Cecilia Velazquez. Futon. March 31st , 2018.
To ensure you don't get a sore back after a night's rest, get a futon mattress that is at least several inches thick. Although they're normally priced according to their thickness (the thicker the more expensive), you'd still want something at least 6-7 inches in thickness to optimum comfort.
Wooden futon frames come in a variety of styles, colors and sizes. Although pinewood futon frames dominated the market for many years, hardwood futon frame prices have continued to fall making them more prevalent and affordable. Although logic might suggest that hardwood futons are more indestructible than pine wood frames, there are many hardwood frames on the market that are more prone to catastrophic failure than others. However, with some basic knowledge about wooden futon frame construction, you will have more confidence when you are comparing models and prices.
The other issue would be in the way people could feel the bars through these thin mattresses. Because the bars were round and the mattresses had nothing in the way of support, you could lay on the mattress and feel each bar across the mattress. For some this may have been all they could afford in the way of futon. Unfortunately the import manufacturers of these frames and mattresses weren't helping anyone to get a comfortable sofa bed with the materials being used.
Futon frames that have slats that are 2.5\" wide should have at least twelve slats on the seat and twelve on the back for a total of 24 slats. Futons with 1.75\" slats should have at least 15 slats on the seat and 15 slats on the back for a total of 30 slats. If the slats are any thinner or if the respective futon you are considering has less slats than indicated here, you might want to ask why.
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.
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