Anna Burris Futon, 2017-09-30 23:27:48. In December 1991 Thomas L. Meade submitted a convertible furniture frame patent (Patent Number 5170519) that did not use arms in its design for assisting conversion of the futon but a hinges and stops arrangement. The seat and back sections incorporated pieces of lumber beneath them to act as supports. There were two of these used on each section that when laid down in a bed position would rest on these supports. The genius in this design was its ability to pivot on a set of nylon wheels located towards the lower back of the seat section supports. All one has to do was tilt the frame back on the wheels which would put the back rest on the floor and pull the seat section up to unlock it and lower it down into a bed position. This design was simple, functional and easy to operate without the need for arms on the ends of the frame to help in the futons conversion.
Natasha Potts Futon, 2018-04-03 06:22:43. 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.
Natasha Potts Futon, 2017-11-08 07:06:15. Check the width of the slats they are supporting. The slats are the multiple short boards that span the seat and back deck in a ladder-like design that are usually only visible when the mattress is removed. Are the futon slats wide or narrow?
Peggy Santos Futon, 2017-11-08 08:31:38. The design of the futon cover is also important. The cover should have a zipper three-quarters of the way around. This ensures that you can get the cover on and off easily. Many covers skimp on the zipper opening in order to keep the price down. It is worth an extra $50 to get a better design. After the first time you struggle to put on the cover, you will wish that you had coughed up the extra cash.
Anna Burris Futon, 2017-11-10 09:52:01. Another beneficial feature of futon frames is the front load operation. Often referred to as easy upright, automatic upright, and half a dozen other terms, this feature makes conversion from bed back to sofa a much easier task than in the past. Usually, the seat deck is used in some fashion to create a lever. When you push down on the seat, the back comes up saving your back. This can be especially advantageous to those who do not have a lot of upper body strength. Heavier mattresses can make this feature a desirable addition, but this system can put some adverse stress on your futon frame if it is not designed properly or if the system is too complex. Ask your dealer to explain in detail about these features when in doubt.
Etta Mayo Futon, 2017-11-08 21:55:11. 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.
Edith Carter Futon, 2017-11-08 22:54:07. Futons usually have exposed frames and that implies that the frame material and design is something you have to think about when shopping for cheap futons. Metal is desired because of its longevity, and its inexpensive nature. When you are looking for a classier outlook, there are wooden frames, although these are somewhat more expensive. If you are decor conscious, you can explore the different finishes you get, to find something that will complement your decor.
Lana Duke Futon, 2017-11-09 18:06:35. In 1990 Gary Shaffield & Robert Fireman filed a futon design patent utilizing a tension spring to facilitate movement from position to position. (Patent Number 4996730). This design was very similar in look to the 1985 patent involving Robert Fireman and many of the structural components and aesthetics of these two designs featured in both patents when compared were similar. The design of this frame however focused on the legs built into the seat section that when pulled out would engage and then when the frame was retracted featured a stop that helped prevent the legs from becoming entangled with the base. Incorporated into this design was a tension spring that helped with the operation of the frame. Many early futons would go through refinements in design and function and this is often how improvements in frames would be created and how they found their way into the products we would purchase. It should be noted that in my studies of futon patents many other patents in futon designs are held by Robert Fireman in both tri-fold and bi-fold designs. He is considered one of the early pioneers in futon design throughout the industry.
Faith Booth Futon, 2017-11-10 07:20:49. Futon designs have developed from over time, from its very first model to today's sophisticated and more comfortable designs. There is a lot of streamline designs available in the market now, some are in contemporary style, while some are in modern. Some designs are ultra stylish, and can be perfect for you if you are looking for a new furniture that can not really compromise your budget.
Lana Duke Futon, 2017-11-10 10:55:53. Arm rests should be glued and screwed together. Remember that glue is an excellent bonding agent for a the type of wood your futon frame is likely made out of. Gluing and screwing a futon frame together is even more desirable. The screw not only adds reinforcement, but is drives the wooden pieces closer together acting like a vice while the glue dries before shipping.
Edith Carter Futon, 2017-11-08 05:23:51. 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.
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