Lynnette Rutledge. Futon. March 02nd , 2018.
Having worked in furniture for many years I have always believed strongly in that you get what you pay for or that the value of what you're buying is in direct relation to the quality of the product and the price placed on those goods or services. I also believe that some products are capable of giving an entire line of furniture a bad name due to their specific lack of quality and unjustly so because one type of product doesn't represent the qualities of an entire line of furniture. No better example of this can be said than what black metal futon frames have done against the futon industry in the last 10 years. In this article I'll explain my position about the negative aspects these metal frames provide and why it would be best for consumers and retailers alike to move away from these frames that are giving the industry a bad name.
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.
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.
For example, there are some truly lovely, subtly curved frames and armrests that add just enough of a style improvement to make them a truly gorgeous addition to your home. In fact, where the older futon designs used to be so bland and ordinary that they were once only considered as an addition to the home simply for a budget friendly, base sleeping option, they selection of futons that is now available today features enough style that they are often added to homes for their ability to actually contribute to the interior design scheme of someone's home as opposed to simply providing a cheap sleeping option for college students or a simple bedding option for any house guests you might have.
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.
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