Futon. Saturday , April 14th , 2018 - 23:43:10 PM
Another early futon design patent was filed in 1985 (Patent Number 4642823) assigned to Robert Fireman's Furniture Gallery, Inc. invented by William B. Wiggins. What was interesting about this early take on futon design was the incorporation of arms on the sides of the futon which allowed the seat and back sections to integrate into the arms and allow for operation without having to rearrange the futon. This early design featured two pivoting swing pieces attached from the back rails into the back section. The seat and back sections were connected together using steel pins. What I found most interesting about this design is that it effectively converted the futon from sofa to bed from the front. Once in the bed position additional legs were extended down for support. Additionally a dowel and rod interlocked with the seat and back section to safely lock the two in a horizontal position. This design would be considered a bi-fold by today's standards which means that 2 sections are used to create the seating and sleeping portions of the frame itself.
Our store stopped carrying black metal frames a few years ago for many of the reasons listed above. We decided to shift away from low end products and concentrate on proven well made, quality higher end products. So many people walk through our furniture store and when offered a futon frame as a possible piece of furniture for their home are told by the customer, \"I bought one of those years ago at [insert mass merchant name here] and it was the most uncomfortable frame. It just didn't last very long.\" The experience of owning a black metal frame has turned off a large majority of consumers who would have found happiness and delight in owning solid wood frames made to last. It's really a shame as futons offer great flexibility in being both sofas and sleepers.
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.
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