Peggy Santos. Futon. March 21st , 2018.
A good quality finger jointed cross rail might be just as strong as a solid cross rail in many ways, it still accepts a downward pressure that can force poor quality joints to loosen. Experience shows that a solid continuous hardware cross rail is less likely to break than a segmented one. If the futon you are considering buying has segmented stretcher rails, ask the dealer to explain the history of that manufacturer's products with this system. Ask if a cross rail does fail, what the dealer's policy is about replacement. Although, most dealers generally will not pay for shipping, they should at least offer the replacement part for free with in the span of the warranty.
Arm rests should be glued and screwed together. Remember that glue is an excellent bonding agent for a the type of wood your futon frame is likely made out of. Gluing and screwing a futon frame together is even more desirable. The screw not only adds reinforcement, but is drives the wooden pieces closer together acting like a vice while the glue dries before shipping.
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 most vital actions before getting a futon bed is measuring the amount of space where you would want to place it. From there, you could decide which size of futon to get: the twin, full or the king/queen sizes. Futons take more space than the usual bunk beds so make certain that there are extra spaces to accommodate it. Once you open the futon, it might take up a lot more space than you initially thought of. If you plan to have other furniture to be placed adjacent to a futon, make sure it is easily movable to avoid hassle when opening up the futon.
October of 1991 saw another group of inventors including Mark S. Barton, Kurt J. Bandach and Mark E. Schlichter introduce an interesting concept of a pivoting pawl as they referred to it. This was basically a specially designed block that would hang on the seat section that would engage against a step located on the back rest and using gravitational force influences the pawl to both hang unengaged when the futon is in an upright position and to engage when the seat is lifted and the pawl engages against the step to allow the frame to be operated while standing in front and returns the futon from a bed position back into a seating position. This patent was assigned to August Lotz Co., Inc. who implemented this design into their successful line of futon products. This marked an interesting approach to frame conversion as now the frame was facilitating the movement back into a sofa position by having pawls engage into steps designed into the back rest of the frame.
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