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.
The flexibility of an inner spring futon mattress is quite poor, but you would only really buy this type of mattress if the futon is going to be used as a bed most of the time. Futon beds are a popular choice for many consumers due to their flexibility of function. Before buying a top rated futon bed mattress make sure that the qualities - mentioned above - of the mattress are what you require. If you know exactly what you want before you buy you are going to avoid being disappointed with the purchase of your futon bed.
It was soon discovered though that these frames were not such a bargain that they appeared to be. 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.
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