Natasha Potts. Futon. March 18th , 2018.
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.
Japanese inspired design is made to feel welcoming, functional and peaceful all at once. You will not find a more simple taste. You may not be used to the design elements or particularly care for them for your space, but you can adopt some of the concepts to help create the serene space of your desires. It isn't just about having futon mattresses in your space and nothing on the walls. This is simply boring, not esthetically pleasing. Japanese design also takes into consideration the placement of objects. Borrowing from Feng Shui traditions and natural elements, this style is decidedly balanced.
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.
There are now literally hundreds of types of designs of futon available in the market right now, each design can compensate and can be perfect to your style and your room's motif. This furniture can be of great addition to your home as this will spare you from spending hundreds of dollars on purchasing extra furniture for your sofa or for your bed room.
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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