By 16aaygh. Futon. At Friday, August 10th 2018, 04:07:37 AM.
Little did anyone know back in the 1970's that the first simple tri-fold futon frame designs would lead to so much more. Over the decades the futon industry has grown from unfinished basic slatted wood frames resting on the ground into actual furniture groupings consisting of anything from sofas, loveseats or matching chairs. In this article we'll examine what makes futons practical for the home and some of the basics of shopping for the futon that's right for you.
If you're shopping for a futon, here are some things to think about if you see a black metal futon frame in a mass merchant or big box store. Consider the fact that most solid wood futon frames carry a warranty anywhere from a year to a lifetime warranty. Black metal futon frames have a 90 day warranty. It says something about how much the manufacturer stands behind the product. Black metal frames are made overseas. Expect to wait for a part if something breaks or if you're past that 90 day warranty, expect to pay for all replacement parts and associated costs to get your frame up and running again. Consider too that parts may also no longer be available should something break. Metal bars allow mattresses to slide into and through the gaps between each bar. This puts lumps in your mattress and can make the futon quite uncomfortable when compared to flat wooden slats on wood frames.
The samurai did not have the kinds of choices a modern purchaser of futons does though. When futons came to the West, they were modified and set on frame to better suit Western tastes. This gave rise to the different types of futon furniture seen today.