This futon was purchased to be a full-time "bed". After using it for several weeks, 8 inches seem to have flattened to little more than 3 inches, and it's like sleeping directly on the floor. I've been using a futon regularly for several years, and was quite happy with the old one, but I'd wanted to move up to a queen size. This Premier model in no way compares to the old futon and has now found it's way into storage. Even placing an eggshell topper on it didn't help. Definitely not meant for sleeping, full or part-time.St.