Etta Mayo. Futon. April 18th , 2018.
One of the pro's of utilizing futon mattresses is that they're cheap and they're compact. They're so versatile as you can sleep on the mattress during the night and during the day time, the mattress can double up as a couch. How's that for practicality and space saving?
Futons do make a sensible investment as they provide all of the features and benefits of a sofa sleeper but at a fraction of the cost in many cases. If you find the right frame that is well built from quality materials and a good mattress your futon experience is sure to be a positive one. Avoid metal futon frames that are made more to hit a particular price point then they are to be a piece of furniture that can offer longevity as a dependable sofa and sleeper for your home. The right futon can provide you and your family with years of quality use. The wrong futon frame will simply become disposable furniture.
When it comes to futon mattress materials, you will want one that uses a mixture of cotton and wool as these are the softest of the lot. The cotton and polyester types are also good, as well as extremely light. Light mattresses are vital if you're planning on using them as a sofa or if you're constantly changing premises - they're just a lot more mobile. Pick the heavier mattresses if you're using it only as a bed - these provide a lot more stability and tend to not shift around a lot when you sleep.
Futons as a category were born almost 25 years ago in the form of wood frames. These frames were simple and offered conversion from a sofa to bed by operation of the frame. Wood frame designs advanced much over the years and eventually led to wood futon frames that looked like conventional furniture. Many of these pieces of furniture borrowed from real world furniture construction techniques in the form of doweled construction, French dovetail joints and steel on steel hardware connections offering greater quality and flexibility in design and quality. The workmanship of these frames can easily be seen in the higher end models offered today and justifies the retail pricing you see for these pieces as being of the highest quality available in this category of furniture.
When the futon industry was born back in the 1980's, the frames were well thought out and well constructed. Whether it was softwoods or hardwoods, the frames featured good fundamental designs made from solid wood. These futon frames would incorporate new working mechanisms and ideas in operation that made futons appealing not only in their design but in the quality of materials and construction that went into them. The futon industry was doing well and growing with these frames heading into the 1990's but then the black metal futon frame came onto the scene.
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