Lana Duke. Futon. March 20th , 2018.
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.
A furniture like this is is constructed with slats and cotton mattress, three to six inch thick. This thick mattress is firmer than ordinary mattresses, thus this is basically good for your back, especially if you are the type of person who sits in front of the computer all day and suffer from back aches when you get home.
Futons can also be made from a variety of materials, although wood and metal are typically the most commonly used. The decision to choose one over the other is really a matter of personal preference than anything else. Wood tends to be a \"warmer\" material and is often preferred by those that like a more traditional aesthetic to their furniture and home décor. And because wood can be easily stained, chances are one can easily find the right hue to match any existing furniture. Metal frames are most often used in contemporary design styles, as well as for many of the less expensive futons. Steel and aluminum tend to be the most commonly used metals because they are both easily shaped and are extremely durable. Furthermore, metal can be painted to match any existing décor or color scheme.
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.
In addition, another design element that is sure to make it even easier for you to add some lovely designer flare to your home is the latest beveling methods. You can find plenty of beveled solid wood designs, such as side panels with center picket accents that make is so that a futon is no longer something you need to feel ashamed of and kept hidden in the back rooms of your home. Instead, you can now proudly feature any one of the latest futon fashions in the front rooms of your home, actually displaying them as one of the main interior design focal points of your home.
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