Anna Burris. Futon. March 05th , 2018.
At first it was widely regarded as a great addition to the futon family of products. Finally, a futon that could be offered at a much a lower price point. Black metal frames were being imported from China, Malaysia and Taiwan. Many of the early black metal frames were packaged with an import mattress made up of ground up textile materials and a colored covering with tufts. These packages were often anywhere in price from $199 - $249 and started out in specialty futon shops as a great way to introduce customers on a budget into a lower priced futon option. It was soon discovered though that these frames were not such a bargain that they appeared to be.
The other issue would be in the way people could feel the bars through these thin mattresses. Because the bars were round and the mattresses had nothing in the way of support, you could lay on the mattress and feel each bar across the mattress. For some this may have been all they could afford in the way of futon. Unfortunately the import manufacturers of these frames and mattresses weren't helping anyone to get a comfortable sofa bed with the materials being used.
After explaining this to people many come to understand the nature of why futons have been given a bad name because of the import black metal futon frame and are open to at least trying out the possibilities of higher-end models. Futon shops or specialty sleep stores carry a wide selection of proven wood futon frames and often have anywhere from half a dozen futon mattresses or more to choose from all made from quality materials.
This isn't just an issue with one manufacturer in particular. We've seen this from 4 different metal futon frame manufacturers offering these frames. There is just not enough materials or quality of construction to justify these frames as a viable furniture solution for consumers. It should also make people question purchasing one of these frames when they only carry a 30-90 day warranty. Any manufacturer who warranties a piece of furniture for this amount of time doesn't expect it to last very long and neither should you as the consumer. 98% of our futon related service issues over a 10 year period resulted from failures with black metal frames. Often within the first year of ownership.
There are alternative types of furniture that can be placed into hard to reach places. These don't have to be uncomfortable mass merchant futons either. Visit your specialty sleep store or futon store for a full line of quality wood futon frames and mattresses. You'll also discover hundreds of fabrics that are available to be zipped on over your mattress. Many of these are upholstery materials which can give you the look and feel of conventional furniture.
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