Anna Burris Futon, 2018-03-23 23:17:44. The patents and inventions featured in this article are truly just a sampling of the many designs and innovations by various futon inventors who had the vision to create and design furniture in an all new light. The futon industry itself has grown up quite a bit since its humble beginnings in the early 80's and many futons you'll see today are based on these early concepts and designs. I found it fascinating to study the evolution of the futon from a simple tri-fold design into the sofa looking frames of today. The innovations that came from these designs really helped to move forward this line of furniture that we know today. Next time you see a futon frame I hope you'll think about these inventors and the legacy they've left on this furniture category.
Lana Duke Futon, 2018-04-14 23:34:17. If you're after this kind of futon couch, there are some terms you'll need to know. First of all there's the bi-fold mattress, and these are the ones best used for sofa to bed convertibles. There are also the tri-folding ones which are longer (giving you more sleeping area), and allow you to fold it up in thirds, allowing you to store them in a closet when not in use.
Etta Mayo Futon, 2018-01-16 01:18:27. Still, it is important to remember that futons are not only dual purpose pieces of furniture,-- they are also mechanisms that require added reinforcement. For this reason, the smarter manufacturers have reinforced their futon frames with various metal brackets and support beams called stress supports to make their futons even more durable. These companies to brag about the beneficial features of their futon frames which makes they consumer's quest easier. These companies supply product specifications list which is a good place to start your research about a particular futon frame you are interested in buying.
Lana Duke Futon, 2017-10-21 07:42:46. 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.
Georgia Henderson Futon, 2017-10-21 08:20:08. Futons can also be made from a variety of materials, although wood and metal are typically the most commonly used. The decision to choose one over the other is really a matter of personal preference than anything else. Wood tends to be a \"warmer\" material and is often preferred by those that like a more traditional aesthetic to their furniture and home décor. And because wood can be easily stained, chances are one can easily find the right hue to match any existing furniture. Metal frames are most often used in contemporary design styles, as well as for many of the less expensive futons. Steel and aluminum tend to be the most commonly used metals because they are both easily shaped and are extremely durable. Furthermore, metal can be painted to match any existing décor or color scheme.
Georgia Henderson Futon, 2017-10-21 22:37:25. Continuing moving forward in futon designs a futon patent was filed in 1994 by Peter W. Dodge (Patent Number 5513398) for a futon that featured a tilt mechanism. This allowed a transfer from the bed position to the sofa position using guide slots or routed out grooves using rollers to move up and down the seat and back sections of the futon frame. This design would soon be emulated by many other manufacturers in that the arms had become the central focal point of the operation of the futon frame.
Georgia Henderson Futon, 2017-10-21 14:31:37. Stress supports are usually narrow boards that help to reinforce the slats from the underneath. Not only do they reinforce the slat, but for those companies whose stress supports fit in snuggly against the front and back framing boards--they have the added benefit of helping to keep the futon frame from skewing when it is converted from bed to sofa. Likewise, stress supports with three screws per support are better than those with only two.
Anna Burris Futon, 2017-10-20 16:15:52. 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.
Faith Booth Futon, 2017-10-21 01:21:41. Most futon frames come in one of two basic configurations, either a bi-fold or tri-fold design. Bi-fold frames are those that only fold a single spot within the mattress support frame, essentially creating two equal halves. Frames that incorporate this type of mattress support are arguably the most common throughout the world. Tri-fold designs, by comparison, utilize two separate hinge points, thereby creating a mattress support with three separate sections. These three section designs are most often used in the construction of \"loungers\" (which resemble a chaise lounge), but they can also be found in the more basic sofa configurations as well. Most reputable furniture retailers will be able to provide you with futons in both of these two base configurations.
Edith Carter Futon, 2017-10-22 01:56:54. Finally, you can help ensure your futon gives you years of pleasure by periodically inspecting it. Make sure that all the bolts are tight and that no part wiggles excessively. Also, when you convert your futon to a bed, do not let the back slam down on the rear stretcher rail. Wipe up any spills that might get on the wood and keep your futon clean and dry as much as possible.
Cecilia Velazquez Futon, 2017-10-20 12:49:12. There was a time when cheap futons for sale were regarded as college furniture, and it was nearly a mortal sin to have it at home. But times have changed. Admittedly, there are better more expensive pieces of furniture you could get, but that doesn't mean you disregard futons completely. If anything, they act as a great space saver, giving you a comfortable sleeping place, without taking up all the floor space. You get a sofa and a bed, without having to buy them individually.
Edith Carter Futon, 2017-10-20 05:09:30. 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.
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