanted legs that will make the couch hang over the edge of the slide and sit unevenly. Measure the size of the slide-out and make sure the distance between the furniture’s legs is shorter.
Securing Furniture for Travel
Standard RV furniture is bolted into the floor to prevent movement during travel. However, most residential furniture is not designed to be bolted down. RVers will need to come up with a way to secure all furniture during travel days. An easy solution is to tie the furniture down with bungee cords or ratchet straps. Place felt pads on futon legs to prevent damage to your floors from any sliding.
Weight should always be a consideration when furnishing an RV. A good rule of thumb is that your new furniture should always weigh less than the original piece it replaced. Never add weight to an RV without removing something of equal or greater weight. Fortunately, many of the recliners and tri-fold sofas that come standard in RVs are quite heavy, so residential futons are usually lighter.
Owners of drivable RVs also need to consider if they are removing seatbelts when adding furniture. Many motorhome couches double as travel seats with seatbelts. It may not be possible (or legal) to add seatbelts to residential furniture. Always ensure your remodel is safe and complies with federal and state regulations.
The options for RV sleeper sofas and futons are endless. As long as weight and other factors are properly considered, any futon can become an RV futon.
Once you have your new futon in place, it is time to start planning adventures with friends and family. For some great RV travel ideas, check out our favorite USA road trips and the best RV parks in the country.
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