How to Choose the Best Futon for Your Gaming Room

Welcome to your gaming room; your private oasis from the organic, real-time world. Here, you can kick back, close the door and the curtains, and immerse yourself in thousands of virtual worlds that are all way better than the one outside that door. So how do you make the most out of your gaming room? Furnishings, that’s how. You don’t need a lot of furnishings in your little Fortress of Solitude, but arguably, one of the most important pieces you need is the place where you’re going to plant your bottom while you’re playing.

Seating is an incredibly personal choice. Your butt is going to be in that seat for potentially hours on end, so whatever makes your rump happy is the best choice for you. But, I humbly suggest that you consider multi-function furniture, especially if your gaming room may be pulling double duty as a guest room.

To this end, I present the futon. It’s a couch. With low to moderate effort, it’s also a true, lay-flat bed. What’s not to like? This rec room staple has been a hit since the 1970s, and with good reason. Let’s say that, for whatever reason, you decided to have a friend come over for some beers and multi-player time instead of playing online like normal people. Hey, whatever. You do you. After many bouts and many beers, your field sobriety test tells your friend that driving himself home at this hour is probably not a good idea. So, where’s your friend sleeping? All spooned up with you in your bed? Heck no! After a few artful twists, turns, and curse words, you and your inebriated friend have turned the couch you were sitting on all night into a reasonably comfortable bed! Sleep tight, buddy.

But how do you choose the right futon for your gaming room? Good question. In most cases, the futon chooses you. Think about it. Has anyone ever actually bought a futon for themselves? Or were they all just gifted whenever someone moved out of a dorm room? It’s like the fruitcake of furniture.

If you do somehow find yourself in the position of wanting to buy a futon, there are a few things to look out for.

First, obviously, is the price. This is going to be a piece that you’re going to spend a lot of time on. Whether you’re sitting on it or sleeping on it, you’re going to want to invest in a piece that will hold up to extended use. While the most expensive futon you can buy isn’t necessarily going to be the best futon, it’s probably a safe bet that it’ll be better than the bargain basement option. Your time is as valuable as your money, so wasting it on looking at cheap futons you’re going to hate isn’t going to help anyone. Start at the mid-range for your budget and work your way up from there. Your butt will thank you.

The second most important thing to look for is comfort. Futon mattresses are notoriously thin, lumpy and generally uncomfortable. This is less of an issue if you’re younger, but with the Nintendo Generation getting uncomfortably close to middle age, finding a futon with a nice, thick, supple mattress is going to make that last hour you have left in your day after the kids go to sleep that much more pleasant. You also want to watch out for metal frames. Many a colorful turn of phrase has been uttered when an already aching head has suddenly and violently met with the unyielding metal arm of a futon.

Third, ease of operation. Though it’s convenient to have a piece of furniture that is both couch and bed, in most cases, it’s a little bit of a chore to make the darn thing change from one state to the other and back. The couch to bed conversion also gets exponentially more difficult as the number of beers in the case decreases over the course of the evening. Flipping, folding, pressing little buttons that always pinch your fingers. Who needs that? What’s true for cars is also true for futons – fewer bells and whistles means less hassle in the long run. When shopping, look for the simplest mechanism to convert your sofa to a bed that you can find. Drunk you will greatly appreciate it. For the truly lazy, there are even motorized futons on the market these days that convert with the touch of a button.

Other than that, it’s a matter of personal preference, taste and style. Surprisingly, there are a lot of options available to fit many different types of décor. If you haven’t inherited one, there’s a futon out there for you. Good luck on your quest.

XBOX vs PS4 – Which is for you?

You need to make a fundamental choice when you are looking for a gaming system, and you likely make a choice between the PS4 and the XBOX. They are different, but you can definitely come to a decision if you use the steps below.

1. The XBOX

The Microsoft gaming community is its own world that some people like better than the PS4. It all depends on which company you trust, and you should look into the way their gaming community works. That alone saves you time, and you must look at the controller to see how it feels. The XBOX controller feels more like a Nintendo controller, and it is not as bulky.

2. The PS4

The PlayStation controller is a little bit more like a Sega controller, but it is not chunky. It is bigger than the XBOX controller you use, and it might feel better in your hand. You also have to see if the assortment of games for PS4 works for you. Most companies make their games for both consoles, but you should see if you like the way the PS4 works as opposed to the XBOX. Try them both in a gaming store, and you get an instant sense for which feels better.

3. The Accessories

You have to buy accessories for your consoles, and each one costs money. Choose the console setup that you think is the most affordable, and seek out used or refurbished accessories that might be less expensive. Once you have chosen the system to use, you have an idea of how much you should spend.

4. Updates

Look at how often XBOX and PS4 update. There will come a time when both consoles are replaced, and you should be comfortable with how often they update in the meantime. You get an idea of how good the service is with each company when you read online comments, and you should get involved in the gaming community to learn when the next device is coming out. Gamers tend to know these things before everyone else does.

5. Brand Loyalty

You might already have a lot of brand loyalty for Microsoft or Sony. It does not matter what other people say if you are happy using one company or the other. Your experiences with both companies should drive your choices, and you might build brand loyalty through this process and tells you how you might game for the rest of your life.

The XBOX works great for Microsoft lovers, and the PS4 works great for avid Sony enthusiasts. The choice is yours when shopping online, but you must have a look at each brand carefully before buying a console, extra accessories, or new games.