semangat. Futon. December 31st , 2017.
During the 1990's however cheap import futon frames made from hollow tubular steel were introduced into the American retail market. These came with imported mattresses that were constructed to be no more than 5\" to 6\" thick and contained ground up textile or fabric scrap. Various colored outer coverings that were not removable were tufted around the mattress materials making these difficult to clean. They retailed very cheap and individuals on a budget recognized the futon design from higher end wood models and felt these were indeed bargains since futons had a very good reputation for longevity and quality construction. Unfortunately these black tubular frames would begin to give futons a bad name.
Mattresses were also made quite well including quality innerspring mattresses made with steel components manufactured by Leggett & Platt, a supplier of steel components for many of the top mattress manufacturers throughout the United States. An extensive network of futon cover manufacturers also began to work hard at producing quality zippered covers from upholstery fabrics as well as more modern materials like microfiber. This level of quality is what would make futons a viable alternative to other conventional furniture and the popularity for these products soon began to grow.
Some futons have no stress supports while others have many. How many stress supports does the futon you like have? Futons with eight to twelve stress supports overall are generally better quality than those with only four or none. Most companies will be sure to include the number of stress supports if their futons have at least eight.
In 1990 Gary Shaffield & Robert Fireman filed a futon design patent utilizing a tension spring to facilitate movement from position to position. (Patent Number 4996730). This design was very similar in look to the 1985 patent involving Robert Fireman and many of the structural components and aesthetics of these two designs featured in both patents when compared were similar. The design of this frame however focused on the legs built into the seat section that when pulled out would engage and then when the frame was retracted featured a stop that helped prevent the legs from becoming entangled with the base. Incorporated into this design was a tension spring that helped with the operation of the frame. Many early futons would go through refinements in design and function and this is often how improvements in frames would be created and how they found their way into the products we would purchase. It should be noted that in my studies of futon patents many other patents in futon designs are held by Robert Fireman in both tri-fold and bi-fold designs. He is considered one of the early pioneers in futon design throughout the industry.
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.
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