Bisaillon. Futon. October 24th , 2017.
The hinges were attached to the arms of the futon frames with two bolts and two nuts. While this design was OK the hinges themselves would fail when too much weight was applied to one side or the other. These would also bend out rendering them useless in the operation of the futon. Most specialty futon retailers pay little to no attention to black metal futon frames. Retailers Ive spoken to have said that the black metal futon frame is the number one service headache when it came to futons with over 95% of service issues being the failure of a black metal frame component.
One company makes a line of infant futon mattresses. There are stuffed mattresses that can be used with a bassinet or layette. When a person wants to buy a futon, they should understand the differences. Modern futons include different styles, and some of these types of futons may not be what the person is looking for. It is important to see a picture of the item or view it in person before buying it to make sure it is the type of futon that the buyer has in mind.
Secondly, it should be borne in mind that it isnt the futon frame that provides the comfort when either sitting or sleeping on a futon: it is the futon mattress that provides the comfort. A futon bed mattress made for a tri-fold futon frame is not as thick as that for a bi-fold futon bed frame. Therefore, if you intend to sleep on your futon regularly you might be best to buy a bi-fold futon bed mattress: a thicker mattress tends to provide more support.
You may see the dimensions listed as 60x84. These dimensions include the armrests, which serve as the head and footboards of the futon when it is open as a bed. In this description, the armrests are each 2 wide, so you know the total amount of space you will need for the futon. A full sofa has futon dimensions of 54x75. They may be listed as a full sofa, lounger, or click clack bed.
Early designs involved a steel tooth design that would fit into pocket welds on the arms. These would snap off over use. The alternative design was to run a bolt through the arms and into the rails. While better it still did not address the issue of bending stretcher rails. Bent hinges also added another issue that would happen from use over time. While not as common as the other problems this issue still led to the failure of many black metal frames.
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