Peggy Santos. Futon. April 16th , 2018.
There was a time when cheap futons for sale were regarded as college furniture, and it was nearly a mortal sin to have it at home. But times have changed. Admittedly, there are better more expensive pieces of furniture you could get, but that doesn't mean you disregard futons completely. If anything, they act as a great space saver, giving you a comfortable sleeping place, without taking up all the floor space. You get a sofa and a bed, without having to buy them individually.
In December 1991 Thomas L. Meade submitted a convertible furniture frame patent (Patent Number 5170519) that did not use arms in its design for assisting conversion of the futon but a hinges and stops arrangement. The seat and back sections incorporated pieces of lumber beneath them to act as supports. There were two of these used on each section that when laid down in a bed position would rest on these supports. The genius in this design was its ability to pivot on a set of nylon wheels located towards the lower back of the seat section supports. All one has to do was tilt the frame back on the wheels which would put the back rest on the floor and pull the seat section up to unlock it and lower it down into a bed position. This design was simple, functional and easy to operate without the need for arms on the ends of the frame to help in the futons conversion.
Japanese design is characterized by simple lines and a refined elegance. They pay attention to detail and utilize the harmony of indoor and outdoor spaces to create a pleasing design. Lack of resources or class order may have originally led to many design elements, but the simple lines are a trend that has continued. Japanese design has made an impact more globally from such a small country, relatively speaking.
Stress supports are usually narrow boards that help to reinforce the slats from the underneath. Not only do they reinforce the slat, but for those companies whose stress supports fit in snuggly against the front and back framing boards--they have the added benefit of helping to keep the futon frame from skewing when it is converted from bed to sofa. Likewise, stress supports with three screws per support are better than those with only two.
You can get a great futon cover for under $200. That is a fraction of what you would spend on a new sofa. So indulge and really shop for the cover that you love. Maybe it will be a microfiber cover or black leather. Whatever the fabric, whatever the design, you can enjoy knowing that you spruced up your living room without spending a bundle of money.
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