Edith Carter. Futon. March 01st , 2018.
Another issue the black metal frames suffered from were bending stretcher bars or rails. Again the hollow nature of these strecther rails presented issues with breakage and bending. Early designs involved a steel tooth design that would fit into pocket welds on the arms. These would snap off over use. The alternative design was to run a bolt through the arms and into the rails. While better it still did not address the issue of bending stretcher rails.
This isn't just an issue with one manufacturer in particular. We've seen this from 4 different metal futon frame manufacturers offering these frames. There is just not enough materials or quality of construction to justify these frames as a viable furniture solution for consumers. It should also make people question purchasing one of these frames when they only carry a 30-90 day warranty. Any manufacturer who warranties a piece of furniture for this amount of time doesn't expect it to last very long and neither should you as the consumer. 98% of our futon related service issues over a 10 year period resulted from failures with black metal frames. Often within the first year of ownership.
The overall function of the futon will be the primary basis of which type to buy. Determine how will you use it. Would it be more for sitting and relaxing, more of for sleeping purposes or all of the above. Know also where would you want to have it positioned, in your son's room or on the guests' quarters. Knowing the primary function of futon can also help you assess which type of mattresses to purchase. A bulkier mattress may be needed if you are using it for sleeping purposes, the wooden frame can also provide a sturdy foundation.
Futons are also great editions to a sunroom. They look good in a seating arrangement with a couple of chairs and a coffee table or flanked by end tables. In a sunroom or other room with solid floors, such as tile or hardwood floors, the look of the futon will be softened by the edition of an area rug to cover the sitting area. Read more about how to incorporate futons with high end interior design online or in a home dcor magazine. There is an abundance of selections at most home improvement centers.
As a general rule, the longer the warranty on a futon frame the longer the futon manufacturer expect their futon frame to last. The shorter the warranty, the more likely you will be have to repair or replace something. Futons that are well designed, however, often outlast their warranties altogether. A solid hardwood futon frame with ample reinforcements, stress supports and angle brackets might last you 20 years or longer.
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