Peggy Santos Futon, 2018-04-16 15:09:16. 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.
Georgia Henderson Futon, 2017-10-21 08:20:08. 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.
Faith Booth Futon, 2017-10-21 01:21:41. 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.
Georgia Henderson Futon, 2017-10-21 14:31:37. At first it was widely regarded as a great addition to the futon family of products. Finally, a futon that could be offered at a much a lower price point. Black metal frames were being imported from China, Malaysia and Taiwan. Many of the early black metal frames were packaged with an import mattress made up of ground up textile materials and a colored covering with tufts. These packages were often anywhere in price from $199 - $249 and started out in specialty futon shops as a great way to introduce customers on a budget into a lower priced futon option. It was soon discovered though that these frames were not such a bargain that they appeared to be.
Anna Burris Futon, 2017-10-22 13:08:40. 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, 2017-10-22 01:56:54. 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.
Lana Duke Futon, 2017-10-21 07:42:46. The first problem with black metal frames is the round metal bars that make up the seat and back sections of these frames. Where as wood futon frames are using flat slats, black metal frames have hollow round bars. Thinner mattresses would slide through the gaps between the round bars. On wood futons this was never a problem. The other issue with the hollow bars is that if enough weight was placed on a spot they would begin to bend. The issue became so bad that a 90 day warranty was put in place by most manufacturers of these frames.
Anna Burris Futon, 2017-10-20 16:15:52. In addition, another design element that is sure to make it even easier for you to add some lovely designer flare to your home is the latest beveling methods. You can find plenty of beveled solid wood designs, such as side panels with center picket accents that make is so that a futon is no longer something you need to feel ashamed of and kept hidden in the back rooms of your home. Instead, you can now proudly feature any one of the latest futon fashions in the front rooms of your home, actually displaying them as one of the main interior design focal points of your home.
Georgia Henderson Futon, 2017-10-21 22:37:25. One of the first things that you are sure to notice when searching through the latest options for futons is the price. For one thing, these items do not feature the overly complex designs that are more commonly featured in traditional full mattress and frame sets. What does this mean to you? Less money is need for the craftsmanship of these items and less money is required for the materials. This all translates to you being able to look forward to a much more affordable home furnishing option. That is whey these options continue to be so popular among college students all the way through homeowners with limited budgets.
Lana Duke Futon, 2017-10-22 08:46:28. 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.
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