Faith Booth. Futon. March 04th , 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 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.
There are many types of modern day futons nowadays. The different variety of bed couches are usually seen in the frames, materials used, and its cover. The different material found in these futons makes it possible for them to be sold with different prices. You would need to remember that you would be using these bed couches day and night, and buying cheap ones with low quality material would only subject you to product degradation faster than you expect it to be. It is more profitable to buy decent to good quality futons with great durability so you can use it for a long time despite a rather high price.
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.
This isn't just an issue with one manufacturer in particular. We've seen this from 4 different metal futon frame manufacturers offering these frames. There is just not enough materials or quality of construction to justify these frames as a viable furniture solution for consumers. It should also make people question purchasing one of these frames when they only carry a 30-90 day warranty. Any manufacturer who warranties a piece of furniture for this amount of time doesn't expect it to last very long and neither should you as the consumer. 98% of our futon related service issues over a 10 year period resulted from failures with black metal frames. Often within the first year of ownership.
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