Lynnette Rutledge Futon, 2017-12-15 11:49:35. October of 1991 saw another group of inventors including Mark S. Barton, Kurt J. Bandach and Mark E. Schlichter introduce an interesting concept of a pivoting pawl as they referred to it. This was basically a specially designed block that would hang on the seat section that would engage against a step located on the back rest and using gravitational force influences the pawl to both hang unengaged when the futon is in an upright position and to engage when the seat is lifted and the pawl engages against the step to allow the frame to be operated while standing in front and returns the futon from a bed position back into a seating position. This patent was assigned to August Lotz Co., Inc. who implemented this design into their successful line of futon products. This marked an interesting approach to frame conversion as now the frame was facilitating the movement back into a sofa position by having pawls engage into steps designed into the back rest of the frame.
Anna Burris Futon, 2017-08-13 08:47:32. Another interesting futon patent that I came across was filed in 1991 by Randall L. Withers assigned to Maurice A. Warner, Jr. (Patent Number 5129114). This futon patent featured drawings which included an image depicting routed out grooves in the sides of the arms facilitating a sliding nylon roller that would move in the routed out channel in the arm. Much like other futon patents, designs were beginning to shift towards futons being built with side arms, two connecting rails and a seat and back section. However futon bi-fold designs such as these weren't the only bi-fold designs out there.
Anna Burris Futon, 2017-11-03 20:27:40. One of the earliest futon patents I was able to locate was for Nikita Grigoriev who filed for a futon patent in 1983 (Patent Number 4538308) for what he called \"Convertible Furniture\". The drawings represent what we today would call a tri-fold frame which uses 3 flat sections that make up the seating and sleeping portions of the frame and work in conjunction with each other to go from sofa to bed. I found it interesting how he described the operation of a futon as a piece of furniture which is convertible from a bed to a sofa which utilizes the geometry of its component parts to facilitate conversion from one mode (sofa) to another mode (bed). I think this abstract statement by Mr. Grigoriev does very well in explaining the nature of futon furniture and how they function.
Etta Mayo Futon, 2017-11-04 09:16:13. There are alternative types of furniture that can be placed into hard to reach places. These don't have to be uncomfortable mass merchant futons either. Visit your specialty sleep store or futon store for a full line of quality wood futon frames and mattresses. You'll also discover hundreds of fabrics that are available to be zipped on over your mattress. Many of these are upholstery materials which can give you the look and feel of conventional furniture.
Cecilia Velazquez Futon, 2017-11-03 05:04:26. 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.
Anna Burris Futon, 2017-11-04 18:29:33. After explaining this to people many come to understand the nature of why futons have been given a bad name because of the import black metal futon frame and are open to at least trying out the possibilities of higher-end models. Futon shops or specialty sleep stores carry a wide selection of proven wood futon frames and often have anywhere from half a dozen futon mattresses or more to choose from all made from quality materials.
Georgia Henderson Futon, 2017-11-03 12:40:04. There are now literally hundreds of types of designs of futon available in the market right now, each design can compensate and can be perfect to your style and your room's motif. This furniture can be of great addition to your home as this will spare you from spending hundreds of dollars on purchasing extra furniture for your sofa or for your bed room.
Georgia Henderson Futon, 2017-11-04 04:04:32. Having worked in retail and having worked in furniture stores carrying futons. I can honestly say that as a retailer it is very frustrating to know that stores still carry low end black metal frames. My intentions in this article are not to be harsh but I really hope retailers figure out that low end products made to hit a particular price point are not doing consumers or themselves any great service. Consumers deserve quality well made products at reasonable prices based on the materials and labor that went into that product. When this doesn't happen expectations aren't met. Disappointment and dissatisfaction soon follow and the consumer is left with a negative feeling towards the product. The intent of this article was to bring forth the experiences I've had with this product line not only from having retailed it but from what customers have shared with me about these products. I feel strongly that black metal futon frames should be avoided by both retailers and consumers alike. If you've had a negative experience with these frames I would encourage you to not judge the entire futon industry by these particular products. If you're a consumer I encourage you to shop a futon retailer or futon specialty store and discover the \"real\" world of futons and what they have to offer for both you and your home.
Faith Booth Futon, 2017-11-04 12:40:27. If you have always thought that elegant design needed to be very intricate and expensive, think again. You also don't have to go with a real skimpy version of things to get an elegant look either. It isn't the case with fashion or interior design. More specifically, it doesn't apply to your bedroom design. You may find that Japanese home design is a great solution for you. Futon beds are just one example of this. A Japanese futon mattress is a very flexible piece of bedroom furniture. Consider this: Japanese design has evolved just like all interior design over the years, but the main elements of their design have remained for hundreds if not thousands of years. They must be doing something right or it would have changed.
Lana Duke Futon, 2017-11-04 00:32:00. Our store stopped carrying black metal frames a few years ago for many of the reasons listed above. We decided to shift away from low end products and concentrate on proven well made, quality higher end products. So many people walk through our furniture store and when offered a futon frame as a possible piece of furniture for their home are told by the customer, \"I bought one of those years ago at [insert mass merchant name here] and it was the most uncomfortable frame. It just didn't last very long.\" The experience of owning a black metal frame has turned off a large majority of consumers who would have found happiness and delight in owning solid wood frames made to last. It's really a shame as futons offer great flexibility in being both sofas and sleepers.
Cecilia Velazquez Futon, 2017-11-03 15:34:45. October of 1991 saw another group of inventors including Mark S. Barton, Kurt J. Bandach and Mark E. Schlichter introduce an interesting concept of a pivoting pawl as they referred to it. This was basically a specially designed block that would hang on the seat section that would engage against a step located on the back rest and using gravitational force influences the pawl to both hang unengaged when the futon is in an upright position and to engage when the seat is lifted and the pawl engages against the step to allow the frame to be operated while standing in front and returns the futon from a bed position back into a seating position. This patent was assigned to August Lotz Co., Inc. who implemented this design into their successful line of futon products. This marked an interesting approach to frame conversion as now the frame was facilitating the movement back into a sofa position by having pawls engage into steps designed into the back rest of the frame.
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