Peggy Santos. Futon. March 28th , 2018.
Continuing moving forward in futon designs a futon patent was filed in 1994 by Peter W. Dodge (Patent Number 5513398) for a futon that featured a tilt mechanism. This allowed a transfer from the bed position to the sofa position using guide slots or routed out grooves using rollers to move up and down the seat and back sections of the futon frame. This design would soon be emulated by many other manufacturers in that the arms had become the central focal point of the operation of the futon frame.
This brings us to the last issue of warranty. There are so many different versions of warranties on the market that it can be difficult for the consumer to compare them. Warranties can vary from 30 days to 10 years. Most companies that bring about a Lifetime Warranty generally mean the lifetime of the product which can be anything from 3 years to a 10 years. Some warranties are prorated which means that you will have to pay a percentage to have the part replaced. Warranties rarely cover labor or shipping, so expect to have to do the job yourself and pay for the shipment. Luckily, many futon parts are easy to replace and if you are lucky you will only pay a few dollars on shipping.
Futons usually have exposed frames and that implies that the frame material and design is something you have to think about when shopping for cheap futons. Metal is desired because of its longevity, and its inexpensive nature. When you are looking for a classier outlook, there are wooden frames, although these are somewhat more expensive. If you are decor conscious, you can explore the different finishes you get, to find something that will complement your decor.
October of 1991 saw another group of inventors including Mark S. Barton, Kurt J. Bandach and Mark E. Schlichter introduce an interesting concept of a pivoting pawl as they referred to it. This was basically a specially designed block that would hang on the seat section that would engage against a step located on the back rest and using gravitational force influences the pawl to both hang unengaged when the futon is in an upright position and to engage when the seat is lifted and the pawl engages against the step to allow the frame to be operated while standing in front and returns the futon from a bed position back into a seating position. This patent was assigned to August Lotz Co., Inc. who implemented this design into their successful line of futon products. This marked an interesting approach to frame conversion as now the frame was facilitating the movement back into a sofa position by having pawls engage into steps designed into the back rest of the frame.
When the futon industry was born back in the 1980's, the frames were well thought out and well constructed. Whether it was softwoods or hardwoods, the frames featured good fundamental designs made from solid wood. These futon frames would incorporate new working mechanisms and ideas in operation that made futons appealing not only in their design but in the quality of materials and construction that went into them. The futon industry was doing well and growing with these frames heading into the 1990's but then the black metal futon frame came onto the scene.
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