Futon. Thursday , April 19th , 2018 - 02:30:00 AM
I often suggest a futon as a possible alternative and often I'm met with strange looks. These folks appreciate the suggestion but proceed to tell me how uncomfortable futons are. My reply is usually, \"What was uncomfortable for you?\" To which I'll hear the answer, \"The mattress was horrible\" or \"I could feel those metal bars in my back!\" Our conversation will continue for a few minutes and I finally understand why they believe futons to be uncomfortable when so many people love them.
The problems that exist in the futon industry however result from specific manufacturers wanting to take a low end, low price approach to building products that can be retailed in the big box stores at the lowest price possible. Metal futon frames have long been a staple of being \"the\" mass merchant offering in futons as a category. Unfortunately many consumers purchase these frames as an introduction to the futon category of furniture and were quite disappointed by the quality and construction of these made to hit a price point futons. The problems of metal frames reside in several design issues.
Metal futon frames are constructed from hollow metal tubes. The arms are hollow and pocket welds are welded onto these arms with which to attach stretcher rails. Steel hinges are attached to the inside of the arms and hollow metal seat and back racks are connected to the hinges using regular screws. The problems start in the seat section. The hollow tubes and spot welded bars that make up the foundation of the seat section are prone to breaking loose off of the seat section. The spot welding is not sufficient enough to keep these bars from breaking loose and are a result of the low cost approach of building these decks. Another issue that results from the hollow tube of the seat section is that it is prone to bending from normal use. The hinges that are attached to the arms suffer the same fate as over time customers have brought these in to stores showing them bent out.
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