Lynnette Rutledge. Futon. March 31st , 2018.
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.
Another early futon design patent was filed in 1985 (Patent Number 4642823) assigned to Robert Fireman's Furniture Gallery, Inc. invented by William B. Wiggins. What was interesting about this early take on futon design was the incorporation of arms on the sides of the futon which allowed the seat and back sections to integrate into the arms and allow for operation without having to rearrange the futon. This early design featured two pivoting swing pieces attached from the back rails into the back section. The seat and back sections were connected together using steel pins. What I found most interesting about this design is that it effectively converted the futon from sofa to bed from the front. Once in the bed position additional legs were extended down for support. Additionally a dowel and rod interlocked with the seat and back section to safely lock the two in a horizontal position. This design would be considered a bi-fold by today's standards which means that 2 sections are used to create the seating and sleeping portions of the frame itself.
The design of the cover is important, too. By design I mean two things. First the design on the cover and second the design of the cover. Futon covers come in hundreds and hundreds of designs. You can buy anything from desert camouflage to Asian art. There are designs that capture the look of Southwestern native art and designs inspired by Victorian floral prints.
Futons used to be associated with low end furniture and low quality. However, futons have gained in popularity as well as style in recent years. There are now a number of high quality wood and metal frame futons and futon beds that make excellent design choices for a number of uses in the home. Futons work wonderfully in a den or informal seating arrangement around the home. Wood frames usually look better when grouped with high end furnishings, but some metal frames look best with contemporary or modern style furniture.
Futons do make a sensible investment as they provide all of the features and benefits of a sofa sleeper but at a fraction of the cost in many cases. If you find the right frame that is well built from quality materials and a good mattress your futon experience is sure to be a positive one. Avoid metal futon frames that are made more to hit a particular price point then they are to be a piece of furniture that can offer longevity as a dependable sofa and sleeper for your home. The right futon can provide you and your family with years of quality use. The wrong futon frame will simply become disposable furniture.
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