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Old 02-23-2016, 02:15 PM   #1
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Foam Futon on Guacho, who is using it and do you like it?

I've seen lots of posts asking about futon mattresses, but am still a little vague on how well they work. Seems many people say they are fine, and some say they are hard to convert to a couch and only good as a temporary solution.

Will a 6" foam futon mattress work on a gaucho? It will mostly be folded down and used as a bed, but I want to be able to put it up as a couch when company visits.

I found a 6" foam futon here:

which seems more likely to work than a thicker or spring version.

In checking into getting a custom hinged mattress, the futon is less than hal

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Old 02-26-2016, 01:53 PM   #2
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Although not used in my AS, I have two futons with custom mattresses from here:

They are very nice.

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Old 03-16-2016, 04:39 PM   #4
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I bought one and wanted to report back with a short term report:

The good:
- Very comfortable
- An economical solution.
- Fits full size sheets better.
- Has stayed in place nicely while in the up position, without any antislip mat or other things.

The bad:
- Hangs over the front about 4-5 inches and is deeper, which makes it a little less comfortable for sitting.
- Harder to fold, I have to pull up on the futon a bit to get it to push in. Not terribly difficult, but does require a bit of coordination.

Short term, I am happy with the purchase. I have replaced the rear one which I will mostly leave down. My plan is to use it in the up position a bit in the next few months and if I still like it, replace the front with the same thing. Sleeping wise it is miles beyond the old worn out one that was there.
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Old 07-22-2016, 02:56 PM   #5
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Thanks for the update. It makes sense that it would be longer since the original gaucho adds on a separate piece when you set it up to make up the rest of the width.
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