Sabourin. Futon. October 16th , 2017.
Even with the best mattress on the market youll feel slats that are too thin, or to far apart. If you use a futon frame with substandard, unsupported slats you run the risk of ruining your mattress. Try to look for frames that feature mortise and tennon joinery and metal on metal connections, theyll only add to the life of your frame. Futon mattresses are a whole other ball game. Do you want something soft, firm, or in between?
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.
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.
I know my washable cover has save my family tons of money with my Great Dane, Jay, bless his slobbering heart. Dry cleaning can be expensive, and if you fit into the same category that I do, youll want to sacrifice those beautiful patterns for a cover that you can clean yourself. With the money youll save on dry cleaning youll be able to purchase a new cover when the time is right, because futon covers are replaceable! Cover materials do make a difference in how your cover feels and wears over time.
Thinking in these terms will help you to understand the type of futon you may need. Hosting couples will require a full or queen mattress, while having a place for a friend to crash when they need to may only need a single. If you have the room, you may want to purchase a few different futons to allow for flexible options as the need arises. A futon may be listed in different ways, depending on the manufacturer or retailers preference.
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