Futon shopping can be somewhat strange if youve never owned futons before. Its safe to assume that were all familiar with whats needed when you purchase a new bed. You need a bed frame, mattress and sheets as well as pillows. Futons arent much different. In this article well look at the different parts to a futon and what youll find available.
The first part of a futon is the frame. Futon frames are designed to move from a sofa into a bed. There are a wide variety of designs that accomplish this. The two most basic models are called bi-fold and tri-fold frames. Bi-fold frames feature arms on the ends of the futon frame, two stretchers between the arms and a seat and back section. These two sections move to perform the operation of the futon frame hence the name bi-fold. Tri-fold futon frames also can feature a set of arms on the ends of a futon frame, two stretchers and a rack system made up of three decks that move back and forth to perform the operation of the futon frame. Because three sections perform this movement these are called tri-fold futon frames. Frames are made using metal rails and seat/back sections. Some are made completely from wood while some other frames are made using a combination of wood and metal seat/back sections. Youll find arm designs vary from different manufacturers as well as types of woods used and finishes that are available. Picking the right futon frame will ensure that you enjoy years of use with a quality constructed frame.
The second part of a futon is the mattress. Futon mattresses originally started out as cotton batting encased with a duck twill covering. Theyve moved forward in design over the last 15-20 years. Many models are available today that feature innerspring c oils, high density foams, memory foams and new blends of batting. The biggest complaint about futons when they first came out was that they just werent comfortable. With the types of mattresses available in the market today they feel just as good or better than many of their conventional sofa counterparts. Picking the right mattress will definatelty help you be comfortable on the futon frame you choose.