Lynnette Rutledge. Futon. March 12th , 2018.
Having less is more in many respects. If you have a lot of clutter in your bedroom or night stand, you may be feeling anxious, jittery or not rested. This will greatly affect your mood and body functions. The key is to simplify your space. You may find that you can replace your traditional mattress with one of the many modern futon mattress choices that are every bit as comfortable as your traditional bed. Then, just by adding a futon bed frame with storage, you can instantly get rid of your clutter. It will still be within reach, but out of direct eye lines. Again, you need not completely convert your bedroom space to a traditional Japanese room complete with tatami mats, just take what elements work and go with them.
As we have already mentioned, futon frames need reinforcement. The more reinforcement a futon has the more likely it will stand the constant abuse of friends and family. After all, futon frames are not only mechanisms with moving parts, they must also support the weight of your futon mattress and people as well. A general rule is that you should look for as much reinforcement as possible. You could simplify things by keeping a scorecard and counting off the number of angle brackets, stress supports and rub guards a given futon comes equipped with.
In addition, another design element that is sure to make it even easier for you to add some lovely designer flare to your home is the latest beveling methods. You can find plenty of beveled solid wood designs, such as side panels with center picket accents that make is so that a futon is no longer something you need to feel ashamed of and kept hidden in the back rooms of your home. Instead, you can now proudly feature any one of the latest futon fashions in the front rooms of your home, actually displaying them as one of the main interior design focal points of your home.
I've been in working in furniture for many years. I'm still approached by people who say they're looking for a piece of furniture that can go into a tight space or down stairs into rooms that are hard to reach with tough corners. Leather sofas and upholstered sofas can't fit and they don't want a bunch of chairs filling the space. This isn't really unusual. Many homes may have been designed with hard to navigate hallways or basements that initially weren't meant to be finished. There is a specific category of furniture that works great for these situations however.
One of the earliest futon patents I was able to locate was for Nikita Grigoriev who filed for a futon patent in 1983 (Patent Number 4538308) for what he called \"Convertible Furniture\". The drawings represent what we today would call a tri-fold frame which uses 3 flat sections that make up the seating and sleeping portions of the frame and work in conjunction with each other to go from sofa to bed. I found it interesting how he described the operation of a futon as a piece of furniture which is convertible from a bed to a sofa which utilizes the geometry of its component parts to facilitate conversion from one mode (sofa) to another mode (bed). I think this abstract statement by Mr. Grigoriev does very well in explaining the nature of futon furniture and how they function.
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