Georgia Henderson. Futon. March 12th , 2018.
The patents and inventions featured in this article are truly just a sampling of the many designs and innovations by various futon inventors who had the vision to create and design furniture in an all new light. The futon industry itself has grown up quite a bit since its humble beginnings in the early 80's and many futons you'll see today are based on these early concepts and designs. I found it fascinating to study the evolution of the futon from a simple tri-fold design into the sofa looking frames of today. The innovations that came from these designs really helped to move forward this line of furniture that we know today. Next time you see a futon frame I hope you'll think about these inventors and the legacy they've left on this furniture category.
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.
One of the pro's of utilizing futon mattresses is that they're cheap and they're compact. They're so versatile as you can sleep on the mattress during the night and during the day time, the mattress can double up as a couch. How's that for practicality and space saving?
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.
Cheap futons are easy to find, considering how common these pieces of furniture are, for college students, and for apartment owners, without a lot of space to spare. Cheap does not necessarily mean of poor quality, so it is well to ensure you get a quality product, even when you are not paying a fortune for it. But before addressing the price specifics, you have to take some factors into consideration when you are out shopping for cheap futons for sale. The first is the futon bed design. While it is universally known that futons can be folded, you have to be precise about the kind of fold design that you want. There are tri-fold and bi-fold futons with the latter being the more common design. Only consider futon beds that will guarantee a fluid or smooth folding mechanism, even after prolonged use.
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