Futon. Friday , April 20th , 2018 - 04:40:44 AM
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.
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.
Cheap futons are easy to find, considering how common these pieces of furniture are, for college students, and for apartment owners, without a lot of space to spare. Cheap does not necessarily mean of poor quality, so it is well to ensure you get a quality product, even when you are not paying a fortune for it. But before addressing the price specifics, you have to take some factors into consideration when you are out shopping for cheap futons for sale. The first is the futon bed design. While it is universally known that futons can be folded, you have to be precise about the kind of fold design that you want. There are tri-fold and bi-fold futons with the latter being the more common design. Only consider futon beds that will guarantee a fluid or smooth folding mechanism, even after prolonged use.
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