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.
If you are looking for a way to make a room versatile, a futon may be the answer. Perhaps you have moved into a small studio, and you need your bed to serve as a couch during the day. You may be starting your first semester in college, and you want to make the most of your dorm room. You might want to have a place for guests to stay when they visit while your spouse wants an office to work from home.
When I first got into the Futon business about six years ago, I was under the impression, as a lot of folks are, that futons werent nice enough for anywhere other than college dorms and first apartments. Well, things have certainly changed. This is not to say that those unfinished tri-fold frames with thin all cotton futon mattresses dont exist anymore, they do, but there are also some very nice frames, mattresses, and futon covers in todays market.
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