Georgia Henderson. Futon. March 10th , 2018.
Is it time to give your house a Spring Cleaning? No matter what time of year, your house could benefit from a good old fashioned Spring Cleaning. Make sure you pay attention to your futon sofa. You futon is a workhorse. It is there for you, day in and day out. It deserves a new cover and you deserve a new look in your living room!
Bent hinges also added another issue that would happen from use over time. While not as common as the other problems this issue still led to the failure of many black metal frames. The hinges were attached to the arms of the futon frames with two bolts and two nuts. While this design was OK the hinges themselves would fail when too much weight was applied to one side or the other. These would also bend out rendering them useless in the operation of the futon.
Futon is a Japanese word. Traditionally, futon is the common bedding for Japanese people and is still widely used as primary bedding there today. To maximize small spaces, the Japanese people fold their bed and store it in the closet while not in use so the room can be used to do accommodate other activities. The modern futons that are sold outside Japan however are a lot different than the original mattress as it is sold with different materials to upgrade its comfort level and to make it transformable into couches at day time.
Why then you ask do futon retailers continue to show these on their showroom floors if they know they are a substandard offering? An interesting question. Futon retailers are often specialty stores that provide a dozen or more futon frames. Be it an online store a physical brick and mortar store. The majority of frames you'll see are made of wood and are offered with various arm designs and usually a half a dozen or more mattress options. Hundreds of upholstered and fabric covers exist for covering the mattresses of these frames. These retailers are serious about offering consumers everything available in the world of futons. Sometimes they take this quite literally. I would expect that it was the same reason our store carried them. We wanted to show everything available and didn't want mass merchants showing the product and have a customer walk in wanting one and not being able to get it.
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.
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