What can I do about my uncomfortable futon?

Denise Elkins
by Denise Elkins
I have an uncomfortable (very hard and poorly made) faux leather futon I was planning on dumping. But I also have a new puppy who likes to teeth occasionally on the futon legs. So I'll be keeping the futon until the puppy is older and then will buy a new sofa. In the meantime, I've placed a 1/2 " foam pad to make it more comfortable (covered with a quilt) but the foam slides around easily. i was thinking of glueing the foam to the futon to secure it but am looking for other ideas.
what can i do about my uncomfortable futon
Picture of futon
  29 answers
  • LaLa LaLa on Jan 08, 2017

    Ugh it looks exactly like one that we had. Definitely uncomfortabl!!

    I believe you could hot glue the cushion to the futon and then get a fitted sheet with sheet clips (to keep sheet from moving around). Keep us posted if you try it

  • Judy So Judy So on Jan 08, 2017

    Buy one with a foam core.

  • Nan15333486 Nan15333486 on Jan 08, 2017

    I had the same problem with a futon cushion not staying in place. I used some rubberized waffle-type stuff that either holds mattresses or throw rugs in place, put that under the back (draped over the frame) and bottom of the frame under the cushions. Seems to work pretty well.

  • UR UR on Jan 08, 2017

    Your could try velcro that has self adhesive backing.

    stick one side to the frame the other side to your cushions. I would use long strips in as many place you can, front to back.

  • Andrea Andrea on Jan 08, 2017

    You can get rolls of waffle type rubber grippy stuff for under rugs. Secure that by tucking it deep into the fold on one side and using hooks or some other method to secure under the front and sides. Then, put the foam on top and use a grippy cotton cover that can be washed. I personally would encase the foam in some kind of plastic and then put a washable old or cheap blanket on top. Foam is very hard to clean, and with dogs you'll not want it to gather all the smells and dirt from dogs.

  • Denise Elkins Denise Elkins on Jan 08, 2017

    I am so happy I posted this! The glue idea seemed messy.... your ideas are so much better .

    I'll repost about what works- maybe a combination of all if the ideas.


  • Hanu Hanu on Jan 08, 2017

    Bcuz i like the idea of velcro (hook and loop fasteners), i will go a step further than the above suggestion. There are many sizes of velcro, not just different lengths, but different widths, as well as what strength is manufactured nowadays, having the almighty INDUSTRIAL strength (woot woot!). What i might do in that sitch, would be to use 2" wide industrial strength strips going the length of the futon (or many small patches of it, bcuz that stuff does add up in $), at strategically placed lines of commonly used, heavily tensioned points, like the top, bottom of the backrest, & the furthest back and front of the seat. But when using the counterpart on the foam, i'd probably find a way to glue some taped up cardboard to the foam (crucial that its taped up), to give it something somewhat solid to adhere to, & that way, it wont come off the foam easily, its also still a somewhat thin, malleable layer that can move and flex w/minimal detection of it, & you'd be able to reuse all that velcro again. Of course, i would envelop it all under another sheet. I would probably consider keeping a small corner or wherever the teething is going on, open for the teething to try to facilitate being kept exclusively in that area, hoping to not spread the destruction. Hope that helps in any way. Please let us know how u finally choose to "MacGyver" this, & how successful or not u are w/it.

  • DORLIS DORLIS on Jan 08, 2017

    thanks for all the ideas. i have a problem with the futon because i am short and cannot sit all the way to the back. Any ideas for filing in the back , maybe a cushion cut to fill in at the base?

  • Denise Elkins Denise Elkins on Jan 08, 2017

    Definitely try the foam using these tips- even when it was slipping, the comfort level was better and I could fit better( being short too!).

  • Sharon Ouderkirk Sharon Ouderkirk on Jan 08, 2017

    I used spray fabric glue! Worked great!

  • J Jo J Jo on Jan 09, 2017

    Just a thought here, slightly off the original question.... If you're planning on buying a new sofa, you might want to start training the pets OFF the futon... that is unless they are welcome on your furniture. : )

  • Denise Elkins Denise Elkins on Jan 09, 2017

    My pets are welcome on my furniture and do well after they pass that magical puppy stage! I have another leather love seat they respect and it's easy to keep clean. I appreciate your suggestion though ;)

    • See 1 previous
    • Denise Elkins Denise Elkins on Jan 11, 2017

      First picture is Sunshine (mine) and her bff Elsie(friend's)

      Second picture is Cookie, Sunshine and SweetPea....my Zoo!

  • Peg15231845 Peg15231845 on Jan 09, 2017

    My mother used dry cleaner hanging bags (thin plastic) to keep layers of batting and foam from shifting. Same principle as the waffle underrug mats, probably less effective, but free.

  • Devra Devra on Jan 09, 2017

    Cute furry family!!!!!!!

  • Denise Elkins Denise Elkins on Jan 10, 2017


  • Sophia,M.,McConnery Sophia,M.,McConnery on Jan 10, 2017

    I would just go with thick foam.Cover it with a blanket,that you can tuck in!

  • Denise Elkins Denise Elkins on Jan 10, 2017

    Thanks Sophia- that was my initial thought. But the futon is one piece and has little tucking room on the sides and along the back. I know now to buy a futon with a removable/ replaceable mattress; more options with one you can cover, etc.

  • Robby Treichel Robby Treichel on Jan 11, 2017

    If it's in your budget to buy a 3-4 inch thick piece of foam the size of the entire surface of the couch, slit the foam about half way through where it would bend to go from the seat to the back. Then cover it with heavy fabric or blanket. To keep it all in place, take a rope or heavy cord and tie it around the couch at the fold and tie it in the back of the couch. It should hold everything in place. It will make the seat shallower, but a little taller.

  • Jane Lawson Jane Lawson on Jan 11, 2017

    I would ,try two sided carpet type .

  • Shelley Norman-Barrieau Shelley Norman-Barrieau on Jan 12, 2017

    Just buy a no slip pad that goes under area rugs to hold the foam in place.

  • Marj MRC Creations Marj MRC Creations on Jan 12, 2017

    I'm glad I saw this! We have a micro fiber futon at our cottage that looks just like yours and it is HARD to sit on! I've got it covered with some drop cloth and it looks nice, but still hard. I'm going to lay some foam on the seat and once covered with the drop cloth, and being a fabric futon, it should stay in place nicely. Thanks, Denise, and good luck with your own solution! :)

    • Denise Elkins Denise Elkins on Jan 12, 2017

      Marj-I'm glad you can use the foam idea! Those seats feel so much better with cushioning!

  • JESS JESS on Jan 12, 2017

    Get rid of the futon. They are terrible for your body!!! LOL!!!

  • Denise Elkins Denise Elkins on Jan 12, 2017

    Thanks Jess . It will have to hang around for awhile longer but I am looking forward to tossing it asap!

  • Gloria Gloria on Jan 13, 2017

    In addition to the foam idea (with the rope), you can buy Futon fitted covers through WayFair.com for around $99 (US). Being that mine is a floral print and that I have dogs, I cover my Futon with a large sheet. Bought two older sheets at St. Vinnies so that when I wash one I put a new on on right away.

    • Denise Elkins Denise Elkins on Jan 13, 2017

      Thanks Gloria- I'll look into the cover! I am also using a sheet and it seems to work well.

  • Cwh6899259 Cwh6899259 on Jan 13, 2017

    Are you trying to soften it up for bed use or just sitting?

    I was thinking if it was for actually sleeping on, add more foam on top of cover and anchor it with a fitted sheet over top. If it is just for the sitting, get foam to cover the seat area. You could use 3M spray glue on the foam and the futon seat to try to hold foam in place, cover with a sheet tied under the base.

    • Denise Elkins Denise Elkins on Jan 13, 2017

      Thanks for the great tip- I had thought of using adhesive but had no idea which. I'll look into the 3M spray glue!

  • Jcraw Jcraw on Jan 13, 2017

    Don't forget good old bedskirt pins, which " screw" into your mattress to secure the fabric

  • Denise Elkins Denise Elkins on Jan 13, 2017

    I remember those! Good tip!

  • Denise Elkins Denise Elkins on Jan 14, 2017

    I had time this week to read through and consider all of your wonderful ideas! I decided, this rainy Saturday morning , to pull out all of my craft/home maintainance supplies to see what I already had on hand. I found some gorilla glue but read where it shouldn't be used on the type of foam I had. But then I duscovered double sided gorilla tape! Not a complete roll but I decided to use it anyway....

    i had just enough to cover the edges and a few in the middle! I cut the foam slightly smaller than the futon to prevent bunching and lined it up carefully, then pressed firmly at the taped points. I tested the hold after a few minutes and it seemed ok. After covering the foam with a heavy- weight bedspread, I was happy that the back seemed very secure with the weight of the cover. It feels very comfortable and a less of an eyesore tooπŸ˜‰

  • D roach D roach on Jan 17, 2017

    you've made a great job of that, looks much better

    • Denise Elkins Denise Elkins on Jan 17, 2017

      Thank you....it's been almost 4 days and the foam is holding tight! So much more comfortable! I switched the bedspread to a plain cotton sheet which actually works better...it "clings" to the foam beautifully.