Lana Duke. Futon. March 14th , 2018.
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.
Futons are also great editions to a sunroom. They look good in a seating arrangement with a couple of chairs and a coffee table or flanked by end tables. In a sunroom or other room with solid floors, such as tile or hardwood floors, the look of the futon will be softened by the edition of an area rug to cover the sitting area. Read more about how to incorporate futons with high end interior design online or in a home dcor magazine. There is an abundance of selections at most home improvement centers.
Rub guards, commonly referred to as striker plates are a good thing to look for as well. These metal plates keep the wood wearing away where two piece of wood come into contact while in motion. These are usually located on the front and rear stretcher rails. The rear stretcher rail must absorb the impact of the back deck when it drops down while the front cross rail must endure the rubbing of the seat deck while it slides back and forth. The metal plates help to buffer the stretcher rails from this abuse.
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.
Doing your own home interior could be a challenging task especially when you are low on cash and still living in a small house or an apartment. If you think it is easier to do interior designing in a small place compared to a larger one then prepare to be surprised. To design small spaces you need to combine beauty with efficiency. Using futons in your sleeping area is a good example of the right combination of both. While you may want to get a queen size bed for your master bedroom in a normal house, using a couch bed in a smaller house or apartments is much more efficient.
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