Faith Booth. Futon. April 14th , 2018.
Japanese inspired design is made to feel welcoming, functional and peaceful all at once. You will not find a more simple taste. You may not be used to the design elements or particularly care for them for your space, but you can adopt some of the concepts to help create the serene space of your desires. It isn't just about having futon mattresses in your space and nothing on the walls. This is simply boring, not esthetically pleasing. Japanese design also takes into consideration the placement of objects. Borrowing from Feng Shui traditions and natural elements, this style is decidedly balanced.
To ensure you don't get a sore back after a night's rest, get a futon mattress that is at least several inches thick. Although they're normally priced according to their thickness (the thicker the more expensive), you'd still want something at least 6-7 inches in thickness to optimum comfort.
Finally, you can help ensure your futon gives you years of pleasure by periodically inspecting it. Make sure that all the bolts are tight and that no part wiggles excessively. Also, when you convert your futon to a bed, do not let the back slam down on the rear stretcher rail. Wipe up any spills that might get on the wood and keep your futon clean and dry as much as possible.
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.
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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