Peggy Santos. Futon. April 16th , 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.
Not only are you offered the chance to pick from a brilliant selection of styles and colors, but you can also choose from some very convenient design options. Some of the most popular varieties of futon designs include futon sofa sets for your living room and family room, lounger and fold-outs for your game room and man cave, futon chair sets for any room of your home and, of course, the traditional futon bed design. In addition, where many people have been faced with the budget killing challenge of being able to provide their guests with a suitable place to stay while they visit, futons provide an extremely convenient and affordable option. Now you can comfortably house guests any time without having to build an extra guest room or purchase an expensive bed set.
Having worked in retail and having worked in furniture stores carrying futons. I can honestly say that as a retailer it is very frustrating to know that stores still carry low end black metal frames. My intentions in this article are not to be harsh but I really hope retailers figure out that low end products made to hit a particular price point are not doing consumers or themselves any great service. Consumers deserve quality well made products at reasonable prices based on the materials and labor that went into that product. When this doesn't happen expectations aren't met. Disappointment and dissatisfaction soon follow and the consumer is left with a negative feeling towards the product. The intent of this article was to bring forth the experiences I've had with this product line not only from having retailed it but from what customers have shared with me about these products. I feel strongly that black metal futon frames should be avoided by both retailers and consumers alike. If you've had a negative experience with these frames I would encourage you to not judge the entire futon industry by these particular products. If you're a consumer I encourage you to shop a futon retailer or futon specialty store and discover the \"real\" world of futons and what they have to offer for both you and your home.
If you're after this kind of futon couch, there are some terms you'll need to know. First of all there's the bi-fold mattress, and these are the ones best used for sofa to bed convertibles. There are also the tri-folding ones which are longer (giving you more sleeping area), and allow you to fold it up in thirds, allowing you to store them in a closet when not in use.
Having worked in furniture for many years I am always fascinated by the accomplishments of those who create innovation in new furniture products. The category that has most fascinated me over the years is in the way of futon frame designs. Studying early futon frame designs gives us an interesting visualization of how early futons have influenced the modern designs we see today in a category that was relatively unknown until the last decade. Futons as a furniture category have only existed for about the last 25 years. In that time however they have worked their way from being specialty store furniture into mass merchant and big box stores alike who offer varying brands and qualities of these frames. In this article I'll provide you an overview of the early pioneers of the futon industry and their inventions and innovations for various futon designs from the beginning along with references to specific patents that helped move futons forward into being its own home furnishings category.
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